The Scot’s Bride
Author: Paula Quinn
On Sale: October 31, 2017
Series: Highland Heirs, #6
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99 USD
AN IRRESISTIBLE SCOUNDREL
Highlander Patrick MacGregor likes his life just the way it is. Fighting for his coin, enjoying a woman’s charms, and bearing no responsibility at all? Aye, that’s the life for him. That is, until Patrick sees her-a raven-haired beauty with eyes as dark as midnight. Patrick swore never to fall in love. Not even with a lass as wild as he…especially when she’s from a rival clan.
AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE
Charlotte Cunningham knows Patrick is trouble the moment she sets eyes on him. Her only goal is to escape the possibility of marriage. Any marriage. But as the summer days turn into sultry nights, enticing her beyond reason, Charlie is forced to choose between the freedom she craves and the reckless rogue she can’t forget.
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The Scot’s Bride
By: Paula Quinn
Patrick MacGregor has avoided responsibility just as Charlotte Cunningham has carried the mantle of responsibility for most of their lives. When the two meet their attraction is undeniable but the futures they have chosen do not include each other. As hearts take over and secrets emerge can the two overcome the challenges their unexpected love presents?
All you have to do is meet Patrick MacGregor to see that Paula Quinn’s Highlanders are irresistible and just keep getting better! Book six in the Highland Heirs series, The Scot’s Bride, takes readers on a journey of self discovery and embracing destinies. Patrick has always been happy to rely on his brawn and charm to pave the way to his next adventure but suddenly his devil may care life seems to be lacking. The attraction he has for Charlotte Cunningham, while at first is physical and instantaneous, soon leads Patrick to recognize that he wants more then a quick seduction. Charlotte is a woman that loves strongly and grieves deeply. A sequence of personal events have caused Charlotte to build up emotional defenses that instead of breaking her result in her fighting the world. Whether it is protecting those who are vulnerable to refusing to capitulate to her father’s demands, that she marry, or even her refusal to readily accept that she might have a chance at love again with Patrick MacGregor, Charlotte refuses to be compliant. When Patrick and Charlotte realize they respect each other as much as they desire each other their progression to love leads to lots of introspection and soul searching. This pairing unfolded beautifully as the author found a way for the hero and heroine to come into their own even as they joined in love. Paula Quinn’s writing is a joy to read and her stories are the kind that leave readers feeling well loved and taken care of just like her characters. The Scot’s Bride is a wonderful journey from unsettled to happily committed.
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this work can be read as a stand alone.*
Charlie caught the subtle shift of his gaze toward her when she glared at him, doing her best to keep her eyes above his chin and ignoring his long, sculpted physique and broad shoulders. Was he speaking to her or her captor?
Dunbar laughed at his offer. “You don’t even carry a sword.” He looked him over. “Or even a place to hide one.”
It was true. Charlie hadn’t noticed it before. Patrick Campbell spoke like a Highlander and had dressed like one when she’d first seen him at Blind Jack’s yet he carried no obvious weapons.
“I dinna’ need one,” he claimed, his amiable smile changing slightly into something more ominous.
Charlie knew it was true. He had fought Hamish with no weapons other than his fists. What kind of Highlander didn’t carry a sword? The kind who doesn’t need one.
Campbell moved closer to her and the eight men behind her. His gait was wrought with ease and confidence while her brothers and her father remained still.
“I’ll kill you for this, Campbell,” Duff swore.
“That’s doubtful,” Campbell tossed back without turning around. Instead, he looked at Charlie, now only a few inches away, standing between him and her captor.
If there wasn’t a blade to her throat, she would have taken a moment to admire him and all his hard angles.
“Untie me,” he said to Dunbar, “and I’ll fight them all with no help or risk of injury to ye or yer men.” He lifted his bound wrists up, close to Charlie’s face and the dagger at her throat. “The Duke of Argyll will hear of how ye aided his nephew.”
Dunbar seemed to think it over for a moment and then moved the dagger away from her neck to possibly cut Campbell loose. But instead of waiting to be free, the Highlander moved in a blur of speed snatching the dagger from Dunbar’s hand. In one fluid movement that Charlie almost missed by blinking, Campbell, still bound and clutching the hilt in his fingers, lifted his arms and then brought them back down to capture Dunbar’s head between his forearms, and Charlie’s head between his thick upperarms.
An instant turned into an eternity while he pulled Dunbar closer, wedging Charlie up against his chest. Time slowed as she looked up and he tiled his head to meet her gaze. She stared into his summer-glade eyes—ringed by lashes that were that long—and the evidence of Hamish’s wrath on his lip. His current wounds and an older one which had broken his nose saved him from being pretty. His mouth crooked ever so slightly—just enough to flash his dimple and completely befuddle her. A rascal. That’s what he was. He was helping her. But why? Before she had to ponder it further, the instant was over.
He hauled Archie Dunbar an inch closer and knocked him out with a clean blow, forehead to forehead. He moved quickly and lifted his arms to release Dunbar from his hold then gave him a powerful kick in the guts to topple him over.
“Run!” He pushed Charlie behind him and faced the rest of the Dunbars alone.
Duff reached them at the same time and an instant before the stunned expressions on the faces of Dunbar’s men wore off and they rushed forward.
“Give me your hands!” Charlie commanded, tugging on Campbell’s sleeve. When he obeyed, she cut him loose using her black blade.
The fool took a moment to smile at her before she tucked the dagger back under her skirts.
Hendry finally joined the fight but Charlie couldn’t take her eyes off Mr. Campbell in the melee.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.