Mass Market Paperback, 546 pages
Published December 27th 2002
by Pocket Books
Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warriors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest...betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat...and the greatest risk of all is surrender--to the deep emotions of unexpected love.
Gillian: A really strong character. She puts everything on the line for her uncle and for Alec, and I honestly admired how stubborn she was about taking care of her problems herself even though Brodick could have handled it on his own. I loved that she talked back to Brodick and yet was still a very warm, gentle sort of heroine. Gillian falls in love with Brodick almost immediately even though she's annoyed with him for being so bossy. He's so bossy he declares she won't make a sound when her infected arm is being treated with something that sounded so horribly painful that I cringed for her. She doesn't make a sound though because she tethers onto to Brodick through it. I think if she wasn't in love with him by then, that she fell in love with him right then. I know I did a little. And that's what I loved about Gillian, she rises to Brodick's challenges. She was a real risk taker, had spunk and determination and I really thought she was perfectly suited to Brodick.
Brodick: Mmmm. Probably one of my favourite highlanders to date. I have no doubt he will stand out in my mind for a long while. He was tough--a real sort of alpha. Big, brawny, hot as hell, feared by other clans, downright disliked even. Women were afraid of him. He was intimidating, deceptive, bossy and I adored him. Because even though for more than half the novel he was all hard on the exterior--never betraying emotion--it was clear he had a bit of a soft spot for Gillian. And then I fell head over heels because what he says to Gillian is so telling. He asks her if she has a man back in England. And it just opened him up in this unexpected way because suddenly you saw that he was vulnerable and not just a strong and stubborn laird. I totally loved how Garwood let us into his character. It was a sheer stroke of genius, and made the characters and story so powerful.
You know what the worst thing about this book is? That I'll never again read it for the first time. Ransom is such a delightful read that it will be one I'll return to repeatedly, I'm sure. And even though it will be nice to visit it again, I'll never again have the thrill of reading it for the first time. Do yourself a favour--read it for the first time. Be swept away by this novel. And then, like me, put it on a shelf where you'll see it every day until that day you need to read it again--because it's one of those books you will want to read again.
5 glittering stars