Captured by Your Kiss
Mona Graham is the keeper of the Clachan Fala, a magical bloodstone that grants powers, such as the ability to read minds, to anyone who touches it. Mona’s destiny is to find the stone and give it to newlyweds Caroline Graham and Robert Maxwell. However, Caroline’s brother, Ridley, refuses to let the Maxwell/Graham feud die and desires the bloodstone in order to conquer the Scots. Needing a protector, Mona releases Patrick Maxwell from Ridley’s dungeon knowing that Patrick will feel obligated to accompany her as she seeks the stone. Soon, Mona develops feelings for her surly companion and her dedication to the Clachan Fala is threatened.
Set in 1542 along the England/Scotland border, this book includes skirmishes between the two countries that are consistent with the time period. Marriages arranged to promote family alliances illustrate women’s lack of rights and forced reliance upon men for safety and livelihood. True to the historical romance genre, more emphasis is on the characters’ relationships than on history.
This book concludes the Brides of the Bloodstone trilogy, and while it is not completely necessary to read the romances in order, doing so is recommended. Romance readers will enjoy this novel.