The Highlander

St. Martin's Paperbacks. (Victorian Rebels, Bk. 3). Aug. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781250076076. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887428. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
OrangeReviewStarStatuesque, titian-haired Philomena Lockhart is nothing like the staid, elderly governess Laird Liam MacKenzie, Marquess Ravencroft, was hoping for—and he's not happy about it. For one thing, she's far too young to deal with two teenagers; for another, she's much too lovely and enticing for his peace of mind—she doesn't even have the sense to be afraid of him, the Demon Highlander. But Liam's children need help, and Mena is determined to stay, especially as the remote Highland keep is her only sanctuary from a man determined to destroy her—her husband. Engaging children, a fascinating, colorful supporting cast, and an eerie mystery keep the story moving in the right direction.
VERDICT A fiercely protective, emotionally damaged hero and a heroine living in fear for her life find strength and healing in an intense story rife with chilling evil, brutal violence, and heart-melting sensuality that has issues of trust and honesty at its core. Another hit from the phenomenal Byrne (The Hunter); she lives at the base of the Rockies.

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