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Mira, Sep 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0778320741

Toni MacNally and her five friends (David, Kevin, Ryan, Gina, and Thayer) convert a dilapidated Scottish Castle into a tourist attraction using reenactments of stories of love and lore. As Toni and the others perform for a crowd of visitors, a big hunk in kilt shouts for the leader of this charade to face him. Laird Bruce MacNiall apparently has arrived.
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Bruce informs the sextet that his castle was not for leasing and they were conned, but allows them to at least recoup their costs by continuing their performance for now. Bruce, an ex-cop, investigates a series of murders in which the culprit dumps the corpses on his land. Toni has weird dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the serial killer, but also feels a strange connection to Bruce. As she falls in love with the Laird of the castle, Toni wonders if he is the killer. Bruce shares her feelings of love and wants to keep Toni safe even at the risk of his own life.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly)

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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