The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor
MacGregors: Highland Heirs #3
By Paula Quinn
Author’s Website: http://www.paulaquinn.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
A LADY’S MISSION . . .
Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan’s dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits-especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason . . .
A WARRIOR’S TEMPTATION…
General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom’s most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he’s ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen or giving up the woman who would steal his country-and his traitorous heart.
Paula Quinn has done it again with another well written romance that takes the reader from the beginning and immerses them in the Scottish and English countryside in the time period that the story travels in. You are taken back to a time where the clans were powerful and the English and Scottish dislike for each other prevailed in history. Having read The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd I was delighted when I could follow up on other members of the clan. Quinn’s characters are strong and have depth and she keeps the reader turning pages with intrigue and suspense interspersed through the love story.
Abigail Macgregor is the strong bold daughter of the chief of the clan. She is determined that she will take over as chief after her father. Her mother is the true heir to the British throne but is content to stay in Scotland with her family. When Abigail’s mother is summoned by the Queen (her sister) to go to London Abigail knows that she must go for her as her mother is too weak to travel. To keep her clan safe Abigail starts the journey in the company of her enemy – a Jacobite killer. The dilemma is that she finds him attractive and as the physical attraction increases she finds herself wanting more and more from him. Throughout their treacherous journey she finds that she can depend on Daniel to protect her. But will he protect her family? When they get to London Daniel finds out who she truly is and Abigail realizes that their love might not be able to survive. They come from two totally different worlds. When her life is threatened Daniel is there beside her and protects her again. Abigail knows that there will never be anyone else for her but can Daniel give up his life to love the “enemy” and accept her family?
Daniel Marlow is a loyal knight to the Queen with a decorated battle history; however he finds that the Queen has hidden a major secret from him concerning his birthright. When she asks him to accompany a highlander back to London he does so with trepidation however when he meets Abigail he is smitten from the beginning. She is strong and beautiful and he battles himself throughout the story on how he can be falling in love with the enemy. When Abigail is threatened Daniel realizes that somehow he must keep her beside him forever. But how will he get her father’s approval? And what will the Queen think?
The story is filled with villains and heroes from both sides and the reader soon realizes the complexity and violence of our history. This is a great book to curl up with however I would give myself lots of time as you won’t want to put it down. I look forward to more Highland stories by Paula Quinn.