#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.
Having failed to kidnap and marry Heather Cynster (Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue), a mysterious Scottish laird tries for Cynster sister number two. Considered by most in her acquaintance to be "meek, mild, and helpless," 24-year-old Eliza may be a better wife for the laird, who enlists the inexorable Scrope to bring her to Edinburgh. In an effort to save herself, Eliza attracts the attention of the man in the passing curricle, none other than absent-minded scholar Jeremy Carling. But Jeremy is more than the sum of his parts and has learned something about subterfuge from his brother-in-law's Bastion Club cronies. He will rescue Eliza Cynster, but at what cost to them both? Verdict Laurens keeps her long-running series fresh by focusing on the younger members of the clan. Both Eliza and Jeremy here discover hidden depths that alter them in ways they could not have imagined. The chase goes on a bit long, with every conceivable Scottish landscape traversed, but our protagonists' resourcefulness, especially their facility with maps, is something to admire. Does the laird meet his final reward on the craggy cliffs of his homeland, or could he be Laurens's next hero? Cynsters rule and readers triumph.-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.