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The Warrior

The Warrior

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Lochlan MacAllister was born to lead. Ruthlessly groomed to take control of his clan, he has given his life to his people. But when he learns that the brother he thought was dead might still be alive, he embarks on a quest to find the truth.

Catarina wants a life of freedom. But now Catarina's royal father wants to use her as a pawn to ensure a treaty between

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Lochlan MacAllister was born to lead. Ruthlessly groomed to take control of his clan, he has given his life to his people. But when he learns that the brother he thought was dead might still be alive, he embarks on a quest to find the truth.

Catarina wants a life of freedom. But now Catarina's royal father wants to use her as a pawn to ensure a treaty between conflicting lands. So much so that he's willing to kidnap his daughter to force the issue. But when she escapes, fate throws her into the path of a man she loathes.

Lochlan is stunned to find the shrewish Cat being hauled away by unknown men. Unwilling to see even her suffer, he frees her only to learn that she has her own demons to fight. When their fates intertwine, two people who know nothing of trust must rely on each other, and two enemies who have vowed their eternal hatred must find common ground, or see their very lives shattered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061758690
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
MacAllister Series , #5
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
46,700
File size:
844 KB

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Chapter One

Eight months later

Catarina ground her teeth as she pressed her thumb tight to her palm in an effort to pull her hand free of the rope that held her in place. Sweat was dripping down from her brow, making her nose itch, but she didn't dare swipe at it. Time was too precious for that.

Any moment her kidnappers would return.

How she despised them for their deeds and wished a festering pox on every part of their bodies, especially that part which men valued most.

The coarse rope burned against her skin, chafing it as she worked to free herself. Not that she cared. All that mattered was her freedom. And when she had it, she would make all of them pay for taking her from the ones she loved. How dare they!

She snatched her hand again and again against the prickly rope, trying to free it. Then she dipped her head in an effort to loosen the massive knot with her teeth. Instead of loosening the knot, it felt more like she was only loosening her teeth. Cursing, she closed her eyes and prayed as she tugged against the rope with all of her might.

She felt the skin breaking as the hemp scratched her flesh. Even so, she didn't let up and in one painful slip, her hand came free.

If she were the crying type, Cat would have wept in relief, but tears had been something she'd forsaken years ago. Wiping her brow finally, she took a deep breath, then blew air across her hand to alleviate some of the throbbing as she looked about the sparse room for a weapon.

There was nothing . . .

Except the fire. She narrowed her gaze on the burning logs as an idea occurred toher. Reaching beneath her gown, she tore at her chemise until she had enough of it to pad her hands before she reached into the fire.

"Think you she's ready to give us no more trouble?"

Her heart leapt at the sound of men approaching her room. Stepping back from the makeshift hearth, she gripped the limb tightly in both hands. She moved to stand behind the door where they wouldn't be able to see her until after it was too late.

"Any more trouble from her and I say we thrash her soundly, orders or no orders."

"Good luck at that. My eye still throbs from its last encounter with her fist. I swear the bitch hits like a man."

They swung open the door.

Cat held her breath until they were inside the room with her. Her gaze never wavering, she swung with the whole of her strength against the second man's head.

He yelped, then fell against the first. Her heart hammering, she lobbed the limb against the first man, clubbing him thrice, then grabbed her skirts and ran as swiftly as she could.

She ducked out of the tack room and ran for the stable's opening. The men called out for her to stop, but she refused.

Nothing short of death would make her surrender to them.

Cat hesitated outside as she saw the number of people in the small village. Many turned to stare at her as she ran for a saddled horse at the edge of town. To steal such would mean her head if she were caught. But truthfully she'd rather die than meet the future those men would carry her off to.

"Stop her!" one of the men shouted. "Twenty gold francs to whoever catches her."

Cat winced as the crowd looked on her with new interest. Twenty francs was a fortune. A large burly man stepped in front of her. She pulled up short, then kicked him as hard as she could between his legs. He doubled over, but before she could maneuver past him, another man caught her from behind.

She rammed her head back to slam it into his face. He cursed as she spun from his hands, her own skull aching from the blow. Another tried to capture her. She ran her shoulder into his middle and shoved him back, causing him to fall into the dirt.

But before she could straighten, someone else ran at her and knocked her to the ground, flat on her back. She gasped as the breath left her lungs. Still, she wasn't defeated. Rolling over, she shot to her feet only to be knocked down again.

Desperate, she scrambled on the ground, trying to escape only to find her way blocked by a pair of scuffed black leather boots. She glared at them with hatred burning deep inside her.

Nay!

Refusing to cower, she looked up defiantly at the man blocking her path, then gaped at the sight of the face that met her eyes.

It couldn't be . . .

Time stopped as she met the crystal blue gaze of a man she'd never thought to see again. The last time they'd met, he'd been immaculately coifed. Regal and stern. He'd seemed larger than life, but that vision paled to how he appeared this day.

Now he looked rugged and powerful. Dangerous. Determined and feral. His golden blond hair was windblown and his cheeks dusted with several days' growth of beard. And there was no missing the lethal chill in his eyes as he took in her predicament.

"Are you injured, lass?" Lochlan asked in that deep Scottish brogue before he held one large, strong hand out to her.

Cat could do nothing more than shake her head as she reached for his hand. To her relief, he pulled her to her feet, then placed himself between her and her pursuers.

She couldn't believe her luck as she brushed at the dirt on her gown. Nor could she believe Lochlan would be willing to protect her when no one else had stepped forward.

As her captors neared, Lochlan pulled his sword from its sheath.

The Warrior LP. Copyright © by Kinley MacGregor. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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Ladykel More than 1 year ago
Considering how much I like reading MacGregor, I was a bit disappointed in this particular novel. I like the way her other novels led up to this one, but Lochlan and Cat's story was a bit of a let down. It was like the author was a bit distracted and couldn't wait to get on to another story line. And the love story seemed a bit rushed for me - going from hate to love in just a few pages. And I was sure if Kinley MacGregor was trying to tie in this story line into her Sherrilyn Kenyon novels, the Dark Hunters. I love those, but when I am reading these I am looking for more story line's line Lochlan's brother Sin in "Born in Sin."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this because you still have to read it after reading the prevoius MacAllister and Brotherhood of the Sword books. However, this one is a little bit of a let down after reading the others. I love Lochlan and Catarina's characters. He so uptight and she so free spirited. The author could have played-up their differences so much more. Their passion seemed to lack compared to previous couples. The way Catarina tought Nora to dance in Taming the Scotsman, I expected a lot more. Catarina never did get Lochlan to dance with her. And the ending . . . what was that? Did the author suddenly change her pseudonym? She plunks down a supernatural event at an end of a serries of books that has no previous mention of the supernatural. They've all been light-hearted books until this end. The author herself uses the word 'demonic' to describe the situation. Unlike a previous reviewer, I think a lot is left undone because the author is not through with this storyline yet. Like who's behind killing the Brotherhood members. That was still left hanging in Stryder's story. And who was King Phillip's informant in this book? What's with St. Cyr? I'm curious to see if she is going to go with supernatural historical romance next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book i would have to say is my least favorite of the series. I thought that she could have tied everthing together at the end. The love between cat and lochlan was a little bit to fast for me. they went from hating each other to love all in the same hour. I must say that i did like cat's character she is very charming and witty. i think that lochlan could've had more charm to him. I mean compared to sin's life lochlan was a pinch short from being perfect but yet i feel the author wanted you to feel bad for him. over all the book was okay. and did anyone not get the fact that kieran now is a vampire of some sort..lol crazy ending huh?
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Jobrysta More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series and as always you won't be disappointed by the author.
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