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Review: The Countess (The Bride Quest II Book 1) by Claire Delacroix

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The Countess

Review: The Countess  (The Bride Quest II Book 1) by Claire Delacroix
by Claire Delacroix
Series: The Bride Quest II #1
on December 28th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 324
Format: e-book
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo
Rating: 5 Stars



“Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore!”

Driven from her late husband’s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin — and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land — and the fiery countess — in a war of sweet seduction…

Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day — and make her his pagan bride.

Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.

“Master storyteller Claire Delacroix has done it again with this marvelous medieval romance. The Countess is a keeper!”—Old Book Barn Gazette

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Countess Eglantine de Crevy was a character that was truly incredible. She displayed vulnerability and the courage to start her life all over again. I liked that she was a more mature heroine than what is typical, with three daughters to take care of. Her trust in men is tested when her husband suddenly dies and leaves her with nothing but a deed to a piece of land in Scotland. It was a true dishonor to have treated his family like that and I was immediately hooked to the story of the Countess’s. I wanted to know how she would pick herself up from such a sad circumstance.

It’s when she meets Duncan, where instead of a stress free transition, she comes face to face with a stubborn man who causes her temper to flare and in my opinion makes her come alive.

“To Duncan’s astonishment, the lady did not flee before his outburst. She did not cry, she did not flutter her lashes.”

Both Duncan and Eglantine were frustrating at times. Duncan had his prejudices against women, while Eglantine had her trust issues. It was interesting to read their angry exchanges, their blossoming love and definite sexual attraction. Duncan definitely made assumptions about Eglantine and I loved seeing him proved wrong. Eglantine was scared to love again and it was fun to read about her trying not to fall in love with Duncan. It was back and forth between those issues.

“To be sure, she would never love a man again, for love brought only weakness and vulnerability to a woman.”

Oh, Eglantine, how wrong you are!

I would recommend reading the earlier books in the Bride Quest series. However, It’s not necessary, since this was the one I started with, but it would help to understand the other characters in the story. There are cameo appearances in this story. It would not hinder the reading experience though, since most of the focus is on Duncan and Eglantine.

Favorite quote:

“Love and a cough are not well hid, Duncan MacLaren, but a man is never well served but a love blind to consequences.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”

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