The third book in the School for Heiresses series.
"Someone's going to call your bluff someday, Venetia -- you'd better hope it's not a handsome man."-- Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistressLady Venetia Campbell's visit to her childhood home in Scotland takes a dramatic turn when she's kidnapped at pistol point by her father's sworn enemy. Sir Lachlan Ross is widely feared in his guise as The Scottish Scourge, but Venetia remembers her former neighbor as a handsome youth whose attentions she craved. Now a wickedly sexy man, Lachlan's appeal is even more intoxicating...and much more dangerous. Though Lachlan tries to treat her as his foe, his scorching kisses tell another story. And despite his plan to use her as a weapon against her father, Venetia is determined that Lachlan's lust for revenge will be trumped by an even more powerful desire...
One of the things I like about this series, is the correspondence between Mrs. Harris and her Cousin Michael, who keeps her informed about the suitors her pupils have. Be they fortune hunter, scoundrel, or honourable. She doesn’t know who he really is, but I do have a guess they will end up together, someday.
When visiting Scotland after spending many years in London, Venetia is being kidnapped by her father’s enemy. Lachlan Ross is supposedly be death, and she has mourned him, because as a little girl she fell in love with, and hasn’t ever forgotten him. But now he tells her he is the highwayman who robbed her father’s friends, and he will only turn her over to her father, if he pays pack the money his father loaned him all those years ago.
Venetia doesn’t believe him, her father is a honourable man. But bit by bit she has to believe Lachlan, when she keeps discovering things about him. And falls in desire, and later in love with him. Then her aunt arrives, and tells them all the reasons her father has for not paying back the loan, and Lachlan is devastated by what he has done. So now he intends to give up Venetia, deny their marriage and their love. Will she let him get away with that?
Yes, a good story, and I enjoyed it. It had a few surprises in it, originality. Some hot lovescenes, all in all, a good book. So, the next one will not have to wait long to be read.
Sabrina Jeffries has a good writing style, fluent, easy to read. Lots of humor too, which I need in a book. A strong heroine and an equally strong hero, but not too much highhanded.