cover image The Highlander’s Bride Trouble

The Highlander’s Bride Trouble

Mary Wine. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $6.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-1-4022-6486-3

For Highland lass Nareen Grant, lust for savage Highlander Saer MacLeod is easy. Trust isn’t. Raised by her brother to fight like a man, Nareen won’t consider marriage because it involves obedience and the breeding of sons. But in Saer’s mighty arms she can’t seem to remember that the unwed passion they so often share may well lead to pregnancy. Saer’s attracted by Nareen’s strength, but he thinks love is weakness in a man. Of course they’ll overcome it all, but it takes plenty of amatory action. Wine’s rip-roaring ambushes and beddings (after 2013’s How to Handle a Highlander) make for a wild ride through 15th-century Scottish eroticism, with magnetic, if slightly extravagant, characterizations. Romping through the heather and forests with Nareen and Saer holds few surprises but plenty of thrills and chills, standard but rousing fare for Wine’s fans. (Aug.)