Sunday, February 22, 2009

If You Dare - Kresley Cole

Title: If You Dare
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket
Published: 2005
Pages: 349
Genre: Historical/Romance
Series: The MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy

Kresley Cole has written a trilogy surrounding three brothers who believe their family is cursed. "Not to marry, know love, or bind, their fate; Your line to die for never seed shall take. Death and torment to those caught in their wake;" While the story is about Court and Annalia - the curse is the underlying mystery. It is what binds the three books together.

After Pascal orders his death, Court escapes and gets his revenge by stealing Pascal's fiance, Annalia. Lady Annalia despises Court as much as she does Pascal - however, there is this underlying attraction to the Highlander that she can't quite explain. No matter how much she desires Court, nothing will stop her from returning to the evil Pascal - for if she doesn't, her brother will be killed. Can Court break the curse and keep Annalia by his side? Will the rescue attempt for her brother keep her from Pascal's clutches? And what of the death warrant that Pascal has issued for both Annalia and Court?

I enjoyed this book - the underlying mystery kept me interested to see how Court and Annalia could have their "happily ever after." I love alpha Highlanders - and Court definitely fits the bill. Even though Annalia irritated me in the beginning of the book, I grew to like her strength and her realization that she had a narrow view of Scots. The passion was sizzling - slow to build but powerful in the end!!

You can read my full review here.

Rating: 3/5
Pages: 349
Completed: 2/18/09