Riding the Thunder

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A Storm's Coming...

It was all part of the plan. While his brother was in Scotland dethroning the Lady of Falgannon, Jago Mershan was headed to Kentucky. There he would do his share in avenging his father on the Montgomeries. Only, there was a monkey wrench in the works

Just looking at his alleged enemy's granddaughter made Jago think of his classic black '67 Harley Electra Glide, a motorcycle with clean lines and sleek curves that promised the...

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Overview

A Storm's Coming...

It was all part of the plan. While his brother was in Scotland dethroning the Lady of Falgannon, Jago Mershan was headed to Kentucky. There he would do his share in avenging his father on the Montgomeries. Only, there was a monkey wrench in the works

Just looking at his alleged enemy's granddaughter made Jago think of his classic black '67 Harley Electra Glide, a motorcycle with clean lines and sleek curves that promised the ride of a man's life. Asha was all woman—and the only woman for him. He'd bet she could go from zero to one hundred in the blink of an eye...and not even her claims of paranormal happenings in the diner she ran could put him off. He knew magic: He had a special name for the sights, the sounds, the tastes and smells of that perfect ride. There might be a storm coming, but it was one of passion, and together he and Asha would be...

RIDING THE THUNDER

Second in the Seven Sisters of Colford Hall series sequel to The Invasion of Falgannon Isle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477831281
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah MacGillivray is published by Dorchester, Kensington, and Highland Press. Her debut novel, A Restless Knight (Kensington, July 2005) was the first of the Dragons of Challon series, currently in its third printing. Its sequel, In Her Bed, is already in a second print run. Both were Reviewer's Choice Award Winners. The Invasion of Falgannon Isle was her first book with Dorchester. She has numerous short stories and novellas with Highland Press. She earned a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in 2008, The Beacon Award of Excellence 2008, 2 Reviewer's Choice Awards 2006 and 2007, a P.E.A.R.L. Award 2007, 2 RIO Award of Excellence, a Lorie Award, The Laurie Award, NOR Award of Excellence and 2 LASR Awards. Deborah is also a reviewer for Paranormal Romance Reviews, The Best Reviews, Sensual Romance Reviews and Rambles.com. She served as RIO Reviewers International Organization’s Award of Excellence Chair and assistant editor from 2003-2005, was Vice President of Hearts through History from 2004-2005, an online RWA Chapter, and was Web Chair and editor at The Bard Scroll. Deborah is a member of RWA and History Fiction Writers of Britain. She is currently residing in Kentucky but spends much of her time in England.

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Riding the Thunder


By Deborah MacGillivray

Dorchester Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Deborah MacGillivray
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-505-52692-2


Chapter One

Present Day Kentucky

Lifting the icy-cold bottle of Coors to his mouth, Jago Mershan froze in midmotion, then groaned as if he'd received a stiff blow to his solar plexus. His whole body tensed as everything about him receded to gray. Nothing could've prepared him for the impact of Asha Montgomerie on his senses.

Jago's eyes tracked the woman who'd slid out of the black Jaguar and strode across the parking lot, the image of warm honey suddenly foremost in his mind. Only, his sweet tooth wasn't throbbing. His pain centered lower-much lower. The jukebox switched to Bob Seger's pulsing "Come to Papa," causing the right side of his mouth to twitch into a hungry predator's smile. Low laughter rumbled in his chest as his eyes never left Asha.

He whispered, "Yeah, come to papa."

She was tall, around five-seven, the height increased a shade by the heels of her brown leather Wellies. Her black jeans fit snugger than his English racing gloves and lovingly displayed the long, sleek limbs that could wrap around him-ah, a man-and never let go. Being a lowly male, he thoroughly appreciated how those firm breasts filled a 34D to perfection, no Miracle Bra needed, no Pamela Lee implants. Bodies like hers were athrowback to the heyday of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Placing her hand on the porch rail, Asha followed the spiral up the creek-stone stairs, her body undulating in a quiet, feline grace. Those superb breasts swayed perceptibly with each step, the black scoop-necked sweater revealing tempting cleavage.

As she moved alongside the row of plate glass windows, Jago was treated to her profile, the derrière promising a male could enjoy watching her walk away nearly as much as seeing her coming toward him. Well, almost. Observing those mobile curves approach, a man would tingle with the anticipation of getting his hands on that firm flesh.

Sunlight caught and was refracted through the full glass door as Asha opened it, blinding him for an instant. Then she rematerialized, born from the brilliant shafts. The setting sun's aura followed her with an arcane sentience, greedily clinging to her to form a red-gold halo about her, a breath-stealing shard of time that burned deep into his soul. When he was old and gray, he'd recall this instant as if yesterday and remember its power, how it moved him.

