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Anice's Bargain

(Borderland Ladies #2)

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Anice Barrington has always been known as the prettiest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters. Years of trying to prove she's more than beauty has failed, not only with others, but also with herself. When their mortal enemy is laying siege to Werrick Castle, Anice does the only thing in her power to keep her family safe: she offers
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Published June 25th 2019 by Madeline Martin
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Borderland Ladies #2
Publication Date: 6/25/19
Number of Pages: 305

Public Service Announcement – Do NOT begin this book before you go to bed unless the following day is completely free. Once you start reading, you absolutely will not be able to stop – and it will linger in your mind long after you are done.

The characters are so engaging that you’ll think of them as your own family. James and Anice are from totally different backgrounds, but they have so much in common. They both focus on
Tracy Emro
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a siege at Werrick Castle lasts for months and food stores begin to diminish, threatening to starve the inhabitants, Lady Anice Barrington takes matters into her own hands and makes a bargain with the Graham reivers. In exchange for an end to the siege, Anice will marry Laird Graham’s son James. Her father, the earl refuses, there is bad blood between the Barringtons and the Grahams going back years to an attack that lead to Lady Werrick sacrificing all to save her family. But Anice knows t ...more
Lori D
Anice Barrington, second daughter of the Earl of Werrick, did the only thing possible to save their people from starving as their hated enemies, the Grahams had surrounded the castle for months. She agreed to wed James Graham, the son of the Laird.
"Anice," he said her Christian name in a low voice. There was something soft to it, sensual, beckoning and it made a warmth stir deep in her belly.
"I will only wed ye if ye come willingly," he said. "I'll no force ye." He took her hand in his massive o
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anice Barrington has always been known as the prettiest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters. Years of trying to prove she's more than beauty has failed, not only with others, but also with herself. When the Grahams their mortal enemies are laying siege to Werrick Castle, Anice does the only thing in her power to keep her family safe: she offers herself as bride to her enemy. James Graham has grown weary of a life of destruction and longs for peace. However, deciding to change does not mean t ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anise’s Bargain by Madeline Martin is another 5 Star must read!
This historical story takes place along the volatile English and Scottish border. Anice is one of the English Earl’s five daughters and like her older sister, she’s not afraid to meet their worst enemy face to face or to sacrifice herself for her family and her people. I love the kick a** warrior heroines and their strong hero counterpart characters, multiple plots, twist and turns you won’t see coming, adventure, betrayal, heartfelt
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anice's Bargain
Borderland Ladies #2
Madeline Martin

Anice Barrington is and always has been the prettiest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters. She's been trying for years to prove that there is more to her then just beauty, but so far has failed. Then their mortal enemy lays siege to their castle and Anice knows she has to do something and do it quickly. Their is no food left and everyone looks like a walking bag of bones. It's quite sad and she just cannot take it anymore. So she sneak
As the second eldest daughter of the Earl of Werrick, Lady Anice Barrington has always been somewhat overlooked amongst her other four talented sisters. Renowned for her beauty, Anice longs to be known as more and to prove her true worth. With enemies laying siege to Werrick Castle and her people starving, Anice has only one thing to offer to save her family: she offers to marry the son of their enemy.

James Graham longs for a peaceful, honest life, rather than the reiving his father has always l
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Borderland Ladies series is totally captivating. My heart went out to Anice right from the beginning of the book. Everyone refers to her as the “beautiful “ sister and they don’t seem to realize that she has many other strengths. The Grahams have had Werrick Castle under siege for so long that the people inside are starving, however James Graham, the son of the Laird is not happy about this. Against her father’s wishes Anice steals away and sets up a meeting with the Grah ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully crafted story that has the reader from the beginning with its conflict and emotion love and betrail.

