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To Scotland, With Love (The MacLean Curse Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Hawkins
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Book Description

In this saucy battle of the sexes, New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins pits a hard-headed Scottish lord with an unusual family curse against a headstrong heiress who has a solution for every problem...except her own wayward heart.

When Lord Gregor MacLean learns his childhood friend, Venetia Oglivie, has been abducted by a fortune hunter, he rides off to Scotland in hot -- and very annoyed -- pursuit. Venetia's soft heart has gotten her in major trouble this time: if he doesn't rescue her swiftly, the scandal will ostracize the provocative wench!

The only sensible member of her family, Venetia is sure she can fix any problem, even this one. So when an irate Gregor catches up with her, arrogantly expecting a hero's welcome, the sparks between them begin to fly. Then an unexpected snowstorm traps them at an inn, and Gregor discovers his feelings for the lovely Venetia are far warmer than he realized -- fiery enough to burn down the inn! Now if he can only convince Venetia that his motive for marriage isn't duty... but desire.

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About the Author

Karen Hawkins is a USA TODAY and New York Times bestselling author of some of the funniest and freshest fairytale-based Scottish romances. When not stalking hot Australian actors, getting kicked out of West Virginia thanks to the antics of her extended family, or adding to her considerable shoe collection, Karen is getting chocolate on her keyboard while writing her next delightfully fun and sexy historical romance!

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Chapter 1

Aye, I believe in the MacLean curse. If ye'd seen the blinding white lightning and heard the roar of thunder over MacLean Castle on a clear summer morn as I have, ye'd believe it, too.


"Argh! Bentley! Where are you?"

The yell echoed through the morning air, over the loud clops from the horses and carts that were just beginning to stir in Mayfair, London's most fashionable district.

Startled, Gregor MacLean stepped back from the ornate door of Oglivie House and glanced up at the open third-story window.

It was far too early for drama. Well, it was too early at most domiciles. At Oglivie House, drama was never out of fashion.

Gregor bit back an impatient sigh and stepped forward, rapping the knocker hard. The Oglivies were silly, extremely emotional, and far too given to excitement. Nothing could have brought him to this door except their one and only daughter, Venetia. Calm, logical, and rarely indulging in unseemly displays of emotion, Venetia easily offset her parents' sad tendencies. In fact, during his years of friendship with Venetia, Gregor had discovered only one flaw: a disturbing inclination to become overly involved in the lives of others.

"Bentley!" Mr. Oglivie's voice rang out louder than before, a hint of a sob at the end.

Gregor rapped on the door yet again. The quicker he collected Venetia for their morning ride, the quicker he'd be away from the brewing madness.

The door flew open, the usually impassive butler gasping a relieved sigh. "My lord, I am so glad -- you can have no idea -- it's been a horrible morning and -- "

Gregor walked past the incoherent butler. At Oglivie House, something as small as the chef quitting or a misplaced bracelet resulted in scenes worthy of the stage, complete with ranting, raving, accusations, and weeping. He knew from long experience that the best way to deal with such distractions was to ignore them. "I've come to take Miss Venetia for our morning ride. I assume she's ready?"

Overhead, a thump rattled the crystals on the chandelier.

Gregor frowned up the stairs before saying uneasily, "Is Miss Venetia awaiting me in the breakfast room? We should make haste to reach the park before the fops arise and clog the pathways."

Bentley's brow wrinkled. "But, my lord, Miss Oglivie isn't -- "

A loud crash sounded from upstairs, followed by an unmistakable yell: "Bentley! Order the carriage!"

Gregor cut a hard glance at Bentley. "What were you saying about Miss Oglivie?"

The butler's eyes teared up alarmingly. "She's missing, my lord, and we don't know where to find her."

"What?" The word snapped through the air.

Bentley wrung his hands. "Yes, my lord. Miss Oglivie apparently left the house quite early this morning, and no one knows where she went." The butler glanced warily up the stairs, then leaned forward to add in an undertone, "She left a note for Lord Oglivie and he has been in a taking since he read it."

