My Chat with Rafael *sigh*

Hello and welcome!

Today I have one of my book boyfriends that was a bad boy but then became a hero, you know those, right? We all fall for them and I did… hard.

Please welcome Rafael, the mercenary!

What is your full name?
Rafael Rodriguez

Do you have a nickname?
Of course not.

What is one word best describes you?

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I wear black – a black tabard, black chausses, black boots and a black cloak. I wear no insignia or ornament. Just black. I am a shadow in the night.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Too accurately!

What makes you laugh out loud?
I laugh at honesty unexpected. Elizabeth, a maiden I believed to be sheltered and unaware of the truth of the world, oft surprises me with her observations – and I laugh at this honesty.

What is your favourite dessert?
Honey from a beautiful woman’s fingertips… or lips.

What is your favourite drink?
Wine, when I can get it.

What is your greatest fear?
The truth.

What is your favourite colour?
Do you need ask? The black of midnight and of souls that cannot be redeemed.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
If it is cold as it has been since my arrival in Scotland, I will wear every bit of fiber and fur which I can claim.

What is the perfect romantic date?
There are no ‘dates’ in my view of the world. There are couplings. There are seductions. And then there is Elizabeth, who challenges and provokes, and compels me to offer more than is my inclination. Perhaps this is the root of my fascination with her: she is fearless, beautiful and utterly beguiling.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
A mercenary is not ticklish. It would be unseemly – and a weakness, to be sure.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The scent of my Elizabeth’s skin. It tempts me to imagine the pleasures we might share together.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Her spirit. I like a woman with a flash in her eyes and a lilt in her step. She will defy expectation, which is a trait I like well.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Aye, Elizabeth Lammergeier of Kinfairlie.

What is one word best describes her?
She is an angel come to earth, one too beauteous to look upon yet fearsome in her judgement.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
The Warrior’s Prize is the fourth book in the True Love Brides Series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix. It is the last book in the series, and the one in which the portal to the realm of the Fae is closed forever. There is, however, another sibling from Kinfairlie – Ross’ tale will be told in The Brides of Inverfyre series, coming soon from Claire Delacroix.

Thank you Rafael for coming for a chat.


Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

I am glad I listened to his story first. Then I went back and listened to book 3, he was baaaad in that one, but then redeemed himself in book 4.

This book is a good example for when I told Ms. Cooke at a book signing that I’ve written off the medieval era totally, she just smiled and told me to try her books anyway and I am glad I did, she proved me wrong 😉


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
Overall – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Story – 5 stars

I think this has to be my fave of the series. I loved them all, but this one speaks to me more. Elisabeth is a woman after my own heart, she believes in herself and goes for what she wants and she wants Raphael. I want him too LOL he joins the ranks of my fave book boyfriends. He is rough around the edges because of his life from an early age, but he is a good man. What a twist in the middle of the story, and a bigger one towards the end, bigger than the usual ones the author throws into the story. The story weaves wonderfully, I found myself one moment saying YES and the next OH NOOOO, or laughing the next, it kept me on the edge for sure. A true love-conquers-all story with a well deserved HEA ending *sigh*
Saskia Maarlaveld delivered a gem of a story as usual. Her talent amazes me every time, and her voice is truly a marvel. Thank you for the enjoyable story and the many hours of listening bliss.

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To keep in touch with Ms. Deborah Cooke and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀  also check out the Chat I had with her last year.

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One lucky reader, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random, will win an audio copy of Rafael and Elizabeth’s story, the The Warrior’s Prize audiobook , narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, courtesy of Ms. Delacroix. Comments will stay open until 3pm, EST, Monday, March 7, 2016. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

17 responses to “My Chat with Rafael *sigh*

  1. Thanks Eniko! And where did you find that picture of Rafael? It’s perfect!

  2. Pingback: My Chat with Rafael *sigh* By Eniko | M. A. Abraham

  3. I thought that was yummy Kili! I would love to hear Saskia read me Elizabeth and Rafael’s story, thanks for the interview of the hottie in black!

  4. Betty Olsen

    DO NOT ENTER ME – as I don’t do audio’s. Wonderful chat as usual and what a sexy hunk Rafael is! Sounds like a fantastic book – will have to check into it. 🙂

  5. I absolutely love, love, LOVE this series and it’s obvious you do, too. I haven’t listened to this audio, but it is one I will, and soon. I hate to see the series end. It is a delight — the Fae battling it out with man. I knew that bad boy Rafael was starting to come around after laying his eyes on beautiful Elizabeth. Can’t wait to get started. Please do not enter me into the drawing since I have it already.

  6. Kay

    I’ve got to catch up on this serie. I do like bad guys gone good stories as long as they keep a bit of bad. And Little Elizabeth all grown up looks at her best. She made me laugh in Madeleine & Rhys story.

  7. gaylelatreille

    Awesome interview/chat, Eni. I will definitely be stalking Rafael!! *winks* 😉

    I don’t read/listen to Audios, so don’t enter me. Good luck to the winner!

  8. julie

    I love audios and specially bad boys turned good. Wish Deborah all the best with it.

  9. Great interview!! He seems like quite the character!

  10. emilylucero

    He certainly sounds like a rogue I would love to. Great interview and Thanks Claire for bringing him by.Do not enter me please audio with my hearing is not a good thing.

  11. I have been reading Deb Cooke/Claire Delacroix books since they began coming out, love them

  12. Sexy Mr. Random has picked the winner!!! Mary M. !!!! CONGRATS I will be in touch shortly.
    Thank you all for joining me on the chat and hope to see you next time.

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