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The Price of Love is the first romance novel by British author, Alison Fraser. When Kyle Saunderson tracked down his brother Barry’s young mistress, he hadn’t expected her to be living in abject poverty on a small Scottish island. But Barry was dead, and, unfair as it was, his will had left her everything. And everything was quite a lot, so why didn’t she want it? And why was she uninterested in her four-year-old son?
Gail Mackenzie had lived with the stigma of being an illegitimate daughter on her very conservative Island. She’d left to sing folk songs in an Edinburgh club. When she’d been completely and comprehensively charmed by Barry Saunderson, she fell pregnant and then discovered he was married. Her son adopted out at birth, she returned to the Island in disgrace. And now this condescending brother has come to stir up all her painful memories.
In her first romance novel, Fraser gives the reader a hero and heroine who rub each other the wrong way from the start and keep doing battle for most of the book. Both make assumptions about each other that fuel their verbal clashes. The hero is indeed a bit too arrogant; the heroine painfully carrying too much guilt and regret. Their attraction is not given quite emphasis it needs and the sweet ending comes just a little too rushed, a little too late. This is not Alison Fraser’s best romance, but not too bad for a debut.