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Title Deception and Desire
Author Aubrey Wynne
Genre Scottish Regency/Spicy
Publisher Dragonblade Publishing
Two rebellious souls… An innocent deception… One scorching catastrophe… Fenella Franklin is too tall, too intelligent, and has no title. Her talents lie in numbers and a keen business mind, not in the art of flirtation. When she becomes the object of a cruel wager during her come-out in London, she vows to put off the penniless noblemen vying for her sizeable dowry. But her season is cut short after her mother discovers the subterfuge, and Fenella retreats to Scotland. Lachlan MacNaughton has neither the temperament nor the patience to be the next MacNaughton chief, preferring to knock heads together rather than placate bickering clansmen. He readily accepts a reprieve to help with the family’s textile mill in Glasgow. A sizzling chance encounter in the rain introduces him to the new female bookkeeper. His grandfather may want him back in the Highlands, but his heart has been lost in the Lowlands. The attraction between Fenella and Lachlan sparks a passion not even two rebellious souls can deny. But an innocent deception tests their newfound love and threatens the freedom they both crave.
As the chortles subsided, the soft sound of hiccups took over. “Och, now look what we’ve done,” he said as he wiped the tears from his eyes. “I have just the thing for that.”
Lachlan reached into his sporran and pulled out a small hip flask. He uncorked it, then handed it to her. She stared at it.
“Go on. Have a wee nip,” he said, waving it at her.
Fenella accepted the tin, tipped back her head, and took a drink. She spluttered and coughed. He choked back a laugh and smacked her on the back several times.
“Weel, I see I dinna have to worry about ye wooing her with a gentle touch.” Ian snatched the flask from the poor girl. “Are ye all right, lass?”
She nodded and dragged air into her lungs.
“What the devil were ye thinking?”
“She had the hiccups.” Lachlan gave Fenella a sideways glance and saw her grin. “Aye, and I was being a gentleman by helping her get rid of them.”
“It worked,” she squeaked. “Though a drink of water… perhaps…”
Ian shook his head. “Her throat is probably on fire, ye mindless numpty.”
Fenella took a deep breath and turned to Lachlan with a brilliant smile. “Shall we continue, Mr. MacNaughton?” she asked huskily, the harsh liquor still affecting her voice.
“I’d be delighted, Miss Franklin.” He turned to Ian. “If ye would excuse us, Brother?”
Lachlan held out his arm. As he escorted her up the stairs, he realized all the previous awkwardness had vanished. She’d defended him in a way, taken his side. Sweet Mary. He was not only attracted to this exceptional woman, he liked her.
God in heaven, he was in trouble.
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Bestselling and award-winning 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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