"Do you know what the note said?"

Bentley shook his head regretfully.

How odd. It was quite unlike Venetia to --

A door slammed above, then Mr. Oglivie appeared on the landing and ran down the stairs. Though usually the most elegant of men, he wore a long white night rail, his robe loose and streaming about him, his feet bare, his hair in a white, unkempt fluff around a precariously tipped nightcap.

"Bentley!" Oglivie waved a crumpled paper over his head. "Did you not hear me? We must -- Venetia cannot -- she might be -- Oh, no!" His voice caught and he sank to the bottom step and dropped his head in his hands. "What shall I do? What shall I do?"

Gregor eyed Venetia's father, unmoved. Oglivie had once taken to his bed for a week over the loss of his prize poodle, certain his dog had been abducted for ransom. Of course, the dog had shown up a week later, bedraggled but happy, having taken up with some amorous three-legged mutt. The resulting pups were as hideous as expected.

Venetia's mother was cut from the same cloth, dismissing servants on a whim, declaring herself to be dying whenever she had a headache, going into a decline if an acquaintance unknowingly slighted her, and enacting Cheltenham tragedies at the drop of a hat.

Gregor couldn't count the scenes he'd witnessed, none of which he'd allowed to affect him. Why waste one's strength on mere emotion? Things always sorted themselves out, usually without anyone's help.

Despite Mr. Oglivie's piteous sobs, Gregor doubted that Venetia was in any danger. More than likely, she'd merely forgotten their promised ride and had gone for a walk. She'd send him a note when she returned, and all would be right with the world.

Whatever the truth, Gregor decided it was time for him to make his exit. "Mr. Oglivie, I bid you adieu. You obviously need privacy in your time of distress, so I will leave you n -- "

"No!" Venetia's father held out an imploring hand. "Lord MacLean! I beg of you -- for Venetia's sake, if not mine! She -- " He gulped as if the words were caught in his throat, his gaze desperately seeking Gregor's. "Please," the older man said, his voice cracking, his eyes wet with tears, his tone strained to a mere thread. "Please help me find her."

Something in Oglivie's face chilled Gregor's heart. There was genuine terror in his gaze.

Suddenly both cold and hot, Gregor snapped, "What's happened?"

"She -- She -- " Oglivie dropped his head back into his hands, a sob ringing through the foyer.

Gregor's hands fisted at his sides. Outside, thunder suddenly rumbled, the wind rattling against the windowpanes. He strode toward the stairs, his boots sounding sharply on the marble floor as he came to a halt before the older man. "Oglivie, what about Venetia?"

Mr. Oglivie lifted his head. "She's gone, MacLean! Abducted! And all because of me!"

The sentence hung in the air, a living, breathing fear. The wind lifted again, more furious and colder than before as it whistled around the closed door and chilled their ankles, ruffling the edges of Lord Oglivie's night rail.

"How can this be your fault?"

Oglivie's lips quivered. "Because he -- he -- told me he wished to run off with Venetia and I -- I -- I encouraged him, thinking she might find it romantic. I never thought he'd do it without her knowledge. I thought -- "

"What's his name?" Gregor asked, his jaw so tight it ached.


Gregor had an instant image of a young man with a weak chin and an overeager manner. "That whelp? You encouraged him?"

Oglivie flushed a deep red. "He seemed genuinely taken with Venetia and she was always pleasant to him -- "

"She's pleasant to everyone." His gaze locked on the note in Oglivie's hand. "Is that from Venetia?"

His eyes swimming with tears, Oglivie handed over the note.

Gregor scanned it.

Oglivie's voice quavered. "You must understand, MacLean. Lord Ravenscroft wished to marry her, but she's so shy and -- "

Gregor crushed the note between his fingers. "Bloody hell!" The note was written in Venetia's distinctively looping scribble. It said simply that she was accompanying Ravenscroft to attend her mother in Stirling 'as requested.' The fool must have told Venetia that her mother was ill.

Mr. Oglivie rubbed a trembling hand over his eyes. "I can't believe he did such a thing! I thought he was a fine, outstanding -- "

But Gregor had already turned on his heel and was striding toward the door.

"MacLean!" Oglivie jumped up and followed Gregor onto the doorstep, not noticing that a mere hour ago it had been clear and springlike, while now the cold wind blew with a ferocity that ripped off his nightcap and sent it tumbling down the road. Shivering, he said over the wind's howl, "MacLean, where are you going?"

"To find your daughter." Gregor took the reins of his horse from a waiting footman and threw himself into the saddle.

"But how? You don't know where to begin!"

"I've heard that Ravenscroft lodges on St. James Street. I will start there."

"But when you find them? What will you do then?"

"Whatever I damn well have to," Gregor said, his face grim. "In the meantime, wait here and keep your mouth closed. No one can know she's gone."

"But -- "

"Closed, Oglivie. That should keep you occupied until I return." Without waiting for a reply, Gregor turned his horse and galloped away.

Oglivie crossed his arms against the frigid wind, unable to look away from MacLean's rapidly disappearing figure. "What have I done?" he whispered, tears streaming anew. "Venetia, my darling girl, where are you?"

Miles away, in a rented carriage that raced over a deeply rutted road, young Lord Ravenscroft held his wounded hand against his chest. "You cut me! I'm bleeding like a stuck pig!"

"Do not overstate the facts, if you please." Swaying with the wild ride of the coach, Miss Venetia Oglivie pulled her handkerchief from her reticule and wiped off the pin of her pearl and silver brooch. "I did not cut you -- though had I a knife, I might have been tempted to do more than stick your hand with my brooch pin."

Ravenscroft stuck his knuckle into his mouth. "Whatever it was, there was no call for it."

"I warned you to cease making a cake of yourself."

"I wasn't making a cake of myself! I was merely saying that I love y -- " Ravenscroft gasped as Venetia raised the pin once again, his eyes wide as if she held a dagger.

She lowered the pin and sighed. "Really, Ravenscroft, these missish vapors are not the least attractive."

"Missish vapors? Venetia! How can you say -- "

"That's Miss Oglivie to you," she said firmly.

Ravenscroft scooted down the seat, away from the glimmering pin. "Look, Vene -- I mean, Miss Oglivie. I -- I -- I am sorry if you think I was out of line in declaring myself -- "

"You were grossly o...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Scotland, With Love September 2, 2007
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gregor MacLean and Venetia Oglivie have been best friends since they
were children, so when Venetia goes missing Gregor doesn't hesitate to
search for her. Unfortunately Gregors' temper has the ability to
create storms and when he does find her they, along with the other
patrons at the inn, become stranded until the snow melts and the road
becomes safe to travel again.

As the days go by Gregor and Venetia begin to see each other as more
than friends and desire begins to simmer between them. Gregor does not
want a wife or believe in love but when Venetia's reputation is at
risk he may have to sacrifice his freedom for his friend and Venetia
has no intention of marrying a man who does not love her, even if it
is her handsome, beloved best friend.

To Scotland, With Love is a heartwarming and entertaining story.
Surrounded by a cast of engaging and amusing characters, Gregor and
Venetia fall in love. Their emotions are vividly expressed as their
friendship develops into something more. Venetia is endearing. She is
sweet and kind and Gregor is handsome and dashing. The way the sky
thundered when Gregor is angry is magical and powerful. To Scotland,
With Love is an enchanting love story!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but tends to be repetitive September 29, 2007
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This is an ok romance. (The Scots emphasis in the title is neither relevant to nor a part of the story.) My criticism of this book is the page after page of repetitive mental musings: Gregor repeating to himself, essentially, "oh look she's a desireable woman how did I miss that she has grown up?" - once was enough to make the point - and Venetia "oh no I don't want to lose his friendship and if I act on my desire he'll lose interest". Again, once was enough to make the point. It got a little annoying and the musings were just the same thing over and over - so just skip those parts when you run into them the second, third, fourth, etc. times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute humorous story January 22, 2009
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This is my first Karen Hawkins book, and won't be my last. I felt that it was very funny, the banter between hero and heroine funny and realistic. The romance was steamy, the main love scene tender. Well written, in a style similar to Julia Quinn and her "Bridgertons." The friendship seemed real. I thought knowing just stating that they knew eachother well was going to be hard to "prove"-I was wrong. These two knew eachother like best friends should.
What I didn't like is that there was some things that seemed unlikely to be accurate in a historical novel. The hero and heroine were best friends for 29 years. The hero is 36, the heroine 34. Neither have married; basically London and the Ton just accept their friendship the way it is. I can't imagine that would be likely. Also, being 36 myself, there was an immaturity to their thinking that... well... kind of bugged me. All that "He's just Gregor" drove me crazy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book II - MacLean Curse Series September 25, 2007
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Venetia Oglivie is always trying to help everyone and when she is tricked into leaving London with a fortune hunter Lord Gregor MacLean takes off to save her. Gregor can make it snow and since he angry regarding Venetia England has the worse snowstorm in history. While Gregor, Venetia and a cast of outlandish characters, dig out from the storm their friendship becomes so much more. I loved it this book and the series - laugh aloud moments, romance and great writing! Enjoy!

Check out the whole MacLean Curse Series How to Abduct a Highland Lord (1) To Scotland, With Love (2) , To Catch a Highlander (3) due out - Jan 22, 2008
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS November 29, 2007
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This book read fast and fun!I laughed out loud soo many times. Could have had a few more love scenes but the sexual tension was fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one! September 21, 2007
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Karen, again has another masterpiece. I was pleased with the way the book tied into the previous one without the previous story outshinning the new book. The characters are charming and I can't wait until the next one comes out. Karen Hawkins always has a way of making all of her stories a fun read. Good going Karen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Exciting! August 29, 2007
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I love stories where best friends fall in love and Karen Hawkins writes a great one here.

Gregor MacLean has been friends with Venetia Oglivie since they were children. While he deplores her attempts to get involved in the lives of others, he also trusts her superior good sense and intellect. But when a fortune hunter seems to have tricked Venetia into eloping with him, Gregor does something very unusual for such a cool and controlled man -- he flies to the rescue!

Of course, Gregor isn't your normal hero! He's a MacLean and has been cursed, so when he looses his temper, the weather breaks loose with him. Since he's worried about Venetia, and angry with the rake who absconded with her, soon it's snowing like crazy -- in April!

Venetia and Gregor are wonderful characters. I could see their slow awakening to the fact that they weren't just friends, but were also in love. The entire book was delightful and fun and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I also liked that there were a lot of other characters at the inn, some of them very amusing, too.

Better yet, the next book is about Dougal, and I think he's going to be the best one of all. An excellent continuation of the MacLean Curse Series!
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I read the first book of this series, How To Abduct a Highland Lord, and liked it. But I loved To Scotland, With Love! Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Must Have Been Caught in a Weak Moment to Read Another KH book...
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I did not like this book. I was amazed that I actually finished it. The secondary characters were annoying. Too many things went wrong. Read more
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Had never read a KH before; saw it at a local bookstore so thought I'd give it a read, as I had seen positive reviews about the author.
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Published on December 31, 2007 by Gel
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I really like her previous stories but dragged through this title. It was hard to finish. Don't purchase a new copy if you are interested.
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Karen Hawkins is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 26 fun and lively Regency historical romances and two humorous contemporary romances. Like Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Victoria Alexander, and Suzanne Enoch, Karen's books are renown for their sparkling humor, dashing rakes, independent heroines, and often include freshly retold fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, etc), daring rescues, runaway brides, marriages of convenience, Regency balls, and more! With vivid descriptions, strong characters, and captivating plots, Karen takes her readers from London's Regency ballrooms to the purpled moors of Scotland and beyond.

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