To avoid a scandal that would devastate her family, Riona McKinsey has agreed to marry the wrong man -- though the one she yearns for is James MacRae. Had she not been maneuvered into a compromising position by a man of Edinburgh -- who covets her family's wealth more than Riona's love -- the dutiful Highland miss could have followed her heart into MacRae's strong and loving arms. But alas, it is not to be.
A man of the wild, tempest-tossed ocean, James MacRae never dreamed he'd find his greatest temptation on land. Yet from the instant the dashing adventurer first gazed deeply into Riona's haunting gray eyes, he knew there was no lass in all of Scotland he'd ever want more. The matchless lady is betrothed to another -- and unwilling to break off her engagement or share the reason why she will marry her intended. But how can MacRae ignore the passion that burns like fire inside, drawing him relentlessly toward a love that could ruin them both?
The vibrant protagonists in Karen Ranney's latest Highland Lords romance (after When the Laird Returns) rise above the story's plain prose and formulaic plot line. Scottish country miss and heiress Riona McKinsey has the mind of a modern woman but the duty of an 18th-century daughter to marry well. When a fortune-hunter traps her into an engagement, her hopes for the future wilt until James, The Irresistible MacRae, arrives bearing a message from a family friend. Predictably, Riona and James fall in love, but their happily-ever-after is a while in coming. First they must contend with Riona's grasping fianc , and then they have to ward off an enemy of the MacRaes' who's determined to kill James. While the story line is far from fresh, those interested in a simply told, sweet romance that doesn't skimp on historical detail will be satisfied.