The Saint

Assassins Guild

Book 3
C.J. Archer
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Elizabeth Buckley has been in love with Edward Monk for most of her life. Unfortunately he's only ever had eyes for her older, prettier sister. Five years after he left the village to make himself worthy of a Buckley, their lives intersect. This time, she's determined to make him see her and bed her.

All Edward has to do is convince the girl he loves to set aside her betrothed and wed him instead. When her betrothed becomes tangled in a web of lies and murder, it's up to Edward to untangle him. If only he could keep his mind on the task, and not get distracted by the wrong Buckley girl. 

As lies unravel and the Buckleys are brought to the brink of ruin, Edward must make the ultimate sacrifice, or risk losing everything he has worked so hard for.

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C.J. Archer
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Feb 16, 2014
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285
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9780992376116
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English
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Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Medieval
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Praise for the books in THE ASSASSINS GUILD series:"as i started reading this book i thought i had made a huge mistake...as i am NOT a lover (usually) of 1598 time period! BUT...C. J. Archer not only pulled me into this book but the three books after this one. she had me "hook, line and sinker" by the end of the first chapter." ~ reviewer Ev

"If you like well developed characters, colorful situations and lots of intrigue you'll love this series of books as much as I did. Buy them all, because you'll have to in the end." ~ reviewer Marcella

THE CHARMER

Elizabethan England: Orlando Holt has never assassinated a woman before. The lovely, feisty Lady Lynden will be his first. She's supposed to be a vicious murderess, but when Orlando begins to have doubts, he sets out to discover the identity of the person who hired him. What he learns will turn his world upside down, and propel him headlong into love with a woman who's immune to his charms.

THE REBEL

Cole is a mystery, even to those closest to him in the Assassins Guild. All anyone really knows for sure is that he's ruthless, grim, and cares little for his own life. So when he loses his memory during an attack and thinks himself a naive eighteen year-old again, no one can really believe the transformation. But as his memory returns, so do the nightmares and the dark reality of who he has become. When gentle-natured Lucy falls in love with the damaged stranger, she thinks him a smiling, amiable gentleman. But rumors of a murder in the nearby village have her suspecting that her patient may be hiding a terrible secret.

THE SAINT

Elizabeth Buckley has been in love with Edward Monk for most of her life. Unfortunately he's only ever had eyes for her older, prettier sister. Five years after he left the village to make himself worthy of a Buckley, their lives intersect. This time, she's determined to make him see her and bed her. All Edward has to do is convince the girl he loves to set aside her betrothed and wed him instead. When her betrothed becomes tangled in a web of lies and murder, it's up to Edward to untangle him. If only he could keep his mind on the task, and not get distracted by the wrong Buckley girl.

THE SINNER

Guilt and desire battle within Hughe, Lord Oxley's, soul. When the enigmatic leader of the Assassins Guild learns that the widow of one of his targets is at the mercy of a cruel man, he does the only thing left in his power to do. He marries her. Then the worst thing happens. He falls in love with her. With more than one person trying to kill him and a family to rescue, Hughe needs the help of all his Assassins Guild friends to stay alive and keep his wife from learning the truth. Because he knows, and dreads, what will happen when she discovers what he did.

Promised in marriage to a brutal Norseman, Nora MacTorkil flees in terror the night before the wedding.  The daughter of the richest merchant in Dublin, she knows she must hide—but where?  In the moonlight, she makes a desperate run along the dock hoping to conceal herself aboard one of her father’s ships.  Until Nora trips and tumbles into the River Liffey, her cry for help cut off as the dark water closes over her head…


Many drunken nights have passed and still, Niall O’Byrne cannot free himself from memories of the woman who betrayed him and broke his heart.  The brother of Ireland’s most infamous rebel, he rode away from Glenmalure in a wild attempt to escape his misery and vowed to never love again.  Yet a half-drowned damsel in distress moves Niall so fiercely that he’ll do anything to protect her from the beast who would claim her. 


