War Bride: A Chained Trilogy Novella

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 The last thing Leofred Toustain ever wanted was to be tied in marriage to the daughter of an enemy lord. Yet, when a peace treaty is forged in an attempt to mend the war-torn realm of Alemere that is precisely what he is faced with. To add insult to injury, the bride chosen for him is a sullen, silent shell of a woman who recoils from his every attempt at intimacy. Resigned to his fate, he strives to at least form a friendship of sorts with her. In the process, he will discover that there is far more to the woman he married than meets the eye.
After a harrowing incident left her broken and hideously scarred, Lady Emery Calliot fully intended to avoid marriage. However, when her only living male relative and guardian signs her life away in a peace treaty, she is left with no other choice. Determined to keep her scars—both physical and internal—a secret, she seeks to place as much distance between herself and Leofred as possible. Yet, the more time she spends with her new husband, the harder hiding from him becomes. Emery will face a daunting decision: reveal her scars and the dark secret accompanying them to her husband and risk his disgust and scorn, or bare her secrets and find acceptance, love, and perhaps, the strength she needs to become whole again.
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Marion Press
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100
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9781310424687
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Medieval
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
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This is book 2 of 6 in the complete, Kings of Cardenas series ... a Fantasy Historical Romance saga about a royal family in the fictional province of Cardenas. 

Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s ‘Kings of Cardenas’ family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny.

Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.

Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.

Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to love Serge in return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she mourns the other?

Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?

Kings of Cardenas Series Reading Order
The Third Son
The Second Son
The Lady Knights of Barony
Gypsy Rose
The Gypsy
The Mistress (Bonus Novella) 


Series KeywordsFantasy Historical RomanceVictorian EraInterracial and MulticulturalRoyalty and AristocratsRomantic SuspenseMysteryFamily Saga
 A historical/fantasy romance box set including 6 stories
Scandal. Romance. Royal court intrigue.
Elise Marion’s bestselling Kings of Cardenas Series is now available in one complete collection. Six stories of love and passion, set against a backdrop of opulence and drama. 

Book One: The Third Son 
Prince Damien is a rake, a rogue, and a scoundrel. The youngest of three sons, his lack of responsibility have made his life one of indolence and revelry. When the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda, comes dancing into his life, Damien finds a passion and a purpose he’s never known, and a love that will set his world on fire. But with a murderous plot against the royal family threatening the lives of those he loves, Damien finds himself faced with a choice between duty and love. 

Book Two: The Second Son
Prince Serge has loved Princess Isabelle for as long as he can remember, but his deepest desire can never be. The princess was betrothed to his brother when she was a babe. It doesn’t matter that his brother has died, leaving Isabelle widowed … she was never meant to be his. Still, when it is suggested that they marry for the sake of her war-torn country, Serge dares to hope that she could someday return his love. Together, the two will fight together to save a nation, but will Serge win the ultimate contest in the battle for Isabelle’s heart? 

Book 2.5: The Lady Knights of Barony
Three headstrong warrior women. Three stories of love, loss, and healing. One sisterhood of knights forged by the flames of war. When a rash of kidnappings breaks out over the province of Barony, Ladies Ava Longley, Mudiwa Akua, and Hanako Kiyomi, are charged with finding the stolen women, and bringing the villain responsible to justice. Along the way, each woman will be confronted by their pasts and challenged by men who stand to steal their hearts away. Can these headstrong ladies find the strength to love without losing the courage and bravery that is so a part of their very natures? 

Book Three: Gypsy Rose
Tatiana Angelo always dreamed of a life of opulence and glamour. Catching the eye of a rich and titled lord seemed like a dream come true, but a few months after their whirlwind elopement, Tatiana found herself abandoned by the man she once thought loved her. When Adrian Wilshire enters her life, Tatiana is certain she’s found in him the freedom and passion she desires. But when the truth of his identity comes to light, the pain of his betrayal is too much to bear. Yet, despite her anger and sadness, she finds that turning her back on him will be harder than she could have ever imagined.

Book Four: The Gypsy
As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman who will turn his world upside down. 

Bonus Novella: The Mistress
Once the courtesan of a prince, and then the wife of a king, Davina Keane now finds herself divorced, banished for treason, and sentenced to a life of loveless marriage to the man who aided her in her crimes. Now a penniless widow, she has sunk as low as could be and faces a life of poverty; prostitution being her only other option besides living on the street. Desperate to save herself, Davina makes one final attempt at forging a new life … by marriage to Rafe Rothwell. As an arrangement of convenience becomes something more, Davina is faced with the possibility of losing her husband over the truth of her hidden past. 
House Toustain … House Maignart … two royal houses once embroiled in a bloody feud … Thirty years of peace now broken in an instant …

Sir Caden Maignart has been captured, beaten, locked in a dungeon, and wrongfully accused of kidnapping and oath-breaking. Determined to free himself and his men, and clear his besmirched name, Caden does not count on the willful nature of his captor, Lady Gwendolyn Toustain, the daughter of the man who was once his father’s mortal enemy. After several attempts at escape, the lady orders him bound and chained to a wall in her chambers—where he will remain under her personal guard at all times and kept from conspiring with his men. While the lady's high-handedness infuriates him, Caden cannot deny that everything else about her drives him to distraction. Forced into close proximity with her, Caden soon finds it hard to remember his mission of escape.

When Lady Gwendolyn of House Toustain first lays eyes on her prisoner, one thing about him is abundantly clear: Sir Caden of Daleraia is a dangerous man. Yet, she must show him no fear. The captured band of knights from Daleraia are her only clue in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of House Toustain’s sons, and it falls to Lady Gwen to seek justice. Is this kidnapping merely the ploy of mercenaries out for a ransom? Or has Sir Caden acted on the order of the High Lord of Daleraia and broken the peace? As she searches for the answers, she never expects the surge of passion that ignites between herself and her prisoner. The longer he remains in her clutches, the more Gwen realizes that though she has him chained, she is the one who has been captured. 
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