Seducing the Highlander
Kensington / June 4, 2013 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital
Of the seven McTiernay brothers to protect their Scottish Highlands, Craig is most willing to place duty before love—until he's enchanted by the last woman he expects...
Meriel Schellden knows that marrying Craig McTiernay will strengthen the ties between their clans. She insists she is motivated by duty and responsibility, nothing more. But when a mere formality becomes a kiss far from platonic, Meriel must question where her true intentions lie...
Though Meriel entices him far more than she realizes, Craig's commitments have always kept his passions restrained. But no sense of duty to his clan can make Craig forget the way Meriel's touch left him teased, tantalized, and desperate for more. Now as a surprising rival contents for Meriel's affections, there has never been a better time to listen to what his heart has desired all along...
Michele Sinclair's Seducing the Highlander is the fifth book in the McTiernay Brothers series set in the early 14th century Scottish Highlands. Its hero, Craig McTiernay, is the middle brother of the seven the series focuses on.
The wives of the McTiernay brothers want to prove that the feelings Meriel Schelldene has for Craig McTiernay go much deeper than friendship. But years ago, Meriel had decided she wasn’t interested in marriage and her best friend, Craig, was of the same mind. Her twin sister (married to Craig's brother) has other ideas.
In order to get Meriel and Craig together, the wives stage a contest, where the male and female winners would be rewarded with a kiss from each other. The kiss was life changing for Meriel; all she needs to do is convince Craig he might feel the same way about her.
Meriel decides to embark on some old-fashioned jealousy tactics. After a brief separation, Craig arrives at his brother's castle to discover that Meriel appears to have forgotten the passion in the kiss and moved on with her life, in the form of a McTiernay clansman, Hamish.
While absence makes the heart grow fonder, the attention of another man drives the heart crazy. Meriel’s interest in Hamish stirs up past romantic competition between the two men. To make matters worse for Craig, Meriel has enlisted Craig’s help to gain Hamish’s affections. Cunning, yet effective.
“Every time we talk, I learn more and more just how wonderful a man he is. Or at least we did until you came and ruined everything. He used to seek me out to ensure that I was fine, but that ended the day you arrived. I have tried to think of ways to spend more time with him, but except for dinner, he is never here. That is why I need your help.”
Craig exhaled, feeling the breath from his lungs burn his throat. He raked his fingers through his hair again, before turning to look at her. “The man is a rake, Meriel!”
Meriel jumped to her feet. “He is not! At least not any more than you are.”
A year ago she might have been right, but Craig had practically been living the life of a monk since he had met her. “I’m a reformed rake,” he argued. “Hamish on the other hand, well, I don’t think he could ever change his ways. “
Now all Meriel needs is for Craig to take the bait and view Hamish as a romantic rival. As Craig’s passion for Meriel ignites, he must overcome his fear of falling in love. By giving his heart to Meriel, he fears he will become exposed and defenseless. For her part, Meriel must come to terms with her true feelings for Craig, as well as develop a sense of who she herself is.
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