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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

The Devil of Jedburgh - Claire Robyns Ms. Robyns demonstrate an excellent command of historical detail in this romantic tale set in the midst of the royal intrigue of Queen Mary of Scotland’s court. The intertwining of actual characters with the fictional characters (and some dramatic scenes of the harsh cruelty of the age) contributes to the realism and magnetism of the growing relationship between spirited Breghan McAllen and the Devil of Jedburgh, Laird Arran Kerr.

Frightened by the dark rumours of the Laird’s reputation, Breghan runs away when her parents refuse to withdraw their marriage arrangement with the Devil…straight into the arms of a golden virile stranger!

From that first meeting between the fiery Breghan and the (deliciously) arrogant Arran, Ms.Robyns successfully tells a gentle and passionate love story threaded through with the danger of a threatening civil war.

I was quickly drawn into this richly detailed story: the tender but strong women who are more than a match for the brave, but tough, warriors who love as wildly as they fight.

This is a fast-paced, exciting read. THE DEVIL OF JEDBURGH transported me back into the heart of the Scottish Lowlands during a time when men would give their lives to protect their country and their families, and the women they loved were as brave as the warriors who fell in love with them.

A wonderful read, with plenty of heat between Arran and Breghan. This is the kind of romance I love reading.