by Claire Delacroix
Series: The Jewels of Kinfairlie #1
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 12 hours and 56 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
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Narration: 4.5 cups
More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest 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. Lady Madeline's heart is not for sale - especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline's hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird's command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her. She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys's past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent - and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem
It has been quite some time since I have read a medieval era romance. I was delighted for the chance to listen to The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix. This is the first novel in her Jewels of Kinfairlie series featuring unwed sisters and a brother who must marry them off post haste. Fairies, a stranger, danger and deceit had us racing across the countryside and falling for Rhys FitzHenry.
Coffee dates with The Beauty Bride
First date: Lady Madeline is the oldest unwed sister of Alexander, the new Laird of Kinfairlie. The coffers are running low and he must see them all wed. Madeline is refusing even though her beloved is believed dead. She holds out hope for his return and asks for more time. Alexander arranges of all things an auction to sell the first of his rarest gems to the highest bidder. Men he believes worthy have been invited to bid for her hand. Oh lordy, Madeline is none too happy. We see a little magical element here as the youngest sister sees a fairy and I immediately found her to be a kindred spirit. Rhys FitzHenry an uninvited guest manages to win the bid. Madeline is drawn to him but fearful and quickly decides to run away. Accompanied by her groomsmen she flees in the middle of the night.
Second date: At dawn, all hell breaks loose as we learn Madeline’s long lost love has returned and that she and Rhys are missing. Things are about to get interesting. Delacroix shares another relationship in the castle and I am curious to know more. I adore how her female characters are strong, and speak their mind. Madeline is in great peril but thankfully unbeknownst to her Rhys isn’t far behind. Rhys is not a trusting soul and keeps his emotions in check. It is obvious he has a thing for Madeline despite his declarations that he needs her to secure his keep. The man is sexy but rough around the edges and lordy is he stubborn. His use of stories to communicate his feelings was sweet and I loved when he spoke in his native tongue. *swoon* Kidnapping, king’s guards, secrets and quibbles had me listening intently. Ruined, Madeline takes a leap of faith.
Third date: Ah, I want to bash the man’s head in. Rhys needs to let down his guard and trust Madeline. I understand as the author has done a splendid job of sharing his past with us. As they make their way across the countryside, they get to know each other and I could not help but laugh at their bickering and wicked banter. These two have no problems communicating while lying down but put some clothes on them and they get stupid. I enjoyed the way Delacroix allowed the relationship to build slowly as they began to understand each other. This final date has them being pursued as they make their way to his keep in Wales. Twists, betrayals, confession and revelations had me entranced as we made our way towards happily ever after.
The Beauty Bride followed familiar tropes but mixed in strong characters and twists, and I found myself swept up in the story. Saskia Maarleveld did a fine job with the narration, although I struggled at first getting use to Rhys’s voice. Her accent added to the story and I loved her interpretation of Madeline. The Rose Bride and the Snow White Bride will feature the other sisters of Alexander. I look forward to their adventurousness romances.
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I haven’t read a medieval Romance in forever! I was turned off by the cover but it sounds like this one redeemed itself for the most part.
Right. Me either, but this was such fun
I love the medieval period! I’m not sure about the romance, it might frustrate me a little but since there’s reason for the ‘issues’ I might be okay with it. I’m glad you enjoyed!
Oh the romance was such fun..all the banter 🙂
I love strong, outspoken heroines, too. And that you were swept away in a medieval setting says a lot about how well the author built the world. I’ll have to check out this one!
I had fun with this Brandee
anna (herding cats & burning soup)
LOL oh dear wanting to give him a bit of a bashing. I’ve not read her as Delacroix but enjoyed the Dragons of hers I read under Cooke 😀
I must not have had my coffee, normal I give them a Gibbs’ slap in the back of the head..LOL
Lol. don’t bash Rhys’s head in – they might lock you up and then who will be left to write these fantastic reviews, eh? I love this cover, and your review makes the story very appealing, but I don’t really do well with historical fiction. I think they require a certain type of patience, which I just don’t have. But wonderful review, as always!
It depends on whether the tale is heavy on period details, and this was light. It was more character driven.
oooh this sounds fantastic! I love adio books! So So much! Great review
It was fun Paij 🙂
That’s great that while some aspects of the story were “typical” you could still enjoy it overall.
It was fun Lauren 🙂
“Ah, I want to bash the man’s head in” — sounds like you were absorbed in this book! Thanks for the post!!
Ha..yes i tend to get passionately involved and have been know to talk aloud to the characters and author
Clothes cause misunderstandings, lol! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I don’t think I’ve ever read a medieval era romance before.
