- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (1 Oct 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821767879
- ISBN-13: 978-0821767870
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,647,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Munro Forrest, Laird of Rancoff, is at first amused by his capture and the tenacity and cleverness of his old adversary's daughter. His amusement quickly turns to frustration when he realizes Elen is serious about this prisoner business and keeps him locked up below ground in the castle's oubliette. He knows nothing of Roslyn's disappearance and is confused when Elen informs him that her people saw the kidnappers wearing the colors of the Forrest
Days pass and messages sent to Rancoff castle go ignored. Munro and Elen develop a fragile relationship as they try to discover the truth behind the kidnapping. Betrayal and greed from an unexpected quarter flummox the two. Additionally, conflict over land stolen from the Burnards by the Forrests many years ago heightens this tense, fast paced story.
Ms. Faulkner is a master storyteller and creator of intriguing, real life characters. Munro retains his unusual sense of humor despite his precarious position and Elen is a strong, yet flexible heroine trying to uphold her father's dying wish that she continue in his place as laird. Sexual tension runs high between these two class equals. The bond of friendship they first develop is refreshing and believable.
A compelling page turner, HIGHLAND LADY is the first of Colleen Faulkner's works that I've read. It won't be the last. This one's a keeper!
Opportunity is with Elen when she takes Munro, the Lord of Rancoff, hostage. She intends to barter Munro for her sister, but the fiery attraction she feels in Munro's presence threatens Elen's careful control. Despite the attraction, Elen dares not marry any man for fear of loosing possession of Dunblane and not being able to keep her vow to her father. Munro refuses to take no for an answer, and soon they will have to work together to uncover the greedy plots that threaten them both.
Once again Colleen Faulkner creates a memorable novel that uniquely captures the indomitable spirit of the Highlands. The fierce warrior woman who cares little for clean floors, yet is tempered by her passionate nature, presents a powerful character. Likewise, the hero's determination to win her heart, even while held prisoner, presents a fun, almost playful image -- who wouldn't want such a sexy hero at one's beck and call! Additionally, the ferocious plot, complete with traitorous motives and evil conspiracies, juxtaposed against the medieval background, creates a fabulous tale too absorbing to put down. HIGHLAND LADY is very highly recommended.
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