Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution - but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.
Isabella is outraged to find her brother's keep besieged by a renegade knight - especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch's very soul. As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella's future?
©2012 Claire Delacroix, Inc. (P)2015 Deborah A. Cooke
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"He stole my heart"
I would recommend this audiobook. I'm a sucker for a great romance and this was! I felt like I was taken back in time and was part of the story. And believe me, that doesn't happen too often.
No favorites though I could quite easily have fallen in love...
She's a great narrator. I loved her flawless change in voice.
I loved it!
"An Impassioned Struggle to Gain One's True Love"
I’m delighted to continue the story of the Lammergeier sisters. Saskia Maarleveld does such a great job telling the story, touching the very essence of each character’s spirit. I’m amazed with her range of voice portraying males, children and females. I never tire of listening to her.
So it was like coming home to some good friends. The last series, The Jewels of Kinfairlie left three of Alexander’s sisters yet to be wed. He had promised them they would have the right to choose their own marriage partners. He had ‘arranged’ marriages for his other two sisters. In retaliation for scheming, they arranged his marriage to Eleanor which turned out verra’ well indeed.
The girls lived quietly for three years and were starting to get concerned they’d turn into spinsters. When Murdoch Seton, a knight, came to see Alexander, the girls thought he was back to old mischief. He was not. Murdoch Seton came to petition Alexander to return a relic of old they thought Ross, Alexander’s brother, had stolen while he fostered with them.
Murdoch was desperate. Time was running out for the success of his quest. The Elphine Queen had marked him as her own, for the Fae love to manipulate beings in the human world and take lovers where they could. But he only had one moon to set the wrong done to his clan, to make a difference and do good. At first we meet, he didn’t appear to be chivalrous, but a bit underhanded. Alexander was ready to see the worst in him, judging him by Murdoch's actions. Isabella was ready to see the good in him, and help him she would. Ah! Love will conquer all.
Their hearts chose well, for it was Isabella’s propensity to believe in the Fae world and give some credence to folklore surrounding the Scottish highlands. She also wanted to be a healer, much like Eleanor so had interest in the healing qualities of herbs. We got to see more of the spriggan and reconnect with Darg. The spriggan talk with verse, which was really a delight to listen to. Clever writer, to be sure!
There are two secondary characters which make this story even more charming. Smith, from the smithy of Kinfairlie and Stewart, an old servant retained by Murdoch's father who believed in Murdoch. Smith also believed in the goodness of Murdoch and was familiar with treachery of the Fae. Stewart was like the conscious of Murdoch, always telling him how he should act and what he should do.
Ms. DelaCroix provides a delightful, appealing, fantastical historical romance that continues to amuse, beguile and enchant. She and the narrator will propel you into their medieval world and you will be ensnared as I am. On that you can rely!
"A Fantastic romance and wonderful narration"
The narration provided by Saskia Maarleveld is marvelous, her melodious voice is the perfect instrument to portray all the characters females and males, young and old plus those feisty fae characters too. Her pronunciations are superb, her accent is excellent and the whole package allows the listener to be absorbed by the experience and feel a part of the story.
I think this book is another great example that Ms. DelCroix and Ms. Maarleveld are an amazing duo.
The story is captivating, enchanting and not to be missed. It is a love story in which the main characters, Isabella and Murdoch have to overcome obstacles thrown in their path constantly, the Fae Queen, the spriggans, their families. I loved that Isabella fought for what she believed in. A very happy ending! It was great to see past characters appear in this book too.
Ms. Maarleveld has an amazing voice, easy to listen to that made me forget what is around me and immerse myself in the story. She is able to modulate it so well for the many different characters, male and female and the accents are great.
Thank you for a great listening experience.
"A Marvelous Enchanting Medieval Romance!"
The Renegades Heart by Claire Delacroix is an enchanting medieval historical romance set in 1400's England. First in the True Love Brides trilogy, it is nice to see many familiar faces from the Jewels of Kinfarlie series, including Lady Eleanor and Alexander from The Snow White Bride.
This story involves another of Alexander's sisters, Isabella, who is known as the sister who can't tell a lie. She first meets Murdoch Seton as he is invading her brother’s keep on a quest to recover a religious relic stolen from his family. After only meeting him once, Isabella believes Murdoch's quest is righteous and decides to help him discover who is the true thief of the relic. Their immediate attraction is undeniable and Murdoch can't help but kiss Isabella senseless at their first meeting - and each time thereafter.
