Avon, Feb 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1746, King George knights Damian Stratton following the Battle of Culloden. For the next several years, Damian loyally serves his majesty and his country fighting the remaining Jacobite rebels still plotting in Highlander Scotland. Though weary of the endless fighting, as a landless knight Damian owns nothing and has never forgotten the Scots killed his father.
In 1752 King George and Prime Minister Lord Pelham assign Damian the mission of stopping the marriage between the Gordon Laird and the Maiden of Misterly because they fear the merging of these powerful clans. Because of his previous loyalty and if successful on his quest, Damian will become an Earl with an English estate plus that of Misterly. Damian halts the nuptials angering the bride Elissa Fraser. Though she wants to hate him as the English killed her father at Culloden, she observes how kind Damian is with everyone. As these “natural” enemies fall in love, they must overcome those opposed to their union including a King who wonders if his warrior turned traitor at the sight of a skirt.
Though star-crossed lovers impacted by the events at Culloden and other mid eighteen-century squabbles has been often told, Connie Mason provides an action packed thriller that hooks fans of Scottish romances. The fast-paced tale never slows down especially when Elissa and Damian verbally dual. This delightful pair stimulates A TOUCH SO WICKED while keeping the plot moving. Ms. Mason furbishes a story that historical romance readers will enjoy due to the presence of Damian and Elissa.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner