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Highland fling with zing!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ransom (Mass Market Paperback)
Second in Garwoods Highland Series, The Ransom focuses on the relationship between Brodick Buchanan, one of the warriors that accompanied The Secret's heroine, Judith to Scotland and into the arms of Iain Maitland and English beauty Lady Gillian, whose uncle is being held ransom by the vicious fiend of a traitor Baron Alford.
Brodick becomes 'protector' to Judith and Iain's youngest son who is kidnapped and taken to England by our villain where he becomes fellow captive with our courageous heroine. Garwood spends a fair amount of time with relationship between the boy Alec and Gillian, who risks her life to save his vowing not only to return him to his family but uncover the Scottish traitor that betrayed them both. To do so she has to trust someone and Alec convinces her that she does indeed need the intimidatingly gruff highland warrior Brodick Buchanan.
Garwood writes children's characters so very well that you forgive her delaying the meeting of the two central characters for so long. Alec is so full of life and provides so much pathos that the novel looses some of it's sparkle without him. Still The Ransom keeps it's humour rolling along nicely thanks to the clashing of the cultures as represented by Brodick and Gillian. A little less sensual than The Secret (another thing Garwood makes you wait for), but still pretty hot and with those gruff highland giants barking things like "you will marry me - I will have it no other way" (mmm yaahh mama)and a touch of action to fill in the spaces this book is a lot more fun than the blurb would have you believe. She has a pleasant but sadly underdeveloped second story between the amazingly handsome Laird Ramsey Sinclair and Gillian's best friend (I personally thought that it was storyline that merited a novel apart) but that said, The random satisfies those of us who like our historical romances more or less non-historical, propelled by the characters and relationships rather than events, oh and steamy!
I for one am hooked and will have to read the rest of the series.