Taming the Scotsman [NOOK Book]

Overview

No one can tell the hot-blooded Scottish lass
whom to marry! But the much-feared man
Nora runs to for protection may be
more perilous to her heart than
any unwanted groom...

And much more
difficult to ...

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Taming the Scotsman

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Overview

No one can tell the hot-blooded Scottish lass
whom to marry! But the much-feared man
Nora runs to for protection may be
more perilous to her heart than
any unwanted groom...

And much more
difficult to tame!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061755200
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: MacAllister Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 39,143
  • File size: 964 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary danger...as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than ten million copies of her books in print, in 26 countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too.

Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she is the author of several series including: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD. With an international, cult following, her books have appeared in the top three on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Table of Contents

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First Chapter

Taming the Scotsman

Chapter One

It took a lot of nerve to face the devil in his lair. Or in the case of Eleanor ingen Alexander, it just took a lot of desperation. Desperation that hung in her heart and throat, choking her with its urgency.

If the devil refused to help her ...

Well, she'd walk herself to England alone then. No one would sway her from this course. No one. Not her father, not her mother.

Not even "the devil" himself.

As she neared the cave at the top of the mountain, her courage faltered. Could a man really live in a cave? That was the rumor, but until now she'd assumed it to be nothing more than a myth made up by men who were too afraid of Ewan MacAllister to face him.

After all, the MacAllisters were the most respected and feared men in all of Scotland. They were also said to be the richest. Surely such men, unlike her burly and irksome father, would have some form of refinement.

Wouldn't they?

Yet as she looked about the barren mountain-top, she saw nothing even remotely resembling a cabin or home.

Ewan MacAllister really was the barbarian of legend.

"That's just as well," she said, lifting the hem of her dark blue skirt to step around a cluster of rocks. She might be dreaming in her heart of a refined gentleman of courtly virtues to win her hand, but a barbarian was what she needed at the moment.

A barbarian with a mighty big sword.

From all she'd heard, Ewan MacAllister was just what her adventure called for.

At the top of the craggy slope, she realized that the "cave" had a wooden door that was mostly concealed by brush and dirt. Apparently Ewan had no desire for visitors.

Any other time, she would take the hint and respect his wishes, but right now, she couldn't afford to.

Her need for freedom was much greater than his for solitude.

Nora started to knock, then paused as she looked about the small cleared area.

What an interesting place he had here. The cave looked out onto the loch far below where the sunlight glistened on the water. It was a breathtaking view. Calm. Serene. No wonder the man had chosen it.

Surely a true barbarian wouldn't be able to appreciate something as refined and beautiful as this view.

It gave her hope.

Moving back to the door, she knocked on it.

No one answered.

"Hello?" she called, knocking louder. "Is anyone there?"

Still no answer.

Undaunted, she tried the door. The latch clicked, and it opened easily enough.

Inside she found an even more interesting abode. The floor was covered with plush rugs and rushes. The stone walls even held a few tapestries to blot the dampness. There was a strangely designed fireplace that had a bent flume and chim-ney to go out the side of the mountain instead of up through the top. A table and two chairs were set before it.

But the most interesting thing of all was the bed at the rear. Large and lush, it looked as if it belonged in some fine noble's castle, not stuck out in the midst of the woods, on top of a mountain.

Ewan MacAllister was a strange man indeed.

Why would he choose such a place and then bring with him the comforts of home?

And it was then she heard the snarling sound of the beast himself. It was a brief, eerie kind of snort, terrifying and deep.

Her heart skipped, then pounded as she realized it came from the large bed. All she could see from her position by the door was a dark lump she now assumed was a man.

He was asleep?

It was high afternoon, too early to be abed for the night and too late to be abed from the morning.

A nap perhaps?

Or was he ill?

Please, not sickness. She needed him to be hale and hearty for this venture. A sick barbarian wouldn't do at all.

"Excuse me?" she asked, stepping nearer the lump. "Lord Ewan, might I have a word with you?"

Only the snore answered her.

Well, bother this. Here she'd come all this way expecting to face an ogre and all she got was a sleeping cub. Where was the giant of legend who terrified everyone who spoke his name?

She needed that fearsome beast.

Aye, she needed him.

Stiffening her spine, she approached the bed, then faltered again as she saw him clearly for the first time in the dim light of the cave.

He lay on his side, spread out across the mattress as naked as the day he'd entered the world.

