The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor

The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor

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by Paula Quinn
     
 

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A LADY'S MISSION . . .

Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan's dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits-especially from her

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A LADY'S MISSION . . .

Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan's dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits-especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason . . .

A WARRIOR'S TEMPTATION

General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom's most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he's ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen or giving up the woman who would steal his country-and his traitorous heart.

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"4 1/2 stars! With its quick-moving plot, engaging characters and historic backdrop, the latest installment of The MacGregors: Highland Heirs is a page-turner. Quinn twists and turns the tale, drawing readers in and holding them with her unforgettable characters' love story."—RT Book Reviews"

4 1/2 stars! Top Pick! The final book in Quinn's Children of the Mist series is Scottish romance at its best: captivating, tender and sensual with characters readers care about."
RT Book Reviews on Conquered by a Highlander"

Rich, evocative historical detail and enthralling characters fill the pages of this fast-paced tale."
Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Conquered by a Highlander"

Another winning mix of fascinating history and lush romance...Readers will be captivated."
Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Tamed by a Highlander"

Top pick! Quinn delivers top-notch Highland romance!"
RT Book Reviews on Tamed by a Highlander"

Seduced by a Highlander is sparkling, sexy and seductive! I couldn't put it down! Paula Quinn is a rising star!"
—Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author"

Scottish romance at its very best! Deliciously romantic and sensual, Paula Quinn captures the heart of the Highlands in a tender, passionate romance that you won't be able to put down."
—Monica McCarty, New York Times bestselling author on Seduced by a Highlander"

