The crusader feared nothing until he met the Temptress......
loved it could not put it down
Funny, witty, and the heroine is brassy! Set in 1194.
when no one in the clan will listen to bayard about an attack on them he decides to marry the rival clans daughter to stop the attack but she decides to run away so he has to find and save her
This book is not particularly well written, but the story was interesting. I would imagine that the other books in this series are quite similar to this one. For an infinitely better written series, try Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander".
"I will not wed a man who thinks to own me." Furthermore, Esmeraude of Cienn-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 convience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest-until the chase begins. Esmeraude'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 that total surrender of the crusader's worn and wary heart...a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.
I also have the three other books in this series: The Countess, The Heiress and The Princess