The Temptress by Claire DelacroixThe Temptress by Claire Delacroix

The Temptress

byClaire Delacroix

Paperback | March 30, 2012

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Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe knows that she alone can 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.

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her firs...
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Title:The TemptressFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.77 inPublished:March 30, 2012Publisher:Deborah A. CookeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0987954814

ISBN - 13:9780987954817

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Temptress Very enjoyable, great series
Date published: 2014-01-29

Editorial Reviews

"A magical tale...brims with rich, historical detail, entertaining banter and romantic tension." -Publishers' Weekly