Summary: Emmaline Marlow is about to wed the laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father when the Hepburns' sworn enemy, Jamie Sinclair, whisks Emmaline away. His plans to use her as a pawn go awry when irresistible passion between the two of them erupts. Original.
Review: A romance that had such promise (kidnapping, Highlanders, revenge, and adventure), but fell very flat.
Instalove. I hate instalove. Lust, yes. Affection, yes. Love, no. Also, a lot of sacrifice for sacrifice's sake and plenty of woe is me. This book started off well enough. Jamie wasn't a complete ass (although he was a bit I'm a man!!) and Emma showed plenty of spirit and actually made a few attempts at escape. Emma wasn't a wilting flower. I was eager to see the romance develop between Emma and Jamie since I liked both characters pretty well. The book went downhill about 100 pages in.
The revenge plot (Jamie's reason for stealing Emma) becomes revealed. It gets more silly as more is learned about it. It got too convoluted and would have been better as a simple revenge plot aka I'll steal your bride since our clans don't get along. Then comes what I love to hate: instalove. Emma and Jamie fall "in love" after a few days. Yeah, Jamie wasn't a complete ass, but he was too driven by revenge and anger. The book wraps up way too neatly with everyone getting what was coming to them and a happy ending for Jamie and Emma.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy strong, brooding male heroes, romance with a kidnapping plot, or romance with Scottish Highlanders.