Author: Cathy Maxwell
Provided Synopsis: He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head…
Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she’d secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society—until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, Earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon.
A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed…
Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman’s noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson’s daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met.
And it doesn’t help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own.
Mac has turned Sabrina’s world inside out—but what will happen when he leaves?
Or will the Groom Say Yes?
Review: In theory this book should have met my tastes more than it did, since it was a historical romance with a murder mystery and adventure. It began strongly as Cormac is rescued from his execution date by a reverend working on behalf of those who wrongfully perjured themselves during Cormac’s trial for murder. The escape from prison does not go as planned, but it does leave him knowledgeable of a few facts about who he must speak to and where he must travel to in order to clear his name and receive information as to why a woman was murdered with him as the scapegoat.
Meanwhile, Sabrina Davidson’s family is somehow tied up within the business of Cormac’s imprisonment, little to her knowledge due to her father’s habit of keeping secrets from her. How can she believe the best of her family when they have left an innocent man to hang for a crime he did not commit? Together, she and Cormac must discover the truth. And fall in love, since it apparently comes with the territory.
This book would have worked better for me had it not been so rushed. There really were no clues to follow, just two confrontations with those involved. There was no suspense either, and since Cormac and Sabrina barely had to travel there was not much adventure. This story could have had more depth in the mystery department and in the romance department. If you want something quick, then this is the book for you — after all, there was nothing horrendous about it; it was simply standard with the occasional cute. For my part, I have read far better stories that have incorporated all of these elements with a masterpiece to show for the effort.
(Also, I really do not understand the title or cover of this book. Does not fit at all…)