The Laird Takes a Bride: The Penhallow Dynasty (Paperback)
"A bright, intelligent, heart-tugging romance.” - Kirkus
Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series continues as a Highlander marries against his will—
and discovers he may have found the perfect bride
Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood, thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair’s search for a biddable wife comes to a screeching halt when Fate serves up Fiona Douglass. Prickly as a thistle, Fiona challenges him at every turn, rendering herself surprisingly irresistible. Her love would be a prize indeed . . . if Alasdair could accept it.
Fiona gave her heart once, and doesn’t plan to repeat that folly. Yet she finds herself drawn to Alasdair’s intelligence and strength, and the passion he incites goes well beyond her expectations for what’s only a marriage of expedience. Despite herself, she’s falling in love with her husband.
But there’s a high wall between them—and Fiona’s not sure it can ever be torn down.
“[...] with Berne’s skill for storytelling and a charming cast of characters — along with a hefty amount of sensuality — these proud, stubborn lovers find what they need.”
“With her sophomore effort, Berne shows a special mastery for characters who hide their feelings, even from themselves, and yearn, even when they don’t realize it. A difficult love scene is also brilliantly rendered. A bright, intelligent, heart-tugging romance.”
“Romance newcomer Berne scores again with the second scintillating installment in her superbly written Penhallow Dynasty series [...] delivering another triumphant mix of sparkling wit and sophisticated sensuality.“
“A sometimes humorous, sometimes eerie, sometimes dangerous courtship [...] If marriage-of-convenience is your catnip, you’ll enjoy this one.”
“A very enjoyable read, filled with some heartbreak, some pain [...] a strong-willed couple, and a realistic romance with a satisfying happy ever after.”
“Lisa Berne gives the marriage of convenience trope clever, unforeseen, and fabulous twists [...] A perfectly fabulous book, intelligent, unusual, and unique; The Laird Takes a Bride is not to be missed!”
“What a grand, subtle, romantic tour-de-force! The Laird Takes a Bride is an incredibly arresting tale filled with intelligence, foreboding, suspense and a beautiful romance. Prepare to be amazed!”