Merry Stewart waits and waits for her betrothed. He left
for the Crusades years ago and Merry has heard not a word.
She manages her father's castle, from training his men to
running the household, while her father and brothers remain
in a constant state of inebriation. When her father
announces her betrothed's return, Merry hopes for a future
with a good and sober man. Upon arriving at his castle, she
encounters her future husband in a drunken rage. Her hopes
and dreams die a quick death.
Alexander d'Aumesbery returns from the Crusades ready to
take up his role as laird. He finds his home in an uproar.
The servants have fled and the castle is in a shambles. He
needs to re-establish control and maintain order before he
can get his bride. When Alex hears talk that his future
wife is nicknamed "the Stewart Shrew," he is not in a hurry
to retrieve her. His first order of business is to get his
infected tooth pulled. The blacksmith refuses to remove it
until Alex drinks a pitcher of whiskey to deaden the pain
and make Alex more amenable to the extraction.
The marriage is off to a rocky start with half-truths and
lies between the couple. Their problems multiply when
attempts are made on Alex's life. Merry refuses to let harm
come to her husband and tries to uncover who wants him
Ms. Sands pens a hysterical account of Merry and Alex's
wedding night. Her description of male anatomy is
priceless! It is a thoroughly entertaining addition to her
Merry Stewart has had enough! Enough of her brothers, whose
behavior would make even the most improper lady blush.
Enough of their highland home, which would surely have
fallen to ruin were it not for her. She dreams of escaping
into the arms of her betrothed, Alexander dâ€™Aumesberyâ€”even
though they havenâ€™t yet met. But when they do, Merry is
devastated. It seems heâ€™s no better than the men in her
So beautiful, so brazen . . . From the moment he meets
Merry, Alexander is overcome with desire. Desperate to
convince her heâ€™s nothing like the members of her roguish
clan, he will prove he is every bit the well-mannered
gentleman. Yet beneath it all beats a heart as intense and
uncontrollable as hers. And finally, when his life is
threatened, Merry realizes heâ€™s the husband sheâ€™s been
waiting for . . . and their passion becomes the one thing
that cannot be tamed.