Audiobook Review: The Rose Red Bride by Claire Delacroix

RoseredbirdeSource: Audio Jukebox – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Series: The Jewels of Kinfairlie #2
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Edition: Audiobook, 13 Hours 13 Minutes
Genre: Historical Romance
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Rating: 4/5 Stars

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love.

The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Like a heroine in an ancient tale, Vivienne waited in the highest chamber of Kinfairlie’s tower for her fated lover. In the darkness he came for her, cloaked and hooded so that she would not see his face. He loved her sweetly, thoroughly…and Vivienne knew she had met her destiny.

But in the morning light, her dream is shattered. Erik Sinclair of Blackleith is no romantic hero but a disinherited warrior who arranged her abduction to regain his own legacy. Outraged by Erik’s insistence that he needs her solely to beget a son, yet ensnared by the passion he awakens, Vivienne realizes that there is more merit in her taciturn spouse than he would admit. Erik is skeptical of her growing faith in his honor and her desire to recapture his stolen birthright.

Little does he suspect that his rare gem of a bride intends to capture his barricaded heart as well.

It feels wonderful to be back in the world of the Jewels of Kinfairlie. This time we follow Vivienne as she is matched with a man who is not who he claims to be, and struggles to come to terms with his overall plan and her desire for him.

Vivienne is outspoken and feels a bit at odds with her rather imperfect nature. Her hair never seems to stay tame, her hems always seem to attract dirt, and she has a habit of cowing people with honesty. I think I love her just as much if not more than her older sister Madeline from Beauty Bride. And I love how passionate she’s capable of being in all aspects of her life. Which is something that Erik is immediately drawn to, but wishes to hold at bay until he can produce the heir he so desperately needs. At first I didn’t really like Erik, he seemed overly distant and his reluctance to marry until he was sure he had a son just rubbed me the wrong way. But as if with so much in this book series, not all is as it seems and by the end of the book I was definitely cheering the pair on as they fought the odds to stay together.  One of the best things about this series is that even though it’s lighter fare and feels very much like enjoying your favorite snack food, the writing is still fantastic and enveloping.

Like the first book we do get more than just the main pairs story. In this one we get more on aunt Rosamund and this time we get to see her in her true element, on a ship at sea. We also get more from Elizabeth and Daug, the tiny sprite who plays her own little pivotal role in the lives of the humans around her. To top of the fun and light story the audiobook adds the vocal skills of Saskia Marrleveld, who is steadily becoming a favorite of mine. She has such a great range of voices from the deep, stoic and heavily accented Erik to the tiny and scheming Daug. In short she’s an excellent narrator and I’ll definitely add her to my list of narrators to be on the lookout for in the future.

Can’t wait to listen to book three!

4 stars

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