Werrick Castle sets on the Borderlands a very dangerous place but the Earl of Werrick, Warden of the West March has taught his daughters to defend themselves and prepare for the worst. And they have already seen the worst Lady Werrick tried to bargin with the Reivers that ended terrible people lost there lives and Lady Werrick lost the will to live after what happened to her.
Maggie Whitworth
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Excellent read.
An exciting, addictive adventure that will have you begging for another page .
I was reading half the night , totally engaged in the plot and lives of the characters.

This is a great second book from this series , Ms Martin seems to get better every time I read something of hers , and I think I’ve read them all by now .

The characters of Anice and James are excellent, she beautiful, both inside and out, can fight like a man when given a dagger or sword, she’s plucky , o
Linda J.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My oh my, what this family has gone through. I really want the older sister to be pregnant (Book 1). She was such a caregiver to her whole family and for some reason, I want her to get HEA on this subject. I know this has nothing to do with this story - hint hint,

I love the strength of all the sister's. None are damsels in distress - all are confidant, take charge ladies, which is unusual and makes me want to continue the series. The next is set up for sister Ella and I can't wait.

There is suspe
Anna Holmes
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Every time I read a Madeline Martin book, I am astounded and amazed by how well she creates her characters. I fall in love with her heroes and heroines each time I read one of her books. They have all of my favorite things- fully developed characters that are realistic, love, problems, and forgiveness. Anice is the second oldest daughter of Lord Werrick. I truly thought the first born, Marin, was my favorite, but I was wrong. Anice
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Anice's Bargain by Madeline Martin is book Two in the Borderland Ladies. This is the story of James Graham and Anice Barrington. I have read the previous (and loved it) but feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Werrick Castle is on the Borderlands which is a dangerous place to be. For the past several years a ongoing battle with the Graham Clan, who are reivers with no land or home has been going on. But for the last few months the battle has been with no stop which has
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anice’s Bargain is the second book of the Borderland Ladies series, but it can be read as a standalone (but the first book is so good that you are missing out if you don’t read 😉). The first book was so good that I wondered how the second could possibly compare, but the author did it! She manages to write Anice and James’s story in such a way that the reader seems to be a part of it. I love the way James and Anice’s characters develop and how they learn about each other through the story. I thin ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anice’s Bargain is book 2 in the Borderland Ladies series by Madeline Martin. Lady Anice Barrington is one of five Barrington daughters. When her castle comes under siege by Graham reivers, Anice decides she needs to intervene in order to prevent the starvation of her people. And thus comes Anice’s bargain. I enjoyed this book. Martin is an excellent writer and I think this series shows great promise. I really liked Anice’s character. She is beautiful and selfless. I also enjoyed James Graham th ...more
Candy Laine
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We return to Werrick Castle in this second book of the series, to find it under siege by the deadly Grahams. Anice is trying to fill in mighty big shoes left behind by her sister Marin, but feels she is falling short as her people starve around her. She decides to put her only asset, her beauty, to good use by bargaining with the Grahams for peace and a chance for her people to survive.
James Graham has never agreed with his father more so after he was injured and an Englishman showed him there
Debbie Glenn Brown
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anice Barrington the oldest and prettiest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters can’t take the standoff any longer their mortal enemy is laying siege to Werrick Castle. She knows her people are starving something must be done. She takes action and decides to find the enemy camp and strike a bargain, she finds herself as bride to her enemy. James Graham is not the warrior his Dad is he’s grown weary of a life of destruction and longs for peace, home and hearth. James is quite taken by the beaut ...more
Brenda Hughes
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Madeline Martin has another awesome hit with her second Borderland Ladies book. This one is about Anice, Earl of Werrick s second daughter. After being surrounded for months by their hated enemies, the Graham’s. Her clan is starving, so she agrees to marry James Graham. There is a definite attraction between them. She sees the good in him and he see her for much more than her beauty. I really enjoyed their path to falling in love. There are wonderful characters, secondary characters shine ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Colleen Perry
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Charming and Exciting book

