The Highlander’s Bride Trouble
By Mary Wine
August 5, 2014
Her clan is in chaos…
Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated—and skilled with a bow and dagger. It’s a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.
And rivalries are deadlier than ever.
Raised on the rugged Scottish Isles, Saer MacLeod is considered fierce even by Highlander standards. He’s enchanted by the independent and headstrong Nareen. But when an old feud endangers her life, Saer’s fascination with her escalates into a ferocious desire to protect her… and claim her for himself.
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He reached out and stroked her cheek. “’Tis a sad thing to see how hard yer feelings are. But there is naught more to fear, she’ll nae have the opportunity to inflict such ills again.”
Nareen jerked away from the contact. She even took a swipe at his hand, but he moved faster, withdrawing in time to avoid being struck. Someone chuckled from where his men clustered near the fires, but Saer was watching her from narrowed eyes.
“I am nae afraid of anything,” she assured him.
“Is that so?” Saer inquired in a silky-smooth tone.
Nareen nodded. Satisfaction began to fill her, but it was cut short as he reached out and stroked her face again. She jumped, completely unable to control her reaction.
“Ye are making sport of me in front of yer men, like a savage.”
His eyes glittered, but it wasn’t with the outrage Nareen had intended to provoke. Instead, there was an unmistakable pleased looked in those dark orbs.
“I am a savage, Nareen.” He stepped forward, placing himself within touching range again. “I do nae let words stand alone. If ye truly have no interest in me, there is no reason to avoid me touch. Stand steady and prove ye are nae moved. I have no taste for a frigid woman.”
She laughed at him but stepped back again. “Then it seems we have a common ground, for I crave no man’s touch.”
His lips thinned. “Now that is something ye shall have to prove as well.”
“I will nae. Me word should be enough on the matter, if ye truly are me brother’s friend.” She didn’t care to hide behind her brother’s name, but the circumstances offered her few alternatives.
“As ye noted, I am a savage, and I always demand proof before I believe.”
This time, she was ready when he reached for her cheek. She stepped aside, avoiding him. She was just beginning to smile with her victory when he closed his hand around her wrist. He really was huge. His fingers closed easily around her smaller wrist, clasping it in an iron grip. She braced herself for pain, but there was none, only a secure hold that defied her attempt to break it.
“Release me.” Her voice had risen, and she shut her mouth before revealing any more of her unsettled state.
“Prove ye are unmoved, lass, and I shall be content to accept yer dismissal.” His tone had deepened, becoming something hypnotic.
“I am irritated.” And remaining still was proving too difficult. She twisted her hand, trying to break his hold again.
“Aye, ye are that.” He lifted her hand to his face and pressed a kiss on the delicate skin of her inner wrist. She shuddered, the touch intensely intimate. She’d never realized her skin might be so sensitive. The simple touch of his lips unleashed a bolt of sensation that shook her all the way down to her toes. His eyes filled with satisfaction.
“But ye are also affected.”
He released her, and she stumbled back a pace because she’d been resisting his hold so greatly. Laughter erupted from his men. Saer stiffened, and he crossed his arms over his chest.
“What?” she said. “Are ye trying to impress me by controlling yerself now that ye see yer men are enjoying the sport ye are making of me?”
“Aye, I am,” he answered darkly. “I am nae the one who chose this setting for our meeting, Nareen. Ye should nae have refused to see me again at court. That left me no choice but to chase ye.”
please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
The Highlander’s Bride Trouble finishes up my Sutherland saga. This is the fourth book, one I didn’t envision when I first sold these books. But Saer showed up in the second book and I knew he needed his own story. Nareen was there in ‘The Highlander’s Prize’ and I’ve been thinking about her ever since too. When they encountered one another in ‘How to Handle a Highlander’…I knew I wanted to write this book. I was lucky enough to have an editor who was open to the idea.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I discovered the romance genre sometime around fifth grade. Now, according to my mom, I’ve been telling stories since I learned to talk. Lol. But I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I could recall, and from the moment that I discovered my first romance book…I’ve wanted to be a romance writer.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Believe it or not, my tae kwon do Master. He says…’Successful people don’t just happen.’ …If you want to be something, whether it’s fitness, education or a hundred other things…you have to go out there and make it happen. I write stuff that never sells. I re-write stuff because it needs work. I cringe when I read reviews sometimes but in the end, I get up the next day and write again.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
I try with every book.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I like to sew historical clothing. Victorian bustles, corsets and I love using silk.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Marriage and trying to create a home.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Oh, likely someplace that is off limits to tourists or unsafe to travel to. I’d love to see some of the things locked away in the Vatican. Or walk through some of the great pyramids. I’d like to walk on Elizabeth’s walk at the tower of London, no one is allowed up there because it’s unsafe.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I do try new stuff.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
Running water. I love cruise ships. Something about being at sea…with all the modern conveniences.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Love them all really but I live in southern California.
What project are you working on next?
At the moment, I am writing an erotic romance that will release under my pen name ‘Dawn Ryder’. She’s my naughty inner child.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
No, the season has ended. I’m looking at what I plan to do next year. For now, I’m going to dig in and write some books.
Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.