The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix

Fergus’ heart was broken forever—until Leila tempted him to love again…

The crusader's vow

Fergus’ heart was broken forever—until Leila tempted him to love again…

Returning home to Scotland triumphant and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is stunned to learn that his beloved Isobel has wed another man. He knows he will never love again, so a marriage of convenience to his friend and comrade, Leila, seems a fitting compromise. At least it will give Leila the security of a home and husband, even if it offers far less than Fergus desired of marriage…

Leila fears her past will pursue her, compelling to return to her former life, until Fergus offers the ideal solution. She yearns for more than a practical match with the valiant Highlander, but hopes to win his heart before revealing the love she has kept secret from him. All might end well, if Fergus’ former betrothed would just relinquish her hold upon him…

When those who hunt the Templar treasure in Fergus’ possession identify its location, both Fergus and Leila could lose far more than their marriage. Will they triumph over the past and trust each other in time to find happiness together?

Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical / Scottish

Language: English

Keywords: highlander, second chance at love, jilted, interracial romance, multicultural romance, fish out of water, disguise, hidden heir, friends to lovers, marriage of convenience

Word Count: 116,000

Sales info:

This is the fourth book in my medieval romance series The Champions of St. Euphemia. As the series must be read in order, please do not offer to translate it first.

Sample text:

“Then perhaps our future days are bound together,” she whispered, making the opposite conclusion to his own.

Fergus did not know what to say.

Leila looked up at him, then, and her gaze lingered on his mouth. She ran the tip of her own tongue across her bottom lip, as if she hungered for more than he had any right to give, then she took a deep breath and dropped her gaze, hiding her thoughts from him.

Fergus felt immediately bereft. “What will you do?” He lifted one hand when she did not reply. “Will you stay here at Haynesdale with Bartholomew and Anna? I know they would welcome you.”

Leila shook her head.

“Will you continue to Killairic with Duncan and me?”

“And face the wrath of your betrothed?” she suggested, a smile in her voice.

“Isobel might not make the conclusion you expect.”

“Then she is a fool,” she said hotly and straightened beside him. “For any woman with blood in her veins would desire a man so loyal of heart as you, even if he were not wrought so tall and fine, nor possessed of such valor.”

“Leila!” Fergus protested, surprised by her endorsement. “You know little of me...”

“After eleven months in each other’s company, I know much of you, and all of it has merit.” She looked up at him, her eyes flashing. “I admire you, Fergus. You are the manner of man to whom I should like to pledge my troth.” Her gaze clung to his, her desire so easily read that Fergus was shocked.

Indeed, her confession made his heart leap, and he wished it had not.

Book translation status:

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Already translated. Translated by Evelyn T M Martins
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