Seducing a Scottish Bride
Sue Ellen Welfonder takes us back to visit the Mackenzie’s in Seducing a Scottish Bride. This is the story of Duncan’s Daughter – Lady Gelis MacKenzie. The Lady Gelis has grown up to be a true highland beauty but one that is as wild and tame less as the Highlands themselves in many ways. She is truly her father’s daughter. But Duncan hopes that she has gotten all of his strength, courage, and luck as well when the unthinkable happens…
An offer comes for the hand of Lady Gelis from Clan MacRauri and Duncan is beside himself from the moment that the messangers arrive. No one can figure out why the Laird is so distraught over the offer until he explains that he is honor bound to grant this request as he owes a life debt to the MacRauri Laird. He never thought it would come in the form of him having to give one of his beloved daughters in marriage into the cursed clan. Clan MacRauri is steeped in shadow and mystery and is rumored to be cursed because of the dark deeds of a former chieftain. Duncan is horrified at the prospect that his daughter will now have to be married into the cursed line and live within the halls of the dark and blighted Castle Dare.
Gelis however scoffs at the notion of a curse and she insists that she has had a vision that ensures that she will find true love with the Raven of the MacRauri’s. Can her vision have been true or does the Raven bring darkness and folly upon his black wings?
Ronan MacRauri known as the Raven has long looked for a way to free his clan of the curse of his ancestor. He longs to dispel the dark mists and haunting specters that seem to roam his family’s castle and homeland. To long the clan has been avoided and shunned and Ronan is desperate to find a way to save his people. When his grandfather informs him that he has arranged a marriage between Ronan and the Gelis Mackenzie, Ronan is less than happy about the arrangement. But his grandfather is certain that Gelis is the very thing that could help them break the curse upon their people and bring light back to Castle Dare. From the moment that Ronan sets eyes upon Gelis her beauty and fire are undeniable but he is wary in bringing yet another innocent woman into the darkness that is his life for fear of her own safety. While Ronan tries to keep Gelis at arms length, Gelis has other plans and sets about trying to prove that their love could and will conquer the demons that plague him. And that together they can bring his clan back into the light.
Can Gelis and Ronan find true love? Can the curse be broken by it or will the darkness of clan MacRauri’s past rise up to destroy them all?
Sue Ellen Welfonder is one of the best writers in romance today. Her larger than life heroes and heroines whisk you away from the first page and take you to the beautiful settings of the Scottish Highlands. And if you are like me and love a good Scottish Romance she never disappoints! Pick this one up today and take a grand vacation to the rugged and beautiful highlands for a story full of love and adventure!
Book Blurb for Seducing a Scottish Bride
Gelis MacKenzie is one of the most desirable heiresses in all the Western Highlands. She is the youngest and much adored daughter of the indomitable Black Stag of Kintail, Duncan MacKenzie, who was the hero of Welfonder's novel DEVIL IN A KILT. Unfortunately, Gelis has been branded unmarriageable, but not for lack of masculine interest. No matter how lofty the ancestry, how deep the purse, or how mighty the sword arm, nary a one of her suitors is good enough for her father. Although he loves Gelis fiercely and knows he must someday see her settled and wed, Duncan isn't quite ready to let her go.
But now Duncan has received an offer for Gelis's hand in marriage that he is honor-bound to accept-and it comes from the worst possible quarter. The suitor, Ronan MacRuari of Castle Dare, is the last man Duncan MacKenzie would wish for a son-in-law. Known as the Raven, Ronan is the scion of a dark clan that has been marked by a deadly curse.
Ronan and Gelis are instantly attracted to one another, but they are immediately estranged. Ronan's last two wives have died abruptly and he doesn't want to see his vivacious newly-wed Gelis suffer the same fate, so he distances himself from her as much as possible. In the meantime, Ronan searches for the Raven Stone, a fabled treasure that he believes holds the power of the curse over his clan. But Gelis has fallen in love with her new husband, and she's determined to help him. Though Ronan doesn't know it,Gelis also has the gift of second-sight, and she has seen a future in which she is destined to help redeem her cursed husband.
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