Deftly combines historical fact and powerful romance...Quinn's seamless prose and passionate storytelling will leave readers hungry for future installments."
Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Ravished by a Highlander.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455519491
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Series:
MacGregors: Highland Heirs Series, #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
300,226
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
The Scandalous Secret of Abigail is the first book I read by Paula Quin and I love it. It is one of those books that it is hard to put it down. T h e plot was great, loved the hero and heroine and enjoyed reading this amazing book. I can't wait to read her next book. Thank you Paula Quinn
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Daniel Marlow is sent to Camlochlin to escort a Jacobite MacGregor to London to see Queen Anne. He hates this babysitting job; he is a Knight of the Order of the Garter, General to Queen Anne's army, and a favorite of the Queen; why is he having to go and escort an outlaw to his queen? Abigail MacGregor is going to London to convince the queen that her mom, the true heir to the throne, doesn't want anything to do with it. She doesn't trust, and hates, the English General who has come to escort her. He is the Jacobite Killer and he makes it clear he doesn't like her at all. But through some harrowing circumstances, they come to spend the nights talking about their lives and the days training her to be able to better protect herself. On their trip to London, they are attacked, ambushed by a man close to the queen, take shelter with an infamous Jacobite leader, heal from a knife wound, and in the end come together with passion. This story was full of passion, adventure, humor, strong characters, and a wonderful plot. I loved this story; it was such a fun read. I love Abby, she is such a strong female protagonist. She is feisty and independent and she fights for what she wants. Daniel is a male protagonist who believes he knows the truth and what he fights for is the right side of the fight. He is a dynamic and strong male lead. Watching how they come together was wonderful. I loved the first time they kissed! They kissed for 3 hours and did nothing else, I mean, how sweet and romantic is that! When they come together at an inn, it is very tamely described (not a lot of detail), which surprised me. The build up was passionate and then the end game was kind of like implied. Later on the details are far more detailed and passionate. Once they arrive at London, the likelihood of them having a chance to have a happy ending is hard to envision. The obstacles in their way do seem formidable. The conflicts do carry the story just as well as the plot between the two main characters. The antagonists are various and formidable. Overall, I loved this story and I love how it ended. Beautifully romantic!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula Quinn has done it again!!! Every book she has written about the Macgregor's has been awesome!! This book is no different. Everything Abigail does is to insure the protection of her clan since she wants to be the next Laird!!! I can't wait for the next book!!
RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
MAGNETIC FAST PACED SEXY HIGHLANDER TALE Paula Quinn is one of the most talented authors in today’s historical romance world. I haven’t read a book written by her that I have been disappointed. She was put on my auto buy list immediately after I read Lord of Desire in 2005. Her unique mix of history and fiction along with her characters and plots captivates the reader and pulls them into the story making them feel as if they are there along with the characters in another time and place. All the reader has to do is open the book to the first page, begin reading, and escape into one of the best adventure’s they will ever experience. The story will take them there. The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor fits into this category as well. Abigail MacGregor’s, an ambitious highland bold beauty, with courage and strength to become clan chief after her father, main concern is in keeping her mother’s and clans secret, which if made known could mean war for Scotland. Although the Clan MacGregor is proscribed by England, her mother, being the actual true heir to the English Throne is summoned to the Royal Court. As her mother is just getting over an illness, Abigail is determined that she must answer the summons with the goal of reinforcing to the Queen that her mother is absolutely no threat to the crown. The truth is that her mother has no interest whatsoever in taking the royal seat. Her escort, General Daniel Marlow, the most handsome trusted knight of the Queen, is a hero in every sense of the word, the kind of which invades the dreams of young ladies, the kind of which all young men strive to be like. Daniel is a highly desired loyal knight, and he finds his mission to escort this fiery spirited beauty a temptation with which he must struggle. The feudal sparks between this couple fly from the first meeting. Abigail is unlike any other woman he has ever met and he finds her refreshing innocence very captivating and tempting. He feels that he would choose the battlefield any day over fighting the battle to ignore the disturbing heat she creates within him. He feels that this magnet between the two of them will have to be answered at some point and that could even mean more trouble for him. Because if he gives into temptation with this temptress he feels he will be betraying his Queen. Abigail, being as bold as she is she didn’t count on having to fight the strong attraction of her escort, threats being in the form