Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…
Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who’ve descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn’t long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility...
After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow.
The middling eighth historical romance in Sands's Highland Brides series (after The Wrong Highlander) relies heavily on goodwill built in previous installments without offering much new. Geordie Buchanan, one of the three remaining unmarried Buchanan brothers, returns to his family home to find the keep awash with eligible women who've come hoping to catch the eye of him and his single brothers. When one potential bride, Lady Dwyn Innes, climbs a tree to escape the catty machinations of the others, Geordie rescues her from the branches and becomes enamored of the lowland lady. As the pair grows closer, Dwyn continues to need rescuing and Geordie vows to protect her in every way possible. The plot shifts dramatically halfway through, introducing a one-dimensional villain who brings unnecessary drama. Geordie and Dwyn have few distinguishing characteristics beyond their lust for one another, and Sand's always excellent depiction of clan loyalties cannot overcome the story's weaknesses. Existing fans will enjoy the cameos from other Buchanan couples, but newcomers will want to start earlier in the series.