Betrothed by her late father to a old ranchero, Isabella Montgomery is shut away in a convent, dreading the day she will be claimed. Rafael McKenzie needs a bride to claim an inheritance, and the moment he sees Isabella, he knows she is the one. Breaking into the convent to capture her is easy enough, but stealing her heart is another story. Original.
In late-19th-century New Mexico territory, Rafael McKenzie is searching for a bride to fulfill his dying father's wish that he marry a woman of "virtue" in order to lay full claim to his inheritance, the Diamond Ranch. Isabella Montgomery has been brought up in a convent and is promised to the no-good Juan Garcia. Determined to preserve Isabella's goodness and make her his own, Rafael spirits her away. The book's first half is dominated by their journey to Diamond Ranch, and while the trip is filled with a multitude of innuendos, the pair remains quite formal with each other, and sparks fail to fly. Upon their arrival at the ranch, however, Isabella is introduced to Lucia, Rafael's distant relative, and her jealousy of Isabella makes for delicious conflict. The romance between Isabella and Rafael itself never transcends its initial formality, but that might be just fine with many blusher fans. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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September 16, 2012
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