by Kresley Cole

May 2005
ISBN: 1-4165-0359-5
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Mass Market Paperback

The man was more dead then alive! He was one of those vicious Highlander mercenaries that the evil General Pascal had employed to terrorize her people, and most likely connected to the capture of her beloved older brother, Aleix. Yet Lady Annalia Tristan Llorente knew she could not leave him there by the river to die. Finding the strength in her petite body to drag the huge Highlander onto the back of her horse, Annalia took him to her remote ranch to nurse him back to health. In awe of the Highlanderís massive frame with its powerful muscles, and his rugged handsome features Annalia begins to wonder if she somehow inherited her motherís brazenness and passion for the flesh. Stirrings of feelings Annalia never experienced before surface for the Scot and make Annalia begin to have doubts as to her decision for rescuing him. His touch and passionate kisses are awakening something in Anna she would rather leave buried.

Scottish mercenary Courtland MacCarrick begins to regain his strength, but he refuses to leave Annaís ranch. Seems he has found the perfect place to recuperate, and plot his revenge on the despicable tyrant Pascal who had his soldiers known as the Rechazados beat him within an inch of death. Managing a narrow escape from Pascal, Court awaits the rendezvous of his crew. During his time alone with the Lady Annalia sparks Courtís interest in her. A petite beauty unlike any woman Court has ever known, fiery Anna can match the huge Scot word for word, and is cunning about her attempts to escape him. Could Annalia be the answer to the curse that was set upon the MacCarrick clan centuries ago and has kept Court and his brothers from finding true love and happiness?

Kresley Cole has another bestseller on the horizon with her newest historical romance If You Dare the first in a new trilogy about the MacCarrick brothers. Not your run of the mill historical romance with the tried and tired time periods. Choosing an unusual era of unrest in the small country of Andorra, Kresley Cole incorporates her plot with accuracy down to minute details. Her research of the language of the Catalans and Gaelic is amazing! Kresley Cole designs an anti-hero of the ruthless Courtland MacCarrick who goes from bloodthirsty mercenary to caring devoted lover. However when needed, Court reverts to his soldier ways to keep his beloved Anna safe. Annalia is feisty and quick-witted and does not flinch in the face of battle. Her sensuous discovery of love with her sexy Scottish warrior makes this a romance readerís must have.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Bonnie.

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