GATHER THE STARS
A masked highlander kidnaps Rachel de Lacey, a general's daughter and Sir Dunstan Wells' betrothed, to use her as leverage in his campaign to save the women and children of the Scottish Highlands.
The rebel, the Glen Lyon, plans to bargain for his people's freedom with Rachel's fianc, a man known for his brutality on and off the battlefield.
Rachel, prepared to defy her captor, learns he is a gentle, loving man whose concern for the orphaned, abused children of war supersedes everything else in his life. For all his tenderness, he is a strong man haunted by demons and dark secrets.
Condemning himself as a coward, Gavin Carstares, Earl of Glenlyon, admires Rachel's beauty and courage. It is so easy to fall in love with her even though he cannot afford to love the woman who belongs to his hated enemy.
Raised by a military man, Rachel always hid her fears and passion until Gavin abducts her. Opening her heart for the first time, she glimpses the beauty of true love and will fight to save Gavin and their future.
When Gavin keeps his promise and returns her to Dunstan, placing his life in jeopardy, Rachel defies the king's army and Dunstan for the brave man she loves.
Kimberly Cates holds your heart gently in her hands, weaving this tale with threads of glimmering golden hope, dark violence and earth shattering passion. GATHER THE STARS is a story of such emotional magnitude that readers will need a hanky or two. It is truly a gifted writer who has the ability to make a reader feel so deeply. Bravo, Ms. Cates! SENSUAL (June, 308 pp., $5.99)