Series: The Deed #3
Published by Leisure Books on December 1st 2004
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
It wasn't her first choice, for Seonaid Dunbar had, like her brother, been trained as a Scottish warrior at her father's knee; but fleeing to an abbey was clearly preferable to whacking on Blake Sherwell with her sword -- which she'd happily do before wedding the man. No, she'd not walk weakly to the slaughter, dutifully pledge troth to anyone the English court called "Angel." Fair hair and eyes as blue as the heavens hardly proved a man's worth. There was no such thing as an English angel; only English devils. And there were many ways to elude a devilish suitor, even one that King Henry ordered her to wed.
No, the next Countess of Sherwell was not sitting at home in her castle as Blake thought: embroidering, peacefully waiting for him to arrive. She was fleeing to a new stronghold and readying her defenses. Swords and sleeping drafts, Claymores and kisses. This battle would require all weapons--if he ever caught her. And the Chase was about to begin.
Blake Sherwell, knows how to charm any woman. From his time in the King’s court, he can make any woman smile and come to his bed. When he goes up to Scotland, he is expecting to find his future bride to be, sitting at home waiting for him….well this bride isn’t the waiting on a man type of woman. Seonaid Dunbar, lost her mother at a young age, and was raised by her father and brother, and learned everything they know. From swordplay to hunting, she dresses in Braies, rides a horse astride, and can fight just as good as any other solider. So when she hears that her fiancee is finally coming up to claim her when he is ten years late, she has little patience for him, and wishes to be rid of him. So she and her cousin, run away and head to a convent. Blake isn’t a happy camper when he learns of his fiancee’s fleeing him, so he chases her and she is more determined than he gave her credit for. Now he must woo her in a way he has never courted a woman before, will his intelligence match her wits and will Seonaid decide to choose to trust in the one man whose kisses blow her over and make her feel in ways she never has experienced…
The Chase is by far one of my favorite novels from this author, especially her historical romances. After falling in love with her paranormals, I have been wanting to give more of her historical romances a try. And boy does The Chase come out on top as a winner in my book. One of the best books I have read so far this year, so good that I stayed up all night reading it!! That is a rare occurrence, since I adore my beauty sleep. So I do love that one book that keeps you from your rest, but you don’t care because the story is so good. First off I want to say that this couple was so entertaining from the first page, I knew I would have quite a fun time reading it. Blake Sherwell, has such a commanding presence, and I loved his confidence, although it tends to get him in trouble quite a bit, with Seonaid at the helm of the ship called Trouble and Strife. Now Seonaid is one unique heroine,she has spirit, independence, a will of iron, and a fighter. I loved how she can fight like a man, but still has many feminine qualities that made her into a winner of a package.
At the beginning Blake and Seonaid are at odds–with Blake chasing and Seonaid constantly harming him in one way or another and running. But you see that once Seonaid starts to slowly form a trust with Blake, that their relationship really kicks off at full speed. I find that I couldn’t help myself into being held captive by this story and the beautiful and tender love story that builds. The only downside to the story is some of the language, tends to throw the reader off a bit at the beginning, but once you get fully into the story, you adjust and then you barely notice it.
A charming highland romance to captivate your attention, a tale to remind you of the magic of historical romance, a exquisite love story full of enchanting characters and a richly filled emotional tale to pull you in! PURE BLISS IN EVERY PAGE!!
Before she could instruct her stallion to move forward, Blake reached out and caught her about the waist, drawing her easily onto his lap. He wasn’t terribly surprised when she immediately began to struggle against him, although he was a bit startled by her strength as she did so. Tightening his arms around her, he hid his surprise with a expression of mixed exasperation and amusement. “We can do this the easy way, my lady, or the hard one. Tis’ up to you.”
“Then it’ll be the hard way,” Sonaid muttered. Elbowing him in the chests, she tugged hard on his horse’s rains, so the animal reared up, hooves pawing the air, sending Blake topping from the saddle behind her. Seonaid grunted with satisfaction as the beast settled back on all fours, then squeezed her knees and sent him into a dead run for the hill ahead.
“Aye, I can see you’re handling the situation much better than I,” Lord Rolfe commented with amusement, peering down at Blake from his seat on his mount. “No doubt we shall reach Dunbar with the year at this rate.”