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Taming a Wild Scot (Claimed by the Highlander #1)
Author: Rowan Keats
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: 5 November 2013
Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again...
Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives.
Top 5 Reasons to Bring a Highlander to Your Next Party1. His knees will be a great conversation starter.
As she did not possess a stool or a chair, he claimed her narrow cot, his large size causing the rickety frame to squeak in protest. Then he bit into his meal with hearty eagerness. She studied him out of the corner of her eye as she repacked the chest. His lèine had ridden up over his knees, displaying a fine pair of brawny legs decorated with a scattering of hair. A man familiar with hard labor, it would seem.
2. He can carry the keg into the house.
As the men continued their hunt for practice swords, more rattles and bangs emanated from the armory. Seizing his opportunity, Niall stepped into the corridor. The open door to the armory effectively hid him from the soldiers’ view, but just to be safe he grabbed a dusty sack of cornmeal from a nearby pile and tossed the hundred-pound weight across his shoulders. He was dressed as a common laborer; he might as well play the part. With his eyes appropriately downcast and his legs making strong, sure strides, he headed for the kitchen.
3. If the party gets a little rowdy, he can calm things down with his fierce stare.
Ana crossed her fingers and hid them behind her skirts. She was a terrible liar. Her only salvation was that this story closely mimicked the truth. Her father had indeed been injured by a wagon in Aberdeen, and she had indeed healed him. But that wasn’t the day he gave her the ring.
Niall stared at her.
It took every bit of courage Ana possessed not to squirm under his intense gaze. Could he see the lie blazing in her eyes? Could he sense the fearful beat of her heart?
4. If you drink a little too much, he can carry you home.
“How’s your head?” he asked sympathetically.
“Not so good.”
“Would you like me to carry you home?”
Ana sagged against him. “It’s quite a distance.”
A laugh rumbled through his chest. “Are you suggesting the task is beyond me, lass?”
She ran her hands up his arms, squeezing the thick bands of muscle that hid under his lèine. “Nay. I think you capable of just about anything.”
“That’s a fine answer.” He scooped her up and started walking.
Ana tried closing her eyes and resting against his chest, but the rolling gait of his stride made her dizzy. She opened her eyes and studied the solid shape of his chin. It was a very fine chin. “Did I ever offer you my thanks for freeing me from that stinking dungeon?”
“Not in so many words,” he said, amusement thick in his voice.
They walked for a while in silence, then Ana said, “I’m very tired.”
“A gallon of ale will do that to you.”
“Aye,” she sighed. She tried closing her eyes again. This time they stayed shut.
5. Your evening could end on a really great note.
Niall tossed Leod’s sword into a hay pile, grabbed Ana by the elbows, and yanked her to his chest. Then he kissed her, hard and hot and long. He didn’t stop kissing her until all the anxiety that had twisted his gut since he first heard her scream had eased from his body.
About the Author
Rowan Keats pens historical adventures about hot Highland heroes and the women they claim. The first book in her Claimed by the Highlander series, TAMING A WILD SCOT, hits store shelves on November 5, 2013. Rowan's debut garnered a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews, which also named her "a rising star of medieval romance".
When not writing, Rowan can frequently be found in a dark movie theater indulging in a large bag of popcorn, or watching the sunrise with a mug of steaming coffee wrapped in her hands. She lives in Central Canada with a goofy black lab, a very talkative cat, and a daughter whose own creative talents awe and inspire her every day.
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