by Cathy Maxwell

February 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-112210-1
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Mass Market Paperback

Gordan Lachlan, Laird MacKenna, is determined to save his clan. His father died fighting for Scottish freedom, and his legacy hangs heavy on the young warrior. He hopes that the Sword of the MacKenna will rally his people. He must obtain it no matter what the cost. He decides that the best way to obtain the sword would be an even exchange – one life for the symbol of life. Since the sword is currently being held by the Duke of Colster, he will kidnap Constance Cameron, the Duke’s sister-in-law, as a bartering chip.

What he doesn’t count on is Constance. Raised in the wilds of America and familiar with plenty of things no gently-bred English girl would know, Constance is a handful right from the start. She has no meekness in her spirit and her defiance would be infuriating if she weren’t so beautiful. Gordan admires her courage, but has no idea how to handle her.

Constance feels like a fish out of water at the English finishing school. She despairs of ever being allowed to return home to America, and makes her own plans to escape. She knows that her sisters will be disappointed, but she is not meant to be an English debutante. While she is angered at being used as a hostage, she also sympathizes with the displaced clan and wishes that she could help them.

In the Highlander’s Bed will complete Cathy Maxwell’s story arc about the Sword of the MacKenna. The author brings back several familiar characters and her trademark eye for detail and characterization that makes her books so popular. Gordan and Constance are on paths that will force them to make hard decisions that will affect many lives. Ms. Maxwell handles their dilemma with skill. Readers who are unfamiliar with the series may decide to find the backlist, but this book stands alone quite well.

Reviewed in January 2008 by Paula.

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