Not a classic beauty, Asha's face was arresting, feline. Her jawline hinted at the Montgomerie stubbornness, though the faint cleft in her chin softened the effect. Jago's body bucked as he imagined running the side of his thumb over that shadowy dip, seeing those cat eyes watching him, spellbound by his action. A flicker of arrogance flashed in those amber eyes, but the haughtiness was understated, carried off with a regal self-assurance few women ever truly achieved.

Asha glanced about the room in a disinterested fashion, her hair rippling like silk down her finely arched spine. Golden brown: Jago deemed that label pathetically inadequate. Asha's locks shimmered with a thousand golds, fiery to pale auburns and vibrant browns. That mane provoked an appetite to see it spread across a pillow as he drove himself into her slick, welcoming body, to feel it draped and cool over his burning skin. A hunger that would force a throwback like him to howl.

A wicked smile tugged at the corner of his mouth when the jukebox changed tunes and the singer began ah-ooing about "The Werewolf of London." Given a British passport was in the glove box of his leased Jeep Cherokee, and the fact Asha provoked him to consider howling, he chalked one up for odd quirks of fate and timing.

It was fascinating to observe the emotional shifts on male faces as they watched Asha pass. Clearly, they wanted her. Oh, did they want her! Nonetheless, Jago doubted any would approach her. She stared men in the eye, dismissing them with a bat of her long lashes with a poise that would send all but the most voracious meat eaters running. They would look her up and down and lick their chops, but the power, the regnancy radiating from her would humble all. Most would feel guilty for even daring to look, to wish, knowing they were unworthy. Only sheer morons with nothing to lose would take the risk.

Or a man as assured of himself as Jago.

Asha's aloof scan of the dining room finally reached him. Her tawny-brown eyes widened as their stares collided. The witchy force of those cat eyes rocked him, stole his breath. Lightning sizzled along his nerves as the odd moment in time lengthened. All else faded. Never had he felt so connected to anyone.

Then, with a sweep of her lashes, she pretended not to notice him.

"Nice try, Asha," he said under his breath, then took a long draw of his beer to kill his parched throat. Jago Luxovius Fitzgerald Mershan, you're one lucky sonofabitch-or cursed, he mused.

Asha spoke to the hostess, her words lost to restaurant chatter. Evidently, she requested the blinds be dropped, for the woman did just that, plunging the diner into shadow. Asha went ahead and seated herself in a booth about halfway back, on the side opposite of the long row of windows.

Jago's position on the stool at the counter was dead center on the aisle, affording him a splendid show. Oh yeah, this Scottish miss had one sweet ass! The way she moved sent his blood into a low, rocking thrum, similar to a Harley-Davidson jump-starting in his chest. Yep, that's what Asha reminded him of-his classic '67 Harley Electra Glide in black-all sleek curves and lines, created so a man craved to climb on for the ride of his life. He contemplated if Asha made love Harley-style: zero to a hundred mph in the blink of an eye.

It would be riding thunder.

He nearly laughed aloud, realizing if he told her that-in all sincerity meaning it as the ultimate compliment-she'd probably deck him. Only a man would think comparing a woman to a Harley-not just any bike, mind you, but a Harley-was the highest praise. He recalled that old Robert Palmer song "Bang a Gong," and the stanza about a woman being built like a truck. Females just didn't get what Palmer wailed about. Men did. It was one of those Men are From Mars kind of stalemates. Few things born of man could bring Jago to his knees faster than a vintage Harley or the perfect woman.

And Asha Montgomerie, without a doubt, was the perfect woman. A man's hottest fantasy come to life. His fantasy for far too long. Over the years he had studied dozens of photos of her. Then back in May at her grandfather's funeral in England, he'd seen her from a distance. Brief glimpses that little prepared him for the up close effect this woman had on his system. It took all his control not to get to his feet, go to her, put a hand behind her neck and devour that small, pouty mouth.

Jago wanted her as he'd never wanted a woman before. Without hesitation he'd take her, possess her, brand her and never look back. Damning all consequences. Because like her, he too was a throwback. Too bad he was here to tear her safe, secure world apart. Before the dust settled, she'd likely hate his guts, despise him just as powerfully as he craved her.

