cover image Highland Captive (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #4)

Highland Captive (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #4)

Alyson McLayne. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (448p) ISBN 978-1-4926-5459-9

McLayne’s fourth Sons of Gregor MacLeod historical (after Highland Betrayal) brings the 15th-century Scottish Highlands to life. Deirdre MacIntyre attends a clan gathering at the insistence of her husband, Lewis, leaving her adopted four-year-old son, Ewan, at home. When she meets fierce warrior Gavin MacKinnon, his resemblance to Ewan makes her think he may be Ewan’s father. Deirdre knows little of Ewan’s origin; Lewis gave the young boy to her two years ago, claiming to have fathered him out of wedlock, and she’s done her best to mother him. After Deirdre leaves the gathering, Gavin, having heard the MacIntyres have his boy, follows her back to her home, abducts her and Ewan, and takes both of them back to his castle. Deirdre and Gavin cannot help falling in love as Gavin reconnects with his son. Sizzling love scenes and a captivating, intelligent heroine make this unusual story sizzle. McLayne’s novel will appeal to those who enjoy expertly paced Highlands historicals with well-developed characters. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Aug.)