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The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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"4 1/2 stars! With its quick-moving plot, engaging characters and historic backdrop, the latest installment of The MacGregors: Highland Heirs is a page-turner. Quinn twists and turns the tale, drawing readers in and holding them with her unforgettable characters' love story."―RT Book Reviews
"4 1/2 stars! Top Pick! The final book in Quinn's Children of the Mist series is Scottish romance at its best: captivating, tender and sensual with characters readers care about."
--RT Book Reviews on Conquered by a Highlander
"Rich, evocative historical detail and enthralling characters fill the pages of this fast-paced tale."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Conquered by a Highlander
"Another winning mix of fascinating history and lush romance...Readers will be captivated."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Tamed by a Highlander
"Top pick! Quinn delivers top-notch Highland romance!"
--RT Book Reviews on Tamed by a Highlander
"Seduced by a Highlander is sparkling, sexy and seductive! I couldn't put it down! Paula Quinn is a rising star!"
--Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author
"Scottish romance at its very best! Deliciously romantic and sensual, Paula Quinn captures the heart of the Highlands in a tender, passionate romance that you won't be able to put down."
--Monica McCarty, New York Times bestselling author on Seduced by a Highlander
"Deftly combines historical fact and powerful romance...Quinn's seamless prose and passionate storytelling will leave readers hungry for future installments."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Ravished by a Highlander.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.
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"You smashed a vase into my skull. I'm glad you slept well and didn't burden yourself with thoughts that you might have killed me." She blinked, giving reprieve from the cold frost of her eyes. "Ye were treating me like a misbehaving child. Be thankful ye're still alive."
The obstacles to their HEA were many. They were quite literally in a Hatfields vs McCoy's love affair. He was a sworn sword against her people who believed another to be the rightful ruler and participated in insurgency against the crown. She was resolute in her bone deep belief that her own kin is the true heir to the throne and the current Queen the pretender. The dangers for falling in love with Daniel were substantial- the most imminent being a supremely delusional and (allegedly) homicidal admirer in the Duchess Charlotte Blackburn, a venomous, faithless woman hell bent on sharing Daniel's bed and claiming his child. Drama in the castle!! Yet true to her courageous spirit, Abby was cautious, but confident when confronted with Lady Blackburn's ire.
"Caution with Lady Blackburn is imperative," she told Abby. "She seems to be charmed by Daniel alone." "Where I grew up," Abby told her, "we cut the heads off venomous snakes." Daniel reveled in the glorious woman sitting across from him, so bold, so proud. [Queen] Anne saw her inner strength and leaned closer in her chair. "What if the snake has been your friend for many, many years? What if you don't know how to cut off her head?"
Yessssss! The plot thickens! One of the finer aspects of this book is that the plot was ever moving, always advancing and revealing new (hilarious!!) characters and court intrigues. Daniel escorts Abby to London and on the way they encounter bandits, an ambush and aid from the most unlikely Highlander local clan. Despite being chocked full of Alpha male presence, there were no chauvinistic nuances. I loved that the feminine power was revered and respected by all of the male characters. I loved not knowing who would leave their home behind to start anew with the other. There was definite promise of an HEA, however, it was so damn entertaining, I was not preoccupied with it. I laughed aloud, blushed, giggled and audibly panted several times over. Seriously, the build up of sensuality and sexual tension was rewarding (as evidence by my sticky fingers heh heh, tis true lass!!)
"She wanted more, something instinctual and feral, something he gave to no other woman before her or after her. More than his body she wanted the wild heart beneath all the armor...
She was awakening parts of him that had been put to sleep long ago. Duty to God and to the throne came before selfish desire. Honor came before love. But not tonight. Tonight he would give her what she wanted and take what he needed..."
Aye! Aye indeed! Perhaps, the third most important character in the novel, has to be the locale. Traveling the Highlands or on the countryside back roads into England, I felt as if I were one word away from transporting myself and becoming a self proclaimed clan member. I saw myself traveling with the Daniel and Abby, evading danger, I watched Daniel slaughter Abby's would be attackers and (like the creeper I am) I watched as they dared that first kiss under the stars. Quinn's descriptive language was engaging and endearing and the only think I missed about this book was an epilogue! I wasn't ready to let them go, it was all over far too quickly but not the least bit unsatisfying on the whole. if you are a fan of historical fiction and you love these honorable kilted warriors and noble Knights, I recommend this gem. It is the third of it's series, but stands alone just fine. Be warned that you are likely to want to immerse yourself and snap up books 1 & 2 and wait ever so impatiently for the next installment, The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4).
• The General - Daniel Marlow, Queen Anne's highest ranking officer and closest person to her heart. Known as the Jacobite Killer, he was taxed with the job of escorting Abigail MacGregor from the Highlands of Scotland to the palace. He didn't really want to go for her until the night before he actually left...
• The Jacobite Lass - Second born of the Laird, but determined to be the next Laird of the Clan MacGregor. Abigail is as stubborn as her father, if not more so. When the summons comes, the decision is final, at least in her mind. She is going in her mother's place. Period.
• The Queen - Lonely, untrusting, failing health. Anne has...had one friend, Charlotte. She has one man she trusts, Daniel. He is like a son to her. Her cousin Richard Montagu...she has to be able to trust him, he's family, even though she doesn't like him much.
• The Bit...errr, the mean one ;-) - Charlotte Adler, once a close friend and confidant to the Queen, now? Not so much. The snake-in-the-grass likes to make it appear as though nothing has changed, but really almost anyone could see that she has an allegiance to herself only.
• The Villain - Richard Montagu...is he really the villain? He really is...or is he? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out ;-)
• A murder, a kidnapping and assassination attempt - I'll leave that to you to figure out who was murdered, kidnapped and assassinated...or attempted!
• The MacGregors - They are out in force, from Callum on down to Adam! I believe nothing else needs to be said on that subject. *swoon*
• Tristan - My Knight In Shining Armor. I have missed him so much, and he plays such a pivotal part. I admit, I re-read his parts probably 3 or 4 times just so I could spend more time with him.
• Colin - My knees go weak when I even think about this man (I know, you probably think he is just a character in a book...he isn't to me! He is a man who lived in the 1700's in Scotland...but I digress) Colin played a very important roll too. Isn't it amazing that my two very favorite characters would play such important roles in this book? I myself am over the moon.
• Ill-fated Romance - The Jacobite Killer and the Jacobite Lass...oh, we know they shouldn't be together, they are polar opposites with such undeniable chemistry from the moment their eyes meet. When Paula Quinn works her literary magic on these two, amazing things happen and we as readers reap the benefits. She weaves an intricate story, adding history with fiction, inviting us in, and I'll be honest, I don't want to leave. If ever there was a book to purchase, this is it. The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor will be one of those books I will read over and over. I adore Paula's protective heroes, I love her strong and independent heroines and I love it when they clash and love. Thank you Paula for sharing your wonderful mind with us.
Until Next Time!