Jago prayed he didn't destroy them both before it was done.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    another dazzling Mershan-Montgomerie Romance!

    this is the sequel to The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. The first book was B.A. Montgomerie and Des Mershan. Des is the oldest brother who is bent on destroying the Montgomeries because he holds them responsible for his father's suicide. In a three pronged plan, Des went to Falgannon Isle, while his younger brothers Tevelyn and Jago went after other Montgomerie properties. Trev headed to England to go after Colford Hall, the families ancestral home, while Jago arrives in Kentucky to claim the horse farm once fraudulently used in the bad money deal that caused their father to take his life. Jago is not has hard as Des. He's a few years younger. All the horrors Des lived through was softened in the Jago. Des was there working hard to see his brothers came through life with everything he didn't have. Jago recognizes just how much he owes Des. However, one look at Asha Montgomerie, B.A's younger sister, has Jago falling hard. He quickly loves the people that Asha collects as 'her family' in Kentucky. Only as he falls in love with her and the strange little world she has built, at the back of his mind he knows Desmond's plans could destroy it all. In 'Falgannon' the author offered up a quirky tale of all things Scottish. That flavor is repeated. Add in another weird kitty, ghosts, a crazy jukebox and a cast of wonderful secondary characters, Riding the Thunder is another heart stealer. I cannot wait for Trev and Raven's story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

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    Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Winner

    this is the sequel to The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. The first book was B.A. Montgomerie and Des Mershan. Des is the oldest brother who is bent on destroying the Montgomeries because he holds them responsible for his father's suicide. In a three pronged plan, Des went to Falgannon Isle, while his younger brothers Tevelyn and Jago went after other Montgomerie properties. Trev headed to England to go after Colford Hall, the families ancestral home, while Jago arrives in Kentucky to claim the horse farm once fraudulently used in the bad money deal that caused their father to take his life. <BR/><BR/>Jago is not has hard as Des. He's a few years younger. All the horrors Des lived through was softened in the Jago. Des was there working hard to see his brothers came through life with everything he didn't have. Jago recognizes just how much he owes Des. However, one look at Asha Montgomerie, B.A's younger sister, has Jago falling hard. He quickly loves the people that Asha collects as "her family" in Kentucky. Only as he falls in love with her and the strange little world she has built, at the back of his mind he knows Desmond's plans could destroy it all. <BR/><BR/>In "Falgannon" the author offered up a quirky tale of all things Scottish. That flavor is repeated. Add in another weird kitty, ghosts, a crazy jukebox and a cast of wonderful secondary characters, Riding the Thunder is another heart stealer. <BR/><BR/>I cannot wait for Trev and Raven's story. <BR/><BR/>Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Winner for Best Long Contemporary Romance 2007

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Purrrfect!

    Jago Fitzgerald Mershan was on a mission to invade the Montgomerie empire along with his two brothers Trev, and Des. His task was to go to Kentucky and convince a horse park and hotel to sell to Trident Ventures and then the Mershan corporation would buy the Trident stocks. It was not a difficult thing to understand, but it was done with a purpose¿revenge. Revenge on Sean Montgomerie for defaulting on a loan payment purposely, resulting in the suicide of the Mershan brothers¿ father. Desmond the eldest of the three vowed to run the Montgomeries into the ground, hit them where it hurts, starting with Sean¿s Granddaughters. The moment Asha Montgomerie walked into the diner, Jago knew this woman would be the thing to quench his restlessness. He craved something, it did not take long to figure out the answer was her. He should have been upfront with her from the start, but he wanted so much to accomplish his task. The woman was everything he could ever hope for and so much more. But being torn between his love and loyalty to his brother, he could possibly lose the love of a lifetime. Asha had learned the hard way not to trust pretty men, but his entrancing green-eyed gaze was something special. They had a connection, once described as Auld Souls. He wanted her land and her body, she wanted him to give up on purchasing The Windmill and the horse farm. But what she wanted most was for him to whisper those three words hanging on the tip of her tongue. The Windmill was a place for lost souls, even a couple which were not amongst the living. The old 60¿s Wurlitzer jukebox had a mind of its own, and Asha was about to find out the reason. With glimpses of another girl¿s life with her love by her side, Asha didn¿t know what to make of the visions. She chocked it up to her fey intuition, but it was much more than that. It was a constant sign, and the Wurlitzer would be there coming to life and playing songs on its own accord. You see, The Windmill was haunted. Jago did not come to Kentucky to find love in the eyes of an Irish lass, but thank fate for sending him to Nowheresville! Love is not something to be tampered with, and when Asha finds out the truth she may change her mind about Jago completely. She also has to worry about Monty Faulkner skulking around, plotting revenge against her hopefully history does not repeat itself. Deborah MacGillivray¿s romance novel, Riding The Thunder is the second book in the Dorchester of the Sisters of Colford Hall series. Riding the Thunder is strong enough to be a stand alone book, but honestly you should read The Invasion of Falgannon Isle, it ties everything together. I could sit and read Deborah MacGillivray¿s writings all day, they¿re filled with love, romance, and such passion one could only hope to find in their lifetime. Ms. MacGillivray is one of my very favorite authors, she compiles humor into the stories and makes them such a refreshing read. Also, notice the cats in the books, how they just appear! The only fault I have is the silly jukebox song ¿Surfin¿ Bird¿ is constantly replaying in my mind, no thanks to the old Wurlitzer!! 5 Hearts

