Highlander's Forbidden Bride
Avon, Jan 2010, $99
Ronan Sinclare escaped captivity by brutal barbarians. He is coming home with two things on his mind: reclaim his inheritance and slowly kill Carissa who murdered his beloved Hope.
With the death of her father the vicious Mordrac the barbarian; Carissa is on the run as she has no protection from her sire’s horde or the Highlanders who blame her for the sins of her father. She reaches the sanctuary Black, a village that welcomes everyone. Persistent Ronan traces her there, but once they meet his vow of vengeance proves difficult to enact; as she is nothing like the she-monster he painted of her from the cold accounts of others. Still he takes her prisoner until he can decide what to do with her; meanwhile she conceals that she once hoped to be his bride.
The latest early sixteenth century Sinclare Brothers Highlander romance (see Return of the Rogue, Under the Highlander’s Spell and The Angel and the Highlander) is an enjoyable tale of love and hate. Carissa hides her inner warmth and her love for her “jailer” inside of an icy exterior, and Ronan is confused by his feelings for a woman he pledged to kill. Although some redundancy occurs with this overall fine capture-captivity Scottish historical romance, fans of the siblings’ series will appreciate the one we have been waiting for since we first met the quartet.