By Virginia Henley
have been reading Ms. Henley’s work for decades. I also had
the wonderful experience of meeting her in person at a convention.
My overall thought after that chance event and other meetings with
her is that her genteel manner is just as marvelous as her writing
Cockburn, with his newly inherited title of Laird, finds that respectability
can and does go hand in hand with his illegal smuggling activities.
His household of numerous sisters and brothers herald that he continues
to look for ways to provide for their overly rich lifestyle.
he finds Tabby Lamont, who he suspects is his uncle’s by-blow,
at the brink of marrying a rich old codger, Paris decides to save
the beautiful orphan from a fate worse than death. He kidnaps her
from her own wedding with the intention of ransoming her back to
is furious. Her lifetime chance of making something better of herself
is fouled to the teeth when the exasperating but exceedingly handsome
Lord Cockburn spirits her away from her nuptials. When he places
her under guard in his highland stronghold, she finds that his sexy
and seductive manner causes problems with her body and heart.
his attempts to bed her become more blatant, she reminds herself
that she is married and that she should just turn a blind eye and
deaf ear to his overtures. But when Paris woos her with his heart
in his hand, she finds herself falling for the laird without once
thinking of the consequences.
Henley excels as one of the dowagers of romance with this reprint
of an earlier novel. Her style is splendid and her plot is full
of spice, conflict and love.