An English Bride in Scotland (The Highland Brides)
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From New York Times bestselling author of The Husband Hunt, The Heiress, and other beloved historical romances, comes Lynsay Sands’s An English Bride in Scotland, the first book in a new series set in the wilds of the Highlands.
Annabel had planned to become a nun. But when her mother arrives at the Abbey to bring her home to marry a Scottish laird—her runaway sister’s intended husband—her life takes a decidedly different turn.
And though Annabel isn’t the wife he’d planned for, strong, sexy Ross McKay is taken with his shy, sweet bride.
Annabel knows nothing about being a wife, running a castle—or the marriage bed. But her handsome new husband makes her want to learn. When Annabel’s life is threatened, Ross vows to move the highlands itself to save her and preserve the passion that’s only beginning to bloom.
on the heavy side compared to the other women at the abbey. The abbess was quite firm in stating that pleasures of the flesh were to be avoided, and food was one of those as far as she was concerned, and of course she was right, gluttony was a sin. Most women in the abbey ate little more than enough to keep a bird alive to please the abbess, but Annabel hadn’t been able to do that. Working in the stables took energy and she had needed to eat to do the work properly. It had been an issue of
fact, she didn’t even recall the first consummation, so she was as ignorant as could be on the subject, but she was pretty sure he was having some rather carnal thoughts. When his gaze settled in the area of her breasts through the damp cloth and he licked his lips, Annabel stood abruptly, her hand tightening on the linen she was holding around her shoulders. She managed a smile, but her feet were carrying her backward away from him as she said, “I am sorry for sleeping so late, my lord.” “It
fair, he’d probably only told Seonag so that she knew what she was dealing with. Annabel didn’t doubt that everyone now knew about it, though. It was impossible to keep secrets in castles. “Me wife was attacked and punched in the head,” Ross explained. “And doubtless she has other bruises and wounds from the attack too. Take her above stairs and be sure there is nothing serious. Then see her changed. I’ll—” “There is no time for that now,” Annabel protested at once. “We must get these bluebells
mouth. She was aware when one of his hands slid from a breast to drop down, gliding over her stomach as it sought out places further south. Moaning, she pressed her bottom back into him and then shifted her stance a bit to allow him better access as his lovely fingers slid between her legs. “Husband,” she gasped, breaking their kiss and clutching at his upper arms as his caresses made her legs go weak. He gave up caressing her other breast then, and wrapped that arm under her breasts to help
in that. It would be nice if that were true, however. Then perhaps they could have a real relationship. She would like to have a sister again, but it was hard to believe that the selfishness and nasty streak Kate had displayed was so easily shed. Finally, she simply said, “I hope so too.” “What’s yer idea fer getting m’lady down to the village?” Seonag asked when the two sisters continued to stare at each other. Kate glanced to the maid, resentment flashing briefly across her face at her