of his meaningful and sexual kisses that disturbs her in ways she has never known. The two encounter many dangers on the route to London, but it doesn’t end there. Courtly politics, backstabbing, and plots are no surprise to Abigail and she finds she must use her wits and strength even after she reaches her destination. Along with the murder, mystery, kidnapping, assassinations, sexual steamy tension, romance, and thrilling adventure, I found myself laughing out loud at times. This book, along with Paula Quinn’s other books, is a page turning keeper shelf can’t put down and even carry to the bathroom read! Never repetitive and never boring, I very highly recommend this author to anyone who loves a great historical romance. This is one you will find yourself going back to time and again. If this is the first book you read by Paula Quinn, it will not be the last. You will find yourself pulled to obtain her previous books for your keeper shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lush, lush  Highland  tale! Loved! That’s it.  I’ve decided.  Paula Quinn is a deity in this genre or  a cyborg Highland/Historical Romance novelist here on Earth to churn out Rich, multi-dimensional characters, thrilling plots and imagery that captivates.  The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor is my favorite Highland/Historical Romance of 2015. And I indulge in this yummy genre often.  It is especially fitting, as Quinn supersedes herself as 2014’s The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #2, was my absolute favorite Highland Historical Romance last year.  Scandalous Secrets definitely lived up to its title.  The story, the story!  So exciting!  Abigail is the fierce and loyal daughter to the true heir of the English crown who will stop at nothing to protect her beloved Highland homeland from the possible threat of invasion by the sitting queen, Anne. Our hero Daniel (Daniel!!!!) is the most beloved Knight of the queen’s forces who is duty bound to fetch Abigail and bring her to meet the Queen to ensure no usurping is on the horizon.  Daniel is a hero- – and I don’t mean in name only as the male protagonist.  Daniel is a HERO.  The stuff little highland girls (and highland wannabe girls) dreams are made of.  He can fend off more than a dozen men in battle, bathed in blood and still stop the heart of his bonny lass.  He is fearsome and viral and maturely sexy with hard planes and ridges in his abdomen and legs of a stallion and a big heavy, weighty peen! More than that he is a good man. Honorable and respectful, wise and handsome.  Hero, through and through.  Daniel is beholden to his queen and fights the temptation of the promise he sees in young Abigail’s eyes. Abby is smitten, done for, her heart lost to Daniel not long after they begin their journey to England. Though she is no brainless, daft lady and  the deadly secrets she harbors she clings to until discovery is unavoidable,  Abby is a worthy heroine.  She is proud, but not too obstinate to deny the desires of her soul.  She is protective of her clan and has her eyes set on being clan chief when her father steps down.  Ambitious and stubborn, there is no chance she will completely bend to any man’s will.  Tough metal and soft womanly wiles, she is something to behold!   “You smashed a vase into my skull.  I’m glad you slept well and didn’t burden yourself with thoughts that you might have killed me.”  She blinked, giving reprieve from the cold frost of her eyes.  “Ye were treating me like a misbehaving  child.  Be thankful ye’re still alive.” The obstacles to their HEA were many. They were quite literally in a Hatfields vs McCoy’s love affair.  He was a sworn sword against her people who believed another to be the rightful ruler and participated in insurgency against the crown.  She was resolute in her bone deep belief that her own kin is the true heir to the throne and the current Queen the pretender.  The dangers for falling in love with Daniel were substantial- the most imminent being a supremely delusional and (allegedly) homicidal admirer in the Duchess Charlotte Blackburn, a venomous, faithless woman hell-bent on sharing Daniel’s bed and claiming his child.  Drama in the castle!!  Yet true to her courageous spirit, Abby was cautious, but confident when confronted with Lady Blackburn’s ire. “Caution with Lady Blackburn is imperative,” she told Abby. “She seems to be charmed by Daniel alone.” “Where I grew up,” Abby told her, “we cut the heads off venomous snakes.”  Daniel reveled in the glorious woman sitting across from him, so bold, so proud.  [Queen] Anne saw her inner strength and leaned closer in her chair.  “What if the snake has been your friend for many, many years?  What if you don’t know how to cut off her head?” Yessssss! The plot thickens!  One of the finer aspects of this book is that the plot was ever moving, always advancing and revealing new (hilarious!!) characters and court intrigues.  Daniel escorts Abby to London and on the way they encounter bandits, an ambush and aid from the most unlikely Highlander local clan.  Despite being chocked full of Alpha male presence, there were no chauvinistic nuances.   I loved that the feminine power was revered and respected by all of the male characters.  I loved not knowing who would leave their home behind to start anew with the other.  There was definite promise of an HEA, however, it was so damn entertaining, I was not preoccupied with it.   I laughed aloud, blushed, giggled and audibly panted several times over.  Seriously, the build up of sensuality and sexual tension was rewarding (as evidence by my sticky fingers heh heh, tis true lass!!) She wanted more, something instinctual and feral, something he gave to no other woman before her or after her.  