In his youth, Hugh MacCarrick foolishly fell in love with a beautiful English lass who delighted in teasing him with her flirtatious ways. Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was shadowed by an accursed family legacy. To avoid temptation, Hugh left home, ultimately becoming an assassin.  Jane Weyland was devastated when the Highlander she believed would marry her abandoned her instead. Years later, when Hugh MacCarrick is summoned to protect her from her father’s enemies, her heartache has turned to fury — but her desire for him has not waned.  In hiding, Jane torments Hugh with seductive play. He struggles to resist her because of deadly secrets that could endanger her further. But Hugh is no longer a gentle young man — and toying with the fever-pitched desires of a hardened warrior will either get Jane burned…or enflame a love that never died.

Um, just wow.  What a freakin’ fantabulous book!  Cole picks two unusual protagonists and infuses them with such real emotion.  Their reactions, to both the situation around them, and each other, are so very realistic that I felt like I was in London and the Highlands myself.  I’m not usually a huge fan of Scottish books, but Cole has completely sucked me into her world with the first two books in this series.  I’ve already picked up If You Deceive!!

As a total aside, that’s it for me on the regularly scheduled blogging this week…I’m off to RWA Nationals in a few hours and will try to blog from there!