The Beauty Bride (Jewels of Kinfairlie #1) by Claire Delacroix
Synopsis: Alexander has a problem. It’s not that his parents have tragically died, or that he has been made Laird of Kinfairlie years before he anticipated, or that their treasury is empty, or that he now has to take care of his seven younger siblings. It’s that he has to marry off his sister Madeline, who has refused to ever wed. Madeline’s betrothed died on the same boat as their parents and she won’t even discuss it. So Alexander is forced to take matters into his own hands by auctioning Madeline off. But he never intended Rhys Fitzhenry to take part. Rhys is a warrior who has fought the king to gain land. Clever and resourceful, he knows he needs an heir, and this auction is the perfect way to get one. After all, buying a wife is the simplest solution; love is so messy, after all. Furious that her brother would dare auction her off and desperate to ignore the passion mounting between them, Madeline flees…but Rhys won’t be cast aside so easily. Can this strong and witty warrior catch his impetuous and bold bride?
Review: I loved this one! The characters were strong, the emotional turmoil that puts you into the character’s mindset was intense, and the plot was never dull. This series takes place 2 generations after Delacroix’s The Rogues of Ravensmuir series. These are the children of Merlyn, Gawain, and Hawk and the children of other relations. I loved Madeline and Rhys. She had so many moments where I felt for her and fought for her (in my head). There were several times where I wanted to speak my mind to Rhys about what he is doing and says to Madeline. Rhys had depth and passion, and he had some things he needed to learn about what was important in life. Their adventure was so enjoyable and I loved this book.
Book gifted in exchange for an honest review.