Love can be the greatest possession.
Brianna Lindsay's grip on the inheritance that is rightly hers hangs by a thread. If the town finds out her father has died, Brianna will be forced into marriage with her loathsome cousin, Lord Robert, and will lose all of Edzell Castle and its lands. To protect her home, she'll have to trust a complete stranger, a brooding Highland barbarian who sweeps into Edzell with a small retinue and insists on replacing her Captain of the Guard. He proves his worth by defeating her men and she has no choice but to accept his offer.
Though his motives are suspect, Colin MacKinnon has nobility in his blood and good intentions in coming to Edzell. He seeks his own kingdom, one to rival his father's, and sets out to conquer Brianna in the best way he knows how—with seduction.
Brianna never thought of all the wealth she protects, the one thing she has left completely vulnerable is her heart. Colin never thought that of everything he stands to achieve, he might have to face the unexpected pain of loss. Together, they must navigate a treacherous world of spies and intrigue, of legacy and fidelity, of love and betrayal, to find what is truly worth possessing.
Martin's second 17th-century Highland novel (after Deception of a Highlander) sizzles as a Scottish Highlander meets his match with a lady of the Lowlands. Warrior Colin MacKinnon offers to assist Brianna, Lady Lindsay, by becoming the captain of the guard at her home of Edzell Castle. While Colin hopes to seduce the lovely and capable lady, he is unprepared to fall in love with her as he helps her dodge marriage to her deceitful cousin Robert. Brianna is an independent, educated woman who has been running her father's estate, and she is concerned that marriage will curtail her independence, but if she must marry, she greatly prefers Colin to her cousin. As Colin and Brianna embark on a life together, enhanced by their very sensual mutual desire, a sinister plot by her uncle threatens their future. Readers will greatly admire Martin's ability to capture their attention with the combined allure of romance and the swift-moving elements of suspense.