When Niall Glenlyon returned to Scotland in 1840, it was in response to a summons from his Uncle and to establish some financial arrangements for his newly started coffee plantation on an island in the Indian ocean. The stories of Niall had him as a reputed pimp in a far Eastern brothel, a seducer of virgins, jungle hero, mercenary soldier, and the stories were more bizarre with the telling. What Niall really wanted was to escape the engagement party he�d been roped into as quickly as possible. Disturbing the solitude he�d found in a vacant library, was a vision, Elspeth Victoria Kildrummond, the fiancé and daughter of his host, late for her own engagement party because of meeting with her gypsy friends.
It wouldn�t be the last time Elspeth would disrupt Niall�s plans as the fates conspired to bring these two together in a passionate, and dangerous game of hide and seek, as a murder of an old family retainer would cause Elspeth to run away in search of the truth of her family�s and fiance�s betrayals. Elspeth�s father would hire Niall to chase down and bring his daughter, Elspeth home as she would lead Niall on a merry chase thru brothels, gypsy camps and numerous other adventures.
Elspeth is written as a very strong lead betrothed to George, a childhood friend who she�s known forever and �at least loves her�. She had lost her innocence and her heart broken by a lovers betrayal some time before so she no longer trusted in love . She wasn�t expecting to �feel� the emotions Niall aroused in her and fought them even as her faith in George�s and her father�s supposed betrayal was fueling her quest for the truth. Niall, who normally ran from anything or anyone that would cause him involvement couldn�t for the life of him run from Elspeth. The secondary characters, of Niall�s shaman valet, and others met along the way make this an engrossing and robust adventure. It was also a very sensual and enjoyable read that I can heartily recommend.