Monday, January 18, 2010
Spotlight Review: TAMING THE HIGHLAND BRIDE - Lynsay Sands
Medieval England and Scotland
Merewen Stewart’s betrothed is finally returning from the crusades and wants Merewen to come to his home and marry him. At least that is what her father and brothers tell her. Merry is happy to do so; she is tired of dealing with her drunken father and brothers who want only to drink whiskey. They depend on her to do everything in the castle.
Alexander d’Aumesbery has been reluctant to meet Merry after hearing that she is a shrew. While he was gone the past three years, his father died, and he finds his home in disarray with most of the servants gone and his step-mother in charge. Before he can leave to visit his recently married sister, the blacksmith is called to pull a tooth that has been bothering him. The blacksmith refuses to pull the tooth until Alex drinks a pitcher of whiskey to dull the pain. Of course, that is when Merry enters the picture and believes her betrothed to be a drunken lout like her father and brothers.
What is Alex to think when Merry takes over running his castle and his men as she did for her father? He hopes to prove to her that he is not a drunk, but what can he do when everyone is toasting the bride and groom on their wedding night and his new in-laws insist he join them? And what is causing the illness sweeping his castle, and who is attempting to hurt or kill him?
TAMING THE HIGHLAND BRIDE is a very entertaining story. Readers will laugh at Merry’s new mother-in-law’s explanation of what happens in the bridal bed, and will laugh again at what actually happens! Merry is a take-charge woman yearning to have a better life, while Alex tumbles into lust for his new bride. The romance steams and sizzles between them. Readers will find TAMING THE HIGHLAND BRIDE is an easy to read book filled with romance and adventure when Alex is attacked, and Merry ready to protect him. It is well plotted with good dialogue, good pacing, and a story that readers will not want to put down.