"Lisa Rayne plunges readers into a high-stakes romantic adventure across the Scottish Highlands." —Entertainment Weekly
Ailsa Connery has waited three long years to finally escape her enslavement at Stirling Castle and reunite with her clan. But her carefully laid plans are completely destroyed by the arrival of the infamous Highland warrior known as Dubh Mahoun, the Black Devil...who has plans of his own.
Kallum MacNeill's fearsome reputation has long allowed him to keep hidden his secret double life of freeing enslaved captives across the land. It's only when he kidnaps a servant lass—quite by accident—that he finds himself facing a wee predicament. He must accompany the lass home or risk her exposing his true identity. It'd be easy enough...if the feisty hellion didn't fight him at every turn.
As they make their way to the Highlands, the perils the two must face are surpassed only by their constant sparring. Soon, their heated sniping sparks heat of a totally different kind. The kind that ignites a hunger that could consume them both. But the difficult journey is no match for the dangerous secrets they're about to uncover…
Rayne (Romance on Ice) introduces a highland clan that "offers refuge to fugitives from enslavement and others of African descent who swore to honor the clan's laws and contribute productively to clan life" in her excellent Shadow Lairds series launch. Despite being born a free Highland woman, biracial Ailsa Connery has spent three years enslaved at King James VI's Stirling Castle after having been captured as an "escaped slave." Now the Highland clans are gathering at the castle for a tournament, providing Ailsa the perfect opportunity to escape and rejoin her people. Kallum MacNeill, the adopted nephew of the MacNeill Laird and the descendent of Africans stolen by pirates from Portuguese slavers, is a fierce and respected warrior who harbors a dangerous secret: he's part of an underground group that rescues enslaved people and provides passage to freedom. When Kallum attempts to rescue Ailsa in the middle of her own planned escape, both schemes go awry and the pair find themselves surrounded by danger. Rayne meets all the expectations of Highland romance while bringing in a unique perspective that makes things feel fresh and exciting. Readers are sure to fall just as hard for the page-turning adventure as they will for the swoonworthy Kallum MacNeill.