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The Damsel (The Bride Quest Series #2) by Claire De Lacroix. Historical Romance ARC Review.

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Once upon a time, the legendary knight Burke Fitzgavin galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord’s orphaned niece. But her uncle was determined that Burke marry one of his homely daughters instead. Through tricks and lies, Burke was sent away believing that Alys wanted nothing of his heart. 

Pledged to a Bride Quest, Burke has vowed not to return home until he finds his long-lost love. He returns to Kiltorren to discover that the fiery young innocent has become a woman, a servant on her uncle’s estate. Paying penance for Burke’s long-ago embrace, she wants nothing to do with him. Burke knows he must earn her trust again. 

Even as he slowly rekindles her desire, Alys’ family attempts to thwart their romance—determined that Alys should not marry before her cousins do. But Burke is a warrior and this battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love will be his greatest challenge ever…


Burke de Montvieux has been sent on a bride quest by his brother's new wife.  She knew that someone special was on his mind.  He will go back to the place he saw her last to find out where his Lady might be. 
Alys of Kiltorren is the unwanted,  illegitimate cousin to the household daughters.  Like a typical Cinderella she works hard for her keep and is kept away from any eligible knights who pass through. 
Three years ago there was a tourney,  that changed the lives of our protagonists.  Can they recapture what they had or will the family stop them?.
Our heroine has serious trust issues where men are concerned.
Our hero is very determined to get what he wants.  He can be very sneaky about it. 
Although this is part of a series you can easily read it alone.  There is lots of emotion but also lots of fun. 
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 



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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