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The Mercenary´s Bride, by Claire Delacroix. Historical Romance, Release & ARC Review.

Robbed of his possessions, wounded and left for dead, Quentin de Montgomerie has lost everything except his love for Mhairi, the daughter of the Hawk of Inverfyre—and he knows who is to blame for his fate. He vows to return to Inverfyre and take his vengeance from the Hawk, but arrives to discover that the fierce maiden in possession of his heart has blossomed into a beauty, and that her kiss has the power to give him hope for the future again. Can Quentin prove himself to the Hawk and win Mhairi—or will she spurn him for being less than once he was?
The Mercenary’s Bride is a Christmas Scottish medieval romance novella which was originally published in the Christmas 2017 anthology The Nutcracker Reimagined.

Quentin de Montgomerie has spent years winning enough money to claim his bride, only to lose it all in a robbery.  There is nothing left for him now but to say goodbye. 
Mhairi is the youngest daughter if Hawk of Inverfyre. She is a warrior like her mother.  She was trained by her father's captain of the guard,  before he was banished .
Our hero proves that appearances can be deceptive.  Just because a warrior has been badly wounded doesn't change who he is. 
Our heroine made up her mind years before,  there is only one man who will be forever hers. 
A very good medieval romance/adventure with great characters.  It's part of a series but easily read as a stand alone. 
This is an author that never disappoints me.  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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In October and November 2009, she was the writer in residence for the Toronto Public Library, the first time that the library has hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. 

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