Series: Warrior #13
Published by Harlequin on April 24, 2001
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
Lord Kirkheathe's first wife was dead, and though his liege lord deemed him guiltless, rumor yet tarred his reputation.
Now, Elizabeth Perronet found herself his newly wedded bride with a question of her own: If Raymond D'Estienne were truly no savage, how had he unleashed in her things so…untamed and wild?
Or so believed Raymond D'Estienne, courtesy of his late wife. What, then, was he to make of the remarkable Elizabeth Perronet, fresh from the convent and determined to change his life—in ways he'd never dreamed!
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
The Overlord’s Bride is a book that I actually saw randomly scrolling through my Libby’s library and I was shocked to see such an old-school romance. And I instantly grabbed it up and the moment that I started reading it, I was hooked. I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed this author’s writing in the past, so if you are looking for a fast quick read, this is definitely one to grab up especially if you want to explore the older historical’s that are out there (and trust me there are plenty of great ones) This is part of a series, although it seems to be loosely connected. Its a big series 15 books I think of all medieval era themes and settings and I can’t wait to explore the series here more.
The Overlord’s Bride features some strong characters in:
Raymond D’Estienne-English Aristocrasy, poor, injured voice,
Elizabeth Perronet-grew up in a convent, beautiful, cunning, and intelligent
The Overlord’s Bride sets off with our heroine, Elizabeth, who has been taken from the convent by her uncle who wants her to fulfill an arranged marriage contract that her cousin was originally supposed to fulfill. But when her cousin fell in love with another man, it is now her duty to fulfill the contract. Elizabeth is more than willing to do so, her life in the convent was full of abuse all of her life, and is grateful to escape its horrors. When she first meets her lord and future husband, she sees someone that strikes fear in many but not in her. She knows there is goodness in him and is more than willing to prove to be a good wife and mother to his children. She knows he has had horror in his life as well and feels a connection to him. But there is a plot to a neighboring lord who wants what her husband has and it will take some creative cunning for Elizabeth and Raymond to work together, defeat the enemy and prove to the Earl that they are worthy and of the plot against them from a corrupt lord.
Elizabeth had never heard anything quite like the soft hoarseness of Lord Kirkheathe’s deep voice. It seemed at once intimate and frightening, as if he were part beast and, at the same time, pure human male. A man might sound like that in the throes of fierce passion, whispering in her ear.
The Overlord’s Bride is a story that SURPRISED me so much. I was really stunned by the heroine, she was so wonderful here. You know how in those horror movies, and the character (most times women haha) go down the alley alone and you think to yourself “no no you stupid girl” well I had one of these moments in this book when I thought that the heroine was being too trusting and then she shocks me by being cunning and crafty and setting her own trap for the villain instead of the other way around and man I wanted to clap and cheer this character on because YEP!! I loved it. The romance was sweet and not too full of angst, which I quite enjoyed. It was such a fast read, read it under two hours so it really was quick, faster than I expected. You never know when you delve into older historicals and if the writing will be more harder to adapt to. But its Margaret Moore, and she is so easy to read while also holding up to historical authenticity in the story. The hero was quite a delight, he is somewhat alpha, but not too much. I loved him though, he has scars and injuries, but I like that he doesn’t let that set him back. He is determined to protect his people and loved his hard work ethic and devotion to them. I really felt for some of the side characters who get caught up in the trap that the villain sets and I respect the author in showcasing the lives that the poor and how they were used by those more powerful than they. But it was done it quite a admirable way that didn’t take from the story but added to it. The setting was so well written, and I loved being able to immerse myself into this medieval era without it being too specific.
“It’s love, Elizabeth. Love has come over me. My love for you has freed me and yes, loosened my tongue.” He gave her a small, mischievous smile. “Or perhaps I only wanted them to know how pleased I am with my wife.”
Overall I found The Overlord’s Bride to be an essential story that was exactly what I needed in a historical (too many modern ones of late), this author’s writing voice was such a refresher and a reminder of the gems of older historical’s that are deeply missed. Highly recommend you picking this one up here.