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McClairen's Isle: The Passionate One [Kindle Edition]

Connie Brockway
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Book Description

Connie Brockway begins her magnificent Highland trilogy with the tale of a rogue no woman can resist—and a free spirit whose pleasures are strictly forbidden.

Restless, daring, proud—they are the Merricks: Ashton, the eldest, the passionate one; Raine, his younger brother, the reckless one; and Fia, their sister, the ravishing one. Born of bad blood, they were raised in the Scottish Highlands on lands that belonged to their mother’s kin, the McClairens—until their English father seized the ancestral stronghold for his own. Yet all are destined to find loves as wild and glorious as the isle they call home.

With a reputation for hell-raising and heartbreaking, Ashton Merrick seemingly cannot be tamed. But family secrets force Ashton to do his ruthless father’s bidding—which, in this case, means escorting his missing ward, Rhiannon Russell, back to McClairen’s Isle. As a young orphan, Rhiannon never once set eyes on her negligent guardian—but now that she’s grown into a delicate beauty, Ashton suspects his father intends to claim her as his fourth wife. What Ashton can never anticipate is the uncontrollable desire Rhiannon ignites in his own wary heart.

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From Publishers Weekly

Ash is a smoldering, contained (hence his name) Scotsman; Rhiannon is a fiery young Scotswoman whose clan was destroyed by Ash's people when she was a child. Rhiannon's 10 years of safety and freedom from fear in the village of Fair Badden abruptly end a few weeks before her scheduled wedding to Squire Watt's youngest son, Phillip. When cynical Ashton MerrickAthe eldest son of a deceased Scottish mother and a dissolute, sadistic English fatherAarrives in Fair Badden, he is surprised at the uncomplicated kindness he encounters in the village and is even more astonished to realize he's falling in love with Rhiannon. The remnants of Ash's suspicious nature prove ultimately advantageous, however: he is the only one to realize that certain recent "accidents" involving the penniless Rhiannon are actually threats to her life. Unfortunately, whisking her to McClairen's Isle offers no sanctuary, as Ash discovers his father has far more sinister plans for Rhiannon than making her his fourth wife. Skullduggery, bitter English-Scottish hatreds and harrowing cat-and-mouse pursuits fill the ebb and flow of this 18th-century romance, the first volume of the McClairen's Isle trilogy by veteran romance writer Brockway. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Forced by circumstances beyond his control, Ashton Merrick arrives in Fair Badden to escort Rhiannon Russell back to Wanton's Blush, his despised father Lord Carr's glittering and decadent home, where Rhiannon will either become Carr's new ward or his fourth wife. Unfortunately, Ash never counted on falling in love with Rhiannon, who finds herself caught between her desire for Ash and what she thought was love for her fianc?. An undercurrent of danger ripples through this exquisite romance, set in the 1700s, and Brockway's lush, lyrical writing style is a perfect match for her vivid characters, beautifully atmospheric settings, and sensuous love scenes. Readers will be delighted to learn that McClairen's Isle is the first in a trilogy featuring the Merrick siblings. Brockway (My Dearest Enemy, Dell, 1998) lives in Edina, MN.AJC, SM
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440226295
  • Publisher: Loveswept; Reissue edition (December 8, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate start of a family saga... February 6, 2001
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MCCLAIREN'S ISLE: THE PASSIONATE ONE has to be one of the darker novels I've read lately. It introduces the saga of the Merricks, two brothers and a sister whose English father betrayed his Scottish in-laws during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in order to gain ownership of the castle then known as Maiden's Blush on the property called McClairen's Isle. Aside from betraying his in-laws, Lord Carr also, in all likelihood, murdered Janet, the mother of his children, as well as his second and third wives. In a nutshell, Carr is a horrid person and the perfect villain.
Ashton, the eldest child, lives what appears to be a very dissolute life, gambling and scandalizing the peers in London. In reality, he is scrimping all his winnings to ransom his younger brother Raine from a French prison. Carr knows this and uses the young man mercilessly, blackmailing him into taking on menial tasks and humiliating ventures for coin to accomplish his quest - but never enough, so that he will have Ash at his disposal for a very long time.
Ash's latest charge from his lamentable sire is to deliver a maiden by the name of Rhiannon Russell to (the renamed) Wanton's Blush. Ash assumes that Carr plans to make Rhiannon next in the long line of unfortunate brides. When he arrives in the village of Fair Badden to escort Rhiannon to Scotland, he finds she is just weeks away from getting married to someone else. Not only that, but there have been an alarming number of attempts on her life, a few of which he witnesses. Adding to his dilemma is the fact that he himself is drawn to Rhiannon, and she to him...
The thing I loved the most about this book is that Ash has to be the most tormented hero ever: he is a walking, talking definition of suffering for love - love of family, love of a woman, love of honor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Do you love intense, tormented, yet honorable heroes? Do you enjoy stories full of passionate motives, plots, daring actions, deceptions, and self-sacrifice? Do you like your heroine complex?
This is the romance for you!
Ash is irresistibly tough, vulnerably loving. His father--a spawn of hell--is a force to be reckoned with (and do I want to see him get his comeuppance!). He can't always do what he feels is the moral thing to do, or the kind thing, but he tries to do what is right, despite the odds.
Rhiannon is suppressing a horrid past. Haunted by nightmares, trying to be a woman she thinks she should be to attain "a safe life", she is nevertheless drawn to this dangerous, passionate, similarly haunted man--Ash Merrick.
The sexual tension is combustible. The prose is impeccable and lyrical. The plot is smart and fast.
A rivetting read. It's going to take three books to work out the complexities of the machinations in this romantic suspense trilogy, but what a ride! As eager as I am to see the culmination, I know I'll regret reading that last page.
Wonderful work, Ms. Brockway. Do I see another RITA in the future?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the McClairen Trilogy! October 20, 2003
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Ash Merrick is one of the best tortured heroes ever created! He's lived his entire life under the power of his cruel, murderous father, Lord Carr. He witnessed his mother's death at Carr's hand, was forced to take part in a bloody vendetta that was not his own, and then languished in prison for two years while his father lived a life of luxury off of his dead wife's riches. Ash leaves prison a scarred man, outwardly and inwardly. There, the basest, ugliest part of him was unleashed, and he began to truly loathe what he had become. What drives him now is his desire, at any cost, to free his younger brother from his own cell. Far from the typical "rake," Ash denies himself any pleasure or vanity, not only because of his singleminded quest to save his brother, but also one senses that he finds himself utterly unworthy and incapable of happiness. It simply doesn't enter his mind.
Ash is sent to England to fetch his father's ward whom he has never met. He knows not why Carr has shown a sudden interest in the girl, nor does he care...until he meets the lovely, innocent and spirited Rhiannon. Ash, cynical, world-weary, and jaded, is bemused by Rhiannon's determination to believe him a charming gentleman as she draws out the soft, hidden part of him and binds him to her with a love he'd thought himself incapable of, and one so powerful that he feels he must protect her from it.
The attraction becomes undeniable, but Rhiannon is about to marry another. Ash, as her ward's representative, has been invited to stay in the charming community of Fair Badden until the happy nuptials. Unable to resist, he accepts, and flames ignite between he and Rhiannon. Ash comes to the determination that he must leave...until he realizes Rhiannon's life is in danger.
Wonderful, rich storytelling with a very sexy, well-drawn hero, a likable, charming heroine, and an intriguing plot. The romantic scenes are exceptional - equal parts tender and erotic. Ms. Brockway is a true talent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ash is delicious; Brockway is on fire February 23, 2006
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I haven't been able to get this book out of my mind since I finished it. Ash is one of the most memorable, most desirable heroes I have ever encountered in a novel; and The Passionate One is such a dark, lush book. Jo Beverley seems tame in comparison with Brockway - and the second I finished The Passionate One, I went and bought the rest of the trilogy. Frankly, if the others are even half as good I will be delighted.

