In this “tightly-plotted” Scottish romance of ardor and adventure, a desperate woman finds herself losing her heart to the very man she must betray (Publishers Weekly). Young, beautiful Mariel Brandon never wanted to be a woman of intrigue. But when she and her young brother became indebted to Aaron, a fiendishly brilliant Englishman, he trained her to become a master spy and seductress—to be used however and whenever he wished. Mariel’s latest mission is to gain the confidence of Scotsman Kieran MacDonald, whose powerful clan holds a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye. Mariel is to convince Kieran to take her there. If she cannot do this, she is to kill him. And if does not succeed in that, Aaron will most certainly kill her brother. What Mariel doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now she must keep her deadly secret from him as she devises a plan to save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s cruel dominion, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.