In 1233, Border Lord Devlin Ravenstone volunteers to trade
places with King Henry because the sovereign is his best
friend and the threat to the monarch comes from his
estrange half-brother Morven Douglas. Morven hates Devlin
and their father because he gave the symbolic jeweled
sword to the younger sibling and this means Devlin is the
heir. Devlin, signing a death notice, rides under the
king's banner while Henry takes a smaller contingency
under a different flag. Devlin's only regret is leaving
his wife a widow. He survives but learns that his spouse
was the heart of the treason.
Ten years later, Morven Laird of Clan Douglas invades
Ravenstone; as he flees with the jeweled sword, the
English capture him. Morven's aid takes the sword back to
Douglas Keep. Devlin attacks Douglas Keep to regain the
sword, but is wounded in the battle and captured by the
Scots. Morven's daughter Meghan tends to his wounds.
Immediately attracted to one another, he still hides his
identity from her. When Devlin escapes, Meghan follows,
hoping to free her father and halt the retributions that
harm both sides. However, how will she react if she knows
that she has fallen in love with her father's enemy, her
This exciting medieval romance focuses on honor and
betrayal that lead to deadly feuds. Marjorie Jones
explains that the half-brothers are actually not blood
relatives, but Meghan and her father do not know that as
good intentions have paved the way to hell. Douglas is a
wonderful person who believes women are snakes while
Meghan is an idealist pushing for peace. Though readers
will doubt Morven's fate, fans will enjoy this colorful
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 7, 2004
Following the ensuing battle with the Earl of Ravenstoneís forces, Meghan Douglas tends to the wounds of her fatherís men, the Laird of Clan Douglas. Among the fallen, she finds asorely wounded English knight. Though he is an enemy, Meghan takes pity on the handsome, burly stranger, and has him taken to a chamber. There, once he has been securely bound to her fatherís bed, she attempts to save his life, attending to the most intimate details of his care.
When Devlin Barnett regains consciousness at last, it is only to find himself tied to a bed, being cared for by a beautiful young woman. Not just any young woman, however, but the daughter of his treacherous foster brother, the Laird of the keep, for whom he is now being held as ransom. To make matters worse, he finds his traitorous, vulnerable body responding to Meghanís tender ministrations in a most alarming, and conspicuous, manner.
Meghan cannot deny the powerful attraction she feels for the captive in her bed Ö the captive who so stubbornly refuses to give up his name. She knows only that he is one of the Earl of Ravenstoneís knights.
Devlin finally manages to escape, both his imprisonment and the danger to his heart. He has not gone far, however, when he realizes he is being followed. His emotions are in peril once again, for the lovely Meghan insists he take her to Ravenstoneís castle that she might plead for her fatherís release. She has no idea of her former prisonerís true identity. Or the forces of evil that will be unleashed to separate and destroy Ö