Sins of the Highlander

Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4022-6182-4

Mason (A Knight’s Honor) and Marlowe (Touch of a Thief) team up to create a strapping specimen of the abducted bride subgenre, in which Elspeth Stewart is whisked from standing in front of the altar to the back of Mad Rob MacLaren’s horse before you can say sporran. Mad Rob’s come to revenge himself on Elspeth’s intended husband, Lachlan Drummond, for the rape of Rob’s wife, Fiona, and her subsequent suicide. In a chase through hidden caves, across moors and lochs, and up a secret passageway to Caisteal Dubh, Elspeth and Rob fall in love, despite the specter of Fiona and the disapproval of Rob’s followers. Fast-paced, tense, and full of wicked desire, this solid romance novel attests to Mason and Marlowe’s skills and ability to collaborate on a taut, intriguing, and satisfying story. Agent: Natasha Kern. (Jan.)
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