by Kinley MacGregor

March 2002
ISBN: 0-380-81789-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Many generations ago, the Greek playwright Aristophanes wrote a play about women denying their warriors sexual favors, which is still memorable today – Lysistrata. Now whether Maggie ingen Blar had actually read this play remains a mystery, but she’s certainly stolen the concept! Maggie and the women in her clan MacAllister have reached the end of their tether! The feud with the Clan MacDouglas is claiming the lives of too many of their men, and so in order to halt the foolish killing, Maggie has persuaded the women to leave home and seek sanctuary in the Church. There’s no one cooking, cleaning, washing, or, worst of all, warming the sheets for the men of the Clans MacAllister or MacDouglas.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so Lochlan MacAllister welcomes the return of his youngest brother Braden, whose successes with women are legendary! If anyone can seduce fiery Maggie out of the Kirk (and the other women with her), then it is Braden!

Of course, this is a romance, and our heroine, little ugly duckling Maggie, has actually become pretty close to a swan since Braden saw her last! She, for her part, has never outgrown her crush on Braden, whose kindness to her as a wee bairn (get used to it, this is a very Scottish novel) has never been forgotten. However, far from being a run-of-the-mill romance, this is a Kinley MacGregor book, and she is forever entrancing her readers with her witty dialogue, wonderful characters and red-hot passions. All three elements are present here in abundance! Braden is to-die-for, kilt, sporran, shoulders and all, and Maggie blooms underneath his sensual gaze, while resisting his persuasive words and seducing him right out from under his own arguments! It’s a marvellous dance between a picture-perfect hero and a wonderful, independent kick-butt heroine – the fine plot and well-rounded secondary characters only add to its dimensions.

If you want fun, excitement, lots of passion and a hero that will stay in your dreams for several weeks, then don’t miss this book – claim this Highlander for your own shelf and reading pleasure!

Reviewed in June 2002 by Celia.

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