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Laird of Darkness

Laird of Darkness

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by Nicole North

Half-Fae Laird Duncan MacDougall is cursed. His nights are haunted by Otherworld creatures sent to kill him. The only way to stop them is to possess the magic bow currently in the hands of his enemy half brother, Kinnon MacClaren. In desperation, Duncan plans to take MacClaren's bride-to-be hostage and exchange her for the bow.

Lady Alana Forbes has never


Half-Fae Laird Duncan MacDougall is cursed. His nights are haunted by Otherworld creatures sent to kill him. The only way to stop them is to possess the magic bow currently in the hands of his enemy half brother, Kinnon MacClaren. In desperation, Duncan plans to take MacClaren's bride-to-be hostage and exchange her for the bow.

Lady Alana Forbes has never met her intended, but she hopes he is handsome—and a good lover, for Alana is no innocent virgin. On her way to Castle Claren, Alana and her escorts are intercepted, and she is kidnapped by a man with extraordinary abilities—and every attribute she longs for in a mate.

Duncan didn't expect the woman he thought of as a mere pawn to be so beautiful, and so arousing. Alana is drawn to him as well—but Duncan still needs the bow, and Alana is betrothed to another. How far will Alana go to save the life of the man she's come to love?

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'Twould be a night of much turmoil. Duncan MacDougall, chief of Clan MacDougall, crouched upon the rocky crag above Loch Searbh as violet-gray gloaming settled over Scotland. The cool, early summer wind, fragrant with flowers, gusted between the rugged granite mountains. He tugged the wool plaid closer about his shoulders. Even the kelpie tribe that dwelled beneath the loch's murky, peat-tinged surface rumbled more violently than usual.

But a more pressing matter weighed on Duncan's mind: plotting how he might acquire his enemy Kinnon MacClaren's magical bow and quiver. If Duncan possessed the Dealanach, as the old druid had once said, he would no longer be doomed to lurk about the night alone. With that special bow, he would finally vanquish the vile Otherworld creatures that tortured him in his nightmares and sleep peacefully as all others did.

He stroked his fingers over the sore wound on his forearm, three deep scratches he'd received almost a week ago. Recently, the beasts had even found ways to invade his sleep during the daytime. These scratches and the bloody bite marks on his calf told him the attacks weren't his imagination.

The thumping of hooves from the south drew his attention. With his enhanced Fae senses, he listened as the horses galloped closer over the rocky ground. Below him, near the ferry crossing, the riders dismounted. Duncan counted nine men and five women in the party, all perched upon fine horses. The dock held no boat at this late hour, the ferryman having already returned to his home on the other side of the loch.

After the horses drank, the men led them away from the water, closer to the shelter of the cliffside, out of the wind. All but one woman followed.

"Do not wander far, m'lady," one of the men called out.

"Of course." The lady's voice was feminine and rich, but she wore a dull brown cloak complete with a cowl over her head. Though the bulky garment concealed most of her body, she appeared slender.

"Oh, is that…" She tugged her skirts off her shoes and trotted through the heather and gorse, just starting to bloom purple and yellow, and approached the loch's edge. "Indeed." A small dagger glinted as she removed it from a hidden pouch. Kneeling, she cut a plant out of the ground and sniffed it.

With his keen hearing, Duncan detected a thunderous din beneath the surface of the loch once again, too low for human ears. The lady was perilously close to the water's edge. He stood, knowing what tragedy would befall her if he didn't intervene.

Meet the Author

Nicole North's erotic romance novellas have been described by reviewers as "exciting, high octane, captivating, scintillating, sinfully delicious and pure romance." Her stories contain "heart and heat, killer love scenes, magic and extraordinary characters." She has sold four stories to Red Sage Publishing. Laird of Darkness is her first novella for Carina Press. Nicole's stories usually focus on her favorite things: Scotland, Highlanders and hot men in kilts. She and her husband live in the Southeastern U.S., but she wishes she lived in the Scottish Highlands at least half the year. As she puts it, Scotland is a beautiful, magical and enchanting place where anything seems possible. She teaches online workshops about various aspects of writing, including sexual tension and how to write great love scenes. Though she has a degree in psychology, writing romance is her first love.

