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The Countess, (The Bride Quest II #1) by Claire Delacroix. My Review

“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.

After her husband's funeral Countess Eglantine de Crevy finds herself penniless , and her daughter pledged to wed an old man. Her only option is to hope that the deed to a property in the wilds of Scotland will allow them to hide and start a new life.  When they get there they find it occupied. 
Duncan MacLaren has no intention of giving up his claim to land that has belonged to his clan for generations just because this woman has an obviously forged deed. He can't however do as some suggest and fight them.  They are only women and their servants, not warriors.
This is a great battle of wills between two very stubborn people. Both are used to putting others needs before their own. Our heroine has her daughters to protect.  Our hero has to prove himself as the new clan chieftain. 
A book that will keep you entertained all the way through. Dealing with so many personalities is a nightmare for our poor protagonists. I loved it.

New York Times bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, an historical romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over forty romance novels and novellas, and has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. 

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