They were torn between pride and passion. . .
It was a boastful wager, a bold flirtation meant to win a proposal from the most eligible officer in His Majesty's Royal Dragoons. How was the spoiled and pampered Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke to know the handsome stranger with the brooding midnight eyes would see through her plot and make her the pawn in a dangerous game of his own?
United by a reckless game of chance. . .
Alexander Cameron may have won the highborn English beauty in a duel, but not even the lure of long-forgotten desires could keep him from his meeting with destiny. He had no choice but to carry his reluctant bride off to the Highlands, to a world of ancient blood feuds and a brewing rebellion--a world where fiery passion and breathtaking courage would prove that even legendary warriors could lose their hearts.
Bestselling, award-winning author Marsha Canham sweeps us into the turbulence and romance of Scotland's quest for freedom in a saga of two born enemies whose lives and destinies are irrevocably bound to the fate of an empire.
Canham (The Last Arrow) delivers standard, dependable bodice-ripping in this first volume of the two-part romance of British aristocrat Catherine Ashbrooke and Scottish lordling Alexander Cameron, who marries her in a shotgun wedding after they are caught kissing on her father's terrace. Alex has been posing as Raefer Montgomery, a wealthy London merchant, but beneath his lace jabot beats the heart of a true Highlander. He is the legendary Camshroinaich Dubh (Dark Cameron), returned from the Continent to help in the fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. It's one of the great pleasures of romance novels that one can feast on the combination of ecstatic and explicit sex play, a discussion of the political movements of 1745, and a historically correct description of female underwear, catalogued at the same time the hero is removing it.