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    In the magical, engrossing read, The Invasion of Falgannon Isle, my every emotion was engaged, from laughter to tears from beginning to end, as I followed the adventures and misadventures of wonderful characters I will never forget. I savored every delicious word of this one. Only how could an author top this? Macgillivray has done it with Riding the Thunder! In a very smart move, the author switched the locales, setting this Mershan-Montgomerie battle in Kentucky. There are mirrored themes: the Mershan brother out for vengeance the quirky set of supporting characters the sassy lady who refashions her corner of the world where people and happiness come ahead of big bucks. But switching the book to the Kentucky locale, permitted her to once again deliver a very fresh and original sequel, not a carbon copy of the first. Jago Mershan has come to Kentucky to claim the horse farm and small business that operates under the umbrella name The Windmill. While the horse farm is owned by Asha Montgomerie's family, she alone now owns the restaurant, drive-in, swim club and motel. Jago is unprepared for Asha. She comes from a very wealthy family, yet eschews those pretensions for her quiet everyday life running her businesses. She surrounds herself with the oddball people that are so charming, so real, they leap off the pages. And of course, there is the cat that seems to know more about romance and life than the people he adopts. From there, the story runs in parallel, Jago and Asha's love is woven with a haunting romance of doomed lovers from the past. I laughed. I cried. As with her previous books, I just didn't want the story to end. There is a thread of Liam and Netta's romance, left unresolved, so we hope to visit The Windmill again soon. It's a fresh, imaginative, emotional, sexy story that has you laughing out loud or shedding a tear over the lost love of Tommy and Laura. I highly recommend this excellent read by Deborah MacGillivray, and I can't wait for her next installment, and all those to follow! Having read this book right after reading her current historical romance In Her Bed, it only leaves me more impressed with the range of her talent.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

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    Jago Mershan is a man on a mission. His target - one Asha Montgomerie, the granddaughter of his family's sworn enemy. Jago, along with his siblings are each doing their part in avenging their father's death. There's only one little problem with this plan, from the moment he meets Asha, he can't help but think about a sleek classic Harley and wonder if she makes love Harley-style and how much he'd love to take a ride. Asha doesn't know anything about the Mershan's vendetta against her family. She does know that she loves her little community and he's a representative from Trident Ventures, a big dollar corporation who has been making offers for both the horse farm and The Windmill, Asha's diner. Asha has a special fondness for the slow paced small community and has no intention of selling out. Though she does have to admit to an attraction to Jago that has her longing to take him for a spin. It's obvious that Asha isn't happy with Jago's presence in her life. For one thing he's befriending everyone he meets and the crazy jukebox in her diner insists on playing songs that seem to have a special meaning and apply to whatever circumstances are going on at any given time. He insists that he doesn't intend to settle down in any one place but then he contradicts himself by acquiring classic vehicles and caring for the cat who adopted him. The town itself is like a time capsule. Everything seems to have slowed or come to a complete stop and the citizens of The Windmill like it that way. Asha and Jago get to know each other and discover a mutual passion which is only overshadowed by Jago's knowledge of his reason for being in her life in the first place and Asha's bizarre blackouts. In those episodes, she revisits the `60's and the lives of Laura and Tommy, two young lovers whose lives were cut tragically short. What does Tommy and Laura's love story have to do with Jago and Asha? Will Jago be able to continue to aid his brothers in the quest to enact revenge? And how will Asha react when she discovers who Jago truly is and why he's so interested in her? You're just going to have to pick up a copy of this charmingly thrilling story to find out. Deborah MacGillivray won me over with the first book in this fun-filled series, THE INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLE so that I couldn't wait for the next book to be released. I'm so happy to tell you the wait is well worth it! Take a throwback town, a jukebox with a mind of it's own, a community full of unforgettable characters, a fat cat with no name, a tragic love story intermingled with a present day story and you have the makings for a book that you won't want to put down. I fell in love with the characters in this story and wanted a happy ending for each of them. Ms. MacGillivray's storylines do more than give you an escape from reality, they allow you to dream of a world where happily-ever-afters are possible and love conquers all. Beautifully done! Be sure to keep an eye out for the third book in the SISTERS Of COLFORD HALL series - A WOLF IN WOLF'S CLOTHING. This one will have Trevelyn Mershan and Raven Montgomerie's story. Trust me, after the little bit I read about them in this book, you aren't going to want to miss their story

