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Born in Sin

Born in Sin

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by Kinley MacGregor

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Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous 'Lord Sin′. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight - less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes - she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she


Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous 'Lord Sin′. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight - less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes - she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse.

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MacAllister Series , #3
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Born in Sin

Chapter One


Twelve years later

"I would sooner geld myself. Drunk. With a dull knife." Sin spoke with a slow, deadly emphasis on each word.

King Henry II stood a few feet away from him without the protection of a bodyguard or other courtier. They were alone in the throne room, and no doubt any other man would be cowering before his monarch. But Sin had never cowered in his life, and Henry knew better than to expect such behavior from him now.

Henry′s face hardened. "I could command it of you."

Sin cocked one arrogant brow and asked, "Then why don′t you?"

Henry smiled at that, and the tension left his body as he closed the distance between them.

Their friendship had been forged years ago, in the dark of night, and at the end of a blade pressed deep against Henry′s throat. Sin had spared the king′s life and since that day, Henry had treasured the only man who had never been awed by his power or authority.

Sin answered to no man, be he king, pope, sultan or beggar. But then, there was nothing in life that awed Sin. Nothing in life that commanded him, or touched him. He was completely alone.

And he preferred it that way.

"I didn′t gain this throne by being a fool, Sin. Should I command you to it, I know precisely what you′d do. You′d turn your back on me and head straight for yon door."

Henry looked sincere. "God′s truth, you are the only man alive I never wish to make my enemy. ′Tis why I ask this as a friend."

"Damn you."

Henry laughed. "If I am damned, it is certainly for more serious offenses than this matter." The humor left Henry′s face and he stared straight into Sin′s eyes. "Now then, as a friend, I ask again. Will you marry the Scotswoman?"

Sin didn′t answer. He clenched his teeth so tightly that he could feel the angry tic starting in his jaw.

"Come now, Sin," Henry said with an almost pleading note in his voice. "I need you in this matter. You know the Scots. You are one of them."

"I am not a Scot," Sin snarled. "Not now. Not ever."

Henry ignored his rebuff. "You know how they think, you know their language. You alone are capable of this. Should I send another, those bloodthirsty savages would no doubt cut his throat and send his head back to me."

"And you think they wouldn′t do that to me?"

Henry laughed. "I doubt if the Archangel Michael could cut your throat unless you consented to it."

Truer words had never been spoken. Still, this favor sat ill in Sin′s gut. The last thing on earth he desired was to be shackled to the Scots. He hated everything to do with Scotland and its people, and would sooner rot with pestilence than ever put one piece of his body in Scotland again.

"I promise, my reward will be great," Henry said.

"I have no need of your money or rewards."

Henry nodded. "I know. ′Tis why I trust you so much. You′re the only man I have ever known who is truly above bribery. You are also a man of honor, and I know you would never walk away from a friend who needed you."

Sin met his gaze without flinching. "Henry, as a friend, I ask you not to ask this of me."

"I wish I didn′t have to. I don′t relish the thought of my only true ally so far from me, but I need a man I can trust, one who knows the soul of the Scots people, to lead them. The only other subject who could possibly end this matter is your brother Braden. Since he is now married ... "

Sin ground his teeth together. He had been glad to see his brother wed, but how he wished Braden were a bachelor once more. Braden was the one who knew how to please a woman.

Sin knew war. His home the battlefield, all he had ever trusted in life not to betray him were his sword, his shield and his horse.

And he wasn′t any too sure about his horse.

He knew nothing of women and their softness, and he had no wish to know aught of them.

"If it is of any consolation," Henry added, "she is a fetching wench. You will have no trouble siring a child on her."

Sin narrowed his eyes. He balked at the thought of siring a child, especially one simply for the purpose of passing on titles and lands that meant nothing to him. "I am not a stallion, Henry."

"′Tis not what the rumors that circulate through my court say. I′ve heard you′re quite -- "

"Does this woman know what you have planned?" Sin asked, cutting him off. He didn′t like discussing anything personal. And most especially not with Henry.

"Of course not. She knows nothing of you. ′Tis not her concern. She is my hostage and she will do as she′s told or I will see her executed."

Sin rubbed his hand over his face. He had no doubt Henry would do just that. He also knew who would be asked to fulfill that decree. "Henry, you know how I feel about a wife."

"Aye, I do. But in all honesty, I truly wish to see you wed. I have valued your service, but it has always concerned me that you have nothing in life you value. I have given you lands, wealth and titles, and you spurn them as if they′re poison. All the years I have known you, you have lived with one foot already in the grave."

"And you think a wife would bring me back over the threshold?"


Sin snorted. "Then I shall remind you of that the next time you complain of Eleanor."

Henry laughed so hard he choked. "Were you any other man, you would be dead for such audacity."

"And I would say the same of you."

At least it succeeded in checking Henry′s mirth.

Henry paced a small path in front of Sin and fell quiet. By his face, Sin could tell he was thinking of something long ago.

When the king spoke, his voice was thick with nostalgia. "I remember well the night you held that dagger to my throat. Do you remember what you said?"

"Aye, I offered you my loyalty if you would grant me my freedom."

"Yea, you did. And I need your loyalty now. Philippe is on my heels trying to wrench Normandy and Aquitaine from my hands, my sons are yapping for their own slices of power, and now this Highland clan attacks the few Englishmen I have guarding my northern borders. I cannot continue to be attacked from all sides. Even a raging bull can be brought low by a pack of hungry dogs. And I am tired of it. I need peace before they kill me. Will you help me?"

Inwardly, Sin cringed as he heard the four words he had never been able to deny. Damn his blackened soul for it. It was the one piece of his conscience that hadn′t been destroyed, and Henry knew it.

Sin growled low in his throat. Surely there had to be a means to escape this wretched event. And surely he ...

Sin almost smiled as the thought occurred to him.

′Twas perfect, and as insidious as he himself was.

"Aye, I′ll marry the wench, but only if you can find a priest who will sanction it."

Henry′s face blanched.

Sin smiled evilly. In the last nine years, he had been excommunicated five times. The most recent one carried a papal ban so severe that it should have him roasting out eternity right by the devil′s side.

The pope himself referred to Sin as Satan′s Most Favored Spawn.

Henry would never find a priest who would dare allow Sin to take part in a sacrament.

"You think you have me, don′t you?" Henry asked.

"I think nothing of the sort, Henry. As you said, I know the Scots and know they would accept nothing less than a sanctified marriage. I have merely given you the conditions of our union."

"Very well, then. I accept your terms and intend to hold you to them."


The foregoing is excerpted from Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

Born in Sin. Copyright © by Kinley MacGregor. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary danger...as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than ten million copies of her books in print, in 26 countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too.

Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she is the author of several series including: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD. With an international, cult following, her books have appeared in the top three on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Born in Sin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the medieval series about the Scottish brothers, but so far, it is my favorite. Not since Julie Garwood have I read a hero who moved me more. I finished reading this book in two days, and then proceeded to tell everyone I know about how great it was, and how I couldn't stop thinking about this hero. Sin is to die for. He is a dark, alpha hero who reached in and grabbed me by the heart. I knew him by the end of this book, and wanted to reach in and pull him out of the pages, just to let him know someone (me) loved him. If you like the invincible, alpha hero, this is definitely the book for you. Please, please, please check this one out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitly one of my favorites. I couldn't put it down. I read it the day I bought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best of her books I've had the pleasure of reading. I fell head over heels for Sin. He is an amazing lead man. I couldn't put this book down for a second. Icould read it all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. You can not help but fall in love with Sin. He is one of the best heroes out there. I started this book after dinner and was finished by the next morning. I couldn't sleep until I finished a chapter and then another and another... If you are looking for a hot romance that will melt your heart at the same time than this is definetly the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book. When I first read it I was just awed. I just had to have more, since then I've read it again and again. I love Kinley MacGregor she made me seem like I was in the life of the Characters. :-p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I got the rest of the series. The characters where well thought out and vibrant. Not your usual romance book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully written, I fell in love with the Hero! (the true test of a romance novel) This book had every emotion a person can have at it's strongest, either with laughter or sorrow. I have read this book three different times and still love it. As well with the other brother series I love Sin the most.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was riveting. The charecter build up was great. you really get to know both charecters well and feel for thier plight. If you want to read a romance novel with some real depth to it, read this one. Don't forget that this is one of a series of books about the brothers. Sin is just one of them although he is my favorit by far. Read it, and you won't be able to put it down so make sure you have alot of time to read it :-) Or you'll skip work, class, what ever just so that you can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kinley MacGregor needs a medal for this last book. Born in Sin is so believable, the characters are so rich and well developed that one barely notices the time! I loved this book so much I read it in 3 hours...and then i read it again! This one's for keeps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not your everyday run of the mill romance novel. I became intrigued with the life of the lead male character. A book like none other. I highly recommend. Would post ten stars if I could...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very glad i read this story
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome, ever chapter is just amazing!!!!
Robbie Prince More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book.
Tgreene2010 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. The plot and characters were awesome. I fell in book love with Sin. I will add this to my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole story line was perfect and Sin and Callie were perfect for eachother! I also loved how funny this book was, simon and the other MacAllister brothers were hilarious!!! This was a great and perfect read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hero of this novel is unlike any I've encountered before. His past is unthinkable and yet his heart has somehow managed to survive and it sneaks out when he meets Callie. This is a real pager turner that will touch your own heart and get it beating a whole lot faster :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not have changed a single thing in this story, except to make it longer! Callie and Sin's charactes and relationship were perfect. My thanks to the author for bringing such an emotional and wondrrful story to life <3 This is the second book I have read by her and I will definetly be reading more! Do not miss out on this!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites!
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Sin is the hero to compare all heroes to. Rejected everywhere by everyone and still amazing. You need this book in your collection. Wasn't able to put it down when I first read it, you won't be able to either.
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This book was amazing to read...could not put it down and cried like a baby at the end.... This is why I love reading and I cant wait to read more from the Author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! It was the 1st book I had read from this author and I purchased it based upon the reviews I read about it. It did not disappoint! The reviews were correct - it was wonderful!