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The Heiress

(Bride Quest #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  27 reviews
"When you open a book by Claire Delacroix, you open a treasure chest of words, rare and exquisite!"

"I seek a bride, the wealthiest heiress in Ireland."

No woman can resist the charms of Rowan de Montvieux. But the dashing rogue is in no hurry to marry--until his family dares him to find a bride . . . or risk losing his inheritance. So Rowan sets out on a Bride Q
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Dell
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Tina Ullrich
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
After both his half brothers are now wed and happy, Rowan takes their dare in the heat of the moment. Not realizing the true consequences that it will entail. To find the riches bride he can in Ireland.
For the journey he must undertake will be by boat, which he doesn't handle well, and then by having this heiress fall in love with him under his terms. His foster mother, Lady Margaux of Montvieux, has decreed that if Rowan does not bring a bride, a rich one, to Montvieux by Yule then he will be
Debbie Brown
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rowan de Montvieux agrees to go on a bride quest or risk losing his inheritance. He knows no woman can resist his charms and set out to wed an heiress. On his way to Ireland to find an Irish heiress he becomes intrigued when a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen. Little does he know Ibernia is actually Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in disguise trying to get home. Rowman thinks to sample her charms as she leads him to the he heiress he seek ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a well-written, excellent historical romance. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is part of a series (The Bride Quest) with related characters. Rowan de Montvieux agrees to go on a bride quest or risk losing his inheritance. On his journey he encounters a peasant being sold by a slave merchant, and intrigues by the mystery he senses, he agrees to take her along in exchange for her help locating the bride he seeks. She is actually Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in ...more
Viper Spaulding
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After watching his brothers fall to wedded bliss, Rowan is determined not to be so easily led by a woman. Until his brothers challenge him with his own Bride Quest. Never one to back down from a challenge, Rowan heads off to find his heiress or risk losing his own inheritance.

Ah, but he's distracted in that pursuit by a lovely peasant girl who just might be more than she seems. These two are so perfectly-matched that their steamy chemistry is only surpassed by their snarky verbal repartee.

Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is an entertaining and amusing story. Rowan is an carefree guy trying to win a dare. Ibernia is a strong survivor trying to get home. They lock horns and engage in battle from the minute they meet. Rowan thinks to have her and then marry Bronwyn, but Ibernia wants nothing to do with him. They have a very drama filled adventure on their way to see Bronwyn. The storyline is engrossing and suspenseful and the characters are captivating.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the auth
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Risky but it works

I thought it a nice change of pace that the heroine wasn't a virginal maid but it was risky because she had been raped. I'm not sure the following seduction could really have been achieved but as this is fiction I was prepared to move past it. The rest of the book was excellent, lots of exciting happenings and suprises. I've read 18 of this authors books in 40 days and I can say this was among the best
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author has a talent for not only telling a tale, but also drawing you into it. Her writing sets the tone and the descriptions bring the period into focus. The story is engaging and exciting with twists and turns aplenty to keep you turning the pages. This was maybe my favorite of the Bride Quest series!
Amanda Bright
Enjoyable chick lit ... highly predictable but that is the point of chick lit ... doesn't challenge the reader but then chick lit is meant for sunny beaches and long plane flights ... rest and relaxation. ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adult fairytale

Good character development. Language used is true to time period. Plot twists you don’t see coming. Romantic, sexy and love wins.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
A little slow to start, tear jerker at end. Enjoyed it.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

I loved this book. I just couldn't put it down. I read well past my bedtime. Anyone who loves a good Highlander book would love tis book.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Youngest son Rowan wants nothing to do with responsibilities, preferring to live the life of a carefree rogue, enjoying the favors of women and the occasional wager. When his brothers dare him to find a bride (as they have recently done) he not only takes the wager, but increases the difficulty by declaring he will marry the wealthiest heiress in all of Ireland. When on his way he comes across a beautiful slave in the custody of a truly cruel and despicable trader, he can't help but purchase her ...more
Jessica Woods
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heiress was wildly, entertaining as the two main characters matched wits in a world of secrets and impulsive schemes. Ibernia runs away from home to avoid an arranged marriage to only be enslaved and sold to knight Rowan of Montvieux. Rowan is on a bride quest to marry the wealthiest heiress in Ireland but cannot help but to be drawn to the strong willed young lady he has freed from bondage. Not believing in love or any responsibilities, Rowan seeks marriage only to please his stepmother and ...more
Rachel Thompson
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Shelves: historical
Rowan de Montvieux has accepted an impossible dare from his brothers--he must wed the wealthiest heiress in Ireland, and his mother has threatened to disown him if he fails to return to Montvieux without a bride. On his way to Ireland, a slave merchant offers to sell him a peasant girl. Rowan is more honorable than he pretends and hates to see the girl in such circumstances. After buying her he vows that his roguish charm will allow him to sample her passion, even as she leads him to the heiress ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rowan de Montvieux is a happy go lucky Knight who will do anything for a dare. That is how he has ended up looking for the wealthiest heiress in Ireland to be his bride. His brothers have sent him on a bride quest. He is very confident that with his considerable charm, he will have no problem.
Bronwyn of Ballyroyal made a very bad decision a few months ago, that ended with her as a slave. Now she has half a chance to get home, if she can fool the handsome Knight who bought her into taking her.
Marty Tool
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third book of this series, yet it can be a standalone. To really understand Rowans father and brothers it is worth reading the previous books. Well worth the while to read, this book has a little of everything. Adventure, mystery, romance, intrigue all with likable characters to enjoy the ride with. Best, it ends with multiple happy endings for many characters. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my hones ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Part of the Bride Quest series, Rowan has taken his brothers' challenge and set off for Ireland to find an heiress. First, he stops in London, and just wants to sleep, but he encounters a slave for sale that he can't resist! She is dressed like a slave, and is restrained, but her eyes tell a different story, along with the way she holds herself. Rowan purchases her, only to discover that she is from Ireland and can aid him on his quest. Ibernia, the name she gives her new owner, is not what she ...more
Chris Coulson
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful tale from Claire Delacroix's medieval world about the third Fitzgavin son, Rowan. A merry knight with troubadour leanings and no stomach for the high seas meets his love match in a feisty merchant's daughter. An adventure to enjoy.

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Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
"The Heiress" was kind of an interesting premise that never really developed. Honestly, I didn't really like the main characters and the plot was plodding and quite predictable. I would not recommend this book. ...more
Two brothers dare their younger brother to go to Ireland and marry a Heiress. On the way he meets a slave merchant who offers him a slave who holds her self like a queen. As he travels he begin to wonder if love is possible.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
good book an enjoyable read
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Nice romance, usual formula plot, easy reading.
First time with this author.
Tam Cooke
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it its a fantastic read Thankyou Claire.
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Rowan is sent on a bride quest to wed Bronywn, a rich heiress. Along the way he rescues a slave, who is Bronwyn in disguise.

Not that great. Blah.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
it was okay, kinda took too long to get to the point and rowen and bronwyn were not developed enough for me to care about them.
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New York Times bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, an historical romance called ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over sixty romance novels and novellas, and has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literat ...more

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