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Claire Delacroix

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30 Mar 2012
“I will not wed a man who thinks to own me.” Furthermore, Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe declares 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.

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke (30 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987954814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987954817
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm

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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 in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the names Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

Her website is:
http://www.delacroix.net

She blogs most weekdays at Alive & Knitting:
http://www.delacroix.net/blog

You can find Claire on Facebook, right here:
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About the Author

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 first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A temptation not to be missed 31 Dec 2001
By Tisha D. Boldery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not your average romance. The maiden, Esmeraude is more then willing to give up her virginity and the hero isn't so sure it's a good idea. I had a laugh riot with this one, you meet a wonderful family, and though I haven't read the other bride quest novels, you never miss a beat. I just couldn't put this story of love, magic and even Saints down. It is a must read and I highly recommend it.
Tisha D. Boldery
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Yummy Hero, 17 Dec 2001
By Jody Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE TEMPTRESS has an almost fairytale quality missing in today's historical offerings and should please those who have been following the tales of the women of Ceinne-beithe. Yet, readers will wonder, is pampered lass quest anymore important than that of a battle weary Crusader who must marry to consummate a quest of his own?
Esmeraude, is the youngest daughter of Countess Eglantine de Crevy, Now of a marriageable age, her mother and step father Duncan have assembled a number of eager knights who will vie for her, as much as for her dowry and womb. Yet, like many of the maids in this series her heart is full with the expectation of seeking her own destiny: a lovematch. Bayard of Villionne is a battle hardened Crusader who, despite is conflict with his choice of liege Lord, is held captive by the desires of his grandmother and family honor. When he arrives at Ceinne-beith as a well accomplished knight he doubts not that he will succeed for the hand of the young maid, who he assumes is an maid of country innocence. He rises to the challenge of the pursuit of this maid, not unlike those same challenges found on the battlefield.
But can he stay one step ahead of an evil bent on keeping him in his place, and one surely bent on destroying Esmeraude as well. Of course is it any wonder with THE TEMPTRESS's fairytale-like quality there should be just such evil. Unlike those of our childhood fairytales, there is not a traditional
dragon to slay but one of a two legged variety readers should discover early in the book.
Although a fun read there are a number of elements of the story that bothered this reviewer. First and foremost was the heroine who at times seemed to be so out of character for the time period(ie... her willingness to give her virginity away so casually and putting her need to find a man to love her rather than what she could bring to the relationship) Virginity being a gift that can only be given once, seemed to be less important to her than giving her heart. Yet, to this reviewer the giving of such a gift seems to be convincing only when she knows the receiver also has given his heart to her. Thier coupling certainly was well written, one the reader will enjoy.
The hero, who made the book for me was also not without his contradiction of character. At first in the presence of Emeraude's family and other knights his chivalrous honor shines through like a beacon proclaiming all the good that a fairytale knight should be with honorable declarations of his intentions. Certainly he outshines the other knights present with his diplomacy at the court of the Lord of Isles and elsewhere. So when did his armor get tarnished, or at best lose a bit of its shine?
When he meets our tempting maid he knows who she is yet quite wilingly takes what is offered, not very chivalrous in the great scheme of things. This reviewer would have enjoyed seeing him with a bit more angst both above and below the beltline. Denial of ones desires makes the gift all the more special. But with this said, this is after all a work of fiction, a well crafted journey where the reader escapes the woes of the real world: one where evil is conquered but only when true love is found.
THE TEMPTRESS has wonderful secondary characters, especially Celie. She provides the heroine with a level headed sidekick who knew the score from the start. For loyal readers of the series the appearance of not only Duncan and Eglantine but Angus and Jacqueline will add to the enjoyment of Bayard's and Esmeraude's quest of the heart as well. Also Ms Delacroix does more than just an adequate job with her medieval voice, she has a rare gift readers should enjoy. For it is not so much her choice of words that are exceptional, but the development of the medieval syntax of her speakers. Although not overpowering with historical references, this is after all a fairytale that should be read for the plot and characters rather than for a sense of Scottish history.
Can this reviewer give THE TEMPTRESS a thumbs up? You bet. Although not quite as good as the first three books with the Irish setting this one is a nice conslusion to the Scottish trilogy. Fans will feel like they have come home to the highlands.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot and cold for me 6 Jun 2002
By "joojoomo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maybe I didn't get this book? It was the first Claire Delacroix book I read and I know it's part of a series, so maybe I missed something along the way but I found this book to be confusing and choppy in parts. It started off really good but then it slid into areas that left me scratching my head.
For example: I was shocked with how fast the heroine threw herself at the hero and slept with him just to lose her virginity. It didn't make sense to me that a medieval woman would do that. She was also TSTL at times. The hero was better and he is the only reason I finished reading the book, sad to say. I really got confused when the goddess Fortuna appeared in a tree and was commenting on the hero and heroine. Whats up with that?! Also there were looooong stretches of a poem inserted into the book that went on for chapters and chapters of time. It was a nice poem/story but it seemed like it was just there to fill pages. It took away from the book I thought.
Like I said. Maybe I just did not get this book. Other reviewers seemed to like it so I guess you just have to be the judge. My copy is already in the trade box for the UBS.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting vividly written medieval romance 4 Dec 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love stories from this time period! 13 Mar 2002
By John Savoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Temptress" is an amzing read. A story from a time period that I honestly love. Romance and chivalry, damsels and marriages of convenience.
To win a young damsel's hand in marriage seems a simple challenge until the chase begins - Esmeraud's challenge makes her far more exciting than Bayard had dared hoped - But when he follows her across the waters and has to resuce the seductive little minx in disguise he not only knows he has found her but he suddenly realizes she is much too intriguing to ever let her slip through his hands.
"The Temptress" is a magical tale that I found to be both exciting and appealing.
John Savoy
C.E.O. & Financial Advisor
Savoy International
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