The Immortal Highlander (Highlander Series #6)

The Immortal Highlander (Highlander Series #6)

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by Karen Marie Moning
     
 

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Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning, whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the bestselling author of

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Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning, whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the bestselling author of The Dark Highlander delivers a love story that will hold you in thrall—and a hero you will most certainly never forget.

BEWARE: lethally seductive alpha male of immense strength, do not look at him. Do not touch him. Do not be tempted. Do not be seduced.

With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerizing eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensely sensual, he is the consummate seducer, free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. With his very life at stake, Adam’s only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O’Callaghan, who is cursed with the ability to see both worlds: Mortal and Faery. From the moment she lays eyes on this stunning male, Gabby is certain of one thing: He could be her undoing. Thus begins a long, dangerous seduction. Because despite his powerful strength and unquenchable hungers, Adam refuses to take a woman by force. Instead, he will tease his way into Gabby’s bed and make her want him just as he wants her.

Now, no matter how hard Gabby tries to avoid him, Adam is everywhere, invisible to all but her—perched atop her office cubicle in too-tight jeans, whispering softly from behind the stacks of the law library, stealing her breath away with his knowing smile…all the while tempting her with the promise of unimaginable pleasure in his arms. But soon danger will intrude on this sensual dance. For as Adam’s quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic and the deadly politics of the Faery queen’s court, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the conspiracy that threatens both mortal and Faery realms…and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love.

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Library Journal
Stripped of his immortality and rendered invisible to mortals by the Queen of the Fae, Adam Black, legendary wicked Faery seducer and malicious meddler in human affairs, is desperate to return to his normal state. Now in Cincinnati to find and enlist the aid of his half-Fae son, Circenn Brodie, Adam is startled when he realizes that law student Gabrielle O'Gallaghan can actually see him. Annoyed by her inherited ability to see the Fae-they are so distracting-and frightened because of her grandmother's tales, Gabby flees. But Adam follows her, knowing that he needs her help to communicate with Circenn. Even as he works to win Gabby's trust, old enemies in the fairy realm have marked Adam for death, and it will take all his limited power to keep both Gabby and himself safe. Seductive, mesmerizing, and darkly sensual, Moning's hardcover debut adds depth and intensity to the magical world she has created in her earlier "Highlander" books, and fans and new readers alike will be drawn to this increasingly intriguing series. Moning is a Rita Award- winning writer of darker paranormals (The Highlander's Touch) with a growing fan base; she lives in Cincinnati, OH. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/04.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brawny fairies strut their stuff. But aren't they supposed to be ethereal, wispy, tiny creatures? Not in Gabrielle O'Callaghan's world: the supersized sprite she's eying is clad in snug-fitting, faded jeans, a black T-shirt, and black leather boots. Buff and built, he also sports gold armbands around his powerful, rock-hard biceps, and boasts a strong jaw and aquiline nose-plus that luscious gold-velvet fairy skin. And, o-o-h, don't forget some yummy stubble and decadently full lips. But what is this ultra-kissable hunk of . . . um, fairy . . . doing in the here and now? At least only Gabby can see him, but, gee whiz, her unwanted ability to perceive the fey folk is just driving her crazy. Her grandmother Moira advised her just to ignore them but it's hard to ignore one like this. As it turns out, Adam Black is under a curse and not immortal anymore, so he can, you know, fool around with real girls. Is he being pursued by otherworldly beings known as the Hunters? Maybe he can find refuge in her arms, and, well, she wouldn't say no to a kiss. Nothing doing . . . this fairy is horny. "Name your fancy, woman," Adam purrs. "Is it bondage? A bit of spanking? Or just a good, hard . . . ." You get the idea. And so does Gabby, even if she is a virgin. Together they flee the awesome wrath of Morganna, the spurned and furious fairy queen, while Adam is stalked through several dimensions and suites in deluxe hotels by her minions, bent on bloody vengeance. Bouncing from the mist-shrouded realm of the Fae to the more prosaic locale of Cincinnati is no sweat for Adam, but it's tough on Gabby. Talk about your long-distance relationships! And she'll never remember all that pseudo Gaelic if Adam keepswhispering naughty things into her innocent ears. Nonstop action for fans of paranormal romance: another lusty fantasy from Moning (The Dark Highlander, not reviewed, etc.). Agent: Deidre Knight/The Knight Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440237563
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/26/2005
Series:
Highlander Series, #6
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
122,385
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.00(d)

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Cincinnati, Ohio Several months later . . .

