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The Reiver (A Scottish Border Romance) Kindle Edition

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Duncan found himself trying to catch a peek down the bodice as she bent over her trencher. He cursed himself. Even when he couldn't think of a single reason to be attracted to her, he couldn't stop thinking about bedding her. It was perverse. She was nothing he thought he wanted in a woman...and everything he desired.

And that gave him this morning's name.

"Good morrow, Venus."

He expected the same response he always got, which was, of course, none. So he was surprised when she raised her chin with a jerk and fixed him with a blistering stare. A casual observer might have called her eyes brown or perhaps hazel, but to Duncan, her eyes were the color of the moors--a dark, mossy green flecked with rich brown and bright gold--and like the moors, they could appear at one moment soft and inviting, at another fierce and forbidding.

At the moment, their mood was definitely the latter. "It is one thing to attempt to make me betray myself, but quite another to openly mock me, sir."

Duncan's eyebrows went up. "Whatever makes you think I'm mocking you?"

"I have looked in a mirror on more than one occasion," she said with a snort, "and I am well aware I am no man's ideal of feminine beauty."

"Perhaps you have spent your life in the company of the wrong men."

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  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Circe Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN0GAI
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I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer when I grew up, but there were plenty of times when I wasn't sure I ever would be. As it turns out, it just took me about twenty years longer to grow up than I expected!

On the road to publication, I took a few detours, including a stint in academia (I hold an MA in Classics from the University of Chicago and was a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities) and many years as a technical writer/instructional designer for a data processing company. I still hold my day job in instructional design, but my true passion is writing steamy romances-both historical and contemporary.

I learned to believe in love at first sight when I met the man of my dreams twenty years ago and to believe in happily ever after when I married him. I live in Southern California with my husband, our three children, and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

You can learn more about me and my books at my website, www.jackiebarbosa.com.

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By teacher mom on September 10, 2011
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I purchased this story because of the setting. I usually love Scottish romances and am a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I figured this would be a short, enjoyable story...and in all truth, it should have been. It has the makings of a wonderful story, but it seems as if the author got greedy and decided to publish a skeletal outline for a quick sale. There are too many holes, and it's simply too short to be worth paying for. For instance, once he realizes "Reva" is a girl, he decides to hold her hostage instead of having her executed. He tells her she has earned her next meal and better lodging, and then in the next sentence, suddenly it's 2 months later and they can't stop thinking of each other. What?! She's coming to breakfast, he's staring at her, and they've both fallen in love with each other during those 2 months, even though from what I can tell, they never actually talk to each other? He still doesn't know who she is, and all she knows of him comes from people who live under his protection. This is a huge fault, Jackie Barbosa. You cannot expect the reader to believe they are in love simply because you say they are. We need to see some sort of progression. And then to believe that she, a strong woman who would rather face execution and surrender her family name, would blurt out that she's fallen in love with him when he's her familial enemy? Ridiculous! I'm insulted as a reader that I'm expected to just go along with this absurd plot with no attempt to show me how it happened. With more length and attention to the missing pieces, this could have been a good story. What a waste!
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2011
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Took me ten minutes to read. I never listen to reviews but I hope you do. Waste of time and money.

OK, SPOILER ALERT:

It goes like this: enemy daughter chick gets captured on a cattle raid. Sexy laird falls in love with her and her small breasts. They have sex. She leaves. He lets her. She comes back. He gets aroused. They are to get married. The end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sonoma Lass on August 14, 2012
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I'm disappointed to see so many reviews saying this story was "too short" or accusing the author of some sort of laziness or greed for not making it longer. It clearly states in the description that this is a short story, originally published in an anthology, which means that the length was most likely determined by editorial guidelines for The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance.

If you don't like short romance stories, don't buy this one. If you do buy it, please know what you're getting -- about 25 pages of story, because the original anthology had to have room for 20 stories. (If you're worried about how many pages you're getting for your money, then shell out $7.99 for the collection instead.)

I thought this was good for what it is -- a short, sexy read. There was some condensed passage of time and a few shortcuts were taken in the plot and character development, but that's pretty typical in a story this short.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By raven on February 19, 2012
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ok, I know it was free, but seriously?
he captures her, brings her into the castle after a brief stint in the dungeon
doesn't even know her name or her situation and after about the 3rd page, she's in love with him????
really???
seriously, don't waste your time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda K. Broome on August 13, 2013
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The book is only two chapters long! I have just now learned that it was formerly part of an anthology of short stories, but it was a great opening for a novel! I kept looking for more; then I thought, since it was free, maybe it was just a preview. I came here trying to find the rest of the story, but that's all there is. I felt short-changed, somehow, even though I didn't even pay for it: I wanted to know the reactions of her family and his, and how their story turned out. If you want a very quick read (for free!) then by all means get this, but if you're like me and want longer, more detailed stories, then skip this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misty Forest on May 25, 2013
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I don't even want to waste time writing a review on this one. Why is it that aspiring romance writers submit these horrible novels for free on Amazon? Please - let your friends read them and tell you gently they are no good so you don't make complete strangers read them and find out the truth through reviews.

This story was totally unbelievable, the hero was a complete and total idiot - there is no way the reader could even begin to connect to him or would even WANT TO! The story literally provided zero to no information or scene description, background information, there was no time to even begin to connect with any of the characters and NOTHING was described enough to make the reader feel part of the story at all. It moved so fast it was over in the blink of an eye.

Very frustrating read - poorly written. Total waste of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie P. on April 28, 2013
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I felt this story had a few holes in it. Though it begins with good intentions, the actual writing leaves just a bit left unsaid-or rather, unwritten.

As I read this, I kept feeling like there were too many "easy fixes" that were glossed over. Days, weeks etc were skipped over and the reader is just assumed to be up to speed when the author feels it's time to move on. I'm sorry, but this reader needed a little help to follow the story line.

This is just an okay product, once read - quite easily forgotten.
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