cover image The Highlander’s English Bride

The Highlander’s English Bride

Vanessa Kelly. Zebra, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4201-4705-6

Kelly returns to form in the enjoyable, banter-filled third Kendrick Clan Regency romance (after The Highlander’s Christmas Bride). Lady Sabrina Bell, King George’s goddaughter, designs to meet a suitor in the park at an odd hour, but he stands her up and she is beset by muggers. Luckily, dashing Highlander Graeme Kendrick is there to save her, and thus a friendship is born. Graeme needs a wife like he needs a hole in his head, but the more time he spends with Sabrina the more he’s at risk of both, thanks to her alluring beauty and knack for finding trouble. Though Graeme is determined to keep his distance because of his dangerous job as a spy for the crown, Sabrina is determined to make him hers. But the dastardly Marquess of Cringlewood, whom fans will recognize from the previous installment, and the band of thieves Graeme has been assigned to investigate may throw a wrench in her plan. The central couple is delightfully well matched: Graeme is a grump with a heart of gold; Sabrina is a gentle soul with an impressive backbone. Readers will be gratified as the pair navigates their way to a thoroughly satisfying happy ending. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshal Agency. (June)