Chapter One

Summer, Gabrielle O’Callaghan brooded—always her favorite season—had absolutely sucked this year.

Unlocking her car, she got in and slipped off her sunglasses. Shrugging out of her suit jacket, she nudged off her heels and took slow, deep breaths. She sat collecting herself for a few moments, then tugged free the clip restraining her hair and massaged her scalp.

She was getting the start of a killer headache.

And her hands were still shaking.

She’d nearly betrayed herself to the Fae.

She couldn’t believe she’d been so stupid, but, God, there were just too many of them this summer! She hadn’t spotted a fairy in Cincinnati for years, but now, for some bizarre reason, there were oodles of them.

Like Cincinnati was some kind of great place to hang out—could a city be more boring? Whatever their unfathomable reason for choosing the Tri-State, they’d appeared in droves in early June, and had been ruining her summer ever since.

And pretending she didn’t see them never got any easier. With their perfect bodies, gold-velvet skin, and shimmering iridescent eyes, they were a little hard to miss. Drop-dead gorgeous, impossibly seductive, dripping pure power, the males were a walking temptation for a girl to—

Brusquely she shook her head to abort that treacherous thought. She’d survived this long and was darned if she was going to slip up and get caught by one of the erotic—exotic, she corrected herself impatiently—creatures.

But sometimes it was so hard not to look at them. And doubly difficult not to react. Especially when one caught her off guard like the last one had.

She’d been having lunch with Marian Temple, senior partner at the law firm of Temple, Turley and Tucker, at a posh downtown restaurant; a very critical lunch, during which she’d been interviewing for a postgraduate position.

A soon-to-be-third-year law student, Gabby was serving a summer internship with Little & Staller, a local firm of personal injury attorneys. It had taken her all of two days on the job to realize she was not cut out for representing pushy, med-bill-inflating plaintiffs who were firmly convinced their soft-tissue injuries were worth at least a million dollars per ache.

At the opposite end of the legal spectrum was Temple, Turley and Tucker. The most prestigious firm in the city, it catered to only the most desirable clients, specializing in business law and estate planning. What carefully selected criminal cases they chose to represent were renowned, precedent-setting ones. Ones that made a difference in the world, protecting fundamental rights and addressing intolerable injustices. And those were the cases she hungered to get her hands on. Even if she had to slave away for years, doing research and fetching coffee to get to them.

She’d been stressed all week, anticipating the interview, knowing that TT&T hired only the cream of the crop. Knowing she was competing against dozens of her classmates, not to mention dozens more from law schools around the country, in a cutthroat bid for a single opening. Knowing Marian Temple had a reputation for demanding nothing less than high-gloss sophistication and professional perfection.

But thanks to hours of aggressive practice interviews and pep talks from her best friend, Elizabeth, Gabby had been calm, composed, and in top form. The aloof Ms. Temple had been impressed with her scholastic achievements, and Gabby had gotten the distinct impression that the firm was predisposed to hire a woman (couldn’t be too careful with those equal-opportunity statistics), which put her ahead of most of the competition. The lunch had gone swimmingly, until the moment they’d left the restaurant and stepped out onto Fifth Street.

As Ms. Temple was extending that all-important invitation to come in for a second, in-house interview with the partners (which was never arranged unless the firm was seriously considering making an offer, joy of joys!), a sexy, muscle-bound fairy male sauntered right between them in that infuriatingly arrogant I’m-so-perfect, don’t-you-just-wish-you-were-me way they had, so close that its long golden hair brushed Gabby’s cheek like a sensual ripple of silk.

The intoxicating fragrance of jasmine and sandalwood surrounded her, and the heat radiating off its powerful body caressed her like a sultry, erotic breeze. It took every ounce of her considerable self-discipline to not inch backward out of its way.

Or worse—yield to that incessant temptation and just pet the gorgeous tawny creature. How many times had she dreamed of doing that? Copping one tiny forbidden fairy-feel. Finally finding out if all that golden fairy skin really felt as velvety as it looked. You must never betray that you can see them, Gabby.

Thoroughly discombobulated by the fairy’s proximity, her suddenly nerveless hand lost its grip on the iced coffee she’d taken from the restaurant in a to-go cup. It hit the sidewalk, the top flew off, and coffee exploded upward, drenching the impeccable Ms. Temple.

At that precise moment, the fairy turned back to look at her, its iridescent eyes narrowing.

Panicked, Gabby focused all her attention on the sputtering Ms. Temple. With the enthusiasm of near-hysteria, she plucked tissues from her purse and dabbed frantically at the spreading coffee stains on what had been, moments before, a pristine ivory suit that she had a sick feeling cost more than she made in a month.

Babbling loudly about how clumsy she was, apologizing and blaming everything from eating too much, to not being used to heels, to being nervous about the interview, in a matter of moments, she managed to completely blow the image of cool, composed confidence she’d so painstakingly projected through lunch.

But she’d had no choice.

In order to make the fairy believe she hadn’t seen it, that she was just a clumsy human, nothing more, she’d had to act like a complete spaz and risk sabotaging her credibility with her prospective employer.

Sabotage it, she had.

Swatting away Gabby’s frantically dabbing hands, Ms. Temple smoothed her ruined suit and huffed off toward her car, pausing to toss stiffly over her shoulder, “As I told you earlier, Ms. O’Callaghan, our firm works with only the highest caliber clients. They can be demanding, excessive, and temperamental. And understandably so. When there are millions at stake, a client has every right to expect the best. We at Temple, Turley and Tucker pride ourselves on being unflappable under stress. Our clients require smooth, sophisticated handling. Frankly, Ms. O’Callaghan, you’re too flighty to be successful with our firm. I’m sure you’ll find an appropriate fit elsewhere. Good day, Ms. O’Callaghan.”

Feeling like she’d been kicked in the stomach, Gabby watched in stricken silence as Ms. Temple accepted her spotless Mercedes from the valet, dimly registering that the fairy, blessedly, was also moving on. As the sleek pearl-colored Mercedes merged onto Fifth Street and disappeared into traffic—the job of her dreams flapping farewell on its tailpipe—Gabby’s shoulders slumped. With a gusty sigh, she turned and trudged down the street to the corner lot where simple law students not-destined-for-success-because-they-were-too-flighty could afford to park.

“ ‘Flighty,’ my ass,” she muttered, resting her head on the steering wheel. “You have no idea what my life is like. You can’t see them.”

All Ms. Temple had probably felt was a slight breeze, a moderate increase in temperature, perhaps caught a whiff of an exotic, arousing fragrance. And if, by chance, the fairy had brushed against her—although they were invisible, they were real, and were actually there—Ms. Temple would have rationalized it away somehow. Those who couldn’t see the Fae always did.

Gabby had learned the hard way that people had zero tolerance for the inexplicable. It never ceased to amaze her what flimsy excuses they dredged up to protect their perception of reality. “Gee, I guess I didn’t get enough sleep last night.” Or, “Wow, I shouldn’t have had that second (or third or fourth) beer with lunch.” If all else failed, they settled for a simple “I must have imagined it.”

How she longed for such oblivion!

She shook her head and tried to console herself with the thought that at least the fairy had been convinced and was gone. She was safe. For now.

The way Gabby figured it, the Fae were responsible for ninety-nine percent of the problems in her life. She’d take responsibility for the other one percent, but they were the reason her life this summer had been one crisis after another. They were the reason she’d begun to dread leaving her house, never knowing where one might pop up, or how badly it might startle her. Or what kind of ass she’d make of herself, trying to regroup. They were the reason her boyfriend had broken up with her fifteen days, three hours, and—she glanced broodingly at her watch—forty-two minutes ago.

Gabrielle O’Callaghan harbored a special and very personal hatred for the Fae.

“I don’t see you. I don’t see you,” she muttered beneath her breath as two mouthwatering fairy males strolled past the hood of her car. She averted her gaze, caught herself, then angled the rearview mirror and pretended to be fussing with her lipstick.

Never look away too sharply, her grandmother, Moira O’Callaghan, had always cautioned. You must act natural. You must learn to let your gaze slide over them without either hitching or pulling away too abruptly, or they’ll know you know. And they’ll take you. You must never betray that you can see them. Promise me, Gabby. I can’t lose you!

Gram had seen them, too, these creatures other people couldn’t see. Most of the women on her mom’s side did, though sometimes the “gift” skipped generations. As it had with her mom, who’d moved to Los Angeles years ago (like the people in California were less weird than fairies), leaving then–seven-year-old Gabrielle behind with Gram “until she got settled.” Jilly O’Callaghan had never gotten settled.

Why couldn’t it have skipped me? Gabby brooded. A normal life was all she’d ever wanted.

And proving damned difficult to have, even in boring Cincinnati. Gabby was beginning to think that living in the Tri-State—the geographical convergence of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky—was a bit like living at the mystical convergence of Sunnydale’s Hellmouth.

Except the Midwest didn’t get demons and vampires—oh, no—they got fairies: dangerously seductive, inhuman, arrogant creatures that would take her and do God-only-knew-what to her if they ever figured out that she could see them.

Her family history was riddled with tales of ancestors who’d been captured by the dreaded Fae Hunters and never seen again. Some of the tales claimed they were swiftly and brutally killed by the savage Hunters, others that they were forced into slavery to the Fae.

She had no idea what actually became of those foolish enough to be taken, but she knew one thing for certain: She had no intention of ever finding out.

Later Gabby would realize that it was all the cup of coffee’s fault. Every awful thing that happened to her from that moment on could be traced directly back to that cup of coffee with the stunning simplicity of an airtight conditional argument: If not for A (said cup of coffee), then not B (blowing job interview), hence not C (having to go into work that night), and certainly not D (the horrible thing that happened to her there) . . . on to infinity.

It really wasn’t fair that such a trivial, spur-of-the-moment, seemingly harmless decision such as taking an iced coffee to-go could change the entire course of a girl’s life.

Not that she didn’t hold the fairy significantly culpable, but studying law had taught her to isolate the critical catalyst so one could argue culpability, and the simple facts were that if she hadn’t had the cup of coffee in her hand, she wouldn’t have dropped it, wouldn’t have splattered Ms. Temple, wouldn’t have made an ass of herself, and wouldn’t have lost all hope of landing her dream job.

If not for the cup of coffee, the fairy would have had no reason to turn and look back at her, and she would have had no reason to panic. Life would have rolled smoothly on. With the promise of that coveted second interview, she would have gone out celebrating with her girlfriends that night.

But because of that nefarious cup of coffee, she didn’t go out. She went home, took a long bubble bath, had a longer cry, then later that evening, when she was certain the office would be empty and she wouldn’t have to field humiliating questions from her fellow interns, she drove back downtown to catch up on work. She was behind by a whopping nineteen arbitration cases, which, now that she didn’t have a different job lined up, mattered.

And because of that calamitous cup of coffee, she was in a bad mood and not paying attention as she parallel-parked in front of her office building, and she didn’t notice the dark, dangerous-looking fairy stepping from the shadows of the adjacent alley.

If not for the stupid cup of coffee, she wouldn’t have even been there.

And that was when things took a diabolical turn from bad to worse.

