More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest of men may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.
Like a heroine in an ancient tale, Vivienne waited in the highest chamber of Kinfairlie's tower for her fated lover. In the darkness he came for her, cloaked and hooded so that she would not see his face. He loved her sweetly, thoroughly…and Vivienne knew she had met her destiny.
But in the morning light, her dream is shattered. Erik Sinclair of Blackleith is no romantic hero but a disinherited warrior who arranged her abduction to regain his own legacy. Outraged by Erik's insistence that he needs her solely to beget a son, yet ensnared by the passion he awakens, Vivienne realizes that there is more merit in her taciturn spouse than he would admit. Erik is skeptical of her growing faith in his honour and her desire to recapture his stolen birthright…Little does he suspect that his rare gem of a bride intends to capture his barricaded heart as well.
This leaden second entry in Delacroix's medieval-era Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy finds Alexander Lammergeier marrying off yet another sister for financial reasons and, as in the first book, The Beauty Bride, he feels the need to trick the bride into participating. Playing upon his sister Vivienne's love of fairy stories, Alexander spins a tale a mortal woman once fell asleep in the castle's highest tower and was seduced by a fairy prince that compels her to climb the tower and await her own fairy prince. Unfortunately, the lover she meets, a mysterious man willing to pay her brother a hefty sum for her hand, is thoroughly mortal, and their passionate encounter leaves her compromised, sadly disillusioned and handfasted to the gruff Erik of Blackleith, who needs a noble bride and an heir to re-establish his claim to his family's estate. As the pair head for Blackleith, Vivienne strives to thaw her husband's icy heart, but Erik is so charmless that it's hard to root for her success. Vivienne, in turn, comes off as weak-willed, essentially accepting her role as broodmare until she can breach Erik's defenses. A prominent fairy subplot is knit throughout, but it serves more as a distraction than a complement to a love story that often feels like a recycled (and diluted) version of The Beauty Bride.
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The Red Rose Bride
Loved reading this book as much as the first book in this series.
The Rose Red Bride
I would easily recommend this ebook/audio book to my friends...Absolutely! I love listening to the audible version of "The Rose Red Bride” as Saskia Maarleveld did an absolutely wonderful job narrating the story. Her talent for being able to change her voice and accent to suit the numerous characters is amazing.. I am in awe of her wonderous ability… It's often difficult to find a woman who can so well make the male characters seem real. She does an excellent job!
I must say, Darg (the fairy) was once again, one of my favorite characters. I loved the grotto scene where she was biting Rosamund and causing her to fall back into the water, knowing she could not swim... I did feel sad however, when later, the caverns of Ravensmuir began crumble. It left me wondering if any of the characters survived and what their future would bring.
In my opinion, this author is a master storyteller and touches many emotions. You laugh and you cry or at least stress in wonder of what comes next. I throughly enjoyed listening to this audio version since the narrator did such an excellent job of a wonderful book! She has me hooked... now I want ALL of the books as well as the audio books....LOL I do appreciate when the authors allow a discounted price for a while if you buy, or have bought before, the ebook copy.
Difficult to finish
This book was incredibly difficult to finish. There were pages and pages of unnecessary dialog, songs, and unrelated characters. I still do not understand the invisible fairy who helped/hurt people over a ring. Besides the bizarre characters, the story was just so tedious and what started as intriguing quickly became mediocre at best. This truly was a waste of money and time.