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MacLean demonstrates her ability to write a powerful romance. Smart, fast-paced writing, with an interweaving of history and sensuality make this an intriguing read. The characters’ sense of loyalty is only surpassed by their sense of good and evil, lifting this tale out of the predictable.
Duncan MacLean is hunting Richard Bennett, the British officer who murdered his beloved. When he slips into the enemy’s fort he discovers Lady Amelia, Bennett’s betrothed. He kidnaps her and escapes to the Highlands. Amelia is the daughter of a colonel, a man respected by both the Scots and English. She will be no one’s willing captive.
As they travel, Amelia develops respect and then love for Duncan because he treats all people as equals and his kindness is something she does not expect. When she is retaken by the British and their leader attempts to assault her, Duncan, who has followed them, stops the attack. The soldiers quickly recognize Duncan and he is taken prisoner. Amelia comes to understand that some people, like Bennett, kill for pleasure, as opposed to Duncan, who kills only for the survival of his country and its citizenry, and so she risks her life to free the man she loves. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 320 pp., $7.99)