Meet the Author

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, I'm not one to dole out oh my God's, but OH MY GOD. I have read this book at least 3, almost 4 times. I'm still tingling from the heat this book exudes. Not to mention the hilarious way Gabby claims her man for herself. Like she needed to. Oh jealously. What an aphrodisiac. I laughed so hard. In regards to the love scenes, I thought Mist of the Highlander was hot! If you need a mental vacation this weekend, try this book or any of the Highlander's series. They'll make you want to book a flight to Scotland and find a Highlander of your very own!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After countless warnings to stop his involvement in the lives of mortals, Queen Aoibheal of the Tuatha De punishes Adam Black. Aoibheal turns him into a mortal human, but worse the Fae monarch also curses him with the Feth Fiada enchantment, a spell he has used to appear invisible among mortals when he wanted to make undetected mischief as human senses cannot notice the invisible. Adam believes this punishment is cruel and inhuman.---- A few months later in Cincinnati Adams seeks his half-Fae son, Circenn Brodie to help him. However, Adam is shocked when law student Gabrielle O'Gallaghan behaves as if she sees him. Gabby flees, but Adam chases after her as he feels she can help him converse with Circenn. When his ancient enemies led by High Counselor Darroc try to kill Adam as part of a bigger plot and willingly use Gabby as a pawn, he knows he must keep her safe even if it means his life. When Adam first pursued Gabby, he never expected to fall in love.---- Noted for her Highland romances, Karen Marie Moning provides her a great urban romantic fantasy. Fans will appreciate the womanizing Adam¿s seduction of Gabby as he uses all his ruses from chasing endless women, but the modern third law student forces him to look inside to his heart. Adam is a wonderful egotistical male, but what makes this story so much fun is the pragmatic Gabby as the only one who can see the thorny hunk and his deadly foes. THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER is a fantastic tale that will bring more fans to the already popular Ms. Moning.---- Harriet Klausner
SteffFedz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The passion Karen Marie Moning writes with about her characters, scenes and backgrounds is amazing! I recommend anyone that likes historical and present day stories combined, the Highlander series is perfectly perfect for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book knocked me off my feet.  gabby was such a nice care free girl and would have had a normal life if not for the fact that she could see the Fae. she has learned to keep it a secret but when she cought sight of adam black she could not look away and that mistake could turn deadly  adam black  who was being punished by the queen has been wondering the earth. humans and fae alike can  not see him. but one day a woman acts like she can see him she flees he but follows her  a great book that will lead you it to a world of fantasy. while i read this book  questons poped in my head  will adam get past that wall gabby has put up? can they break the spell? why is he being punished? is gabby in danger? you will love this book i'm sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that i found myself staying awake sleepily trying to read just one more page. I won't speak of the ending: i would hate to ruin the ending for you . HIGHLY recommend this because of the twists and turns and the highs and lows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't waite for the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading these out of order and can still keep up. I recommend doing it in order though. She is fantastic at creating beautiful and steamy imagery in the mind. Get your bubble bath ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, sexy, and romantic! Adam is a seductive and sexy Fae prince that has been punished to the human realm and to be invisible. Gabby is a human intern law student who has seer abilities of the fairy persuasion. Adam coerces Gabby to aid him in is quest to become Fae again. Great story. So far this one is my favorite on the series.
NiNi1982 More than 1 year ago
Adam Black became one of my favorite characters in the Highlander Series (though, he didn't start out that way...lol). I loved the culmination of his character in this story. I have read both the Highlander Series and the Fever Series and love the little nuances that tie them together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I'd seriously die of shock if KMM wrote a bad book. For realz! As always . . . AWESOME!!!! Of course once you start you can't stop. I cried. I laughed & when I'm done with this series I'm going to re-read the fever series b/c there are definitely interesting things that you'll learn here thst cross over into that amazing series! (You can definitely read one w/o the other, but why?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't count how much time did I read this book.. and there is this same passionnate emotion that I feel everytime I read it... again and again, it never fade away but growing so deeply that I don't know what kind of faery word can describe this master piece.. Plus, I have to admit it, I did't read all the highlander saga, but this only one can be read without the whole story because apparently it's kinda spin-off. So don't hesitate and pass away of this fabulous journey with Adam Black.. the fairy tale we all want secretly..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the series.
Sandy_Okeevis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was such a diversion for me. I normally don't read these romance novels but I so enjoyed this one. I liked the time travel aspect of it and the hero is so enthralling and oh so sexy!
ElvisIN More than 1 year ago
Overall I enjoyed this book. I expected a little bit more from these books because I loved Ms. Moning's Fever series. The Highlander series is a little more predicatable, and the characters are also a little empty. The love scenes are well written, and the plot kept me interested. I would recommend the Highlander series for a "lunch break read". However, if your a Fever fan don't expect to fall in love with these characters.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
I was little let down by this book; it just seemed a little forced. I don't know, I still enjoyed listening to it but I doubt I'll be listening to it again any time soon. If your looking for a good Highlander story you should read some of my recommendations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Karen Marie Moning's books. This one is definately a keeper and a wonderful read that will keep your eyes glued on the pages until you finally close the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot damn Adam!!!! This is definately my fave of the series.
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THESE BOOKS ARE AWSOME!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do you explain perfection? KMM has outdone herself with this book. My favorite of the Highlander series!
ldy-vixen More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I could never get into Moning later "fever" series. But I loved her Highlander series. This one is one of my favorites.
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CJC67 More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in The Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning. But can easily be read as a stand alone book. This is my second read of this book and I have once again enjoyed this book so very much. Adam Black as he is know here on earth is a Fae up to no good. Well maybe his "own good". Adam is sexy as hell and he knows it. Yet he seems to always get in trouble in his Fae World. He and the queen Aoibheal has a long understanding and much forgiveness on her part. But this time Adam or Amadan as he is known in the Fae world had gone too far. As Adam learns to adapt to his new body as a human. He runs into Gabrielle, a woman who all her life could see the Fae but was taught never to acknowledge them. Gabrielle's life as a Sidhe-seer as she is known in the Fae World, has been difficult at best. She has been tight if you acknowledge the Fae they will take you away and you will never be seen of again. Only this night when she sees Adam she just can't seem to tear her eyes off him. (and honestly who really could a man that has long silk black hair, golden angelic face, muscular ams adorned with gold bands, chiseled features, high cheekbones, strong jaw, aquiline nose and full mouth. I'm who can blame the girl he'd be hard to take my eyes off of too. But for Gabrielle it can only be one thing life and death. But Adam catches her staring and Gabrielle is on the run. This book is just amazing from the characters you fall in love with to the evil ones you just wanna see them gone. Oh and lets not forget the trip to the Scotland and the MacKeltar twins. Now talk about sinful of my. This is one book you can't put down no matter how many time you read it. Enjoy!
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