by Terry Spear
The Highlanders #5
Publication Date: October 13, 2013
Audiobook Length 8 hrs and 42 mins
Narrated by Rosalind Ashford
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Synopsis: Anna, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what’s a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest—but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!
Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his brother’s castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder—English or French—it does not matter.
Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder’s cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his brother requests of him—ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle—but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.
Excerpt: More barbarians like him? She shuddered, thinking how much more trouble she might be in, all because this man took refuge in her cottage.
“It appeared that you needed to sleep as well.” He pulled on one, then the other of his leather boots.
“I did not sleep.”
Straightening his plaid, the Highlander said, “Oh? It appeared that way to me. I have observed you for some time, lassie.” He studied her further as she squirmed against her bindings. “I believe I prefer you this way. I should leave you bound like that so that you willna give me any more grief, but I am hungry and wish for you to prepare something for me to eat.”
“You think I will feed you when you have trussed me up thus for so long?” she asked indignantly. Yet she was hungry and had to eat also, and the preparations would take some time if she was to have a meal today.
“Aye,” he said curtly, then stood and stretched, but groaned.
Her gaze again latched onto the bloodied cloth around his waist. The wool fabric was his tunic, she now thought, first believing he had traipsed through the glen wearing naught but his plaid, half naked like a true barbarian. He moved to the chair Anora was confined to. Charlie jumped up to greet him.
“Oh, Charlie,” Anora said, her voice rife with remonstration, “you are supposed to bite him, not welcome him.”
About Terry Spear
USA Today Bestseller, TERRY SPEAR writes urban fantasy and Highland medieval romance: hot wolves, jaguar shifters, medieval Highlanders and lots more. She also pens young adult paranormal romance. She has over fifty paranormal books to her name, earned Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year, and has been featured in The International Wolf Magazine, Woman’s World and BGS Book Review Magazine. She creates award-winning teddy bears in the heart of Texas and gardens. She retired from USAR after rappelling, mountain climbing, learning water survival, qualifying with a number of firearms, survived the obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses and confidences courses – and knows if she can do it, her characters can overcome any obstacle she puts in their path.