Yes..get naked and talk about it. ha 🙂
I haven’t read a lot of medieval romances but the few I’ve read just don’t work for me. I just start feeling awkward when a book is set any time before the 1700’s .-.
But sometimes, a girl just has to let minor issues to enjoy some good banter 😉
I am glad you enjoyed this one, Kimba! 😀 I shall go check this out! 😀
Lovely review! 🙂
This is very character focused so not to heavy on the period deets.
Melissa (Books and Things)
I honestly would have passed on this one because of the cover (I know… I know…) but you have convinced me that this is one I would enjoy. Hm… don’t know if I’ve done a historical romance on audio yet…
I did Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase..omg so good on audio and Outlander. ..yum
Wow You wanted to bash his head in, huh…. I am glad that it all worked out, wouldn’t want any book violence.
LOL, more like a slap in the back of the head Gibb’s style (NCIS)
LOL! It’s both a good thing and a bad when a character gets under your skin like that. But I do love me some wicked banter!
Ooo me too Mary, and these two were a joy to watch interact
Bash his head in. LOL I love when the author gets to me like that. Happy reading!
Me too 🙂 it makes me smile
I haven’t read a medieval historical romance in ages! This author is completely new to me, but I’m very curious. 🙂
You might know here under her other name -Deborah Cooke. She writes in several genres.
Kim wow, what a great review of one of my all time favorite author of all genres that she writes in, whether it’s historical, fantasy, contemporary or YA. I want this one now too!
Enjoy Debbie and the audio made it such a fun ride
Hey, this looks familiar. I might have an ebook copy. So glad its good. You have me eager to try it since its been a while since I picked up a Medieval romance too.
Oh wow, they had a rough start, didn’t they?
LOL, you sound like me:) now go check your e-readers 🙂
Characters are what make up a good read for me and it definitely seems like this one has a great set of characters. I’ll be keeping my eye out for this one. Lovely review Kim 🙂
I really enjoyed them Lily 🙂
I’m completely fine with familiar tropes in a romance as long as there are strong characters to go along with it. Clearly there are in this one, so I’m adding it to the list. As I do with almost every book you recommend 🙂
I agree Jenny and this certainly entertained me
” The man is sexy but rough around the edges and lordy is he stubborn.”
Sounds like my kind of man! Haha! I sure do enjoy these male characters who simultaneously make me want to swoon and smack their faces repeatedly. I have never heard of this author before, but your review has be interested. I’ll have to check out her books.
Great review, Kim!
Yes, they think they know what they are about but really they don’t till it smacks them over the head..lol
Felicia the Geeky Blogger
This absolutely is right up my alley! Especially with my current historical mood. It has been FOREVER since I spent time in the medieval era.
It was fun visiting this era again..enjoy Felicia
I don’t think I’ve read a medieval romance in years if ever. I like the sound of the strong characters and the twists even if you do want to smack Rhys upside the head. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to look for this one.
He was a sweet heart though. Thanks Katherine.
LOL @ Christy. I love her!
It has been forever since I have read one of these as well. Glad you enjoyed this so much!
Right..can’t you just picture her walking around butt naked acting like a scholar?
Thanks for the great review! I have a soft spot for Rhys and always am glad when someone else appreciates him. He really is a rough diamond, IMO. 🙂
btw, the next book in the trilogy, The Rose Red Bride, is available in audio as of this morning.
Thank you for stopping by Ms. Delacroix 🙂 I am excited to hear book two has been released on audio.
If I’d been on my game yesterday, Kimberly, I would have told your readers that The Beauty Bride book (not audiobook) is on sale for 99 cents right now at iBooks and Amazon. 🙂
No worries, I shared the sale on Twitter, tsu and Facebook this morning 🙂 great deal
I’m in ! You had me at “bickering and wicked banter” 😉
those are two of my favorite things..you can just feel the attraction simmering below the surface of their remarks even as they deny it
What is it with some audio covers? They are never as pretty
I know, maybe it is the weird 300×300 image size. IDK.
Great review. Ha, love the line about them getting stupid with clothes on. Funny. This sounds like a fun read.
and so true Cynthia 🙂
“put some clothes on them and they get stupid”
That’s why I like to be naked as often as possible. Clothes cause my IQ to drop. lol. This sounds like a lot of fun!
I’m not a fan of the cover I confess but like you it’s been a while since I’ve read a medieval novel. Really a long time! But I’m curious, i should try again! thanks for the discovery!
It was fun, and the sisters and romance made it entertaining