TAMING THE HIGHLAND BRIDE
Sands again demonstrates her superb ability to write an exciting story full of intrigue and passion, while making the reader smile at the humor woven into the fabric of the romance. Her characters display an emotional depth that complements her moving depiction of the Highlands.
For six years, Merry Stewart has contended with her ornery, irate and continually drunken father and brothers. She vows never to wed a man who drinks. But her first meeting with her betrothed, Alex d'Aumesberry, occurs after the blacksmith got him drunk in order to pull a tooth. Merry believes he's as bad as her family, and marriage will be no different from her current life.
Also, someone has been poisoning Alex so that he awakens every morning with a "hangover." This does nothing to improve Merry's impression of him, but soon they realize someone is trying to kill Alex. Solving the mystery draws them into a frightening, action-packed climax. (AVON, Feb., 376 pp., $7.99)