By Michelle Buonfiglio
This may surprise you. But inside the body of this natural blonde quivers the soul of a fiery redhead aching to burst forth and make her sensual mark on the world.
OK, spoilsports, so my moonlite-and-caramel angel-kissed highlights may be nurtured an itty bit by my girl, Miss Clairol. But, yeah, my total romance fantasy is to be one of those titian-tressed heroines who brings the lusty rake to his knees as she makes a grand entrance at a ton ball, her “unfashionable” auburn-threaded-with-sunset curls ready to tumble about her creamy shoulders, set off by a daring gown in a shocking scarlet hue.
To some, ginger locks also suggest a hot-tempered or sexually seductive nature. This leaves many a redhead feeling annoyed, misunderstood and, in the case of even an anthropomorphized cartoon character, uttering the lament, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
The flame-haired heroine of Lynsay Sands’ amusing and suspenseful “The Hellion and the Highlander” perhaps leans a bit toward the fiery version of the stereotype. Not that Lady Averill Mortagne would allow anyone to see the passion she’s painstakingly subdued. Regardless of whether she’s chatelaine of her father’s home and a respected healer, her lot in life is to become some preening English lord’s wife, and eventually her father hopes one will overlook the nuisance of her red locks.
Highlander Kade Stewart thinks Averill’s hair is astoundingly lovely, and can’t seem to get enough of her as she tends his wounds. Averill’s brother brought Kade to their home for Averill to heal after they and fellow Crusaders escaped enemy prison. Kade can’t understand what’s wrong with the foppish Englishmen who won’t have Averill. He thinks she’d be a bright, supportive woman to take to wife – and the honeymoon’d be no chore -- except for the fact that she’s just too biddable to be the spouse of a Highland laird.
Yet when Kade decides he can’t not marry Averill – smart, lusty young knight that he is – he finds Averill’s not exactly got some ‘splainin’ to do about her apparent feistiness, but rather is exactly the kind of woman who can help him as he seeks to restore honor to the role of laird within his clan.
But danger seems to hide in wait for Kade around every turn and turret, not just suspiciously linked to surprising suspects who may want him dead, but sometimes in the sweetly funny form of a red-haired hellion who might do him in first with her just-a-tad-too-enthusiastic approach to pleasuring her new husband.
Lynsay Sands’ Medievals always are reads to look forward to, because Sands creates in them a special brand of adventure-packed, yet lighthearted storytelling wrapped in period flavor. You’ll be treated to the addition of the always-appreciated braw Highlander – and the hopes for the love story of another awesome hero from “Hellion” in a book to come – when you --
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What kind of heroine do you have lurking inside you, just dying to be let loose? What’s your alter-ego fantasy hair color?