Marcos brings her latest Highland Knave book to life in a way that sends shivers of anticipation through readers. The depth of emotions, realistic characters, history and sensuality make her novels keepers.

The survivor of a massacre that wiped out his family, Malcolm Slayer becomes a sword for hire, but he is also a man who fights for justice. He has no loyalties, yet his honor demands he protect Serena Marsh. Serena’s father hires Malcolm to be her bodyguard after rebels threaten her. Stubborn Serena resists, but perhaps a little flirting couldn’t hurt. When her father is abducted she puts her trust in Malcolm to help free him. Serena realizes the man without a clan is a man worthy of her passion forever. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 336 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin