Every once in a while, a character who appears in my stories who catches my interest right away. Esmeraude was just such a character. Although she was only two when she first fell from my fingertips – in The Countess – and even though she was willful, she charmed me from the start. From the very beginning of writing The Countess, I knew that I would have to write Esmeraude’s story – and I knew that she would present some man with a challenge, even as she captivated him. Her story is here, in The Temptress. Bayard is perfect for Esmeraude, given his confidence and knightly credentials, but she is far from the easy conquest he expects. Of course, as a man who has had a great deal come to him easily, Bayard is completely enchanted by her, even before he wants to be. I had a wonderful time writing the story of these two and it was great fun to revisit their story.
The Temptress is the third book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest, there are links between the characters. Those of you who have read the entire series may enjoy meeting some of the original characters again in this story. It’s not necessary to read the books in order.
The original Bride Quest (The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress) remain available in both digital and print editions from Bantam Dell. Now, all three of the second Bride Quest (The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress) are also available in new digital and print editions.
As with all of my re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.
In spring 2012, watch for a new series of medieval romances from me. The Renegade’s Heart will be the first in The True Love Brides, a four book series linked to my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story. You can learn more about all of my books on my website.
I’ve enjoyed revisiting The Temptress, I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.
Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.
All my best,
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