Mercenary's Bride by Terri Brisbin

#47 of 200
Original Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin
Country: U.S
Publication Date: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-29602-6
Noble Warrior, Worthy Wife
Brice Fitzwilliam is finally paid his due: awarded the title and lands of Thaxted, the warrior waits to claim his promised virgin bride!
But Gillian of Thaxted will be no man’s prize! She will not submit to the conquering knight’s powerful physique, dark, piercing eyes or the bold way his arm drapes protectively over her at night....
Brice thought he would pleasure his new wife out of duty—but it’s become a nightly pleasure of his
own! Now he risks exposing a chink in his armor if he succumbs totally to his new bride....
The Knights of Brittany -- Born to conquer…and seduce!

The second book in Terri Brisbin's Knights of Brittany trilogy, Mercenary's Bride follows Bryce Fitzwilliam as he discovers falling in love can be much harder than controlling his new estate. It is an exciting and seductive new addition to the trilogy that will have your toes curling.
There is less action and more romance in Mercenary's Bride and the romance itself is easier to stomach. Gillian is as free spirited and independent as Fayth but she delivers her spunk in a more interesting way. A variation of escape attempts and romantic encounters add up to create a passionate love story.

Instead of focusing on how Bryce will control his new estate the novel really dives into his relationship with Gillian. The two respond to each other immediately, despite an awful beginning. The action doesn't really come through until the end when there is, an almost requisite, attack on Bryce's holdings in which the heroine is again allowed a moments freedom to be brave and heroic.

Bryce is more demanding as a protagonist than Giles was, and more likeable for acknowledging his feelings and not allowing himself to become over wrought with anger.

A fun second step into the world of the Knights of Brittany, the Mercenary's Bride is a passionate encounter with the world of William the Conqueror's invasion of England. It is followed by the final book His Enemy's Daughter.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: Tamer than the previous cover, it suits Gillian's initial decision to join the nunnery. It is a simple seduction and the models pose, looking over her shoulder, shows she is not indifferent to wanting to be seduced.


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