HEAT OF THE KNIGHT
Ivie pits a fiery Scot lass against a Highland Ranger as the battle for Scotland's independence looms over them. The pace slows from time to time, but Ivie uses the backdrop and historical events to enhance a battle-of-wills romance that's complex in historical meaning, yet a light, enjoyable story.
Impressed by her courage, Monteith decides to help her family by proposing marriage. But once they're wed, Lisle realizes she's married a proud Scotsman whose secret life endangers them all. But that makes her love him more than ever. (Zebra, Nov., 380 pp., $5.99)