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On Bended Knee
     

On Bended Knee

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by Tanya Anne Crosby
 

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In her dreams, a hearth and a husband...

With hair shiny black as a moonless night and luscious green eyes as luminescent as a cat's, Seana has been whispered to be a child of the brownies. But not even a little spritely magic can help her claim what she really wanted-a home and a marriage to a particular handsome clansman who is blind to

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In her dreams, a hearth and a husband...

With hair shiny black as a moonless night and luscious green eyes as luminescent as a cat's, Seana has been whispered to be a child of the brownies. But not even a little spritely magic can help her claim what she really wanted-a home and a marriage to a particular handsome clansman who is blind to her wiles. To win his attentions, she will have to strike a bargain with another man: a wickedly handsome rake. Yet, even knowing better than to trust this irrepressible charmer, she finds she is quickly falling under his spell.

In her heart, a rake and a rogue...

Colin Mac Brodie has the tawny good looks and potent magnetism that leave women weak with anticipation. So when a mischievous beauty asks for his help to woo hiss best friend, Colin is intrigued. And though it is in his blood to dally with many, once Colin feels the pulse of true love he cannot bear to let another man have Seana. Now he is determines to kneel before this budding temptress who neither cares for nor trusts him—and convince her to be his. ..from this day forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380785735
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x 0.00(d)

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Chapter One

Colin Mac Brodie was the biggest rogue in all of Scotia.

He was also the key to Seana's greatest desire; Broc Ceannfhionn.

Since they'd been wee ones together, Seana had loved Broc, had dreamed of someday being his wife. She wanted to take care of him, as he had done for her so oft as a child.

She would never forget the day she'd first spoken to him, the same day Colin Mac Brodie had broken her heart.

But Seana wouldn't fool herself.

Broc had merely felt sorry for her that day. She knew that. How could he not have? She'd been a lame child, scarce able to walk. But, since then, the years had been kind to her. With much determination, and the help of her da, she'd strengthened her leg and now the limp was scarcely noticeable in her stride. She'd had nothing to offer Broc before now, and had begun to fear the day might never come. But now she was strong and able and ready to be the wife she knew he needed and deserved.

He was a kind and good man, and Seana thought she might be able to make him a good home.

She only needed a bit of help to convince him.

Why was she such a bloody coward?

Colin couldn't hurt her anymore.

Well...She peered at him out of the corner of her eyes, her gaze acknowledging the strong lean lines of his body. He could hurt her, but not even Colin Mac Brodie was so cruel a man to hit a woman.

Still she was a coward.

"Milksop," she muttered to herself, "worse than a bloody Sassenach!" And she frowned in wholehearted disapproval at the feet that stood planted so firmly upon her mother soil.

She had come to this wedding not to celebrate, for whilethese were not her enemies, neither were they her friends. Nay, she came to speak with Colin Mac Brodie. It galled her that she should need his help, but she was not so proud that she was willing to lose the man she wanted for the sake of her pride. Everyone was getting married, it seemed—the MacKinnon, Meghan, and soon enough Alison MacLean. It was only a matter of time before Broc should wed, as well.

Now was the time to act.

So what was she waiting for?

Seana frowned as she contemplated the answer.

Her gaze wandered to the happy bride and lingered wistfully upon her. Meghan had been the envy of every woman in Scotia, with her beautiful dark hair and her perfect face. If aught at all, the Brodie women had been cursed with loveliness, Seana thought, not madness as had been the rumor. Och, but there was nothing in Meghan's eyes that betrayed madness at all, and Seana truly believed the eyes were windows to the soul.

As kind as the years had been to Seana, they'd been even more so to Meghan Brodie. Though it was difficult not to envy Meghan, for she was everything Seana was not, somehow Seana could not. While Colin's sister was beautiful, she'd lived as lonely a life as Seana had, except that Meghan had had the love of her grandmother and the friendship of MacLean's youngest daughter. Seana had had her da, of a certain, but her da had never been her strength. Rather, Seana had been his.

Speaking of which...She turned her face up to the sky to gauge the hour. It was growing late and her da was like to be hungry by now.

If she didn't bring home some nourishment for him, he would not eat, she knew.

For most, the gaiety was only just beginning, but if Seana didn't make her way home soon, her da would be asleep for the night and without supper. Nor did she relish the thought of making her way through the woodlands when night had deepened the shadows of the forest to black. She was not afeared, of course, but practically, it was simply too dark to keep to the path.

