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The Heiress (The Bride Quest Book 3) by Claire de Lacroix . Historical Romance ARC Review.

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No woman can resist the charms of Rowan de Montvieux. But the dashing rogue is in no hurry to marry—until his family dares him to find a bride…or risk losing his inheritance. So Rowan sets out on a Bride Quest, vowing to wed only The Heiress.

But his journey is interrupted when a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen. Intrigued and never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in disguise, Rowan buys her, offering her his protection if she will lead him to the bride he seeks.

Never has he met a woman so proud, so beautiful, so defiant. He suspects she is no commoner and vows to uncover her secrets and melt her fiery resolve. But the perilous voyage to Ireland kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the slave girl who would not be mastered slowly takes possession of his wary heart.


Rowan de Montvieux is a happy go lucky Knight who will do anything for a dare. That is how he has ended up looking for the wealthiest heiress in Ireland to be his bride. His brothers have sent him on a bride quest. He is very confident that with his considerable charm, he will have no problem. 
Bronwyn of Ballyroyal made a very bad decision a few months ago, that ended with her as a slave. Now she has half a chance to get home, if she can fool the handsome Knight who bought her into taking her. 
This is a marvellously funny and entertaining adventure. There is a nasty villain that will make the voyage dangerous and some very emotional moments. 
This is part of a very good series. I have read all of them so far, but you can easily read this on it's own. 
I loved it.

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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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