Tender Rebel

Tender Rebel

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by Johanna Lindsey, Laural Merlington
     
 

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Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she’s been warned against.

A cunning, ruthless, yet irresistible rake, Anthony’s sensual blue eyes speak of pleasures beyond her

Overview

Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she’s been warned against.

A cunning, ruthless, yet irresistible rake, Anthony’s sensual blue eyes speak of pleasures beyond her imagining - and Roslynn dearly wishes she dared to surrender to such a man. Believing his passionate promises will surely lead to disaster. But denying her heart may cost the exquisite Highlands lady an unparalleled love hotter than flame and more precious than the rarest jewel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423350941
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
Malory Family Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Chapter One

England, 1818

"Are ye scared, hinny?"

Roslynn Chadwick turned away from the coach window and the passing scenery she had been staring at for the last hour without actually seeing. Scared? She was alone in the world now with no guardian, no family worth mentioning. She was on her way to an uncertain future and leaving behind all that was familiar to her. Scared? She was terrified.

But Nettie MacDonald wasn't to know that, not if Roslynn could help it. Nettie was too uneasy herself, had been ever since they'd crossed the English border yesterday morning, though she too tried to hide it by turning querulous, as was her way. Nettie had been all chipper and cheer before that, even while crossing the Lowlands, which she disdained. A Highlander all her life, and that was forty-two years' worth, Nettie never thought the day would come when she would be forced to leave her beloved Highlands, let alone cross the border into England. England! But Nettie wouldn't be left behind, no, not dear Nettie.

Roslynn managed a smile for Nettie's benefit, and even a bit of a twinkle in her hazel eyes to reassure her abigail. "Och, and what've I to be scared of, Nettie? Didna we manage to sneak off in the dead of night wi' none the wiser? Geordie'll be searching Aberdeen and Edinburgh for weeks and weeks and never guess we've absconded to London."

"That he will. " Nettie spared herself a pleased smile for their success so far, forgetting for the moment her fear and dislike of the English. Her dislike of Geordie Cameron went much deeper. "And I hope that devil chokes on his spleen when he realizes ye've escaped his foulplans, that I do. I didna like Duncan, bless him, making ye promise what ye had tae, but he knew what was best fer ye. And dinna be thinking I'm sae fashed I didna hear ye fergetting yer proper English, lass, that Duncan brought that fine snobbish tutor tae be teaching ye. Ye'll no' be fergetting it, especially. now we're here among the devil's kin. "

Roslynn grinned when this last was delivered in Nettie's most scolding tone, and couldn't resist teasing a bit more. "When I see an Englishmon will be soon enough for me to be remembering my proper English. You wouldna deny me this wee bit of time left when I dinna. have to be thinking about every word I say, would you now?"

"Humph! 'Tis only when ye're that upset that ye ferget anymore, and well I ken it."

Of course Nettie knew it. Nettie knew Roslynn better than herself sometimes. And if Roslynn wasn't in a temper, which was when she most often forgot herself and lapsed into the Scottish brogue she had picked up from Gramp and Nettie, she was still upset, and with reason. But not enough to forget the proper English that had been drummed into her by her tutor. Roslynn sighed.

I hope the trunks got there, or we'll be in a fine pickle." They had both left with only one change of clothes, to further outwit her cousin Geordie, just in case someone saw them leave and told him.

That's the least of yer worries, lass. Sure and it saved time bringing that London modiste tae Cameron Hall tae be making ye all those bonny dresses, sae ye dinna have tae be fitted when we get there. Duncan, bless him, thought of everything, even sending the trunks ahead, one by one, sae Geordie wouldna. suspect anything if he was watching."

And Nettie had thought it was such a lark, sneaking off in the middle of the night as they had, with their skirts hiked up and wearing old breeches underneath so in the moonlight they might pass for men. Truth be known, Roslynn had thought so too. In fact, that was the only part of this madness she had enjoyed. They had ridden to the nearest town where the prearranged coach and driver were waiting, and had had to wait several hours to be sure they weren't followed before they actually set off on this journey. But all the stealth and bother had been necessary to outwit Geordie Cameron. At least Gramp had made Roslynn believe it was necessary.

And Roslynn could believe it after seeing Geordie's face when Gramp's will was read. After all, Geordie was Duncan Cameron's great-nephew, his youngest brother's grandson, and his only male relative still living. Geordie had every right to assume some of Duncan's great wealth would be left to him, if only a small part. But Duncan had left his entire estate to Roslynn, his only grandchild: Cameron Hall, the mills, the countless other businesses, everything. And Geordie had been hard put not to fly into a rage.

"He shouldna have been sae surprised," Nettie had said after Geordie left the day of the reading. "He knew Duncan hated him, that he blamed him fer yer dear mother's death. Why, 'tis why he was courting ye sae diligently all these years. He knew Duncan'd leave it all tae ye. And 'tis why we've nae time tae lose, now Duncan's gone."

No, there was no time to lose. Roslynn knew it when Geordie once more asked her to marry him after the will was read, and she once more refused. She and Nettie had left that very night, with no time to grieve, no time to regret the promise she had made to her grandfather. But she had done her grieving in the last two months, when they had known Duncan's time was finally up. And it had been a blessing in fact, his death, for he had been wasting away these last seven years and suffering with the pain, and it was only his Scot's stubbornness that had let him linger this long. No, she couldn't be sorry Gramp's suffering was finally over. But oh, how she would miss that dear old man who had been both mother and father to her all these years.

Meet the Author

Johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with over sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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Tender Rebel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
Angel68OH More than 1 year ago
Addictive! Every Malory family novel leaves you craving for more, more, more! Love Johanna Lindsey! Very few authors in her league.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Anthony from the moment he was preparing to shoot Regina's lover, Nicholas, in "Love Only Once". No matter how much of a ladies man someone is, you have to love the fact he is protective of the women in his family. In this story, he sets out to help the heroine, Roslynn, find a suitable husband, all along plotting her seduction. And Roslynn refuses to fall in love with him because she has been warned that Anthony is a rakehell. But she finally gives in, losing her heart to him. I love the entire Malory family, but Tony, with his dry sense of humor, arrogance, and cobalt blue eyes is my favorite! A must read for any romance enthusiast! Just be sure to start with "Love Only Once" so you get to meet Anthony before his seductive romance in "Tender Rebel".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.Anthony is such a great guy...any girls dream man.Nice story...very romantic. Try to read the Malory Novels in order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the Malory series, I own every book. Johanna Lindsey is by far my favorite romance author. Lindsey has a way of making you feel like you really know the characters. Of all the Malory family, I would have to say that Tony is my favorite. If he was a real person, I would be all over him in a second.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lindsey is one of the first authors I read when I started reading romance...This book was funny I thought I would never stop laughing. Tony is Soooo handsome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally loved them. Excellent writing!
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What a great read!
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could not put the book down very enjoyable reading.
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Frenchiebella More than 1 year ago
Such a good start to a really good series. There is so much humor and love that it just really fun to read. The whole series is wonderful.
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