"Fast paced, exciting, and love scenes to curl your toes. Miriam Minger is a 50-carat jewel! Five stars!" - Affaire de Coeur 


"Unique...This non-stop, exhilarating read will capture you with its fabulous characterizations, lightning-fast pacing, clever plotting, and strong writing." - Romantic Times 


"With Miriam Minger, you're assured of a good read!" - Heartland Critiques 


Enjoy all four books in Miriam Minger’s bestselling The O’Byrne Brides Series:

Book 1: WILD ANGEL (Ronan and Triona)
Book 2: WILD ROSES (Duncan and Maire)
Book 3: WILD MOONLIGHT (Niall and Nora)
Book 4: ON A WILD WINTER’S NIGHT (a novella)


More Historical Romance by Miriam Minger

The O’Byrne Brides Series

WILD ANGEL
WILD ROSES
WILD MOONLIGHT
ON A WILD WINTER'S NIGHT

The Man of My Dreams Series

SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT
MY RUNAWAY HEART
MY FORBIDDEN DUCHESS
KISSED AT TWILIGHT

Captive Brides Collection

TWIN PASSIONS
CAPTIVE ROSE
THE PAGAN’S PRIZE

Dangerous Masquerade Collection

THE BRIGAND BRIDE
THE TEMPTRESS BRIDE
THE IMPOSTOR BRIDE

Contemporary Romance with a Historical Romance Twist

THE MAIDEN AND THE BILLIONAIRE
THE GOVERNESS AND THE BILLIONAIRE
THE PIRATE QUEEN AND THE BILLIONAIRE
THE HIGHLAND BRIDE AND THE BILLIONAIRE

Specially Priced Box Sets

CAPTIVE BRIDES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
DANGEROUS MASQUERADE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
THE MAN OF MY DREAMS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
THE O'BYRNE BRIDES: THE COMPLETE SERIES
TO LOVE A BILLIONAIRE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

OPERATION HERO

This book is also available with 3 other stories in THE 4 SCOUNDRELS BOX SET: A PIRATE, A SPY, A MERCENARY AND A ROGUE. Each book in the boxed set is available separately, but by buying them in a bundle, you're getting a better deal! Contains SURRENDER, REDEMPTION, THE MERCENARY'S PRICE, COURTING HIS COUNTESS. Get the set here: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/C_J_Archer_The_4_Scoundrels_Box_Set?id=wJLiCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

DESCRIPTION

The last woman Thomas, Lord Avondale, expected to fall in love with was the wife he betrayed and abandoned six years ago. When Rose doesn't accept his apology, however, he loses all hope of a happy future together. Yet he's thankful she has agreed to come to his bed to beget an heir. 

Known as the Ice Maiden at Queen Elizabeth I's court, Rose has been trying to forget the man she once loved—a love she thought destroyed after he spent their wedding night with his mistress. Withstanding Thomas's charms, however, is proving more difficult than she expected. 

Can she forgive the ultimate betrayal? 

Can he ever atone for what he did? 

Note: Courting His Countess is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, about one-quarter the size of a full-length novel. 

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR 
COURTING HIS COUNTESS may be shorter than most of my other books, but it was one of the most difficult stories I've ever written. What Thomas did to his wife is despicable and when I began to write, I didn't think I could make you, the reader, believe he was hero material. Yet the characters and their tale wouldn't leave my head, nor would the opening lines, so I wrote the story anyway. 

As I progressed, and especially when I switched to Thomas's viewpoint, I realized how very male he was being, and part of me started to feel sorry for him. Being a nobleman of his time, he just didn't get it. Not until he finally saw how his actions had affected a wonderful, strong woman. 

COURTING HIS COUNTESS breaks one of the "rules" of the romance genre, and I know some of you will find Thomas's actions unforgiveable. I certainly don't blame you for that! But I've never been very good at sticking to the rules, and I hope you don't blame ME for listening to the voices in my head. If you like books about redemption, second chances, Christmas, hope, and history, featuring strong female characters, and men who've matured and want to make up for past mistakes, then you might like this book.

Happy reading! 

~CJ 

"Adventure-packed, passion-filled romance...delivers just what readers want."–Romantic Times Book Review

From USA Today bestselling author Glynnis Campbell...A lovely lady with a secret proves a welcome but dangerous distraction for a mercenary bent on hunting down the mysterious outlaw known as the Shadow.

