Taming the Heiress (The Scottish Lairds Series, Book 1)

Taming the Heiress (The Scottish Lairds Series, Book 1)

by Susan King

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Taming the Heiress (The Scottish Lairds Series, Book 1) by Susan King

According to Scottish legend, the kelpie, a magical sea creature, grants good fortune to the Isle of Caransay upon finding a bride on the sea rock. When Meg MacNeill spends one night on that rugged rock as local tradition demands, a handsome man emerges from the sea--and passion takes its course. Legend fulfilled, the mysterious man disappears.

Seven years later, Dougal Stewart, engineer and deep sea diver, returns to the Caransay to build a lighthouse on the very rock where he washed ashore--but Baroness Strathlin is determined to stop construction. Little does Dougal realize that the barefoot island beauty he often meets is not only the mysterious baroness herself, but the girl he once loved that memorable night--and the fair-haired boy with her is his own son.

REVIEWS:
"An exquisite and magical Highland romance." ~Booklist, *starred review

"Magic, myth and history blend to perfection.... King is a master storyteller." ~Romantic Times Book Club

THE SCOTTISH LAIRDS, in series order
Taming the Heiress
Waking the Princess
Kissing the Countess

THE CELTIC NIGHTS, in series order
The Stone Maiden
The Swan Maiden
The Sword Maiden
Laird of the Wind

THE BORDER ROGUES, in series order
The Raven's Wish
The Raven's Moon
The Heather Moon

OTHER TITLES by Susan King
The Black Thorne's Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614177593
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 05/27/2015
Series: The Scottish Lairds Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 260,007
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Susan King is the bestselling, award-winning author of 23 historical novels and novellas praised for historical accuracy, master storytelling and lyricism.

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Taming the Heiress 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1850 Scotland, her family sends Meg MacNeill out in a storm to the shore where they expect her to win the heart of a kelpie. Dougal Stewart arrives at the remote rock where Meg awaits her destiny. Thinking he must be the kelpie in human disguise, she seduces him. However, not long afterward she realizes her error of giving her virginity to a mortal male. Their tryst leaves her with a son and anger towards Dougal for betraying her heart.

By 1857, Meg has inherited a title and wealth that makes her Scotland¿s richest heiress. Her money provides some entrance into Edinburgh society, but her upbringing keeps her more at home. Currently she is fighting against an engineer, who wants to build a lighthouse on the rock in which she lost her innocence. Her opponent is none other than her enemy for life Dougal. She conceals much from Dougal especially the facts that she is his lighthouse foe and that he sired her son. However harder to hide from him is that she loves him.

This engaging Scottish Victorian Era romance will please fans of the mid nineteenth century novels. Though the plot uses trite devices, the story line still hooks the audience, as fans will adore the lead couple especially relishing their battles. TAMING THE HEIRESS is a well-written tale that readers will appreciate as Susan King displays her fine tuned talent.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good that I had to finish it in hours! I just bought her other two books. I can't wait till see if this book has that same 'magic'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend who reviews romance got an early copy of this one, and recommended it to me, and I have to RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!! The same high quality romance that I love about Susan King's medieval romances is found in this wonderful tale of 19th c. Scotland. A Hebridean girl becomes an heiress, and meets once again the lighthouse engineer that she would rather forget, for very secret reasons. Their clash over the building of a lighthouse on her island shoots off sparks, and then develops into a warm, strong, believable romantic bond. King is a superb writer and she knows how to blend impeccable research, great characters, and beautiful prose. Meg, the heroine is independent yet touchingly vulnerable, and the hero, Dougal, is tough, stubborn, and underneath it all, to-die-for romantic. The secondary characters, especially the heroine's old granny and a sweet, quiet secondary romance that tugs at the heart, all help make this one of King's best books. This is the first of a Victorian series, and I am really looking forward to the other two now that I've read TAMING THE HEIRESS. We won't have to wait long, the other two will be out this fall, and if the teasers are any indication (in the back of the book) they will be great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie_R_Evans-Artist More than 1 year ago
A stormy night washes Dougal Stewart ashore (magical assistance perhaps). Tired, with a concussion and cold, he is rescued by a beautiful woman who takes him to a nearby cave for shelter. Somehow, they both are drawn to each other and end up making love. At dawn, Meg MacNeill takes off for home (with her grandfather who had her spend the night their waiting for a Kelpie according to an old legend to bring good fortune to their community). Dougal awakes unsure if he dreamed it all, but has a token for proof (homemade hair/twine ring). Then, several years later, Meg is a Lady (large inheritance and a son, but bitter believing this male left and betrayed her as she watched him leave the island after their night together hoping in a boat with friends that came to retrieve him). He appears so many years later with plans to build a lighthouse on the island where they met, to protect where she lives and nearby travel routes. She objects to scarring the beauty of the island and to him. But her heart and body say other than her head. He recognizes her, but knows her as Meg, as he seeks out a meeting with her as the Lady. Was she toying with him? Will they really get together. Many other problems arise. This is such a fun story and Dougal and Meg (and family) are really likable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLANT....Really enjoyed this story of Dougal and Meg....d
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a little slow but enjoyable. I loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good book, in most of the stories of this series, Susan King combines folklore with future events. in this story there is a legend of the island that if a innocent female sleeps on a certain rock she will meet her future love. The girl ends up seeing a male that has been washed up on shore and they fall in love. many years later she is married by force to a local person who is evil and she has a son. the man from the past walks into her life and the adventure begins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago