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Maiden Bride (The de Lacis #2)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Gillian Haxham Soon Learned Her New Lord Was More Wedded To Revenge Than To HerFor Nicholas de Laci had sworn to exact payment for the sins of her uncle. Why, then, did his eyes belie his words, speaking naught of retribution--but promising nights of love?

Fate had sent Nicholas de Laci the perfect bride to fill the aching need in his soul. With her tainted blood, Gillian H
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ebook, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Harlequin Treasury-Harlequin Historicals 90s (first published September 1st 1996)
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MelissaB
Oct 31, 2008 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MelissaB by: Agent Scully from Amazon
Nicolas de Laci has lived for revenge against his enemy Baron Hexman since the Baron left him to die in the East during the Crusades. Unfortunately, Hexman was killed by Nicolas's brother-in-low so he never got his revenge. When Nicolas hears that Hexman has a niece, he decides to marry her to enact his revenge since the King has decreed it anyway.

Gillian Hexman has lived at a convent for years. Her entire family died when she was younger and she spent some time on the streets before eventually
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Holly
Maiden Bride by Deborah Simmons starts out with Nicholas de Laci brooding over the injustices done to him. His brother in law Piers, had stolen the vengeance he had sought against Lord Hexham and now he feels for and lives for nothing. Until the king sends a royal decree that he is to marry the last Hexham heir, Lady Gillian who has been living in genteel poverty in a nunnery. Gillian's uncle had escaped Nicholas' vengeance but now he has the last Hexham to sate that desire. As he journeys to he ...more
KatieV
Enjoyable, but fairly predictable. There was zero tension on my part in wondering if he'd ever actually enact vengeance on the h or do anything other than grouse and grumble. It was obvious from the minute he laid eyes on her that he would do nothing, but struggle against his lust/feelings.

Also, the constant bickering and hot/cold relationship got a bit tedious toward the middle. I like that the h stood up for herself, but them throwing things at each other and screeching in the great hall was a
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Lulu
5 twinkling stars. Heh. :)
It's the second book I've read from the author and I'm completely loving her writing style!

The hero is supposedly hell-bent on revenge but for some reason, he can't do anything to hurt the heroine. Hmm.... ^_^ Nicholas fell for the heroine completely as he began to get to know her better. Aww. I love the scene when Gillian was bedridden. It showed that despite Nicholas' rough and gruff exterior, he's a real sweetie and a big softy inside. He was willing to give up o
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BookClinger
I read this novel just because I loved the first novel in the series, but I wasn't particularly looking forward to it. However, I was not disappointed one bit! In fact, I like the Maiden Bride even more than the Devil's Lady.

Here we have a shell of a man at the beginning of the novel that slowly learns how to live again. The journey with his wife transforms him from a warrior knight that can be called a cold-hearted evil brute to a man that knows the value of happiness, love, and family. The lo
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Shadow
This book... just did not make sense.

Conflicts were not ever really resolved.
Hinted plot-lines were not followed through with.
There might have been an "Epilogue" but there was no sense of closure.
The characters' relationship and actions did not always make sense.


I am actually a little angry at this book for not making much sense.
Grettel Grace
A pesar de que la traducción estuvo bastante mal y con muchos errores, la historia como tal estuvo bien. Le falto mucho. El desenlace del misterio fue extremadamente apresurado. En un segundo ya todo estaba resuelto. Lindo epilogo. Pero eso es todo. No puedo darle mas.
JJH--Judy
I enjoyed this one. I was in the mood for a "can't have my revenge on who I want, so I'll take it it on his innocent relative, who I will NOT develop feelings for--oops!" Great alpha male lead character--very moody and gruff. Heroine is strong willed and does not cower. I enjoyed the development of the relationship, and I thought the H was kind of of amusing with this possessiveness of the h(even if he didn't want to acknowledge or understand why he was acting this way). I thought the secondary ...more
M
The very same opinion as Melanie!
Netanella
I read this book in two days - I was completely caught up in Nicholas's obsession with revenge on the niece of his enemy, and Gillian's ability to withstand his ranting and raving and frothing at the mouth with her own wit and humor. Nicholas is definitely an overbearing ass, and it seems a little difficult to understand why these two fall in love, but fall they do, and hard - which was fun to watch. Very cool book.
Bookabulary
I really couldn't blame Nicholas de Laci if he was consumed by revenge the way he was. He was left wounded in the Holy Land when he thought help had arrived in the form of Hexham, lord of the neighboring lands that bordered his England home. But he was sadly mistaken as he was dragged into the desert sun and was left for dead under the Syrian sun.


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Roub
for me it was a definite 5 star.i really enjoyed the plot, the characters, the sex everything about it !! it had very funny times..one especially which was extremely humourous. but towards the very end i got bored..wid dat part where her supposed brother returned..dats where the book lost one star 4 me. else dunt miss it, so very entertaining;) a keeper
K
Story of Nicholas de Laci and Gillian Hexham. He swore to exact payment for the sins of her uncle. King Edward decreed that he marry Gilliam, his enemy's only living relative. only way to get his revenge would be to take out out on her, but things changed down the road for both of them.
sequel to the Devil's Lady#241.
Chy
Okay, so, I read it because it involved the brother of the woman in The Devil's Bride. And it was...painful in places.

But you know who freaking saved it? Darius. Now, where the hell's the book where he's the hero?
Nickcole
This book had me from the start. How could a man want to marry his enemy's neiece just to gain revenge. I really loved his strong character and her even stronger spirit. This will be a book a i read over and over again.
Melanie
An okay read. The characters are annoying with the inner monologues and the love between them doesn't really feel all that real. Entertaining at some instances. Hence 3 stars
Maggie
Has an infuriating possessive yet adorable hero and a strong heroine who isn't afraid to stand up to him and call him on his often unreasonable demands. Worked for me.
Terri
I am not crazy about this book . Uncomfort about it.
Tara
Re-read for me (like 5 times).
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Deborah Simmons is the author of twenty-five historical romances and novellas, published by Avon, Berkley, and Harlequin.

A native midwesterner, Simmons graduated cum laude from Wittenberg University and was a journalist before turning to fiction. Her first book, Heart's Masquerade, was published by Avon in 1989 and was followed by a number of Harlequin Historicals, including a USA Today Bestsellin
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  • The Devil's Lady (de Laci, #1)
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