Meghan's celebration had been a grand one. Her brothers had denied her naught, despite that it had come about so suddenly. The festivity had begun early in the day and would continue until the wee hours of the morn, she knew, until the men were drunk enough to kiss the ground and their women were forced to drag them home by their feet. She would have loved to have brought her da, but her da would no longer leave their home, so Seana was forced to come alone, and to bring him home her tales.

Och, but she was a coward!

Belonging to neither the MacKinnon nor the Brodie clan, and having lived practically alone most of her life, Seana had few friends, fewer yet who were so close to Broc as Colin. In fact, she doubted anybody knew Broc better than Colin did—though Colin was certainly his own best friend, and none other's. Still who better to teach her how to win the man she loved than the man who knew him best?

And neither did anyone know better what attracted a man to a woman than did Colin Brodie—rotter that he was!

There was no way around it...she needed help, and Colin was the only one she thought could provide it. She'd tried all her wiles with Broc; nothing seemed to work. Broc remained blissfully unaware of her interest, if not of her presence. He was such a sweet clod of a man, Broc was, and the thought of him, as always, brought a gentle smile to her lips.

She shook her head in disgust as she considered her options...short of asking him outright to wed with her, she had tried all else she knew to do.

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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On Bended Knee 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
Buy the bundle which this is book 3 of 4. So far, Book 1 has been my favorite, then this one (book 3), and book 2 next. I have to read book 4 yet. I loved how this story starts out, with Seana as a 11 year old, and how boys bullied her and how this has effected her into adult hood. I won't go into the premise of the story, as others have done it, but this is a romance that builds slowly. Has lovemaking after marriage, which isn't vulgar, nor very descriptive, but warm and endearing. Many little stories within this novel, and as others have stated, so some of our favorites make an appearance in this story. You'll start out not caring for Colin, but he does have a change of conscience and becomes a man deserving of our h. Please read these stories in order, as it will be more fulfilling. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost did not buy this because of the two reviews below, and i am so glad i did. It is a good love story, and this time the author did a great job of character development. I also did not find repetition like the one review said. This book in the series is better by far then the second book. I still think the first book was the best, but this is a close second. I shall now read the fourth and final book.
read2011 More than 1 year ago
good Not as great as the first book, Mackinnions Bride but not too bad , book three of a series. Worth reading if you are reading the series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book has a good story line but little romance. There are about 237 pages times 3. The male is strong and the female is strong-will. She is more stubborn than I like but mostly honest which I do like. There was some kissing a few times and intimacy at the end. I won't say more so as not to spoil the story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book as I have looked all of Crosby before. Crosby is able to capture every characters unique personality with ease. Very romantic highly recommend! Loved Colin Mcdreamy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never go wrong with any of Tanyas stories! This one was no exception. The only part i hated was the way they killed poor Merry! Why did the dog have to die? Ifelt bad for Broc.
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MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
Colin Mac Brodie broke Seana's heart when they were but children. He shunned her because of her weak leg and threw a rock at her. Colin, because of issues he had with his father, finds himself very uncomfortable around anyone that's anything less than perfection. Years later, she approaches Colin to ask for his aid in helping her woo Broc, Colin's best friend. He doesn't recognize her at all. He just knows this woman he is so attracted to, doesn't seem to want to give him the time of day outside of the help she needs. He's finding himself struggling between wanting her for himself and wanting to do what's right for her. All his life he's been selfish and through her strength, courage, and love he's finding himself wanting to give unconditionally. There is another story going on involving Broc's cousin, Cameron, and Cameron's little sister, Constance. My heart was breaking by chapter 12. There is a kidnapping, deceit, two losses that tore at my heart, touches of magic that I believe truly exist in Scotland, laughter, and hearts that open to love. I enjoyed the fact that characters I came to love from the previous books in this series play major rolls in this story. Tanya weaves tales that will leave your heart full and a smile upon your face.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Crosby delivers! I absolutely loved this book. I wont tell anyone anything because it's worth reading, over and over again. This story will personally touch everyone on all levels, and I know that I have had my share of tears wrought from this novel. The story was very well told, a clean and straight-forward love story without much drama and conflicting characters. This one is a great reading.
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riverstone16 More than 1 year ago
A 12 page story stretched into @168 pages or so, by adding page after page of frustrating fluff to slog through.