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A Battle for Love

(St. Briac #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  34 reviews

... in which the beautiful young French widow Michelene Tevoulere becomes the pawn in a royal scheme involving England's King Henry VIII and the court of France's Francois I.


... in which handsome young Earl of Sandhurst is betrothed against his will to the bewitching Michelen but conceives an even grander plot to outwit the kings
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 12th 1986 by Ballantine (first published 1986)
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I've given this a B+ for narration and a C- for content at AudioGals, so I reckon that's 3.5 stars overall.

Of One Heart (originally titled A Battle for Love) is the second in Cynthia Wright’s St. Briac series and was originally published in 1986. It’s set in Paris and London in 1532/3 and charts the romance between an English Marquess and the beautiful young French widow he is ordered to marry, sight unseen. I am a big fan of the arranged marriage trope, and given I’m a bit of a Francophile to
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading as part of the Lords of the Isles boxed set by Kathryn Le Veque, et al.

When I read the premise for this book, I didn't think I would like it very much. Was I wrong! I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I finished it as part of this boxed set, I immediately purchased the first book in this two-book series. Looking forward to reading that book as well.
Mireille Duval
Thank god I am finally done with this book. Wasn't it so very very long? I would have cut at least a third.

All right, before I start on the litany of criticisms, two things biased me against this book, and I feel I must disclose them before you think I'm just ragging on that poor author: I bought this book in a boxet of "marriage of convenience" books, and though the characters are supposed to get married for convenience, they actually fall in love before that, with one of the parties not even
I have a soft spot for historical romance, so this was a pleasant read for me. Sandhurst and Michelina are both very well developed characters, but I do admit there were definitely lulls in this read.

This book was made up of four different parts. The first was excellently written (well, technically they were all excellently written, but the first part stood out to me). I found the last part of the book to be exciting and quick to read. The middle? I wasn't as fond of. It seemed like the length
It had a great start. I followed it easily, but after the first part the second and third became a bore. The four parts picked up just fine but the two in the middle left me just starved for something else. I loved the heroine and the hero was fair too. The story became sappy though and I felt the hero lost some of that spark after the first part. There was no comic relief. I wanted Anne d'Heill to get some punishment for her hand in the scheme. Sex scenes were dull, brief, and fair but hardly ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is a book that I keep returning to over and over again, simply because it is so wonderful. It has the perfect mix of romance and intrigue, and it's all set during the reign of Henry VIII which is one of my favourite periods in history, so for me, this book is perfection.
Not a favorite. Everyone was "clad" in something while exclaiming!

Tough read to finish, which is very sad b/c I usually enjoy Cynthia Wright.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series. This one fell flat. I never understood why the H & h fell in love. It happened too quickly, there was no chemistry, and the rest of the book was boring. :-(
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me quite awhile to find this book on Goodreads. The title I read it under was "Of Pne Heart".
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of One Heart is the second book in the St. Briac series by Cynthia Wright.

Michelene Tevoulere is a French widow who is in attendance at the court of French King Francois the 1st. She isn't looking for love, but many men, not least the King, find her attractive and wouldn't mind a dalliance with her. King Francois' mistress feels threatened by Michelene and comes up with a plan to remove her from France and from tempting the King. The plot involves King Henry the 8th arranging for an English
Listened to this on Audible. The narration was good, the story moved along. It was slow in the beginning. Picks up some in the middle. Overall, I found myself skipping forward a lot. There really was not any suspense. The mystery of 'who is the villain' was (IMO) predictable. I also have a hard time with characters who keep secrets or argue and don't actually vet out the real issue. The argument at the end of the book was a mechanism to move the plot forward. The hero's response to the argument ...more
Part of a Marriage of Convenience boxed set. This is an oldie - originally published in 1986. Too old school for my taste. We are told ad nauseam how beautiful and intelligent the heroine is and yet, she does nothing other than mope, be sad, be fooled, and despair. The hero carries on a 4 year affair with a married woman, is so immature he thinks nothing of his responsibilities as an aristocrat, and is basically a whiny, lying jerk. Don't care for either. And that's the plot. She's stupid but ...more
Jill Fetch
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book directly after, "You and No Other". I might have given it five stars had I read it first, but coming after Aimee and St. Briac, the book paled. I loved that Aimee and St. Briac had large roles in this book as secondary characters. I liked Sandhurst and I understood his reasoning in his deception. Micheline was a bit hard for me to like. I thought she lacked backbone and tended to wallow in self-pity. The story was well written and enticing, but I would have preferred a fiercer ...more
Patricia Schuette
This author always writes the best stories

The Marquees of Sandhurst has been ordered to marry a French widow by King Henry VIII sight unseen. He goes to France disguised as an artist to see what she is like and is very surprised.
Christine Loder
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I need to say is when is the next book in the series coming out?
Susan H Mayfield
Read all of the series!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always Cynthia Wright writes a brilliant story. I've read every book she's written I think and I've never been disappointed.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OF ONE HEART, formerly known as A BATTLE FOR LOVE, is the second book in Cynthia Wright's Renaissance Rogues (St. Briac) series. Aimée and Thomas from YOU AND NO OTHER are secondary characters, with Aimée being Michelene Tevoulère's best friend. That said, OF ONE HEART does stand alone.

Young widow Michelene Tevoulère and rogue Andrew Weston, Earl of Sandhurst and future Duke of Aylesworth, become pawns of the French and English courts. Anne d'Heilly, long-time mistress of King François, wants to
Lori McD
3+ stars

I liked this second book, especially since we get to see Aimee and Thomas again, albeit for only a short time. But while this book has it's own unique story, much of it is predictable. Except how they got to the end, which makes it very entertaining, overall.

I was a bit over Hero's moaning, groaning, and agonizing about the Heroine, though. He's putting on a charade, pretending to be a painter rather than the nobleman that our Heroine has never seen but has agreed to be betrothed to. And
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would give this a 4.5 if possible.

When Andrew Weston, Earl of Sandhurst is given orders by his king, Henry VIII as well as his father to marry a woman from the French court, Michelene Tevoulere, he devises a plan to meet her first. Traveling with his friend to the French court, he claims to be a painter. When asked to make a portrait of Michelene, they begin to get to know each other.

Michelene led a very sheltered life. When her husband dies, her closest friend, Aimee and her husband,
This book was long. Almost too long. The HEA came at about 80% or so in but there was still almost 2 hours (according to my Kindle) of reading left. Huh? And I had probably read almost 4 hours to that point. So there was this chunk from that point to the last 45 minutes of reading that was mostly filler. It was interesting filler and I did enjoy reading about the MCs' happiness together, but I also had to push through to the end. I knew there was to be one more set of conflicts for the happy ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I originally read this when it was published as “A Battle for Love” in 1986 in paperback. I loved it then. I just re-read the updated “Of One Heart” and I love it now.

Micheline is sweet and very sheltered, if slightly misguided in her views on love. Andrew is a walking talking dichotomy about his arraigned marriage to the French beauty. In spite of the machinations of certain high players in the court of François I, Micheline and Andrew manage to find truth and love. But, that is just the
Sep 10, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I got this as part of the Lords of the Isles collection
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book. I am disturbed that the h had no one she could trust in England. Surely she could have made even 1 friend?? But given the era, perhaps this should be expected.

However the book was truly fascinating. I enjoyed all of the events in France. The sojourn to England felt as though it could have been a separate book. The change in location marked a transformation from romance to mystery/suspense. I wish I could give a separate rating to each part.

Overall, the book was well written. The
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars for me. I did like it, but not as much as the first novel in this series. I was pleased to be re-united with Thomas and Aimee from You and No Other.

Of One Heart is a re-updated version of “A Battle for Love”, which was originally published in 1986.

Given that these titles were written well over 20 years ago I do believe they stand the test of time. At only $2.99 on Kindle you really can't pass them by.

I think this one didn't appeal to me as much as the first was because it was
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yet another amazing book by Cynthia Wright. I think I loved this one even more than book one. The was romance and mystery. This book kept me guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy a good historical romance.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read under a different name.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say...this book is just as fantastic as the first one.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the multi-author book collection called Lords of the Isles
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Cynthia Wright is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the two Rakes & Rebels series, 12 intertwining historical romances starring the irresistible Raveneau & Beauvisage families. She has also written beloved series set during the Renaissance and in the American West. Romantic Times Magazine hails Cynthia's novels as "Romance the way it was meant to be."

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