by Diana Cosby
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: 6/6/17
Deep within Scotland, a healer and a warrior join forces to protect Scotland’s future . . .
There is an intruder in the woods near King Robert Bruce’s camp, but when Sir Thomas MacKelloch comes face-to-face with the interloper, he is shocked to discover his assailant is a woman. The fair lady is skilled with a bow and arrow and defiant in her responses. The wary Knight Templar dare not allow her beauty to lower his guard. Irritated by his attraction, he hauls her before his sovereign to expose her nefarious intent.
Outraged Sir Thomas dismissed her claim, Mistress Alesone MacNiven awaits the shock on the arrogant knight’s face when he learns that she has told the truth. But it is she who is shocked, and then horrified, as it is revealed that her father, the king’s mortal enemy, has betrothed her to a powerful noble, a deal that could jeopardize the king’s efforts to unite Scotland. Robert Bruce orders Sir Thomas to escort Alesone to safety. As they embark on a harrowing journey through the Highlands, Alesone tries to ignore her attraction to the intimidating warrior, but as she burns beneath Thomas’s kiss she realizes this fearless knight could steal her heart.
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A frustrated exhale sounded behind Lady Alesone.
“Do you always interrogate the people you meet?” Sir Thomas asked.
Though tired, Alesone smiled. “Only the interesting ones.”
Ice crunched beneath the horse’s hooves as his destrier picked his way through the litter of rock and snow down the incline.
At her protector’s silence, she glanced back.
In the cloud smeared moonlight his gaze held hers.
At the intensity, a shiver swept through her. From their less than cordial start, she’d doubted they’d ever come to a point where she’d look at him more than a man to avoid. Yet, something about Thomas drew her.
An understatement. In truth, from the way his eyes held hers, his direct manner, and how he moved with predatory stealth left tingles of awareness sliding through her body. He was unlike any man she’d ever met.
Off balance by the needs he evoked, she shifted to a safer topic. “I want to apologize.”
“You have done naught to apologize for.”
“I have. Although praised by our king, I doubted you.”
“Lass,” he said, fatigue weighing heavy in his voice, “your belief in me is irrelevant. Once you are safely delivered, never will we see the other again.”
She stiffed, hurt that he could dismiss her with such ease when he lingered on her mind. Why? ‘Twas nae like she wanted him to stay. Still, a foolish part of her needed to know. “And when you ride off you will forget me?” she teased.
Thomas grunted. “Anyone who drives an arrow paces from my heart I remember.”
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages. Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.
After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world. With the release of her first two books in her new Scottish medieval The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Taken and An Oath Broken, both which hit bestseller lists in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the release of the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series, she is now preparing for the release of the last book in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Sworn on 23 December, 2015!
Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey.
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