An Allusive Love
Historical romance, Scottish Regency
A woman in love... An infuriating Scot… A tantalizing chase.
Kirstine MacDunn has loved Brodie MacNaughton forever. He returns her affection—as his best friend and confidante. After enduring one too many of his infatuations, she finally takes matters into her own hands.
Brodie knows it is his destiny to lead Clan MacNaughton, but his grandfather insists the honor goes to the oldest. When Brodie and his brothers struggle to convince the chief that tradition is not always the best path, he turns to Kirsty for support. She surprises him with more than advice. A kiss that sends unexpected fire through his veins.
Pride, Highland politics, and tragedy collide, proving Brodie’s ability to lead. But when a resentful clan member’s revenge threatens Kirsty, he realizes how precious and allusive true love can be.
She chewed her bottom lip. “Instead of telling yer grandfather, ye need to show him. Go with him as Lachlan did, but speak up so he not only hears yer ideas but sees other men’s reactions. That will convince him quicker than words.”
He nodded. “Aye, there have been several instances I might have approached a dispute differently. Och, it wasna worth the argument at the time but now…”
She rested her cheek against her knees and smiled at him. “Now, you want yer voice heard.”
Brodie leaned over and whispered in her ear, “I love ye, lass. I kent ye would help me through this.”
“By listening? Anyone can do that.” She laughed, his nearness warming her skin. “Ye always have the answers in yer head, Brodie. Ye just need to dig around all the uncertainties and find what’s in yer heart.”
“Ye’re my neutral territory. I dinna have to choose my words so carefully with ye. With others—even my family—I must worry over whose feelings I might hurt or whose temper might flare if I dinna express myself well. I canna just spout off ideas to solve a problem, in case my intent is misinterpreted.”
His consideration of others was one reason she loved him so. Sure, he had his faults, acted like a green lad when it came to his female infatuations, but he would see his folly in that respect. Brodie would be a confident and honorable chief who would serve his clan well.
He sat up, and the pressure of his shoulder against hers sent her pulse racing. He turned his head, his breath hot against her neck.
“Will ye always be here for me, Kirsty? Ye’re like family.” He took her hand in his. His thumb stroked her skin, and a swell of pleasure coursed through her belly. “There has always been something special between us.”
Merciful heavens! This was it. She held her breath; her heart pounded so hard she was certain Brodie could hear it. He bent his head. She closed her eyes.
And then he kissed her on the cheek and stood, tugging her to her feet. “I should get ye back before yer ma takes a skelp at my noggin.”
Her face flushed at the images that flooded her brain. The thump slowed along with the disappointment. She blinked quickly at the sudden burn in her eyes.
Patience! He’s coming to his senses, her heart whispered.
Slap him! her brain urged as she suppressed a giggle.
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This is a friends-to-lovers trope. The dynamics within the MacNaughton clan will bring forth tears of emotion. Especially laughter! The MacNaughtons are also a real clan in Scotland—my grandfather’s clan!
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USA Today bestselling author Aubrey Wynne is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule, and barn cats. Obsessions include wine, history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas. Her Chicago Christmas series has received the Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, Heart of Excellence, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and twice nominated as a Rone finalist by InD’tale Magazine.
Aubrey’s first love is medieval romance but after dipping her toe in the Regency period in 2018 with the Wicked Earls’ Club, she was smitten. This inspired her spin-off series Once Upon a Widow and the Scottish Regency series A MacNaughton Castle Romance with Dragonblade Novels.
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