As the eighth of 15 children and the eldest unwed daughter, Delilah Canterbury was sent to court to better herself. Instead, she is dismayed to discover that giving her virtue to King James has not earned her any favors. A chance encounter leads to an opportunity to train as a spy. Five years later, Delilah’s first assignment is to impersonate Lady Elizabeth Seymour, so that the real Lady Elizabeth can be married off to Laird MacKenzie. Kaid MacLeod needs a bargaining chip in his clan’s feud against the MacKenzies.
They’ve already killed his father and many of his people. Kaid must figure out how to prevent more bloodshed, and he thinks that kidnapping Lady Elizabeth may be the only way to bring about peace. But he hadn’t bargained on kidnapping an impostor. The attraction between Delilah and Kaid grows during their days spent traveling, but their passion leads to betrayal. Strong female characters and hot men in kilts are almost always a win, and steamy romance and dangerous intrigue make sure of it in the second tale in
Martin’s Mercenary Maidens series, following Highland Spy (2017).
Booklist Online Exclusive: September 27, 2017
— C. L. Quillen