Not once in her life had Nora ever beheld a naked man, but she was quite certain no other man looked as fine and handsome as this one.

Especially not while he slept.

His long, muscled limbs seemed to go on forever. He was so large in stature and muscle that the bed barely accommodated him, and if he were stretched out to his full height, she was certain his arms and legs would be left dangling over the edges.

His black hair was shaggy and ill-trimmed, and draped over a face so manly and handsome that it stole her breath to look at him. He held at least a week's growth of beard on his face.

The rugged, untamed look only made him seem even more desirable. Fierce.

Barbaric.

His tanned flesh was stretched tight over muscles that were rock-hard and well defined.

Aye, this was a fine man to make her heart race and her body warm. Truly, he had no equal.

Before she could stop herself, she realized her gaze was traveling down to the center of that delectably male body to his ...

Taming the Scotsman. Copyright © by Kinley MacGregor. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Great

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    It was okay.

    This was my least favorite of the MacAllister Boys books. Ewan was always feeling sorry for himself-very unmanly. If he had any knowledge of Sin's past he would be thanking his stars for his priveledged childhood. And Nora was the typical ditsy blonde (like Emily). It wasn't until the last chapter that my interest was truly piqued!! Unfortunately, I was more intersted in the new characters than I was in Ewan or Nora.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    I laughed so hard!

    This book was great. I didn¿t read it for a while because I thought that it wouldn¿t be that good. Boy was I wrong! As compared to her other book, dark champion (which I didn¿t like) this book was romantic, sexy, and hilarious. I like that the hero was vulnerable and wasn¿t perfect. After all, one can only love perfect for so long. The plot is excellent and i can¿t wait to re-read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    Another winner!

    I loved this book. as with all of Kinley MacGregor's books, she kept me spellbound from cover to cover. i always grab her latest sagas and enjoy every one of them! Keep up the great work Kinley!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Not Good

    I love historical romance. Read them all the time. This is the first I have read of her's. I thought this book was awful. The dialogue was silly. The whole book was just silly. I doubt I'll read anything else of her's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    Loved it!!

    Kinley MacGregor/Sherrilyn Kenyon has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I love the MacAllisters. My only regret is that there weren't more brothers. Ewan was a great bear of a character and I loved his interaction with Nora who reminded me a lot of myself. Funny and touching just like all her other ones. If you haven't read a MacGregor yet, you're missing out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Not her best

    Usually I agree with the critic Harriet Klausner but not this time. I count Kinley MacGregor as one of my top 5 favorite authors but this book was not her best effort. It was almost like she needed to write about this brother in the MacAllister series to build a connection for the next MacAllister book. There just wasn't much substance to the story, the coming together between Ewan and Nora. She used a lot of the same phrases, as if just trying to get the book done. It did get more interesting at the end, but this also was the bridge to the next book. I enjoy Kinley MacGregor's stories and writing style, but I don't think this one was up to par.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    An Avid Reader

    Kinkey Macgregor is a master....storyteller her craftmanship is pure delight. This book was totally engaging...A highky charged romance with memorable characters and a wild adventure. I read this book in one day it will be one of my favorites.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A geat writer creates a beautiful tale

    Ewan MacAllister lives in a cave by himself because he feels guilty in connection with the suicide of his brother Kieran. Ewan stole Kieran¿s woman Isobail taking her as his lover to England. Not only did she betray him for her English lover, but also when he returned home he learned that Kieran had killed himself.<P> Eleanor¿ Nora¿ Alexander comes to Ewan¿s cave because she wants him to escort her to her aunt in England. Besides wanting to remain a hermit, Ewan mumbles that it is always an aunt. Still she knows her father and his hand picked lackey would not mess with a berserker like Ewan. So she left behind a note claiming to have eloped with him. She pushes him to take her to her Aunt Eleanor, Queen of England, finally forcing him to at least leave his home and escort her to another of his brothers. They fall in love as she learns he is a caring soul hurting from guilt.<P> Though the hero¿s abode is somewhat unique, TAMING THE SCOTSMAN is a typical Scottish historical romance (duh ¿ it is the third MacAllister tale), but feels more a medieval Romancing the Stone. The tale contains a fresh brisk story line due to the antics of the courageous heroine and guilt numbing the hero. The return of the siblings from the first two books adds to the déjà vu feel, yet Kinley MacGregor continues to provide delightful tales of yore that entertaining the sub-genre clan.<P> Harriet Klausner

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