Hello, and welcome back! The weather this week for my days off isn't much better than last week, though I did get the herbs planted this morning. I have a couple of things that need to be potted, but I can do that tomorrow despite the rain, working under the porch roof. Then I can spend the rest of the day with my writing and at least one of the books still in my May stack of review books.
This time out, I have a new anthology, Undone (Brava), with stories from Terri Brisbin, Susan Johnson and Mary Wine. I bought this one the day it arrived at work, as I adore Terri Brisbin. The anthology kicks off with Susan Johnson's 'As You Wish', with Felicity Belvoir determined to have Alexander Maccabe Montrose, Earl of Albion convey her to Edinburgh to avoid marrying one of the wretched old men her stepmother would like her to wed, and it happens that Albion has wagered he can take her virginity, making their trip even more attractive to her, as her value on the marriage mart will drop drastically. Albion has no plans for marriage himself, but he is very fond of women in all other ways, so this bargain they strike might suit him as well. Terri Brisbin's 'A Storm of Love' ties in with her current paranormal series, with Breac rescuing Agnes of Mull from death at the hands of men who take orders from a powerful man instead of rushing home to save his dying sister as he intends. But Breac and Agnes share an irresistible attraction to one another that makes their journey to his home village more pleasant than either expected. But Agnes has secrets no man can possibly understand. Or forgive, no matter how much he wants her in his bed. 'Stealing the Bride' by Mary Wine has Hayden Monroe trying half-heartedly to find a new wife, though none of the young women being dangled underneath his nose are at all appealing. When Elspeth Leask's brother suggests Hayden court her instead, the outspoken young woman piques his interest. Very, very much. I used to be a Susan Johnson fan, but in recent years, her stories have left me cold. Her contribution to this collection felt a bit more like her older work, and I enjoyed it far more than anything else she's done recently. I loved Terri Brisbin's story, especially the glimpse into this aspect of her ongoing series. It was a lovely tidbit to tide readers over until the next book is released. And Mary Wine's story is terrific, with the outspoken Elspeth and the roguish Hayden. I'm borrowing four and a half of Cupid's five arrows for this trio. A real treat for historical romance fans.
Until next time, happy reading!