Monday, November 1, 2010

His Conquest-Diana Crosby

His Conquest
Diana Crosby
Zebra, Nov 1 2010, $5.99
ISBN: 9781420109917

In 1297 Scotland Lady Linet is outraged by her “loving” already extremely powerful brother who has given her in marriage to a known abusive lord to gain a strong alliance. Not one to accept being treated as chattel and compounded by who her sibling sold her too, Lady Linet Dancort needs to flee but also enact a bit of vengeance on her pompous brother.

Linet liberates the legendary warrior Seathan MacGruder from her sibling’s prison on the stipulation that the Earl escorts her to her mother. Having no choice if he is to live beyond tomorrow morning when he is scheduled to hang, he agrees. They flee together with Lord Dancort in pursuit. As they trek through danger, each realizes they have fallen in love with their natural enemy.

The third MacGruder Brother late thirteenth century tale (see His Capture and His Woman) is a wonderful historical saga that uses the romance as a subplot to bring out Scotland during the time of the Wallace rebellion. Fans will root for Linet and Seathan while also hissing at her brother although in fairness it was a sign of the times to deal single women as a commodity; which Diana Crosby portrays very well. Sub-genre fans who appreciate a strong sense of time and place will enjoy this exciting wonderful escape to love.

Harriet Klausner

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