By Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 1, 2010
Brina Chattan has known from birth that she is destined for life as a bride of Christ. Her clothing is plain, any gifts she receives are practical and, unlike her sisters, who are destined for marriage, she has not been taught to defer to men. She's been raised to be independent, self-sufficient and physically and spiritually pure. What she's become is a head-strong beauty with a will of iron. Kidnapped from her father while en route to the convent to fulfill her obligation to the church, she finds herself the unwilling substitute for her disgraced sister. But Brina is no wilting flower and this highland hellcat is determined to honor her father's promise to the church. Except...why does Connor's smile make her breath catch? And why does his gentle touch make her quiver? And why is she now, after all these years, wondering if, perhaps, she's not destined to be a nun after all?
"Formality would be best between us." She drew in a deep breath. "And distance."
"Why does it matter where I stand?"
Brina blinked, trying to restore her clear thinking. "Because my thoughts become muddled when ye are so near." She was talking without thinking again, and she pressed one hand on top of her lips to still her words when she witnessed how much her confession pleased him. His blue eyes sparkled with it.
His lips twitched up farther, and she discovered her attention focusing on his mouth. A tingle of memory traveled across her lips, awakening a yearning to feel his kiss against them once again. He reached out and gently pulled her hand away from her lips.
"I confess that ye have the same effect on me, lass."
Mary Wine has once again transported me to the ruggedly beautiful Highlands of Scotland for another adventurous and emotional medieval journey with clan and political intrigue aplenty and a love story that warmed my romantic heart. If you haven't read any of her books yet, I encourage you to give them a try. As for me, I'm anxiously awaiting the next offering from this talented author!