Morrow, Mar 2002, 25.95, 306 pp.
In Scotland, sixteen interfering, muscular and fearsome MacFearson uncles insure that none of her suitors meets the different criteria set by each one of Melissa MacGregor's caring relatives. To help Melissa, find a spouse, her parents (stars of LOVE ME FOREVER) pry her away from the well meaning crowd and plan to send her to London.
Before leaving her family on her adventure, Melissa spends time with her younger cousins at a pond. Not long afterward, Viscount Lincoln Barnett, just home from two decades of family enforced exile, rides by the pond. Lincoln and Melissa react positively towards one another. However, in a bloodthirsty feeding frenzy, her uncles go bongos when they learn that Lincoln is Melissa's choice. They remember an incident two decades ago when he behaved like a berserker so now they plan to keep this lunatic away from their beloved niece. They might contain Lincoln, but when it comes to love Melissa is fiercer than any other MacFearson.
THE PURSUIT is a humorous historical romance that contains a fast-paced story line. Though quite amusing, the tale also comprises a deep dysfunctional yet poignant relationship between Lincoln and his mother. Fans will have to get over the fact that the doting uncles truly hold an incident that they helped cause when Lincoln was ten against him as anecdotal evidence that the lead protagonist is dangerous. Though the tension is between the couple and her uncle (as opposed to that of the lead protagonists), the tale remains a fine sequel to Johanna Lindsey's LOVE ME FOREVER.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner