This book excels by combining a little bit of everything — romance, espionage, mystery and a touch of magic — into an emotional and exciting narrative. This clash of Regency propriety with Highland passions is set at a fascinating moment in the history of England and Scotland, and is filled with lush descriptions and absorbing details. Best of all are the multifaceted characters, from the scarred heroine and unruly hero to the dark, disturbed villain who will stop at nothing to claim his revenge.

Though she is set free by the death of her brutal husband, Marquess Newburn, Jillian Alton is left a penniless widow. Determined to give her sister a proper season, Jillian accepts a commission from the Prince Regent to refine a savage Scottish Highlander who has inherited an English title. Ian MacLeod wants nothing to do with the stuffy English or their ridiculous rules and customs. But after meeting Jillian, he knows he will do anything to thaw the ice around her heart. But when Jillian’s stepson returns from France, announcing his intention to marry Jillian himself, it will take all of Ian’s cunning and Jillian’s courage — along with a little Fae magic — to escape the dastardly plot that threatens their newfound love. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown