New York Times bestselling author and master of Scottish Highland romance, Hannah Howell, brings readers this sensual and action-packed tale of the Murrays—her longest running and bestselling series.
When Cameron MacAlpin learns the identity of the golden beauty tossed before him as a debt payment, he can't believe his fortune! For cat-eyed Avery Murray is the perfect weapon to use against Payton Murray—Avery's brother—who dishonored Cameron's own sister. Yet his plan to deliver the same insult and avenge his clan is thwarted by spirited Avery herself, who tempts him to forget everything but the passion coursing through his blood. Still, a knight of the Highlands owes his allegiance to his clan before all else—even his heart.
Avery is outraged at her captor's accusations against her brother. Though he makes no secret he intends to use her to avenge his sister's lost honor, he adds to her fury by vowing to take her by seduction not force. Worse, she knows deep inside that this virile knight stirs her as no other man ever has. . .
Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels. . .
"Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell." —Publishers Weekly
"Expert storyteller Howell pens another Highland winner." —RT Book Reviews
The spirited women of the vibrant Murray clan again stride across the pages in the second installment (following Highland Vow) of Howell's 15th-century Highland trilogy. Lady Avery Murray, a tiny bundle of wiry strength, wicked wit and unquenchable spirit, is mortified when she and her young cousin Gillyanne are captured in a raid and given to Cameron MacAlpin as payment for a lost wager. Cameron's dismay at receiving the two skinny females changes dramatically when he learns that they are of the Murray clan and that Payton Murray, the man who allegedly raped Cameron's sister, is Avery's brother. To avenge the injustice he believes the Murrays have inflicted upon his clan, Cameron intends to force Payton to marry his sister by seducing and dishonoring Avery. The poor man is no match for the spirited Murray women, however, and Cameron soon realizes that he has lost his heart to Avery and that his sister may not have been telling the truth about her encounter with Payton. Lengthy pages of passion are balanced by the hero and heroine's lively banter and Avery's repeated attempts to escape. Fans of Howell's Scottish series and readers yearning for a feisty romance will enjoy this sweetly savage, light historical.