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Book 4 of 6 in the Border Chronicles Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Border Chronicles (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227928
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lady Cicely Bowen, confidant of Queen Joan Beaufort at the Scottish court, is determined to marry only a man she loves. However, her plans are dashed when she meets rough Scottish border lord Ian Douglas, who is so captivated by her that he kidnaps her away to his lands, convinced that she will fall in love with him. Despite a tempestuous beginning, Cicely soon is intrigued by the uncouth but gentle Douglas. Ever-popular Small concludes her Border Chronicles (A Dangerous Love, etc.) with this sexy, albeit mostly predictable, romp along the Scottish borders. As readers have come to expect, heroine Cicely is tough, smart and wildly independent. Small manages to keep the romance fresh with fliratations, steamy scenes and political intrigue. Fans of her work will find it entertainingly familiar, which with a writer of Small's talent, is no small thing.
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About the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

Customer Reviews

I have yet to read a bad book by Bertrice Small.
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Bertrice has a way of making sexy sex scenes upscale and personal - like you were THERE!!!
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It was an interesting story and there was a lot of twists and turns.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erin Rose Vosburgh on November 10, 2009
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I agree that it is predictable. I just got to the point where the first husband dies and I don't know if I'm even interested in finishing the book.

I have all of Ms. Small's books, and like the other reviewer I've watched them fall into this predictable format.

Please Ms. Small, give us some of your older style with the history, color, drama, and love. I'm going to buy the next book. How could I not, but please bring us back to your older styles that captured my imagination and made me stay up all hours reading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anke1001 on October 28, 2009
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First of all, I would like to say that Bertrice Small is one of my favorite authors.

This book, however, is too much in a pattern which several books have already followed: The first husband is not really what she wanted, but she falls in love. Then he dies and she starts out disliking the new husband she is given, but eventually she falls in love with him, too. There is a crisis and afterwards, they both admit their love. (Reminds me of Blaze Windham and some other books...) And then there is, of course, the hateful servant she let go and who plans revenge (in other books this position is filled by rejected suitors or other jealous people who try to harm the heroes or heroines).

I am a bit disappointed...

There was no spirit in this book as there was in such wonderful stories as "Enchantress Mine", "The Kadin" or "Skye O'Malley". Or at least it was lost on me (I could NOT find any twists that were unexpected, as a previous reviewer stated!)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 11, 2009
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The Earl of Leighton worries his brilliant teenage second wife Luciana Maria Pietro, whom he married for her money and for giving him sons, will harm his beloved young daughter, Lady Cicely Bowen. To keep her safe he sends her away from her stepmother. Cicely and Lady Joan Beaufort become friends.

When Joan and King James I of Scotland marry, Cicely is selected as a lady-in- waiting to the new queen. At the Scottish court, two lairds with opposite demeanors pursue Cicely. Andrew Gordon is a suave aristocrat while Ian Douglas is a border lord. Although she plans to marry Andrew, Ian abducts her. She finds border life complex and harsh while her other suitor declares clan war and the queen demands the return of her lady in waiting.

This is an entertaining fifteenth century romance starring strong lead characters and real historical figures especially Joan who was married to James I. The story line provides a deep look at the era when intrigue and clan disputes and hostilities were the norm. Vivid with the real persona enhancing the triangular relationship, Bertrice Small provides a wonderful romance with Stockholm syndrome implications.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CosmicPagan on November 12, 2010
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Seriously.

Why do I do this to myself?

This is the fourth book in the Border Chronicles, the fourth I've read in sequence, and the fourth that is basically the same story told with a different set of historical personalities. Basically, this series ends up being an engaging account of a period of history in the border lands between England and Scotland with some light fiction tossed into the mix.

Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. Me, I'm a history junkie, so I can get into details laid on thick and furious. But this is not a historical romance novel as I suspect fans of the genre might be led to believe. Romance is the ignition of the senses and the chemistry that sparks into life between two people. Here we have likable characters but no real sense of why anyone should care deeply about anyone else.

Unfortunately the author has gone back to drink from the same well she has watered from in many previous books. I don't want to give any spoilers, but regular readers will see the pattern and might even be as aggravated with it as I was.

Well, okay, all of this, and isn't page 10 just a wee bit too soon to be discussing the nuts and bolts of "restoring" virginity to hoodwink a husband?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Q-ed on February 11, 2010
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Finally, a historical romance that totally delivers quality. This book had my complete attention and most chapters had me glued to my sofa.

Although at times the author was too detailed with the food being eaten, the home furnishings and tapestries being woven/cleaned, one can truly appreciate the characters. The author included a great deal of character dialog as opposed to simple narration which allowerd one to truly understand the vast personalities within the storyline.

This book is by no means predictable. One sees the characters growing throughout their relationships, and although this is a romance novel set in midieval Scotland, the characters are never in control of their destiny. The storyline truly projects the hardships people went through during that time period, including the heroine. Although she is the Queen's best friend, no special treatments or favors are awarded her and one really feels the strength and wrath that is projected by Sctoland's King James I as he has come back from English imprisonment and is exercising control over the clan lairds and border lords. For us ladies, although we enjoy reading the trials and tribulations of historical romances, in my opinion, it would've been quite difficult to actually have lived during that time period, as women were not free to choose their own husbands, hold titles to land, were constantly birthing children every year(heaven forbid the child turned out to be a girl)etc. However, the sexual interludes were VERY descriptive definitely not rated "G" and yes on the very erotic side. The ending to this story is very unexpected and it is much appreciated when the author has researched the facts included within their storyline. The back cover summary to this book does not do the story any justice.

I am definitely looking forward to more works from this author.
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Bertrice Small is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 34 novels in print. She lives in the oldest English-speaking town in New York state. Her website is bertricesmall.com.

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