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Laird of Darkness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
Good - little time for character development, since it was an Novella. Should be free or about $.99 at the most.
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RomWriter-Reader More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Nicole North's Laird of Darkness. Ms. North has a talent for crafting characters you'd like to meet. Duncan MacDougall (Scottish, hawt and a fey Laird - whew!) was yummy, troubled and kind. Alana Forbes was sexy and caring, and far from simpering. The heat between them practically melted my Kindle! Even Kinnon MacClaren, Duncan's half-brother and villain of this story, had depths. I found myself rooting for his own happy ending, which Ms. North cleverly foreshadowed. I hope she of will treat us to more of these fey Scottish Highland men and their feisty women very soon.
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yanks4602 More than 1 year ago
This was a n interesting short story read. Not on my number one list but it it was readable..... The romance scenes where hot and very descriptive...
AAR More than 1 year ago
LAIRD OF DARKNESS by Nicole North is an intersting paranormal.It is written with depth and details.The plot is easy to follow.The characters are engaging,charming, enchanting, and will easily capture your heart. It has faes,otherworld creatures, love,sweet sensuality,highlanders,Scottish myths,suspense,romance,action and sexual tension.This is the story of Duncan and Alana,who wouldn't love their story of half fae and half human fall in love. Duncan is a dark,sexy,Scottish Laird in a kilt(what not to love),he has the reputation of the Laird of Darkness,he has trouble sleeping due to the otherworld creatures haunting him,his mother died giving him birth.He has a half brother,who was given a magic bow by their brother,to keep the otherworld creatures away.This is what Duncan is after when he kidnaps his brother's intended. Alana,is sweet,spunky,beautiful, innocent virgin,has never met her intended,and only hopes he will be a good lover,and kind.But Duncan sees his chance to get his hands on the magical bow,so when he unexpected comes across Alana,he kidnaps her to ransom her to her intended for the magical bow. Duncan and Alana are attracted to each other from the start and what follows can only be described as something Scottish legends are made of. This is a fast paced,quick read full of sexual tension,action and suspense. A must read. This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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CecilWI More than 1 year ago
Well written, romantic and highly erotic. I loved it.
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RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Duncan is a half fae Scottish laird whose mother died while giving birth to him before she could gift him with protection from the creatures of the Otherworld. So every night that he allows himself to fall asleep they attack him in his nightmares, leaving painful claw and bite marks on him upon waking. Duncan needs a magical bow from his half brother to keep the monsters at bay and when he comes across the beautiful Lady Alana he finally gets the leverage he needs. Holding her hostage he offers a trade, but will he get more in returned then he ever imagined possible? I was a bit skeptical starting this novella, but I loved every minute of it. It was a fast and incredibly sexy read, with the perfect balance of plot and eroticism. I was drawn in immediately to the main characters, Duncan and Alana, and riveted by their story. Duncan is a dark, super-sexy laird in a kilt (who doesn't just drool over that?) and Alana made a sweet and spunky heroine. As expected in a novella, their relationship moved forward at a quick pace but with the authors writing it flowed naturally and was believable. There was suspense, action, sexual tension and gratification. A fabulous read! 4 ½ - Loved it! If it had been longer then it'd be perfect!
vfowler More than 1 year ago
This story is one of my favorites, with extra steamy love scenes and a dark, dangerous, supernatural and super sexy hero. Her strong yet vulnerable heroine has powers of her own and turns out to be the perfect complement for this tortured hero. Nicole North expertly packs a full, complex and interwoven plot into this short story making for an exciting, mysterious, adventurous and sexy read. This book actually contains two loves stories and I look forward to reading the half-brother's story, which Ms. North set up so well. The vivid imagery transported me to a magical Scottish land where legends come to life and I'd love to visit there again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow She meows