I think that when it comes down to it, there are two things that distinguish Brockway's writing:

1. She *will* go there. There are thousands of books about tortured heroes, about rogues that reform, about the bad boys you can't help but love. But most of them are really about nice guys who just seem bad; ordinary men with a thin veneer of wickedness. Ash has a heart of gold, but the rest of him is pretty well corrupted. He isn't a sheep wearing wolf's clothes; through the novel he is manipulative, ruthless, strategic and terrifyingly self-controlled. He's a real wolf.

Ash's self-control, his charisma, and the honesty and intensity of his emotions made him one of the most delicious characters I have ever encountered.

2. Brockway writes beautifully. I think at times her writing is overly contrived, and there are moments where characters say things that are piercing or intense but I don't really get it. She's in danger of becoming too precious, or too stylized. But, at least in this novel, she does a really marvelous job of writing evocatively, creating atmosphere and fleshing out every scene with just the right words. Her writing is always in service of the plot - the people and places come to life, rather than being crushed by her florid pen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Those Scots
I love Brockway and jump into her books with great enthusiasm. The first of this series was very interesting and I read not really knowing whether I liked Merrick or not. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sheryl Blanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoy Connie Brockway's style of writting--I would enjoy readinjg all her books!
Published 4 months ago by ja j
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Scottish Historical
I was blown away by this Scottish historical romance. This author certainly has a descriptive style that draws you in as if you were witnessing the story in person in a front row... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janice Hougland
4.0 out of 5 stars if you like tortured heroes - this book is for you!
I don't even know where to begin. Ash Merrick is the epitome of a wounded tortured hero. I read the blurb and expected a brooding tortured rake. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TracyJane
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series!
I really enjoyed reading this series! She is one of my favorite authors. I always enjoy her characters and plot, it can be hard to find a book in this genre that has both, but she... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bonnifer
5.0 out of 5 stars I am becoming a dedicated fan of Connie Brockway's
The character 's were so wonderful, their flaws were so perfectly scripted they leaped off the page and into your visual mind.. What a way with words ...
Published 6 months ago by Sammie Mathis
3.0 out of 5 stars Determination
A brother's determination to save another. This is Book 1 of a trilogy of the Merrick Siblings. It is the story of Ash and Rhionna. Read more
Published 9 months ago by McIn
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking
I really love Brockway's novels and after seeing all the positive reviews, I was hoping this would be just as amazing. It's not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nicole
2.0 out of 5 stars Just another romance novel
I'd listened to the second book on tape and liked it, so I bought the first and third. I was disappointed in both.
Published 14 months ago by dianthus
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Scottish Historical Romance!
This is the first in the McClairen's Isle trilogy and it's wonderful! enduring Scottish historical for the "keeper" shelf. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Regan
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Connie Brockway has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal which named My Seduction as one of 2004's top ten romances.

An eight time finalist for Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, Brockway has twice been its recipient, for My Dearest Enemy and The Bridal Season. In 2006 Connie wrote her first women's contemporary HOT DISH, which won critical raves.

Today Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband, a family physician, and two spoiled mutts.

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