With THE PASSIONATE ONE, Connie Brockway begins a breathtaking trilogy that brings us the McClairens of Wanton?s Blush, a magnificent home on a majestic isle off Scotland?s coast; a house of intrigue, hostility and bitterness for two brothers and their sister.

?Despise? is a strong word, but it is how Ash Merrick feels about his father. In exchange for money he?ll use to free his brother from prison, Ash must escort Rhiannon Russell to the isle so that his father can make her his fourth wife.

Ash finds Rhiannon to be beautiful, happy and about to be wed; something that will put her out of his ruthless father?s reach. Ash is secretly pleased to see the plans thwarted, but he cannot deny the searing attraction he feels for Rhiannon?passions that explode on Beltane, the eve of her wedding.

When it appears that someone wants Rhiannon dead, Ash carries her away to McClairen?s Isle, wondering if he is bringing her to a sanctuary or a prison. Intrigue and danger follow and even the growing love between them cannot stop a vengeful killer.

Complex in plot and character, THE PASSIONATE ONE is a mesmerizing non-stop read. Connie Brockway spins a tale tighter than a spider?s web, luring readers deeper and deeper into a story where romance and history are perfectly blended. Readers will eagerly await the next novel. SENSUAL (July, 389 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin