Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand

Title:  The Kidnapped Bride
Series:  Redcakes #4
Author:  Heather Hiestand
Published:  Sept 15/14 by Kensington
Length:  115pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…

Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she’s definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal’s tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…

He’s a baron’s second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he’s everything she truly desires—and that love is the greatest of adventures…

My Review:

Hiestand places her story firmly in the past, taking her readers back in time along with her. It’s a remarkably believable journey fraught with peril and adventure. The fast pace of this exciting story keeps you captivated throughout. I found myself racing around England and Scotland alongside the characters, fully participating in the action.

Considering the short length of the story, the characters were extremely well developed. The main characters stand out, both as individuals and for their straying from the norms of the time. The supporting cast isn’t quite as well developed, having played major roles earlier in the series. At the same time, they are developed well enough that one could easily read this story as a standalone and not be lost.

Overall, this was a unique and captivating novella that I raced through in a single sitting. I couldn’t ask for much more from the author, except for maybe more time with these characters. I’d definitely recommend this novel to others and will be looking into more of this author’s work in the future.

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