This an easy book to review, one problem I can’t say enough good about this story. James, the Hero is good at start, and just get better with the story enfolding. He is strong, kind, loving, romantic, but not handsome as some, but very Braw. Anice, the Heroine, is beautiful,honest, sweet, loving, loyal, brave, capable, and kind. The book is full of everything you want in a story, intrigue, adventure, with twists and turns, romance and just right amount of spice. It wa
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 2 in the Borderland Ladies series and it was so good! Question: What would you do if you wanted to live in peace, but your father wanted to wage war? And what would you do if you were a lass in the clan that was in danger? Would you sacrifice everything to save your family or clan? Who will win out in the end? Can love be found somewhere within the chaos?

This story answers those questions. It is a powerful story filled with action, emotion, humor and romance - and maybe a few people
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome read!

Fast paced with plenty of action, suspense, romance and adventure. The heroine is feisty, independent, English lady with a big heart. The hero is a brand Scottish Laura's son, sweet considering who his father is, and determine for the Graham clan to become farmers, self sufficient, no more reviering, plundering, but become hard-working, honest men.
I absolutely adored James and Anice, they are realistic, enjoyable and find their HEA.
A must read for fans of Medieval Scottish
Kacy Rozier
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this series so much! With each story I feel like I'm becoming a part of this family. Madeline writes with such beauty, it seems I'm right there in the scene watching everything unfold.

Anice and James's is truly an amazing match. Anice thinks she only has her beauty, but she has so much more to offer! James thinks he don't have the heart to love... but, eventually he sees what he always had! Together it just works! Love is hard work!

I love the adventures, battles, and the love these
Jennifer Yeakel
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Borderland Ladies series.
After months of the Graham's siege at, at Werrick Castlethey they were running low on food and supplies.
Anice decides to leave the safety of her home to venture to the Grahams camp, where she meets with Laird Graham in hopes of setting up a meeting to end this siege.
James Graham never wanted this fight, but went along with his father.
They all agree that the one way to have peace is to have Anice marry James. They both have apprehensions a
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another reiver reformed! The first book in the series set the bar rather high for me and I was a little worried that the second book would let me down. Not so!!! It is as amazing as the first one. The action is heart-pounding. The pace is fast. And I've again fallen in love with the characters. If you have not read either one of the Borderland Ladies books, you better get started! You won't regret it. I promise.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!

This book was so emotion, passionate, beautiful, exciting, and amazing!! I read this book in one sitting!! I love Anice and James, they were so good together and they were meant for one another!! I love this series and highly recommended this one!! Thank you Madeline Martin because you made me fall in love with your characters and writing every time I read one of your lovely beautiful stories!!
This series is turning into one of the best I've ever read, and this was only book number 2!!!

Lady Anice Barrington has to make a deal with reivers to keep her clan from starving!!! Their castle is under siege and they are about to run out of food! Her beauty is all she has to offer. So she thinks! I read this entire book in one night! I actually could not put it down! Wonderful!!!
Janet Kaiser
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young couple thrown together to avert a war, must overcome many obstacles and misunderstandings before they become "as one". How is it going to be possible for this union to be happy and successful when all types of adversities and betrayals are thrown their way? Can this marriage ever become a life of lust or love? Since this marriage was predicted to be a failure, would treachery and deceit ruin their life together? Will love finally come to both Anise and James? You definitely must read Ani ...more
Marina Leonard
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book. Once again, it almost made me think I was there in the story with Anice and James. I didn't want to put it down. It was a real page turner. I eagerly await the next book.
Rachael Keefe
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second brilliant instalment of the Borderland Series. This is the enemy’s to lovers troup done to perfection. I absolutely loved that, despite Anice feeling like her only redeeming quality is her beauty, it’s the only quality that James doesn’t applaud. They see strengths in each other and support each other. It’s just a beautiful love story with a lot of substance to the story. Ten stars out of 5!
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Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.

She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She loves Disney

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