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    Second in the Sisters of Colford Hall series, this book is as good as the first, The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. Jago Mersham arrives in Kentucky at The Windmill, his purpose to destroy Asha Montgomerie¿s world in order to avenge his father¿s death. Instead, he is knocked for a loop when he sees Asha, which is good because she is just as unsettled when they make eye contact. She fights the attraction he embraces it until he welcomes his love for her. Unfortunately, he is still bound to destroy her world. Asha finally succumbs to her love for Jago, opening her entire being to this man, never doubting it is the right thing to do. To add to the tension, there is a psycho in town and you don¿t know when he is going to make his move. The story is involved, the emotional stakes high. You believe these people could be destroyed beyond repair by the betrayal/abandonment of the other. How the author handles this made reading the book such a pleasure. Then there are the two ghosts who play a part in the story, Clint the cat, the Wurlitzer that selects the music it wants played, usually hits from the sixties, as well as other odd souls who find a home at Asha¿s diner, The Windmill. The songs mentioned in the book are ones I recognized, most of them from the sixties, and I could hear them in my mind, see couples dancing to the music. The song that best fit the story wasn¿t what you¿d think, something from the past, but Mike Duncan¿s, Lost for Words as if written for this story. I guess what makes this a winner is that the characters are likeable, story plausible and interesting, dialog witty, and the love and romance heartwarming. A keeper and one I highly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    MacGillivray Delivers Another Satisfying Romance

    RIDING THE THUNDER¿Asha and Jago¿s story is a wonderful sequel to The Invasion of Falgonnon Isle. It can easily stand alone, but, as the second in the Sisters of Colford Hall series, I especially enjoyed reading it after Falgonnon Isle. Revenge is a family affair for the Mershams. The Mershams¿ father committed suicide after being swindled by the Montgomerie girls¿ grandfather. Now the Mershams are out to take what they feel is their due. While Desmond Mersham is on Falgannon Isle exacting vengeance on B.A. Montgomerie, brother Jago heads to Kentucky to avenge their father on B.A.¿s sister Asha. One look at Asha has Jago regretting his pledge. There¿s more than one level of revenge at work in this book and more than one romance as well. Asha and Jago¿s love affair in the present entwines with Laura Valmont and Tommy Grant¿s in the past. In 1964, young lovers Laura and Tommy are forced from the road in a fatal car accident. Now, their ghosts reside at the Windmill¿Asha¿s restaurant. They sit in their booth and dance as their songs play on the juke box, but their murderer walks free. However, when sinister actions threaten Asha, they don¿t sit idly by. Deborah MacGillivray intertwines the two stories, having Asha relive Laura¿s memories. While Jago resolves his problems with the promised vengeance, otherworldly issues are also coming to a head. The reader joyfully anticipates what is going to happen and, in perfect romantic tradition, MacGillivray delivers. I enjoyed Asha and Jago¿s story and look forward to the next installment in the Sisters of Colford Hall series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Once Again a 5 Star Book!!!!!

    'Riding the Thunder' by Deborah MacGillivray Current mood: happy Category: Writing and Poetry 'Riding the Thunder' by Deborah MacGillivray 'Riding the Thunder' is the 2nd installment of the Sisters of Colford Hall Series. (The first being 'Invasion of Falgannon Isle') Jago Mershan and his brothers are dead set on distroying the dynasty left behind when Sean Montgomerie, the man responsible for he death of their father, passed away. While his brother, Des, was at Falgannon working on taking over the island and it's lady, B.A. Montgomerie, Jago was in Kentucky working on Asha, B.A.'s sister. Ever since Jago laid eyes on Asha at her grandfather's funeral, he was obsessed with not only possessing the Montgomery fortune, but Asha as well. Ok, so obsessed is a mild word. As a man who when he saw something he liked, he just bought it...cars...motercycles...etc...etc...he was dead set on claiming Asha as his own. Only he found Asha could not be bought. This book also contains another story of mystery...one of the haunting of a small town in Kentucky where Asha lives that includes a Wurlitzer 2700 jukebox that has a mind of it's own. And there are the ghosts of Tommy and Laura who frequent Asha's resturant, The Windmill, who died back in 1964. Oh, yes, just as in '...Falgannon Isle', we get the chance to fall in love with another adorable feline who remains nameless until the end of the book! I love it when authors bring animals into the storyline! Pets are such a big part of our lives that they should be allowed in our stories from time to time. I loved 'The Invasion of Falgannon Isle' so much that I couldn't wait for the next in the series. When 'Riding the Thunder' was released, it took a bit for me to read it. Not because I didn't want to, but because I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to '...Falgannon Isle.' Oh, boy was I wrong! I loved this book!!! There is an abundance of heat and passion between Jago and Asha! Ms. MacGillivray has such a talent for creating characters that draw you in and make you care about their lives! Her heroes and heroines are intelligent, strong, and sexy! Jago and Asha are no exception! Deborah paints such a lovely picture of small town Kentucky that I could just envision it! Wait...let me look out my window! Oh, there it is!!!! LOL I would recommend reading 'The Invasion of Falgannon Isle' first. That way, when you are reading 'Riding the Thunder,' you already have some knowledge of who some of the other characters are. I now can't wait until the next book in this series is released!!!!! I'm giving this book 5 stars for another amazing tale of love, intrigue, and of course, ghosts! LOL Hugs and kisses and happy reading! Annie Marshall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    A must read.

