Able to ride, wield a sword, and throw a dagger as well as any man, flame-haired Ainslee of Kengarvey is more warrior than lady. Yet even her awesome skill as a horsewoman won't help her outrace the knight who pursues her. An Anglo-Norman who has won favour with the King, Sir Gabel de Amalville must prove his loyalty by crushing the rebellious ...
Able to ride, wield a sword, and throw a dagger as well as any man, flame-haired Ainslee of Kengarvey is more warrior than lady. Yet even her awesome skill as a horsewoman won't help her outrace the knight who pursues her. An Anglo-Norman who has won favour with the King, Sir Gabel de Amalville must prove his loyalty by crushing the rebellious MacNairn clan. Seizing the youngest daughter of the chief gives him a necessary advantage. But having sequestered Ainslee in his isolated castle keep, he soon finds himself the prisoner of a passion he never could have foreseen. Now, as the shadow of war descends upon the Highlands, Gabel will follow his heart into battle - for the love of the sensual woman who has captured him, mind, body and soul.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-11-20 Ainslee MacNairn is captured and held for ransom, survives a murder attempt, an abduction and a seduction and commits her first two homicides-all less than halfway through this early-13th-century romance set in the Scottish Highlands by the author of Only for You. Not that things are all bad: her captor is the handsome Norman Gabel de Amalville, who's just too good to be true or, at the very least, far better than her sadistic father. Which still doesn't excuse the paltry couple of pages it takes for abductor and abductee to discover a cozy relationship. Howell's strong suit is her grasp of historical detail (though rarely any historical personage or event). Her weakness is in pacing her narrative and in occasionally clunky dialogue ``Howbeit, she has adamantly claimed that she understands that her father has brought this fate upon himself.'' (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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