When Niels Buchanan realizes Lady Edith Drummond is being targeted by an unknown assassin, he vows to protect her, but the stakes get even higher once he acknowledges that he loves her.
The Buchanan brothers are annoyed to be sent on the frivolous task of checking on their sister’s beloved friend Lady Edith, who hasn't been answering her letters, but change their attitude when they realize the Drummonds have been poisoned. Edith lies deathly ill, while her father and two brothers are dead. Suspicion falls on her last living brother, the new Drummond laird, and his wife, who fled the castle claiming to fear contagion, but no one can find the couple to question them. Meanwhile, threats to Edith escalate, but she’s determined to lead her clan through the chaos, even as she’s weak and grieving. Niels both respects her commitment and is frustrated by what he perceives as her lack of concern for her health and safety, but as he keeps an eye on her he sees just how kind, capable, and intelligent she is, a potent blend of qualities that enhance her physical beauty. Niels concludes the easiest way to keep her safe is to marry her, which would also block her brother’s rumored plan to send her to a convent. However, when another gruesome discovery makes it clear the murderer wants more Drummonds dead, Edith and the Buchanans must figure out how to bring the criminal out of the shadows. As the threats get closer, Niels and Edith do too, discovering a shared life worth fighting for, full of unexpected love, friendship, and passion. Sands (Immortally Yours, 2017, etc.) heads back to her Buchanan Highlanders with an intriguing mystery, interesting characters, and some unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing.
A sexy, delightful must-read for historical romance fans.