More than his body she wanted the wild heart beneath all the armor… She was awakening parts of him that had been put to sleep long ago. Duty to God and to the throne came before selfish desire.  Honor came before love.  But not tonight. Tonight he would give her what she wanted and take what he needed… When he held her buttocks in his palms and clenched his hands around them, she tried to move off, not really sure of what to do and not convinced that it wasn’t going to hurt like hell.  He guided her slowly, sensually, against his warm, hard length.  She moved to take him into her, to fulfill some unknown, ancient desire to have him inside her.  He stopped her with a low growl and a slow smile…his huge cock nestled between her thighs…she looked down at it and bit her lip and then, from behind her pale locks, she cast him a smile as sinful as his own and began to move over him.   Aye! Aye indeed!  Perhaps, the third most important character in the novel, has to be the locale.  Traveling the Highlands or on the countryside back roads into England, I felt as if I were one word away from transporting myself and becoming a self proclaimed clan member.  I saw myself traveling with the Daniel and Abby, evading danger, I watched Daniel slaughter Abby’s would be attackers and (like the creeper I am) I watched as they dared that first kiss under the stars.  Quinn’s descriptive language was engaging and endearing and the only think I missed about this book was an epilogue! I wasn’t ready to let them go, it was all over far too quickly but not the least bit unsatisfying on the whole.  if you are a fan of historical fiction and you love these honorable kilted warriors and noble Knights, I recommend this gem. It is the third of its series, but stands alone just fine.  Be warned that you are likely to want to immerse yourself and snap up books 1 & 2 and wait ever so impatiently for the next installment, The Taming of Malcolm Grant (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #4).
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Paula Quinn brings readers the third book in the MacGregor's Highland Heirs series, The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor. This is a story of the turbulent pasts of both England and Scotland. Readers who love historical romance can't wrong with this one. Quinn's characters are well drawn and intriguing, while the premise of the book is complex and riveting. Secrets, betrayal, an assassination attempt, all of these things and more come into play in this novel. Quinn is on a roll with this series and this is the best book yet. Having read the other two books in this series, I was excited to review this one. Paula Quinn has what it takes when it comes to historical writing. She uses her imagination liberally and comes up with something that is not only entertaining, but historically plausible. It didn't happen this way, but could you imagine if it did? Quinn could and did. Loved it! Quinn has done her homework with this one. Being of Scottish descent means I take it seriously when a writer takes on a story involving the Highlands or Scotland in general. I want there to be a certain amount of authenticity in the writing. It's one thing to write about the Regency period that has been thoroughly saturated. Any good historical writer that is worth his/her salt could probably come up with something good, without a lot of research. Tackling the Highland spirit along with the difficult relations between England and Scotland, that's a little more ambitious and Quinn does it with style here. I loved Abigail. She was a true Highland lass. She was strong, courageous and independent. And she was stubborn as an ox... LOL! She had some sass to her and it was no wonder Daniel was stunned by her. Just a wonderful character and very well written. It was interesting seeing her grow and change throughout the book. Fall in love tends to do that to you. Daniel's change was incredibly gratifying as well. Going to from a Jacobite Killer to a Jacobite lover in one fell swoop. Great characters, with great chemistry. Quinn knows how to write a good love scene and fans to like books more on the romantic side get a great balance with this book. Lots of political intrigue and lots of lusty encounters. That's Scotland for you! Bottom Line: The best part of the book for me was the fact that not only Abigail but the rest of the MacGregor's have a part to play in this story. I also liked the whole Queen of England play in this novel. I wanted a lot of romance and I got it. I wanted a lot of mystery and political espionage and I got that too. Quinn is word master. Her skills at bringing her characters and the scene to life were simply magical. You gotta read this one... it's just that good!
terreebird More than 1 year ago
A General, a Jacobite and the Queen • A Royal Summons - The MacGregors, still proscribed by England, receive word from Her Royal Highness. Davina MacGregor is to come to St. James Palace for a "meet & greet" • The General - Daniel Marlow, Queen Anne's highest ranking officer and closest person to her heart. Known as the Jacobite Killer, he was taxed with the job of escorting Abigail MacGregor from the Highlands of Scotland to the palace. He didn't really want to go for her until the night before he actually left... • The Jacobite Lass - Second born of the Laird, but determined to be the next Laird of the Clan MacGregor. Abigail is as stubborn as her father, if not more so. When the summons comes, the decision is final, at least in her mind. She is going in her mother's place. Period. • The Queen - Lonely, untrusting, failing health. Anne has...had one friend, Charlotte. She has one man she trusts, Daniel. He is like a son to her. Her cousin Richard Montagu...she has to be able to trust him, he's family, even though she doesn't like him much. • The Bit...errr, the mean one ;-) - Charlotte Adler, once a close friend and confidant to the Queen, now? Not so much. The snake-in-the-grass likes to make it appear as though nothing has changed, but really almost anyone could see that she has an allegiance to herself only. • The Villain - Richard Montagu...is he really the villain? He really is...or is he? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out ;-) • A murder, a kidnapping and assassination attempt - I'll leave that to you to figure out who was murdered, kidnapped and assassinated...or attempted! • The MacGregors - They are out in force, from Callum on down to Adam! I believe nothing else needs to be said on that subject. *swoon* • Tristan - My Knight In Shining Armor. I have missed him so much, and he plays such a pivotal part. I admit, I re-read his parts probably 3 or 4 times just so I could spend more time with him. • Colin - My knees go weak when I even think about this man (I know, you probably think he is just a character in a book...he isn't to me! He is a man who lived in the 1700's in Scotland...but I digress) Colin played a very important roll too. Isn't it amazing that my two very favorite characters would play such important roles in this book? I myself am over the moon. • Ill-fated Romance - The Jacobite Killer and the Jacobite Lass...oh, we know they shouldn't be together, they are polar opposites with such undeniable chemistry from the moment their eyes meet. When Paula Quinn works her literary magic on these two, amazing things happen and we as readers reap the benefits. She weaves an intricate story, adding history with fiction, inviting us in, and I'll be honest, I don't want to leave. If ever there was a book to purchase, this is it. The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor will be one of those books I will read over and over. I adore Paula's protective heroes, I love her strong and independent heroines and I love it when they clash and love. Thank you Paula for sharing your wonderful mind with us. Until Next Time! xxoo Terree
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in The MacGregors: Highland Heirs series. When Abigail MacGregor's mother is called to England by the Queen, she knows she will stand in her place. Her mother has just gotten over a prolonged illness and if someone doesn't go, it could mean war for Scotland. She didn't count on being attracted to her English escort. General Daniel Marlow, can't believe that the Queen has sent him to Scotland to get one of her handmaidens. He would much rather be on the battlefield defending England. When he starts to have feelings for Abigail, he feels as if he is betraying his Queen. Can these two enemies find an everlasting love without betraying their countries? I fell in love with the male MacGregors cousins when I read The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (the first book of Quinn's that I had read). When she started telling the stories of the females I didn't know what to anticipate. After reading The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd, I fell in love with them too. The love affair continues with Abigail! We see a lot more of the older generation in this book. I've not read any of those, but after hearing bits and pieces of Abigail's parent's story, I'm going to have to read those pretty soon!! I loved the enemy turned lovers theme that this story follows. It takes place in a time where the English and the Scots hate each other. With stories like this, you have the characters fighting their attraction for each other because they feel like it is wrong. That adds all kinds of drama. Add to that the life of a want-to-be lover, an assassin and the Queen of England and the drama never stops! Next up is Malcolm's story (I can't wait!!!!). It will be interesting to see how Quinn brings him up to scratch!! September seems so far away... Thanks go out to Forever via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Lovers of Scottish romances, will be captivated! 5 stars OMG! What an amazing Scottish historical romance to devour. I could not put it down! A real page turner! Fast paced with a plot that keeps you wanting to know more. I love this series, The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, written by Paula Quinn. The author really captured the essence of the Highlands, with her third story The Scandalous Secrets of Abigail MacGregor. I am a huge fan of this author and was really delighted to follow Abigail MacGregor and Daniel Marlow's journey. These two charming characters were meant for each other. Beautiful sensual chemistry between the bold, strong-minded heroine and the loyal and emotional hero. What happens when a beautiful Scottish woman meets a sexy Highlander? Sparks flare and ignites a rich passion! Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail must preserve her clan's dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London. General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom's most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby is unlike any woman he's ever met. This story is about lies, truth, trust and passion. Will Abigail trust Daniel, enough, to give him her heart! Will the heroine steal the hero’s heart? Just relax and follow this captivating medieval adventure filled with passion, secrets and betrayals. Paula Quinn is truly a talented storyteller and never disappoints me! I’m looking forward to reading her fourth book The Taming of Malcolm Grant in this wonderful series Highland Heirs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real twinkie fir the sweet toothed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i need to do is read these paid reviews & save money buying the book! Why even bother.