Just prior to meeting Isabella, Murdoch was held captive by the Fae Queen as her slave for three years. Although At first it appeared the queen let Murdoch return home, in truth, it was a trick to steal his heart. Despite the Fae Queen holding his heart captive, he falls in love with Isabella who will do anything to free him from the clutches of the Fae.
Saskia Maarleveld narrates The Renegade's Heart, as she did with all of the Jewels of Kinfarlie books. She really brings all of the characters to life giving each one every their own distinct voice, both male and female. She also has a rhythm to her reading that is melodious and enthralling. Simply put, Claire and Saskia together are the perfect pairing for hours of thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. Bravo!
"NOT WELL DEVELOPED!!"
She didn't just a bad storyline!!
Most of them
Ok this is my fault that I bought this ebook. So I won't return it. I have been exploring other Genre's to read but this was an epic fail. I just can't seem to get into the Fae and Elf's. So that's my fault but the story is the authors fault. It really didn't seem to make much sense. I keep feeling like I had missed something. I think there needed to be more backstory and development of the characters. Maybe its just me so I won't go into details and let other readers decided for themselves!!
"Not my cup of Tea."
I just couldn't get into this book. returned it. I'm going to try the next one in the series.
"Usually not a paranormal element lover,but...."
The characters all pulled me into their lives and I did not want to put it down.
The characters all pulled me into their lives and I did not want to put it down.... I am STRICTLY a historical romance girl,mostly medieval Scottish time period..And I usually do not care for more than mythology being mentioned,no paranormal..BUT..Claire Delacroix weaved the paranormal into the story in such a way I did not feel like I had left my historical roots to delve into the supernatural!!! I want to thank her for writing these stories that have opened my eyes a bit more and allowed me to enjoy hours of mythology brought to life..I HIGHLY recommend to any lover of historical romance who craves a fantastic ever after to give her stories a go,I am promising you you'll enjoy the time you spend on it...
* I was bought a copy of this book for my birthday by my husband,in no way was the author involved in my decision on rating this book*
"The Renegade’s Heart held me captive making me hol"
Delacroix creates these wonderful stories against the backdrop of a medieval keep and I have enjoyed them immensely. In Renegade’s Heart we meet, Murdoch Seton. He is on a quest to recover treasure that were stolen from his family’s keep…but there is more to his story. Ensnared by the Fae Queen he must find a way to break her hold.
His quest brings him to Kinfairlie where he confronts Lord Alexander about a stolen chalice. While he believes Alex may be innocent, his instinct tells him that Alex is hiding something. On his way to face Alex, he meets Isabella Lammergeier, Alex’s sister, and almost immediately I could feel the intense attraction between them. His first thought is to use this fair maiden to gain answers, but a heated kiss and her feisty personality soon have him yearning for more.
The Renegade’s Heart was delightful as it weaved several threads together. We have Murdoch’s quest to recover his family’s treasure and save their home. Then we have his issues with Alex believing him a thief and the budding romance that develops with Isabella. The most exciting and intense aspect of the story for me dealt with the Fae Queen. Interaction with the Fae had me holding my breath and a scene in the woods gave me the chills. I love supernatural creatures but the only one I truly fear are the Fae. The author only reaffirmed those fears.
Isabella was a wonderful heroine. She can be outspoken at times and I loved how she stood up to Murdoch, Alex and the Fae. We get a chance to see characters from earlier tales, and meet a few others along the way. Delacroix shared Murdoch’s backstory from his ancestry, battles and of how he became beholden to the Fae Queen. Sometimes he was a little pig-headed, but his treatment of Isabella, and his ability to listen to advice made him a worthy knight. I love when an author allows me to connect with the characters and feel their emotions.
Narrator Saskia Maarleveld has this wonderful tone and accent that makes listening a pleasure. She draws you in and seduces you with her voice. She brings out the character’s personalities and her male voices are delightful without the gruff tone we normally get with female narrators.
"Slow, boring and confusing"
Okay so this book is just to slow and boring to me. Again I am in the minority here and can't finish it after 4 hours of listening.
Sorry, I don't get confused easily when reading but this book is just all over the place to me and make's no sense. I can't finish it.
As for the narration, it's great. I am a huge fan of Saskia Maarleveld. She does a great job narrating. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice. Even this great narrator couldn't help this story. Sigh.....
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