by Sophia Johnson

July 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7883-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Southeast of the Kyle of Tongue, Scotland, 1074

Lady Meghan was known as the “Pride of Blackthorn.” Meghan possesses an amazing mixture of splendor, intelligence and strength that would rival any modern woman of the 21st century, but is unheard of in her time! Trained alongside the men folk of her clan as a warrior, Meghan was as accomplished as any knight with both a sword, and a dagger. Her one weakness was her hidden love for her clan’s sworn enemy, Rolf MacDaidh.

Laird Rolf MacDaidh had desired Meghan once, but his ongoing feud with her clansmen, had ended all of that long ago. Now a grieving widower, Rolf only seeks vengeance for what he has lost; what he believes was caused by Meghan’s family. What better way to bestow what Rolf perceives as justice against Blackthorn then to take Meghan captive, and turn her into his leman? Yet, her remarkable beauty, and courage to face him down turns the fierce Rolf into putty in Meghan’s hands. Rolf wants Meghan, as he has wanted no other woman! He is so bewitched by her that his well-plotted scheme of revenge has backfired. The old love that had died long ago between these two is reborn. However, there are many obstacles in the way. Moreover, as hate turned into love for these two, it can quickly turn back into hate!

Rookie historical romance author Sophia Johnson has written an intense novel of obsession, revenge and passion, and gives a revitalizing spin on a Scottish medieval tale with her debut effort of Risk Everything. Over bearing Alpha-male Rolf has few redeeming qualities in the beginning and his harsh treatment of the headstrong Meghan can be hard to take at times. However Rolf begins to thaw your attitude toward him, as he does to the plucky Meghan. Meghan, who is like a hybrid Xena Warrior Princess, makes you admire a gal who can kick butt in an era when women were not thought of as strong.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Bonnie.

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