The Hunter & the Heiress

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Nothing could be further from Amaury de Vries’ expectations than joining his half-brother’s company of mercenaries in the wilds of Scotland. A knight and a champion at the joust, he expected to inherit a holding—until the man he has known as his father revealed a terrible truth and disavowed him. Left with nothing, Amaury rides to Kilderrick, where he loses his heart to a beautiful noblewoman in the forest. A practical man, he knows he has no right to court the lady, but when she is abducted, Amaury follows, determined to fulfill his knightly duty by aiding a damsel in distress.

Elizabeth d’Acron has been a pawn and a prize, pursued for her father’s wealthy holding, and wants only to be desired for herself. Seized again, she vows she will surrender to no man—even the handsome knight who comes to her rescue. And truly, there could be no one more vexing than this confident yet inscrutable man, so concerned with duty that he could be wrought of stone—but Elizabeth soon learns that she can trust Amaury to defend her at any cost. She does not expect the seductive fire awakened by his touch, much less his conquest of her wary heart—but has she fallen in love with a man whose affections are already claimed?

Amaury finds himself beguiled by the lady who challenges his every expectation, but knows he has little to offer her. Snared between duty and passion, Amaury is suspicious when a former suitor arrives to court Elizabeth anew and they disagree. But when Elizabeth is threatened, Amaury chooses to risk his life in her defense, hoping his all will be enough. But will he reach Elizabeth and the villainous suitor in time? And can his love alone convince Elizabeth to place her hand in his for all time?

January 25
Deborah A. Cooke
Deborah A. Cooke

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Truly delightful to read!

Amaury de Vries is a most noble and duty driven knight, but when his fortunes change for the worse as his true parentage is revealed and he is left with nothing but his armor and his destrier, he accompanies his half brother to a ruined holding in the Scottish highlands. There he meets the ravishingly beautiful but troubled Elizabeth d’Acron, a woman who fled from an arranged marriage and chose to live in the forest with three other displaced women rather than return to her uncle’s home where she is promised to the highest bidder. When Elizabeth disappears, Amaury follows her, willing to stop at nothing to protect the woman he has come to love. Without a holding or any means of support, he realizes they have no future but his honor won’t allow him to abandon this damsel in distress. Elizabeth, who has been treated horribly by men, overcomes her fears and falls in love with Amaury, but is thwarted at every turn by his devotion to duty and honor. The unexpected twists and turns in this story lead the reader on a merry chase, but ultimately, and satisfyingly, result in a beautiful HEA. Ms. Delacroix weaves a heartwarming, slow building narrative, complete with period appropriate morals, values and dialogue delivered in beautiful, descriptive prose that is truly delightful to read. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

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