Maxwell tempers her lively sense of humor with tender poignancy in a captive/captor tale of wild adventures and undying passion. Fans will easily relate to her three-dimensional characters and become totally involved in this fast-paced, masterfully crafted romance.

Highland laird Gordan Lachlan is determined to reclaim the fabled Sword of the MacKenna. With the sword he will free his people from the yoke of British rule. But the only way to do this is to kidnap Constance Cameron and ransom her for the sword. He's sure her brother-in-law will comply. What he doesn't count on is high-spirited Constance.

Raised in the American wilderness, Constance fears nothing, certainly not a Scot who's ruining her plan to return to America. Her attempts to escape infuriate and intrigue Gordan, and she's fascinated by his devotion to the fight for freedom. But he tempts her in other ways -- right into his bed. With the fate of his clan and his sister's well-being at stake, he can't lose sight of his mission, yet Constance is determined to find a way for her outlaw warrior to win his battle and her. (Avon, Feb., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin