by Hannah Howell

July 1999
ISBN: 0-8217-6254-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Eric Murray, the youngest of the Murray brothers, is on a quest to claim his rightful inheritance. After thirteen long years of petitioning the Kingís court and bitter disputes with his biological fatherís family, Eric sets out alone to confront his kinsmen. On the way he encounters petite beauty Bethia Drummond and her baby nephew, Jamie, overwhelmed by thieves. He cannot belief his eyes when he witnesses Bethiaís attempts to fend off the sword-wielding bandits with only a dagger for protection.

A wary Bethia accepts the protection, and the offer of escort to her family from the handsome knight who comes to their rescue. When she realizes that she is beginning to want more than Ericís protection, she tries to ignore her increasing desire for her blue-eyed knight for she already has enough to deal with.

Bethia is fleeing the greedy grasp of her nephewís kinsmen, who will do anything to get their hands on what they seek. They plan to murder Bethia and little Jamie in order to claim the land he inherited. When Bethia learns of the nature of Ericís quest for land and coin from his kinsmen, who happen to be allies of her pursuers, she begins to doubt Eric and her feelings for him. How can she love a man who seeks to gain that which belongs to another?

No one writes damsel-in-distress romances quite like Hannah Howell. In this third book in the Murray brothersí trilogy (Highland Destiny, Highland Honor), Ms. Howell delivers a sensual romance amidst a rollicking adventure. As always when it comes to Hannah Howell you can expect a great deal of passionate loving, not just sex, an intelligent strong-willed heroine, a handsome, brave and noble hero, and a thoroughly satisfying read. This one will make you sigh with pleasure at the end.

But donít take my word for it see for yourself.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Cynthia.

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