Medieval Monday | THE HIGHLANDER’S CRUSADER BRIDE by Cathy and DD MacRae
Welcome to the second week of our Medieval Monday blog hop and our new theme of "Celebrations." My guest today is the lovely Cathy and DD MacRae! They're sharing a snippet from their medieval romance The Highlander's Crusader Bride.
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Snippet from The Highlander's Crusader Bride
Deep in a crowd of well-wishers, Arbela’s short stature made her an elusive target. But Caelen’s eyes followed her as she approached. Reaching a point only a few feet away, she halted and the party around her drew back, allowing him to see his bride clearly for the first time.
Arrayed in a gown of dragon’s blood red, her glittering necklace of rubies and diamonds appeared worth a king’s ransom. Her dark eyes flashed, their tilted lines accented with a dark liner, adding to the exotic mystery that was Arbela. Her face, framed by a gossamer-thin veil, invited his touch, and he checked his impulse to caress her cheek.
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Backcover blurb for The Highlander's Crusader Bride
Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword, and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.
After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age.
Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means, and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan.
More than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.
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