WHEN A LAIRD TAKES A LADY
Keats serves up a powerful story, proving that she is a master storyteller and a force in Scottish romance. She not only weaves the era’s history, intrigue and power plays into her plot, but also creates a wonderful, passionate romance.
Aiden MacCurran, head of a small clan, carries the curse of being an outlaw for crimes he didn’t commit. The false accusation and the killing of his kinsmen weigh heavily on his soul. Lady Isabail Grant is the only person who can help clear his name. He kidnaps her during her trip to Edinburgh, where she is to plead her case to the king’s court. During the long and arduous trip, she and Aiden come to respect and desire each other. Isabail accepts Aiden’s marriage proposal, regardless of their precarious lifestyle. They must compel the king to hear Isabail’s plea, clearing his name and allowing their marriage to stand. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, May, 368 pp., $7.99)