Pocket, Jan 2003, 6.99, 416 pp.
In 1542, as war threatens Scotland, the Bloodstone Keeper Mona Graham decides to retrieve the gem in an attempt to gain peace. She needs a protector on her quest to keep her safe from her son-in-law Ridley, who desires her almost as much as he covets the Bloodstone. Unlike his deceased father who forced Mona to marry him to gain possession of the magical artifact, Ridley plans simply to take the stone from his mother-in-law. Mona chooses Ridley's prisoner Patrick Maxwell to guide her.
Mona frees Patrick and he reluctantly agrees to escort her even while Ridley's men pursue them. As Mona and Patrick fall in love, they find the Bloodstone, but Ridley takes it from them. He uses the stone to see into the future to insure his side slaughters his opponent in the upcoming war between England and Scotland. Only Mona has the remote chance of stopping his ascendancy, but she needs the extended family of her beloved to remotely hope to win.
The conclusion of the Brides of Bloodstone trilogy, CAPTURED BY YOUR KISS, is an exciting wrap up to delightful tales. This novel ties up all the threads of the previous novels (see TEMPTED BY YOUR TOUCH and TAMED BY YOUR DESIRE) yet also can stand-alone. The story line contains fantasy elements such as a quest and magical powers inside a strong Scottish historical romance that will elate readers of the two genres. Though acceptance of how fast Ridley and his thugs seem to travel is needed, Jen Holling provides a terrific triad that requires more romantic fantasy from this awesome author.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner