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The Temptress

(The third book in the Bride Quest II series)
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The crusader feared nothing &#8212; until he met...

The Temptress

&#8220;I will not wed a man who thinks to own me.&#8221;

Furthermore, Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe declares that she alone will name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitors to follow.

Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen....

Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself ... even if its price is a marriage of convenience.

It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest &#8212; until the chase begins. Esmeraude&#8217;s challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard has dared to hope. But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her.

Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader&#8217;s worn and wary heart ... a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.

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Hardback Editions

December 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Bride Quest: The Temptress
Author(s): Claire Delacroix
ISBN: 1-4177-1257-0 / 978-1-4177-1257-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Temptress
Author(s): Claire Delacroix
ISBN: 0-7394-2245-6 / 978-0-7394-2245-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Publishing
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: The Temptress
Author(s): Claire Delacroix
ISBN: 0-9879548-1-4 / 978-0-9879548-1-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
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December 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: The Temptress (The Bride Quest)
Author(s): Claire Delacroix
ISBN: 0-440-23640-1 / 978-0-440-23640-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Publishing
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