by Cathy Maxwell

May 2003
ISBN: 0-06-009296-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ian Campion is hired to bring runaway Lyssa Harrell home. He traces her to Scotland where she is determined to go to her motherís family. Ian is dubious but decides to humour her before he takes her home.

Such a seemly simple plot turned into a thrilling adventure. I loved the way this story was written. The hero is a gorgeous Irishman who would make any woman weak at the knees and Lyssa soon falls for his charms, against her will it has to be said! Lyssa, is a delightful heroine and I so wanted this couple to get together by the end of the story as they were clearly made for each other. But a penniless Irishman was the last person Lyssaís father wanted as a son-in-law.

The couple have many obstacles to overcome, not least of which, someone is trying to kill Lyssa. All Ianís resourcefulness is needed to keep Lyssa alive. Though she can be quite determined herself! Keeping her safe isnít always easy as she is so headstrong.

There is drama, passion, romance and a wonderful horse chase to keep the reader hooked in this book. Cathy Maxwell exceeded herself. Her villains are really nasty characters and as the reader I wanted them to get their just desserts!

Great secondary characters abound in the story and none of them are wasted. All have a purpose in the story and add spice to the tale. The Widow Potter is an over-sexed woman who wants Ian even though they meet at her late husbandís wake! Then there is Farmer Anderson, who feels a roll in the hay with Lyssa is called for even though he has a lovely wife and four sons and another well on the way! These and other characters add delightful touched of humour to the story.

I really loved this book, definitely among my favorites so far this year. My advice is go and buy this book you wonít be disappointed.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Mary.

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