    Since so many of the reviews already have a brief summary of the story, I¿ve decided to stick with my honest opinion of the book instead of telling what it¿s about. First off, I must say that I generally don¿t read contemporary romances. But, after reading two other novels by MacGillivray (In Her Bed & A Restless Knight) and loving them, I decided to give Riding the Thunder a try. I was pleasantly rewarded for my deviation from my usual genre of romance. I absolutely loved this story. From the beginning, I was pulled in and continued to be engaged through the whole novel. I loved how the poignant story of a first love from the past was intertwined within the building love story of Jago and Asha. Being a huge fan of paranormal romance, I really liked the way MacGillivray wove the paranormal aspect into the story. The wonderfully quirky characters gave the story an added flavor and uniqueness, including the jukebox that had a mind of its own. The self-appointed pet, the cat what¿s-his-name, cracked me up. Even the character¿s names were unique and very fitting. The two main characters, Asha and Jago, I liked immediately. I¿m increasingly getting tired of over the top kick arse heroines, so I was thrilled to read about a strong yet feminine heroine who didn¿t feel the need to constantly prove herself or kick everyone¿s arse on a daily basis. And Jago¿sigh¿what a sexy hero in a James Deanish kind of way. I suppose if you can¿t have a Scot wearing a kilt, the next best thing would be a Scot riding a Harley. Hubba hubba. Kudos Ms. MacGillivray on another fabulous story. For those of you wanting to be swept away and to escape into a beautiful story, I highly recommend giving Riding the Thunder a try. Riding the Thunder is the second book in the Sisters of Colford Hall series. Now, I¿m off to find The Invasion of Falgannon Isle, the first in the series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    After his brother¿s successful INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLE, Jago Merschon heads to Kentucky to perform his part of avenging their father. His Montgomerie target is Asha Montgomerie, who owns a Kentucky motel. This makes it easy for Jago to go incognito as a developer temporarily renting one of her rooms.------------- Asha is attracted to the outsider, but also fears him although she is not sure why. When she tells him about the ghosts that haunt her place, he scoffs at her. However, Jago is not ridiculing her when a local intimidating thug decides Asha will be his girl whether she wants to or not instead he turns jealous and protective while the paranormal bully him to keep their hostess safe.------------ Deborah MacGillivray is two for two with her Mershan brothers¿ avenger romances. RIDING THE THUNDER is a delightful fast-paced paranormal romantic suspense that hooks the audience once Jago arrives undercover in Kentucky. A second tale of love between the ghostly couple Tommy and Laura augments a fine contemporary with early 1960s nostalgia starting with Ray Peterson¿s ¿Tell Laura I Love Her¿ and proving over four decades later that their love will never die. However, this M&M thriller belongs to the feuding Montgomerie-Merschon couple falling in love.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

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    I simply loved The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. B.A. and Desmond just were heart stealers, causing me to re-read the book, something I don't often do anymore. So I wasn't sure how Riding the Thunder would measure up. Wow! Jago and Asha was as magical a romance. Again, the strong sexy relationship grows from a Mershan male out for vengeance and a Montgomerie sister who knows what's important in life. The same feel as the first book, but very much a stand alone story, though by reading both you get the best enjoyment. MacGillivray people's it with very special, offbeat characters that are a delight. I loved Delbert and Oo-it, and the cat. I am left waiting for Trev and Raven's story, and Liam's and Netta's! They cannot come soon enough for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Masterfully Written Sequel!

    If you are one of the many readers who enjoyed The Invasion of Falgannon Isle, you will be blown over and entertained to the maximum with DeborahAnne MacGillivray's sequel 'Riding The Thunder.' This is a writer that just keeps getting better with each book release. Her unique talent, knowledge base, writing prose, story and character development are truly amazing. This is definitely one of those stories that readers will not be able to put down and will probably read in a day, unable to pull themselves away from the sensual mystique of the story and its characters. Only Ms. MacGillivray can write a contemporary Scottish romance and construct it in such a way that it has the feel of a Medieval Historical and a Paranormal with a mix of suspense added to the story. If you are a cat lover, you will smile and laugh as she has the superb capability of inserting a feline character that actually fits into the storyline, adding an additional dimension to the Falgannon Isle series, as well as the other stories she writes. Taking place in parallel with the first book, while the eldest and leader of the Mershan family, Desmond, is boiling over with vengeance and is conquering the Falgannon Isle's leader and granddaughter, B.A. (BarbaraAnne Montgomerie), he sends his brother Jago to the State of Kentucky to zero in on B.A.'s sister Asha. In a very creative contemporary paranormal twist, there are numerous other strange happenings while the planned vengeance and takeover of Montgomerie Enterprises is taking place and the handsome Mershan men on different continents are sensually drawn to the beautiful, strong, intelligent and willful Montgomerie women. Similar to her sister B.A., Asha is responsible for her business and the livelihood of several unique secondary characters that are just as interesting and fun as the 213 Single Scotsmen B.A. is responsible for on Falgannon Isle. Asha is the owner of a unique 1960's period Diner and cottage rental that carry a mystique regarding the tragic death of two lovers back in the 1960's. The old jukebox at the Diner continues to randomly keep playing the tragic favorite love song of Jenny and Tommy. Very similar to the people of Falgannon Isle with their strange quirks, the people of Leesburg, Kentucky do not want any changes made to their small part of the world run by Asha. Stuck in the 60's they are as confused as Asha with the arrival of the sexy and handsome outsider, Jago Fitzgerald, (really Jago Mershan). Mystery begins to build and more than sparks fly. As Asha rides the thunder with Jago, they are not only enmeshed in the Montgomerie/Mershan ordeal, with Jago hiding his identity and the truth of the overtaking of Montgomerie Enterprises from Asha and her family, but Asha begins to have blackouts, not only reliving portions of the former 1960's tragic lovers lives, but suspicious parts of their tragic deaths. While giving into the sparks of desire and the wild ride of sensuality Asha and Jago's passion develops into a deep love. Jago struggles with the realization that he must tell Asha the reasons for his being in Leesburg and about the plan his brother Desmond has constructed to destroy the Montgomerie family. Just as everything is coming together for Jago and Asha, the true tragedy of Tommy and Jenny is revealed and Asha gets caught up in the danger while at the same time discovering that Jago has been lying to her. Can the handsome Jago regain her trust while at the same time save her and their love in time? Or will Leesburg once again experience a Jenny and Tommy tragedy? Don't miss reading this wonderfully entertaining story and series that is a Contemporary Romance with a mixture of the mystique of a Scottish Medieval Historical, Paranormal and Romance Suspense novel that is a true delight and masterpiece. I was awestruck by this story and highly recommend it for an extremely entertaining read! But don't miss the first book, The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. If you haven't had

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    An enchanting romance with a ghostly duo and a cat with no name.

    Jago Fitzgerald (Mershan) would do anything for his oldest brother, Des. After their father committed suicide, in front of ten-year-old Des, Des became the man of the family. Des helped out their mother and practically raised Jago and Trev (Jago's twin). After years of planning, the time for revenge has come. Mershan International has completed all the arrangements for Montgomerie Enterprise's hostile takeover. This action will complete the Mershan family's revenge on the Montgomerie family. It does not matter, especially to Des, that the man who committed the ruin of their family is dead. Closure would come with the ruin of the granddaughters. Des and Trev were off dealing with two of the Montgomerie sisters overseas. Jago's target is in Kentucky. ************** Asha Montgomerie's brother, Liam, is doing his best to keep the family's horse ranch. Their father, in England, is doing everything he can to force the sell. Asha is being pushed by their father to sell her restaurant, The Windmill. But Asha is the sole owner of the restaurant and she will NEVER sell it. Asha also owns the small motel, swim club, laundromat, and the drive-in theater. The Windmill is a haven for lost souls, of the past and the present. People in the area know that there are unspoken rules about The Windmill Restaurant (and the drive-in). The first rule is to never touch the Wurlitzer 2000 jukebox in a threatening manner. The restaurant's ghostly duo does not take it kindly. The second rule is to change nothing. Third is not to sit in a certain booth after dark. There are other rules, but the locals simply accept them all as normal. ******************* When Jago drives up, it does not take Asha long to figure out he works for the company trying to claim her teeny community and wipe its existence off the map. She has no idea how far up the corporate ladder Jago really is though. As for Jago, the instant he looks at his alleged enemy's granddaughter, he knows that she is destined to be his. The question is how to get Asha without her realizing exactly who he is and why he came to the area in the first place. The more Jago sticks around, the more he finds himself becoming part of the strange community. Jago begins to understand Asha's fey spot in the world. A sanctuary for ghosts, a jukebox with a mind of its own, a Cajun cook, a cat with no name, a guy named 'Oo-it' and an aging Jedi Master. Jago has to make a choice between the love for his brother and his growing love for Asha and the area. A storm is coming... *************** ***** This is book two in the Sisters of Colford Hall series. In my opinion, it is even better than the first (The Invasion of Falgannon Isle). Trust me, that is saying something! Author Deborah MacGillivray gives each character a realistic touch, but the main characters (Jago and Asha) are downright striking. I came to deeply care for them. The secondary and background characters snuck up on me. I have no idea how these crazy people became so important to me. But as I neared the end of the book, I dreaded the thought of never seeing them again. Now THAT is talent! All-in-all, I found this to be a delicious frolic in a magical world. Perfect! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2007

    Deborah MacGillivray is supurb story teller!

    Jago Mershan comes to town to do mischief to Asha Montgomerie¿s business as part of a family plot to destroy the Montgomeries as their father was destroyed by Ahsa's grandfather. One look at Asha, however, and he has a change of heart. Asha Montgomerie is a young woman who takes care of her own--namely the people who live and work in her tiny community. Rather reclusive when it comes to men, keeping herself to herself is no longer an option when Jago Mershan walks through the door of her café, The Windmill. The instant attraction between the pair gives rise to much speculation by the locals, a comical crew of folks¿signature characters that enhance Ms. MacGillivray¿s work¿whose antics keep the reader entertained. Not to mention the juke box that plays oldies from 1964 over and over again. It seems The Windmill has a pair of ghostly lovers who 'hang out' in their favorite booth on occasion. And there is, of course, a nameless cat¿a stray who adopted Jago, though the man refutes ownership until the cat gets under his skin. A story by Ms. MacGillivray without a cat is not complete. Ms MacGillivray has once again proven her prolific and undeniable talent as a story teller. Brava! This is the 2nd installment of the Sisters of Colford Hall Series! Can¿t wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    A beautiful and stunning novel driven by the strength, compassion and humor of its hero and heroine

    Though a sequel to Deborah Macgillivray's wonderful first novel 'Invasion of Falgannon Isle,' 'Riding The Thunder' is one of those terrific and well-plotted stand-alones which gives the reader a wonderful taste of Clans Mershan and Montgomerie without going into direct repetition of what happened in the first novel. This time it is urbane, elegant, good-hearted and loyal Jago Mershan who finds himself confounded by and attracted to the personality, charm and strength of one Asha Montgomerie. Jago is sent to the middle of Kentucky by his brother and head of Trident Industries, Desmond Mershan, to try to convince Clan Montgomerie in Kentucky to part with various assets -- to whit, one horse farm run by brother Liam Montgomerie and The Windmill, an old-fashioned diner under the direction of the sensible yet sexy Asha Montgomerie. But The Windmill isn't just a quaint old diner in Nowheresville Kentucky. It's a Diner with a Past, featuring a jukebox that plays tunes on a whim even when unplugged, dancing spirits when the diner is closed and empty, and a booth that steps out of scene of 'The Amityville Horror' whenever patrons sit in it after dark. Then there is the mysterious cat, 'Whats-His-Name' who shows up and claims Jago as his own, worming into the masculine heart of that shrewd and urband businessman. If those things aren't crazy enough, Asha begins having weird visions when Jago enters the picture, and not all are the sexy, wanting-to-be-taken-by-Jago kind. Rather, Asha's visions center around two lovers, Tommy and Laura, who lived during the 1960s and were tragically killed in an auto accident. As she and Jago are drawn together, the visions become stronger, more intense -- and more frightening to both Asha, who experiences them, and Jago, who fears them. The great thing about Macgillivray's 'series' novels is they get better with each release. When it comes to the backdrop, she made a brilliant decision moving the story across the Atlantic from Scotland to middle America. Within that scenario, the reader is treated to a wonderful blending of past and present, with both coming together in a moving climax. As for the characters, I fell in love with Jago, who struggles between his loyalty to brother Desmond and his growing love for Asha and her way of life. His motivations are crystal clear and his personality so well-drawn, he almost steps out of the book as a living human being. Asha, too, benefits from the careful touch of the author's imagination and writing style. She is a terrifically well-rounded character, applying her wry humor and common sense to many of the situations that occur throughout the book. As this is a Macgillivray tale, there are many interesting situations, many of which are good for laughter on the one hand and contemplation on the other. Furthermore, Asha and Jago together create sparks. The physical nature of their relationship is highly combustible, making their coming together intensely satisfying. But they share much more than a hankering to get into each others' pants. On the superficial level, both hail from the 'Right Side of the Pond,' aka the United Kingdom. Yet Asha's love for Kentucky (stemming from her mother's bond with the soil), and Jago's growing appreciation for the surroundings in which he finds himself are simply another link in the chain that brings them together. Mix all of it up with deeply emotional attachment and you have a man and woman that thankfully don't take too long to figure out that they belong together. 'Riding The Thunder' is also held together by a terrific cast of characters including the sexy Liam, whose bumbling attempts at playing 'big brother' to the headstrong Asha are good for a chuckle or two. Then there's Netta, one of the waitresses in The Windmill, whose perky and brassy attitude hides deeper emotions. Macgillivray beautifully sets the spark for a romance between Liam and Netta, and this reviewer is looking forward to seeing what c

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