Once they are underway, the man introduces himself as Hugh McCallum, chief of Clan McCallum and informs her that her father, the Earl of Aberfoyle, had betrothed her to him when she was just a baby, as a way of putting an end to the enmity between their clans, and that her dowry is payment for the shared land rights which were agreed at the time of their betrothal. But when Hugh had called on the earl in London, the man had tried to renege on the deal, leaving Hugh little alternative but to resort to desperate measures. Once arrived at Larig Castle, however, Riona begins to see a different side to her abductor. His reception by the clan after an absence of ten years is not an especially cordial one, and there are many among the men who appear to distrust him. At first Riona sees this as an opportunity — if she can win one of the powerful clansmen to her side, then perhaps he will help her to escape. But the longer she resides at Larig, the more she comes to realise just what the revelation of her true identity will mean for Hugh and for his clan; no peace with the Clan Duff, no influx of cash from her dowry… and Hugh will be blamed for the resulting hardship.
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So many current romances include a mystery, paranormal experiences, the dreaded evil villain — or all of the above. The result is that the romance can be woefully overshadowed. I like danger or thrills in the mix as long as they are balanced by strong character and relationship development. His wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of the Earl of Langston. Now that she has died, the earl wants his lands back. The Langstons will provide Edmund with much needed funds by providing a dowry for Gwyneth in return for his marrying her and agreeing that if he dies without a male heir, the land returns to Langston hands.
He makes the deal. Edmund figures he can outwit the earl by using his money to make Castle Wintering a going concern, then annul the marriage. Edmund was first introduced to readers in His Scandal when he married the scheming Elizabeth.
His lack of trust made me a bit nervous. Another tortured, warrior hero who treats the heroine badly because of something another woman did would wear out his welcome pretty quickly. In addition to this being one of those now rare romances focusing almost entirely on the romance, it is also one that creates suspense and anticipation about the wheres and the whens of the first love scene.
Most of my reading is done in my rocking chair and when I get tense the rocking increases. The drama that increased the rocking in this reading was completely character driven. The gradual build-up in the relationship is just that. He comes to love and trust her in spite of himself and there are many small, quiet moments that illustrate how this is happening. I had to think there was a sinister reason for offering me a woman as wonderful as you.
Callen for avoiding the use of an uber-villain, any criticisms I have are centered on Langston and his plotting. Why a man as powerful as he would choose such a convoluted scheme to get what he considers his is never adequately explained.
Add that with the small misunderstanding that occurs far beyond the point when I would have believed it of the two protagonists and you get a slightly less then perfect grade. Buy His Bride:.
So many current romances include a mystery, paranormal experiences, the dreaded evil villain — or all of the above. The result is that the romance can be woefully overshadowed. I like danger or thrills in the mix as long as they are balanced by strong character and relationship development. His wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of the Earl of Langston. Now that she has died, the earl wants his lands back.
The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callen (1)
Book 3 of the "His" trilogy The books do not have to be read in order. To save her penniless family from ruin, however, she would wed the devil himself. Edmund dares never love again. And while his exquisite new bride fills him with intense desire, their union is simply a means for him to retain his hard-won lands. Gwyneth is, after all, related to his despised enemy and therefore not to be trusted. But how long can Edmund resist the temptation of her luscious lips After all, you know how she died.
Desert Isle Keeper
Kagazshura Lord Langston, a thin, cold man, made agyle effort to conceal his contempt. Would her new husband ever bring her to London to visit her parents? Well she has the decency to die within two years. Never Dare a Duke. She meets her husband moments before marrying him and is then taken to a beautiful but crumbling castle in need of repair. The following is the property of the author and Avon Books, and cannot be copied or reprinted without permission. If you choose not to accept this…arrangement, you shall lose the land for taxes, and who do you think the queen cxllen agree to sell it back to?