by Hannah Howell

December 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-7998-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sir Artan Murray is called to the supposed death bed of his kinsmen who extracts a promise from him to deliver to him his niece in exchange for lairdship of his kinsmenís clan and keep. The woman Artan meets is neither sweet nor biddable as he was led to believe. She is furious but rightly so seeing as Artan kidnapped her from her wedding party. In his defense Artan committed this act with good intentions; there is no way he can let a feisty, pretty lass like Cecily Donaldson marry some skinny lowlander, especially not when there seems to be some nefarious scheme being enacted by her guardians and her betrothed. He plans to seduce her passion for himself and make her his wife.

Cecily doesnít believe Artanís talk of desire at first sight, but he is handsome and charismatic, and possibly her last chance to taste true passion for her guardians have arranged a match for her and she is set to wed in days. When she finds herself bound and on the run, Cecily is furious at first and disbelieving of Artanís claims of betrayal, murder and theft. How can she believe the things he says when it will mean letting go of the last living members of her family?

Hannah Howell continues her bestselling series with Highland Barbarian. Sensual love scenes, smooth dialogue and fun, entertaining characters drive this well plotted installment in the lives of the Murrays and their friends and relations. I love these books for their continuity and delicious vivid imagery. An engaging storyline, life like characters and spicy loves scenes don't hurt either. Trust me, you wonít be able to put it down.


Reviewed in January 2007 by Cynthia.

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