Friday, February 17, 2012

The Highlander's Prize - Mary Wine

It's Friday and I know most of you were expecting Kim but that the nice thing about doing this blog with friends is that we can jump in to cover for someone when they need it. Or in this case beg for her day so you can get your review written while the book is still fresh in your head.

I have met Mary Wine a couple of times at Lora Leigh's RAW and I have to say that she is one of the most talented people I have ever met. The beautiful dresses that she wears for the costume balls she makes herself by hand, and from someone who can barely sew a button on that is completely awe inspiring. She is also one of the nicest, most gracious authors that I have had the pleasure to spend time with. Looking at this innocent petite lady you would never guess that she can also write some of the hottest Alpha Highlanders I have ever read about and her steamy sex scenes will wilt the heather.

The Highlander's Prize, Mary Wine, Sourcebooks Casablanca
Beautiful Clarrisa is sent to Scotland to marry the king, but is soon thwarted by the handsome Laird Broen MacNichols. For Broen, Clarrisa becomes far more than a kidnapped prize. Sparks fly as he enjoys sparring with the intelligent and independent-minded lady from York. Captive turns captor when Broen loses his heart and risks everything to keep Clarissa for himself.

Clarrisa refuses to accept her fate as a brood mare for the King of Scotland. So when men kidnap her before he can bed her she can't decide if she has gone from the frying pan to the fire or if she has finally found her freedom.

Laird Broen MacNichols agrees to kidnap the English lass before she can give King James a son with English blood to sit on the throne of Scotland. He expects a timid English mouse but what he gets is a woman who stirs his blood and makes him hotter than any woman he has ever met.

Political intrigue, broken betrothals and questionable loyalties are the foundation for this compelling read, but the heart is the relationship that unfolds between Clarrisa and Broen.

I know when I start a Mary Wine book that I am going to be swept away into the time and world that she has created. Her stories are multi-dimensional and fast paced. The historical details are interesting without weighing down the storyline. But her characters are the reason that I pick her books up again and again. The banter between the two leads was fun to read and kept the sexual tension flowing. A strong and varied cast of secondary characters added depth, but be sure to keep a score card handy to keep everyone straight. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Scottish historicals, or anyone who just wants to escape into a well written book.

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by NetGalley. Many thanks.
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