Miriel of Rivenloch may not have the killer instincts of her older sisters, but she’s keeping a dangerous secret. She knows more than she’s letting on about the mysterious Shadow, the forest outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. And when devil-may-care mercenary Sir Rand la Nuit, hot on the trail of The Shadow, claims to be in love with Miriel, she knows he’s hiding something, too. It’s a battle of wits as they race to uncover each other’s secrets before their make-believe romance takes on a life of its own.

KNIGHT'S PRIZE
Book 3 of The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
Damsels in shining armor...riding to the rescue! Deirdre, Helena, and Miriel, three kick-arse Scots wenches known as The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch, aren’t about to become any man’s chattel, until they meet heroes who are strong enough to tame their wild ways and worthy enough to win their wayward hearts.

Length: 86,000 words = 368 pages
Rating: R-rated for passionate passages

In This Series

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
9th Century – THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)
9th Century – A YULETIDE KISS (a short story)
1136 – LADY DANGER
1136 – CAPTIVE HEART
1136 – KNIGHT'S PRIZE

Key Themes: Scottish historical romance, adventure stories, strong women, Highland brides, knight in shining armor, medieval castles, sisters, sword fighting, Asian martial arts, Chinese characters, Highland romance, women warriors, secret identity, Robin Hood, stories with humor


More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)
A YULETIDE KISS (a short story)
LADY DANGER
CAPTIVE HEART
KNIGHT'S PRIZE

The Knights of de Ware
THE HANDFASTING (a novella)
MY CHAMPION
MY WARRIOR
MY HERO

Medieval Outlaws
THE REIVER (a novella)
DANGER'S KISS
PASSION'S EXILE
DESIRE'S RANSOM

Scottish Lasses
THE OUTCAST (a novella)
MacFARLAND'S LASS
MacADAM'S LASS
MacKENZIE'S LASS

California Legends
NATIVE GOLD
NATIVE WOLF
NATIVE HAWK

Praise for the books in THE ASSASSINS GUILD series:"as i started reading this book i thought i had made a huge mistake...as i am NOT a lover (usually) of 1598 time period! BUT...C. J. Archer not only pulled me into this book but the three books after this one. she had me "hook, line and sinker" by the end of the first chapter." ~ reviewer Ev

"If you like well developed characters, colorful situations and lots of intrigue you'll love this series of books as much as I did. Buy them all, because you'll have to in the end." ~ reviewer Marcella

THE CHARMER

Elizabethan England: Orlando Holt has never assassinated a woman before. The lovely, feisty Lady Lynden will be his first. She's supposed to be a vicious murderess, but when Orlando begins to have doubts, he sets out to discover the identity of the person who hired him. What he learns will turn his world upside down, and propel him headlong into love with a woman who's immune to his charms.

THE REBEL

Cole is a mystery, even to those closest to him in the Assassins Guild. All anyone really knows for sure is that he's ruthless, grim, and cares little for his own life. So when he loses his memory during an attack and thinks himself a naive eighteen year-old again, no one can really believe the transformation. But as his memory returns, so do the nightmares and the dark reality of who he has become. When gentle-natured Lucy falls in love with the damaged stranger, she thinks him a smiling, amiable gentleman. But rumors of a murder in the nearby village have her suspecting that her patient may be hiding a terrible secret.

THE SAINT

Elizabeth Buckley has been in love with Edward Monk for most of her life. Unfortunately he's only ever had eyes for her older, prettier sister. Five years after he left the village to make himself worthy of a Buckley, their lives intersect. This time, she's determined to make him see her and bed her. All Edward has to do is convince the girl he loves to set aside her betrothed and wed him instead. When her betrothed becomes tangled in a web of lies and murder, it's up to Edward to untangle him. If only he could keep his mind on the task, and not get distracted by the wrong Buckley girl.

THE SINNER

Guilt and desire battle within Hughe, Lord Oxley's, soul. When the enigmatic leader of the Assassins Guild learns that the widow of one of his targets is at the mercy of a cruel man, he does the only thing left in his power to do. He marries her. Then the worst thing happens. He falls in love with her. With more than one person trying to kill him and a family to rescue, Hughe needs the help of all his Assassins Guild friends to stay alive and keep his wife from learning the truth. Because he knows, and dreads, what will happen when she discovers what he did.

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