Thursday, April 28, 2016

Showcase - Review The Warrior's Prize by Claire Delacroix aka Deborah Cooke

Those who know me well know that you can't put a Delacroix/Cooke novel in front of me that I don't immediately fall into the story. The Warrior's Prize is no different, it's in fact the one story that I couldn't wait to read because she let her readers see Elizabeth Lammegeir grow up right in front of our eyes. 
I'm reviewing the audible edition narrated by the wonderful Saskia Maarleveld.
Sit back and enjoy a fabulous trip into the past!

ISBN-13: 9781927477601
Publisher: Ever After Romance
Release Date: 06/08/2015
Length: 356pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


The maiden was just another treasure to be won-until she stole his heart and changed his life forever.
Outraged that her beloved brother's soul is to be the Fae tithe to Hell, Elizabeth knows that she must save him. She is the only one in her family who can see the Fae, after all, and is already cursed by their king herself. Malcolm may have offered to replace his comrade out of honor, but Elizabeth knows who better deserves to live-and it is not the handsome rogue, Rafael, who is concerned with his own welfare alone. It should be easy to make a wager with a mercenary, especially as Elizabeth does not care about the cost to herself. To her surprise, though, Rafael proves to be the man who not only takes her dare, but banishes the Fae king's curse with kisses that turn her blood to fire. Could this hardened warrior, who appears to have no heart, be the destined love she has awaited?
At first glimpse, Rafael believes Elizabeth to be an angel sent to judge him-and he knows what her verdict will be. He has made choices in order to survive, and is not proud of them. But Elizabeth dares him to change, with an audacity that awakens a nobility of purpose that Rafael has forgotten he possessed. Can this bold maiden heal the wounds of his past? Can Rafael earn the right to grant her the life she deserves-and do so before the Fae king springs his trap, making Elizabeth his captive forever?
My Review

Claire continues her prolific Lammegeir saga with Elizabeth and Rafael’s tale. Her breathtaking medieval historically correct Scottish backdrops and bygone dialogue sets a realistic, excellent era scene for readers, and her smooth mellifluous narrative sets the perfect pace.  But it’s her hero and heroine that rule this novel with their interesting backgrounds, their hardships and their tenacity that really stand out. We also get to reconnect with all the Lammegeir siblings, the spouses and see how the clan is growing. With fabulous characters, an epic tale and a bit of fantasy plus a fantastic ending this is a must read that belongs on any historical romance fan's keeper shelf.

Once again the audible version was put in the capable melodious voice of Saskia Maarleveld who brings listeners right into the story with her splendid accent, her skillful changing from female to male and her impeccable cadence that makes the story come alive and allows fans to enjoy an experience that’s gives a multi-dimensional enjoyment of this fabulous tale.

Have you ever from the beginning of a series known there was one story you couldn’t wait to read; well Elizabeth Lammegeir’s story was mine in Claire Delacroix’s True Love Bride’s series.
Elizabeth is the youngest of Roland and Catherine Lammegeir and has been a ward of her oldest brother Alexander since their parents’ death. She’s always been a force to be reckoned with and the most vocal of her sisters in regards to choosing her own spouse. She’s also the only one of her family with the gift/curse of being able to see the fey which has gotten her in and out of all kinds of trouble and it might just be that same gift/curse that will get her, her true heart’s desire; the most handsome companion of her brother Malcolm, Rafael Rodriguez.
Mercenary Rafael Rodriguez covets the beauteous maiden Elizabeth but knows that he is not good enough for someone of her status so he must convince her that she must look elsewhere for a husband but she is not so easy to deny. And he doesn’t want to!

The True Love Bride series

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MEET Claire/Deb:
Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance,The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.
Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.
Deborah thinks a lot about publishing and writing, and also knits too much.
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  1. Thanks for the wonderful review, Deb! I'm so glad you enjoyed Elizabeth's book. :-)

  2. I really do need to try this author! Thanks for posting about this today Debbie, have a great day!

  3. I had such fun with this series on audio and have recently begun the next series :) So happy you loved it as well Debbie!

    1. I really did Kim I love that she kept the Lammegeir clan tales going

  4. I need to get to this series because I know you love it. It is sitting in my Audible wishlist waiting for the right time! And I love a great narrator. Did you ever listen to Davina Porter read Diana Gabaldon's books?

    1. oh no I've never listened to a Gabldon book omg, does it take a month LOL
      but that's a thought on my daily pooch walk thanks Kathryn!

  5. I haven't listened to a female narrate a Scottish book. Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check this out.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Oh Melanie she's exceptional, I hope you get to hear one of her narrations.

  6. I'm going to have to check out that narrator. I'm doing more audio books (2-4 a month) while walking and on the look out for some that do an awesome job :)

    1. OMG Anna she is wonderful and I too do my audio listening while walking Pippa. We usually clock about three miles/day, her legs might be short but she's a trooper!