Sands of Betrayal

Kilted Desire, #1

Scott Maclaren has been devastated by life and love in the past. His tour of duty in Afghanistan left him severely injured. His wife leaves him while he’s in the hospital. His doctors don’t have a lot of hope for his full recovery. Scott is a determined to prove them wrong and forget his faithless wife. It takes years for him to recover, and then finally things start to look up. He meets Katie Johnson, a schoolteacher who is the direct opposite of Scott and already has two cute kids. Finances aren't great though and he decides to take one last job in the Middle East to secure their future. He must guard a young, attractive businesswoman who wants him to do a little more than just guard her from a distance. Scott however is devoted to Katie and his dreams for the future. He will do whatever he must do in order to assure his and Katie's future even if that means putting his life on the line once again.

As an avid romance fan I was hesitant to try a new romantic suspense written by a male author. It wasn’t until I learned that it was based on his experiences in the Middle East that I decided I’d give it a try. Let’s just say that like some bad dates, my earlier experiences with male romance authors left me a little scarred and wary. But as every woman knows, you have to keep trying to meet that special person. As soon as I read the first scenes of the book I was immersed in a world I didn’t ever want to leave. It was sexy, romantic, intriguing, completely captivating, and the sex scenes are even hotter than I expected. The book evolved into more than that though, because what McKinley has done is given readers a vision into what life is like for the Special Forces soldiers, bodyguards, and US businesspersons in the Middle East. McKinley’s portrayal of the events are so vivid and detailed they pull the reader into the story in a way that makes the reader feel they are right there walking with Scott. Praying not to be caught out by the wrong people. He has given readers a deeply, intimate perspective on a deeply honorable man. He has painted a portrait of a hero that will leave a lasting impression on every reader who dares to take a chance on this book. I’ll be adding A. B. McKinley to my auto-buy list because this one is a keeper.

Book Blurb for Sands of Betrayal

Sensual! Exciting! Passionate!

Scott Maclaren, a strong, Special Forces Scotsman, terribly injured during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. His journey begins with a broken heart after his wife leaves him for another man during his time in the hospital. Traveling across the Atlantic to visit family, his story now begins.

After years of physical therapy and being alone, things were about to look up. Katie Johnson, a beautiful Ohio schoolteacher, was where his ‘dream’ of passion and love were to become reality. Smoldering embers became a passionate, raging fire between them. A wanting and desire that burned for one another as neither had ever experienced before.

Scott’s love for Katie and her two girls would lead him to great lengths to make all their dreams come true, including a six-month security contract in the Middle East. The money would ensure financial security for life.

The contract was to secure the safety of a young attractive businesswoman, Britney Parnell, who is accustomed to getting what she wants… and she wants Scott. She wastes no time in making her yearnings known. All can see her motives, but Scott. His only thoughts while in Baghdad are to keep her safe amidst terrorist attacks, shootings and bombs exploding all around them…

This sensual, sexy adventure begins with the ultimate betrayal and is filled with action, intrigue, passion and steamy love scenes.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2013 5.00