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Lyon's Gift

Lyon's Gift

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by Tanya Anne Crosby

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Lyon's Pride

Piers de Montgomerie, known as "Lyon" for his fierceness in combat, accepts the challenge of the Scottish king, agreeing to quell a troublesome highland feud and to accept the disputed lands as payment But his battle skills are no match for the flashing eyes and barbed tongue of "Mad" Meghan Brodie--the spirited wench


Lyon's Pride

Piers de Montgomerie, known as "Lyon" for his fierceness in combat, accepts the challenge of the Scottish king, agreeing to quell a troublesome highland feud and to accept the disputed lands as payment But his battle skills are no match for the flashing eyes and barbed tongue of "Mad" Meghan Brodie--the spirited wench he now holds hostage, who fires his blood with her heart-stirring beauty.

Lyon's Gift

Distrustful of men and feigning madness, in truth Meghan is cunning as a fox--and far too loyal to her clan to be swayed by her arrogant captor's honeyed words and virile charms. She will make the Lyon pay dearly for the "gift" he has so brazenly stolen--even as her own traitorous heart begs her to surrender gladly to the one great love that can heal an injured land.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Avon Romantic Treasure Series
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4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.96(d)

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Meghan was so immersed in her discussion with the lamb that she heard the voices too late.

Without warning, the foliage parted and the path before her was suddenly barred by a most fearsome sight. She froze in mid-stride and shrieked.

For an instant, she couldn't speak, so stunned was she by the horseman's sudden appearance. She could merely stare at the devil. By Jacob's bloody stone, she swore silently, no man had ever stood so tall in his stirrups! As it was, she had to crane her neck up at a painful angle in order to see his face. And sweet Mary, Joseph, and Jesus! What a face it was! In truth, he looked more like an angel than a devil.

Though swarthy, his skin appeared to be as soft as the skin of her arse. And his flaxen hair was the richest of gold, though she couldn't tell its length for it was bound at the back of his neck. His cheekbones were high and well hewn, but it was his eyes that held her transfixed: uncanny blue, they bore into her very soul. He wore blue, but a blue so dark it was almost black—blue tunic, blue breeches, black boots. The tunic upon his chest was emblazoned with a blood-red lion rearing back upon its beastly little legs—no mail as the English were wont to wear, but he certainly had no need of mail to look invulnerable.

God's truth, were her legs not so entangled within the rope she held so firmly within her fist, she would have turned and fled.

She swallowed convulsively, and stammered, "Who . . . who are ye?"

"Who are you? The question might be better asked," he countered, his tone furious. "And what the bloody hell are you doing upon my land?"

Meghan gulped back a welling of panic. "Yer land?" she asked, tryingto sound as calm as she might while her heart seemed bent upon pummeling its way out from her breast.

He leaned forward over the horse's withers, and enunciated slowly and more clearly, lest she mistake him, "My land."

Meghan swallowed the knot of apprehension that appeared in her throat. It was Montgomerie himself. Henry's Lyon in the flesh—King David's accursed Sassenach mercenary baron!

Sweet Jesu, it suddenly occurred to her—had he left her a trap with the lamb?

Nay, why would he do such a thing? she reasoned. He had nothing to gain.

Och, because he was a greedy, deceiving Englishman. That was why!

"What business have you upon my land, wench? And what are you doing with that lamb?"

Meghan tried to remain composed, but fidgeted under his scrutiny. Her heart hammering fiercely, she searched about for some means of escape, and her heart lurched as she spied a second man emerging from the thicket. This man was dark-haired and burly, with eyes that assessed her quite rudely. Her panic increased tenfold.

"Well," she said, fumbling for an answer, "I—I was walkin', ye see. . ."

"Walking?" he repeated.

"Aye, walkin'," Meghan lied, blinking. "I—I was taking a blessed walk."

"A blessed walk?"

The other man laughed. "Is that like taking a holy shit?" he asked, and chortled at his own childish humor.

Meghan cast him a withering glance.

"So you were taking a walk?" Montgomerie inquired much too pleasantly, but with an unmistakable note of suspicion in his voice.

"I believe 'tis what I said," she snapped, becoming vexed with his annoying echo of her answers. Nor did she bloody well appreciate his tone any more than she did his companion's humor. He spoke as though he thought her an idiot or a liar, neither of which was acceptable to Meghan.

"Did you really?" he asked, with that same unmistakable air of suspicion.

"Och! Do ye no' ha' eyes tae see wi?" she asked him, losing her temper, jerking up the lead rope the display the evidence. But jerking up the lead rope turned out to be the wrong thing to do. Tangled as it was between her limbs, she tripped herself and promptly fell upon her rear.

"Bluidy rotten rope!" she railed, tossing it down in a fit of fury. "See what ye did!" she hissed at the animal knowing even so wasn't the poor lammie's fault. And still she couldn't quite help herself. Taking comfort in the fact that the poor beast couldn't possibly comprehend what she was spouting in anger, she railed, "Och, but I should ha' left ye there upon the meadow!"

It was all Montgomerie's fault, she assured her self, and glowered up at him, her cheeks burning with chagrin and no small amount of ire.

"So you found the lamb upon the meadow?" Montgomerie persisted, mocking her still with his tone.

"Will ye stop, please!"

"Stop what?" he asked, arching a brow, as though he thought her completely witless. Meghan bristled.

Och, but his gaze unsettled her. Those blue eyes focused upon her too intensely. "Repeating everything I say, ye ill-bred oaf! I'm no bluidy half-wit! Nor am I deaf!"

"Not mute either-more's the pity," his friend answered blithely.

"Nay!" Meghan agreed, her face heating with indignation, "no' mute, either, ye contemptible boor!" That he'd professed no more than her brothers had long since lamented was of little consequence. He was an ill-bred churl to have said such an insulting thing to her!

Montgomerie smiled darkly. "Now that we've established as much . . . tell me, do you make it a habit to walk and talk with animals?" he asked her.

Meghan blinked, a thought suddenly occur ring to her. Sweet Mary, had he overheard her talking to herself? Did he realize who she was? She bit down upon her lip, and fretted. That's what she got for being so like her grandminnie-walking about talking to herself like a bloody loon!

Copyright ) 1997 by Tanya Anne Crosby

Meet the Author

Tanya Anne Crosby has written ten previous historical romances, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists including the New York Times and USA Today. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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Lyon's Gift 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
Please read in order and buy the Highland Brides bundle because the character's flow from one to the other stories. I have read all 4 of this series, and books one and three have been my favorites. I liked this one, but there was more stories in the other books. I liked our h and how she wanted a man to love her for more than her looks. I liked how she loved her friend who wasn't perfect and was a strong feisty women. The lovemaking was full of passion, and not vulgar. Just enough description that you would find enjoyable. Others have described the storyline, so I am not going to repeat it. Just by the bundle and enjoy all their stories. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the author's sense of humor she brings to Meaghan's character. I did not care for Lion and how he tricked her. His redemption was fairly sudden....but as far as male leads go he was my least favorite. Now, Iain from the first book --- he was fantastic and awesome. If o ky he really existed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. I only wish the ending hadn't ended so abruptly. The story and characters were joy to get to know but the ending was almost cut short like the author was tired and just finished it quickly. All in all I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very funny book! Crosby knows how to write stories that transport the reader. I did not love this book as much as the last though. Lyon just did not compare to the dreamy Iain from the last book in the set. Definitely a great romantic read with lots of humorous scenes.
StarReview More than 1 year ago
High School Musical / Dr. Dolittle set in Medieval Scotland. Wow this was a hard one to finish. I found myself dreading what the next page would bring as I read in disbelief dialog / plot that kept getting more and more sophomoric. The first book in the series was not great but was readable, this book would have been better left unwritten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most convoluted, contrived, & ridiculous story I have read in a really long time. I think all the characters were lunatics, not just Meghan & her "minnie Fia." Half way through, I just skipped to the end to get it over with. Oi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this series and this author. Just purchased the third in the series and i rarely pay five bucks for an ebook. I love a book with humor scattered around to relieve the tension. This one is a good book for anyone looking for an easy light read with a few hot scenes for the ones that like that sort of thing.
Midniteiz99 More than 1 year ago
If you love Scotland, Highlanders who are fierce, brave and tender, you will love this book. They protect those they love and live by a moral code. The adventures and antics in this story will have you laughing and crying as well as sighing with the romance. The author's attention to historical detail as well as her very detailed descriptions of the beautiful settings of Scotland which help transport you back in time and into the story. Her characters are very well developed as are her plots. Personally, I love when authors take the time to create separate stories for each of the main, and secondary characters so you are able to find out what happens to them as well. The characters feel like friends and you hate to see the book/series end. Very gifted author! I'd read as well as recommend any books she's written or is connected to. Be sure to check out the entire series if you want to read them in the correct order.
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
The prologue starts out with Meghan and her grandminnie in the forest looking for herbs when she spies a face staring at her from behind a tree. She sneaks over and meets Alison and they plan to become friends and meet secretly to play. Everyone thinks Meghan's grandminnie is a witch and Alison fears her family won't let her play openly with Meghan. Piers de Montgomerie is base born from a King and a whore. He was very inquisitive growing up and was able to study with the Archbishop of Canterbury. He had a thirst for knowledge. They call him Lyon because of his prowess on a battlefield. Because of his skill at arms, he has received a parcel in the highlands for reward. He's finding his sheep dwindling. Although he is getting irritated he admires the Scots in the way they did battle and in the way they defended their clan to the death. He admires their loyalty. Meghan's parent's died when she was just a child and her grandminnie, Fia, raised her until her death when Meghan was 16. Everyone thought Fia mad and they thought Meghan mad too. She would rather be around her animals for company than to be around people. She never understands why men are muddle brained around her or why women dislike her without knowing her, but she was stunning. So beautiful. Lyon comes upon Meghan in the forest as she's walking a lamb and conversing with it. When she realizes that he's there and is going to take her, she tries to make them believe the stories that she's mad. She attempts to have them believe the lamb is her grandminnie, Fia. This chapter had me heehawing with laughter. Baldwin, Piers' friend, is hilarious with the banter and what Lyon has him do trying to appease Meghan. Meghan speaks her mind and Lyon loves that about her. Meghan's brothers come to take her home and Piers denies them and makes a deal that if after a set time, she wants to go home, he will let her. They are beside themselves with anger. She is so attracted to him but will deny it to the end. She thinks he only wants her for her looks. He has wanted her from the moment he set eyes on her. She makes him feel alive and nothing has brought that out in him for years. He knows it goes deeper than the surface. Lyon's soul feels lost.... empty.... and only Meghan can bring it peace. He needs her desperately, just as desperately as she needs him. Much laughter, a lot of soul searching, misunderstandings, heart break, and a love so deep and strong nothing will stand in it's way. All those things describe this story.
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read2011 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in a series and pretty good. This author does a great job with writing interesting stories. Book 2 as always is not as great as book one Mackinninons bride, but is worth reading. I believe the next book in this series of highland brides is On bended knee. I plan to read them all .