The Temptress

The Temptress

by Claire Delacroix
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The Temptress by Claire Delacroix

Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe is determined that she alone will name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitor to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen...

Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself...even if its price is a marriage of convenience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest -- until the chase begins. Esmeraude's challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard had dared to hope.

But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her. Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader's worn and weary heart...a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.

This edition includes excerpts from THE BEAUTY BRIDE.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014826495
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: The Bride Quest , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 191,039
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, a medieval romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the name Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her popular Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times' List of Bestselling Books. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library, the first time that the TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. In 2012, she was honored to receive the RWA PRO Mentor of the Year award. She makes her home in Canada with her husband.

You can learn more about her books at her two websites:

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She posts most weekdays to her blog, Alive & Knitting, which is here:

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The Temptress 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
Out of the latest trilogy of the Bride Quest II, I liked the Beauty the best, then this one and the Countess 3rd best. I lost my patience at times with Esmeraude and felt she was a spoiled brat. I couldn't understand in the Quest, why the parents gave their holding to the child that wasn't Duncan's. I love Claire Delacroix books, and this one is good, gets better as it moves along. As does Esmeraude seems to grow up too. I wish more of the battle that Fenley was explained. You have cross over character's from the previous books, but this can stand alone. It is just a richer experience if you read them all. The bundle of this series, is a good deal. (ljb)
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1194, Bayard returns home from the Crusades, but worries over a pending attack on his family holdings. His family scoffs at his warning, thinking he suffers from paranoia from post Crusader battle syndrome. To keep his Montvieux safe, Bayard knows he must act alone. He decides a marriage of convenience will provide the alliance needed so he accepts an invitation to participate in a contest of brawn and brains to win the grand prize of marriage with Esmeraude.

The lovely young lady wants a marriage built on love and trust rather than on military and political needs. She sends her wannabe husbands on a wild chase leaving clues and riddles for her suitors to decipher. Ultimately Bayard finds a disguised damsel in distress and realizes he has found the ultimate award Esmeraude. Though attracted to her, he refuses to let his heart open up to her until a rival forces Bayard to choose between a love of a lifetime or a political union.

THE TEMPTRESS is an exciting vividly written medieval romance that take the audience along for a merry ride. The story line is fun and quite entertaining as Esmeraude (picture a twelfth century woman singing ¿You Don¿t Own Me¿) uses her intelligence to implement her plan to marry for love only. As usual Claire Delacroix proves how powerful the historical romance sub-genre can be when a grandmaster writes the tale.

Harriet Klausner

Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I had difficulty getting into this story at first. I did not like Esmeraude. She was naïve and silly and her schemes were not well thought out and she found herself in trouble. Her idea that if she lost her virginity her appeal to the men who simply wanted her for her land would go away was naïve. How she thought that her husband wouldn't mind that she wasn't chaste was silly for that era. She came across as sometimes spoiled, over indulged and sheltered. On the other hand, Bayard carries the story well. He is a strong character, stubborn, passionate, and when needed, fierce. I enjoyed watching Bayard court Esmeraude and their interactions do strengthen and the plot grows into an enjoyable story once they reunite after the Isle of Mull. She is definitely headstrong and Bayard has his work cut out for him. Their story really picks up once at Airdfinnan and I like how she made him work for it. They ended up being equally matched in the end. The conflicts were good, the villain dastardly, and the conclusion perfect. It wasn't my favorite in the series (I think book 2, The Beauty, stands out more for me), but once I got used to Esmeraude it became enjoyable.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, enjoyable book. Set during the Crusades, Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe wants to select her own groom. Bayard of Villonne joins the Bride Quest, expecting to quickly win the quest and earn an estate as the prize. Esmeraude sets tests and riddles, then flees, so that her potential suitors have to solve the riddles, pass the tests and find her. Esmeraude wants love and Bayard only trusts in logic. Their journey together was so much fun to read! This book can be read as a standalone story, though is the third in a trilogy with related characters. I loved it! Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
Esmarude--what a name--what a pain in the a*s!! The Temptress is book three of The Bride Quest II trilogy. We meet again Esmarude- she was the charming and willful third daughter of Eglantine from book one the Countess. Apparently she grew into a charming and willful young woman. The hero - Bayard of Villone never knew what hit him when he met Esmaurde and is not the same from the first meeting on. For crying out loud she gave him her "maidenhood" on the first meeting. I found it hard to believe that a young women in that time period would be allowed such freedom. A secondary story line is of Eglantine's youngest daughter Mhairi. I would have liked to have her story more complete. For example how did her chosen betrothed win the tourney. There is fantasy or fairies or spirits or saints and Lady Luck or Dame Fortune but not clearly defined. It would have been helpful to know who did what and when. Mysterious plants, mysterious fog, big storms, all there but not sure who/what did it. I think too much time is spent with Esmurde being willful and getting her way and people chasing after her. However, this book rounds out the trilogy and its nice to have all the females in the trilogy safe and accounted for. Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
"The Temptress" is the story of Esmeraude and Bayard. The story was interesting to read and developed well. Bayard was a great character who went into the quest to try to save his family. Esmeraude was annoying most of the time and very immature. She very often appeared to be very bratty with others in the story. She did grow through out the story, but still did things without fully thinking them through. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Chastel More than 1 year ago
Excellent series...this book was my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago