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THE MEETING : Highland Vengeance : Part Two (A Family Saga / Adventure Romance) (Highland Vengeance: A Serial Novel) (Highlands Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

K.E. Saxon
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Book Description

This is PART TWO of a SIX PART SERIAL NOVEL. They must be read in sequence in order to understand the story.

Daniel meets his future wife.

Set in the turn of the thirteenth century Scottish Highlands, this is the story of Daniel MacLaurin, a handsome, rugged warrior-laird haunted by his past, and Maryn Donald, the beautiful, high-spirited lass destined to help him find his heart's ease.

HIGHLAND VENGEANCE is a steamy adventure romance, but it is also a family saga. It's the story of how a man overcomes the horror of his past to find love, connection, and contentment once more.

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The Highlands, Scotland 1192
"Laird, a man on horseback approaches," Laird Lachlan Donald's lieutenant said as he stepped further into the great hall. "He's near to a furlong out and has no escort. 'Tis likely the MacLaurin chieftain you've been expecting these past days."

"Good. Good. Tell me when he reaches the gate," Laird Donald replied and watched his lieutenant depart the hall before settling on a bench at the table and taking a long pull on his ale. The MacLaurins were not well known to him. He only knew that they were a clan whose property was much further to the north than his own and whose laird was a young man of about sixteen summers.

A messenger had come a sennight past with a missive from the young laird requesting an audience with him, and Laird Donald had sent word back that he would be welcomed.

'Twas rumored that the MacLaurin had inherited the title at a very young age, after a bloody massacre had killed the old laird, his grandfather, as well as the lad's mother and a small number of MacLaurin warriors. He'd also heard the lad's father was behind the murders and that the lad had later killed his father and avenged their deaths.

An all-too familiar scuffling sound came from the doorway leading to the kitchens. With a sigh of resignation, Laird Donald turned toward the sound, forcing a smile of good will upon his countenance. "Ah, Cook. Is there aught amiss?"

"Aye, Laird, and well you know its cause I'll wager. 'Tis the bairn. She wills not to know her place, laird. She's all the time lurkin' about my kitchens and gettin' underfoot as I work. 'Tis not fittin' for the lass to be runnin' 'round with the kitchen maids."

Giving his prized cook his best look of contrition, Laird Lachlan Donald let out a loud sigh. "'My sister swore that my daughter would quit her wild ways and settle into more ladylike behavior by her sixth summer, but clearly, 'tis not come to pass. I shall speak to the lass forthwith. She shall be banished from the kitchens."

Maryn lay on her stomach with her cinnamon curls dancing as she wiggled and squirmed in an effort to keep her grip on her barnyard prize. The pet was her new best friend. Being the only bairn at the holding, Maryn's friends tended to be of the four-legged sort. As she held the thing more securely against her chest, her fidgety pet tickled her neck with its long, scratchy fingers. Maryn snickered, then clamped her hand over her mouth.

The musical sound of his daughter's glee echoed faintly around Laird Donald. Smiling indulgently at the delightful tremolo, he looked around the hall for his wayward bairn. He'd have to chasten her for her sneakiness again, but he could not bring himself to be truly upset with her antics. For she was such a curious lass, and that was the cause of her mischief-making, he was sure. Tho' 'twas clear now that he'd need to rein her in a bit more, else his cook would surely revolt.
Maryn's pet tried to leap out of her hands again. "Nay," she chided in a loud whisper, "you must not let Papa know we are here."
"Ah!" Laird Donald said as he craned his neck to look under his table. "'Tis my wayward daughter that twitters so prettily! I was sure wee brownies had invaded my fortress."

Maryn giggled. "Papa, you are so silly. The brownies only come out at night!"

The cook turned on her heel and stormed toward the entrance to the hall, muttering just loud enough for her laird to hear. "The lass is bein' spoiled an' needs to be taken in hand, she does."

Laird Donald cleared his throat, taking the not-so-subtle hint. "Maryn, attend me now. 'Twas not good of you to eavesdrop. And stay out of Cook's kitchen."

"But, Papa--!"

"Nay, heed me, daughter," her papa admonished. "I know the lure of the kitchen is a great one, but Cook has little patience for wee lasses who get underfoot."

"But, Papa...!" she tried again.

"Nay, lass, hear me well. She'll quit me for sure and return to her clan--your dear mother's clan--if you do not mind your papa and stay out of her way. And she is the best cook in the whole of the Highlands--'twould not please me to lose her."

Maryn's shoulders drooped as she bowed her head in defeat. "Aye, Papa." Brightening, she lifted her eyes to her papa's countenance. "But might I help the other maids when Cook is not about?"

Her papa sighed and shook his head, giving her a lopsided smile. "We shall see. For now, just try and stay out of the kitchen." His eyes narrowed. "What the devil have you got there, lass? You're wiggling like a hooked salmon. Bring it out from under the table so I can get a good look at it, my neck's getting a crick in it."

Maryn scooted out from her hiding place and, carefully clasping the wriggling, clammy toad in her outstretched hands, brought it up close to her father's face for his inspection. "See Papa!" Her papa hauled his head back. "This be my best friend, Piddle," she said happily.

With raised eyebrows, Laird Donald replied dubiously, "Aye, looks like a good specimen."

"I found him this morn enjoying the air inside Old Elsie's bucket of oats. I was afeared she might eat him if I did not take him out right away." She nodded her head. "Remember you how blind the old mare is, Papa?"

"Aye, that I do, lass."

"Anyway, as soon as I grabbed him, he went pee-pee right down my arm--can you believe it? That's why I named him Piddle, 'cuz that's what he did. What think you of that?"

Laird Donald chuckled. "I'd say that's a fitting name for him then, daughter!"

Unfortunately, the toad chose that moment to live up to his appellation once more and sent another spray of urine down his daughter's arm, and into Laird Donald's lap.

"God's teeth!" he roared, springing from his chair with a mighty yowl, he hopped on one foot as he shook the other, causing his dripping daughter to chortle with glee.

The sound of his bairn's laughter soothed his temper and he, too, began to laugh, his eyes twinkling with mirth.  Turning, he called for one of the servants to bring a damp cloth to wipe off the mess the creature had left on them.

"Daughter, you do realize that the toad must be allowed to go back to his home by the stables or he will not be happy." His daughter's lower lip protruded and her brows slammed together. She shook her head. As Laird Donald began washing off her arm, he explained further, "Mayhap he has a wife and bairns waiting for him to return right this very moment."

Maryn's grip on the creature was becoming more and more difficult to maintain as the moments passed--especially with all the washing going on. "Aye, Papa--oops!" The toad managed to slip from her hands and, making a loud plopping sound as it landed on the floor, instantly began hopping toward the entrance to the hall. A merry chase ensued. Laird Donald called out instructions as he raced to one side and Maryn darted to the other, each grabbing for, and missing, the bumpy, brown, and rapidly springing toad. They were both laughing and taking in great gulps of air at the folly by the time they had finally captured it.

Laird Donald looked into the sparkling amber eyes of his daughter as she struggled mightily to keep her grip on her friend. Leaning down a bit, he pressed the small of her tiny back as he led her towards the door. "Maryn, return Piddle back to his place by the stables forthwith before he either gets loose in the hall again, or begins showering us once more with his golden blessings."

"Aye, Papa," Maryn said on a sigh, and clutching her best friend to her bosom, she reluctantly walked out the door of the keep.

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  • Print Length: 43 pages
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  • Publisher: Passion Flower Publishing (March 31, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QHT4XE
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highland series February 17, 2013
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Deleted without reading. I should have checked a preview copy. This is a repeat of chapters of another book by the same author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good read September 12, 2013
By Lyn
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I give it three stars as I found the characters a bit unbelieveable and the story line a bit convoluted for me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see story unfold January 10, 2013
By Dbp323
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Love the story line. The history and verbage was my favorite in this book. I like the fact author give a glossory to aid in understanding the verbage. I enjoy the time period which author writes. I especially liked the fantasy aspect with the young girls imagination. Too cute. The romance was dear however, the intimate aspects a bit too detailed but well written, and extremely well depicted. Sometimes too hot even for myself. I blushed with some scenes
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5.0 out of 5 stars the meeting. January 4, 2013
By Lindavc
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very good book about two brothers and who they choose and how. enjoyed the book very much and got most of the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected after Book 1 December 23, 2012
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Did not like the little girl who I know is the central female character in the series. She was not mischievous, but obnoxious. The settlement about the inheritence worked out too easiy and friendly.
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K.E. Saxon is a third-generation Texan and has been a lover of romance fiction since her first (sneaked) read of her older sister's copy of "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Divas. When she isn't in her writer's cave writing, you can find her puttering in her organic vegetable garden or in her kitchen trying out a new recipe. An animal (and bug) lover since before she could speak, she made pets of all kinds of critters when she was a kid growing up. Her mother even swears that she made a pet of a cockroach one time (but K.E. doesn't believe her). She likes to write funny, sexy romances.


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