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Book Excerpt: FOR THE LOVE OF A SCOT Boxed Set

Your invitation to sweeping historical romance awaits you in this breathtaking boxset! Prepare to surrender in a Scot's arms!


BOOK SUMMARY


The promise of true love rolls across the Highland hills in this rich collection of Scottish first in series romance novels from four USA Today bestselling authors! Whether from a noble Scot, a fierce Highlander, a rebel warrior, or a Scottish reiver the magnificent vistas of Scotland provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable romance!


THE HIGHLANDER’S REWARD by Eliza Knight: When a lady arrives in Stirling to make good on a dreaded betrothal, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.


MARIN’S PROMISE by Madeline Martin: In order to save his sister from certain death, a Scottish reiver must take an English castle by force. But its lady will defend it and her family at any cost, even if it means killing the usurper. In a world where desperation and love dictate the lives of many, a simple promise can change the tide of favor and open the door to pleasure and danger alike.


MY FIERCE HIGHLANDER by Vonda Sinclair: A scandalous English lady banished to the Highlands of Scotland and an injured enemy chief join forces against her malicious and violent family. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. When a difficult choice faces Gwyneth, will she have to give up the honorable Highlander she has grown to love?


OUTLAW KING by Julie Johnstone: When headstrong Elizabeth’s father threatens to kill her beloved cousin unless she seduces his enemy, she begrudgingly agrees. But as she grows close to the arrogant leader of the Scottish rebellion whose savage good looks whisper of pleasure, she discovers that behind Robert’s facade of coldhearted traitor lies a noble fighter who will risk all for the freedom of his country. Now, she can no longer imagine aiding in Robert’s destruction, but does she have a choice?

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In the author's words . . .


My contribution to this four-novel box set is My Fierce Highlander, the first book in my Highland Adventure Series. I absolutely loved working with these three amazing authors--Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin and Julie Johnstone--on putting this set together. The heroines are English ladies and the heroes are Scottish warriors, so you know sparks are going to fly! I enjoy writing enemies to lovers stories because each couple has so much to overcome to find their happily-ever-after. —Vonda Sinclair



Enjoy an Excerpt from MY FIERCE HIGHLANDER

by Vonda Sinclair


Scottish Highlands, 1618

A stiff breeze carried the scent of bruised grass and blood on its icy breath.

Death.


Gwyneth Carswell dropped into a crouch and peered through the brambles at the tartan-clad bodies, a dozen or more, lying in the dusky gloaming. While gathering herbs earlier, she’d heard the sounds of battle—men shouting, steel clanging, horses screaming.

A chill shook her. The men of the MacIrwin clan, her distant kin, lived and died only for a skirmish. Her sheltered upbringing in England had molded her into the person she was, a lover of peace, but she’d been in the Highlands long enough to expect brutality at every turn. Thank God her son had stayed in the cottage with Mora.

“More senseless death,” she whispered, yearning to run and hide in the cottage, curl up beneath the blankets, and forget she was a healer. Forget all the drained blood and horrifying wounds that would never heal.

But she must not. She must again face death all around her. Dread and nausea rising within her, she covered her nose with a handkerchief. After peering about to make sure she was alone, she crept onto the soggy moor and forced herself to look at the butchered bodies of her cousins…and their enemies. Who had they been fighting?

Pressing her eyes closed to block out the slit throats and other mutilation, she murmured a prayer, both for their departed souls and for strength that she might keep going.

Please, allow me to save the life of at least one.

A haunting groan floated on the breeze. A sign? Her prayer answered? Gwyneth froze, listening. The groan sounded again, straight ahead.

She rushed to the far edge of the clearing.

Daylight dwindled, but she knew she’d never before seen the injured man, a large warrior with long dark hair, obviously from the enemy clan. She could not tear her gaze from his clean-shaven face, smeared and splattered with blood. Never had she seen such a striking man. But something more captivated her, something she could only sense with her woman’s intuition. She yearned for him to open his eyes, but he didn’t.


Blood soaked through his white shirt and fine, pale-blue doublet.

Kneeling on the damp ground, she attempted to press her hand against his chest to feel his heartbeat, but a rolled-up parchment lay in her way within his doublet. She removed it and checked his heart. The thump was slow but strong and steady.

Her eyes locked to his face again. Enticing, yes, but still an enemy.

Wary of him and what message he carried, she stripped the ribbon from the missive and flattened the thick paper. In the dim light, she could barely decipher a few of the Gaelic words inscribed in bold letters across the top.

A peace agreement? Had the MacIrwins ambushed them? She stared down at the man again, lifted his hand and found a seal ring on his finger. A chief?


For a second, it seemed the very ground had a pulse. The vibrating sensation disoriented her.

Horses!

Distant hoof-beats grew louder and thundered in her direction—the MacIrwin reinforcements coming to finish off their enemies. Her pulse roared in her ears.

If they discovered this man hanging onto life, they’d cut his throat. Especially if he was a chief who wanted peace. Gwyneth crammed the parchment back inside his doublet and stood.

She grasped the thick leather belt that held the man’s plaide in place at his waist and struggled to drag him a few feet into the yellow blooming gorse and weeds. Good lord, he was heavy, comprised of honed warrior muscle. Another tug, then she rolled him down a short incline and behind the bushes, praying all this shifting wouldn’t worsen his injuries. She spread her dull-colored skirts and plaid arisaid over him to conceal the visibility of his light-colored doublet in the dusk.

Her body trembling, she gently bit her knuckle to quiet her chattering teeth. Please, do not let them find us. She hardly dared to breathe.

The horses’ hooves thumped over the grass, and the riders yelled in Gaelic—mostly vows of revenge against the cursed MacGraths.

End of Excerpt © Vonda Sinclair


Learn more by visiting the author's website. FOR THE LOVE OF A SCOT released January 31, 2020 and is available for a limited time.

Meet the Author

Vonda Sinclair is the USA Today bestselling author of award-winning Scottish historical romance novels and novellas. Her favorite pastime is exploring Scotland and taking photos along the way. She especially loves ancient castle ruins. She also enjoys writing about hot Highland heroes, unconventional ladies and the healing power of love. Her series are the Highland Adventure Series and the Scottish Treasure Series. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the CRW Award of Excellence, the Winter Rose Award of Excellence in Published Romantic Fiction--1st Place Historical, and an EPIC Award. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina where she is crafting another adventurous, romantic Scottish story.


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For the Love of a Scot by Vonda Sinclair, Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, and Julie Johnstone

Genre: Historical Romance

Type: Novel

Heat Level: 5

Language Level: 3

Violence Level: 3

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