Echelon Press, Jun 2003, 13.49, 272 pp.
His father cursed Laird Dylan McGregor for his dragon mark. Most clan members including his siblings cringe when he is near. Still the laird does his duty. He enters the forbidden forest in search of two missing hunters and follows tracks that lead him to a pond where a beautiful redhead bathes. Dylan falls in love and knows one day she will be his forever. He takes her crown of flowers left on the shore before leaving.
Rhiannon of Clan McKoy is surprised that her crown of flowers is gone, but still visits the healer Dela. Her host gives Rhiannon a Moonstone that turns hot when evil is near and also states that though she is a child of the light her mate will be from her darkside enemy bearing the mark of the dragon. When her brother joins in the battle against the McGregors, Rhiannon disguises herself as a boy to keep him safe, but becomes her foe's prisoner. Dylan makes the “lad” his servant enabling Rhiannon to see the dragon mark that identifies he is her mate. Together they must face a sorcerer prepared to destroy both clans.
Though the description above makes the tale appear more like a typical medieval romance, the story line contains delightful subplots that include dragons, other fantasy species, and sorcery. Dylan carries the burden that no one is loyal to him and not just he as the Laird; so he trusts no one. Rhiannon is the only person strong enough to see beneath the shallow dragon mark to his heart. Their story makes for a wonderful romantic fantasy that readers of both genres will appreciate.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner