A Question of Lust

Questions for a Highlander

Book 3
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Vin MacKintosh was alive…


After five years of mourning her lost love, Moira MacKenzie had finally move on with her life and seek a husband. Finding out Vincent MacKintosh was alive after all those years dealt her the greatest shock of her life. She should have been thrilled to have the man she’d loved her entire life back, but after so long, she’d forgotten one important detail.

She might have loved Vin, but he had never loved her back.


Vin is a man tormented by the past and, with little hope that her dreams of true love will be fulfilled, Moira instead offers him the friendship he so desperately needs as he integrates himself back into a normal life.


He thought he’d never truly live again…


After years as a prisoner of war, Vin MacKintosh returns with a scarred and battered soul. Beset by guilt and nightmares from his years of torture and torment, he must readapt to a world where everyone he knew is a different person and the world a vastly different place. While everyone else seems to constantly compare him to the man he was, he cannot help but turn to the one person who gives him encouragement and motivation to move on.


As his best friend, Jason MacKenzie’s, younger sister, Vin has known Moira her entire life, her letters during the war provided him comfort and understanding. True friendship. Now that he is back, he needs those things more than ever. However, Vin finds he cannot continue to look at Moira merely as a friend and little sister any longer. He cannot help but see her as a woman…and one too desirable to resist.


Moira makes him feel alive again, but he knows it cannot last. While lust can do nothing but ruin the friendship he desperately needs, Vin knows that the truth about her brother’s death would destroy Moira’s affectionate for him forever. Plagued by his guilt, he pushes her away when he needs her most.


What will he do when he realizes that what he feels is more than merely a question of lust?

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He planned to get rich the old-fashioned way...

By marrying into it.


 When Jack Merrill becomes Earl of Haddington inheriting not only a title but the devastating debt that came with it, his friends convince him that the quickest solution is a wealthy bride! When he stumbles upon Kitty Hayes, he’s certain he’s found the perfect wife. She’s full of a fire and spirit that challenges him. She’s also a wealthy heiress. But Kitty is a married woman! Can he wait it out until she finds her 

freedom?


  After years in an abusive marriage, Kitty Hayes flees Boston hoping to find protection and anonymity with her sister, Eve MacKintosh, now Countess of Glenrothes, in Scotland, while she petitions for a divorce from the man who has made her life a living hell. 


  Mistaken for her sister, she encounters Jack Merrill who seeks friendship, he claims, but Kitty knows what he is hoping for! To her surprise, he’s not at all what she expected but rather a caring and affectionate man. But Kitty knows a scoundrel man like Jack will never realize the man he could be—the loving husband she’d always hoped for and the father her daughter needs. A man she can trust.


  That doesn’t mean she can’t want something more from him, so Kitty negotiates a deal with Jack. The money he needs to save his earldom if he becomes her lover in return. It’s a 

bargain that gives Jack everything he needs, but he soon discovers that it doesn’t give what he truly wants. 


  When Kitty’s life is threatened by her former husband, will he realize the truth before it’s too late or will Jack just stand aside and let Kitty walk out of his life forever?



She lost her first chance at love…


After spending six years to an oppressive husband, Evelyn Ashley-Cooper is free to be herself again, to live again… and to love again. If only she remembered how! Eve finds herself floundering under the veneer of perfection her domineering husband demanded, unable to unleash the vivacious girl she was once was from the confines of her prim exterior.


Since meeting Eve many years before, Francis MacKintosh has become a man embittered by life, by a wife who has made him a cuckold to the whole of Scotland, and by a scandalous divorce. He never thought that he would find Eve, his Eden, once again or that he would dare push aside his disdain of the fairer sex, to trust, and love once more. But for Eve, for the love and happiness he is suddenly certain they can find in each other, he finds himself willing to take a chance.

If only he might convince his true love to do the same!

They found a second chance together…


Love and desire tempt Eve to shed her old self and begin anew, but she’s torn between the yearning to be with Francis and a determination never to put herself under the thumb of another man. Francis' seduction and ability to blend her proper side with the spirited Eve of years past lures the countess back to him, but just when happiness seems but a step away, their mutual pasts will come crashing down around them attempting to tear them apart.


Eve and Francis will have to risk their lives for a second chance and a future together.

The question remains, will their rediscovered love be enough to conquer all?

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This is the tale of how Harry met Fiona… And broke her heart.

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but Fiona MacKintosh was more inclined to believe that after a long, furious journey through hell, no scorned woman was apt to be inclined to love and entrust her heart to a man so easily again.

Especially not to the same man!

Lord Harrison Brudenall, Marquis of Aylesbury, isn’t a man to let what he wants slip through his fingers, and what Harry wants is Fiona as his wife. Two years past, friendship and respect for the MacKintosh brothers compelled him to discourage the infatuation and flirtation of their only sister even if he denied himself in the process, but the years since have changed Harry. The joy and humor once readily found in his life has become conspicuously absent but Harry doesn’t realize just how lacking they had been until he met Fiona MacKintosh once more.

Unconventional, daring and achingly beautiful, she reminds Harry of everything his life has been missing and what it was like to truly feel alive. Now, he means to have the tempermental Highland lass for his own whether the whole of the MacKintosh clan – Fiona included – approves or not.

And she does not!

Fiona is determined to find a man and marriage meant for her convenience and the handsome, charismatic, heartbreaking marquis, Harry Brudenall, is not on her list. But when danger looms unexpectedly, and it is her life rather than her heart that is in peril, Fiona soon realizes that there is only one man she wants to turn to for protection.

There was just something about Harry. The one man who will prove his love … and without question, give his life for her.
The halls of Glen Cairn Manor churned with so much love and wedded bliss of late the sight had become downright sickening. James MacKintosh couldn’t understand how his brothers had managed to fall love-struck one after another. Not when they all knew as well as he how such an emotion could send a man from heaven straight to the bowels of hell. 

But, damned if they didn’t somehow make it all look so bloody appealing. 

New York suffragette Primrose Eames had more than enough men trying to control her already. There was no chance she’d relent and marry again, despite her brothers’ dogged “encouragement” on the matter. More than anything, she wanted independence and the freedom to live life on her own terms. A husband would only serve to snatch that dream away from her forever. 

What Prim needed was a decoy and James MacKintosh was just the man for the job.

Having failed in his search for the perfect woman to wed, James was happy to help Prim with a false courtship, but only because it served his purposes to avoid the matchmakers as well. However, James soon discovers that even a fictitious courtship with a woman set on never remarrying has its own challenges. 

For Prim, the courtship begins to feel all too real. James is too charming, too engaging and so supportive of her cause. It doesn’t take long before she realizes there is a certain freedom to be found in marriage the right sort of man. If the right sort of man were interested in marriage, that is.

It’s only when betrayal and despair leave them both longing for more in their lives that they realize the importance of a love worth having, and a question worth asking.


She lost faith in the person she loved most


Lady Piper Brudenall hoped, prayed, and pleaded for her brother to return to London and rescue her from the marriage her mother arranged for her to a despicable nobleman. Heartbroken by her brother’s apparent abandonment but with nowhere left to turn, Piper knew she had no one left to trust. No one to count on. No choice but to save herself. Leaving behind life as she knew it, she ran away from it all. Living right under their noses. Fearing what would become of her if she were ever discovered.

 

He found love in the most unexpected place


Connor MacKintosh relishes the chance to take control of the Marquis of Aylesbury’s estate, Dinton Grange, while his sister and her new husband were on their honeymoon. Getting his hands dirty evolves into a far more fascinating undertaking when he encounters a bonny lass with a smile potent enough to leave a man weak in the knees. As taken as he is by her, Connor realizes the mysterious woman is running from something, or someone. Unfortunately, he can be of no help to her if she persists in running from him.


Wariness of strangers has kept Piper’s presence at the Grange a secret for more than two years. However, while distrust hasn’t entirely guaranteed security… it has ensured loneliness. When Connor comes along offering a friendly ear, a helping hand, and something more unexpected, she’s torn between her head and her heart. One knows she’d be a fool to put her faith in another man. The other promises that he is a man like no other.


As Piper’s past threatens to catch up with her, Connor will do anything he can to keep her safe. Whether she will trust him with her life and her heart…


That’s a question for the ages. 


She lost her first chance at love…


After spending six years to an oppressive husband, Evelyn Ashley-Cooper is free to be herself again, to live again… and to love again. If only she remembered how! Eve finds herself floundering under the veneer of perfection her domineering husband demanded, unable to unleash the vivacious girl she was once was from the confines of her prim exterior.


Since meeting Eve many years before, Francis MacKintosh has become a man embittered by life, by a wife who has made him a cuckold to the whole of Scotland, and by a scandalous divorce. He never thought that he would find Eve, his Eden, once again or that he would dare push aside his disdain of the fairer sex, to trust, and love once more. But for Eve, for the love and happiness he is suddenly certain they can find in each other, he finds himself willing to take a chance.

If only he might convince his true love to do the same!

They found a second chance together…


Love and desire tempt Eve to shed her old self and begin anew, but she’s torn between the yearning to be with Francis and a determination never to put herself under the thumb of another man. Francis' seduction and ability to blend her proper side with the spirited Eve of years past lures the countess back to him, but just when happiness seems but a step away, their mutual pasts will come crashing down around them attempting to tear them apart.


Eve and Francis will have to risk their lives for a second chance and a future together.

The question remains, will their rediscovered love be enough to conquer all?

He planned to get rich the old-fashioned way...

By marrying into it.


 When Jack Merrill becomes Earl of Haddington inheriting not only a title but the devastating debt that came with it, his friends convince him that the quickest solution is a wealthy bride! When he stumbles upon Kitty Hayes, he’s certain he’s found the perfect wife. She’s full of a fire and spirit that challenges him. She’s also a wealthy heiress. But Kitty is a married woman! Can he wait it out until she finds her 

freedom?


  After years in an abusive marriage, Kitty Hayes flees Boston hoping to find protection and anonymity with her sister, Eve MacKintosh, now Countess of Glenrothes, in Scotland, while she petitions for a divorce from the man who has made her life a living hell. 


  Mistaken for her sister, she encounters Jack Merrill who seeks friendship, he claims, but Kitty knows what he is hoping for! To her surprise, he’s not at all what she expected but rather a caring and affectionate man. But Kitty knows a scoundrel man like Jack will never realize the man he could be—the loving husband she’d always hoped for and the father her daughter needs. A man she can trust.


  That doesn’t mean she can’t want something more from him, so Kitty negotiates a deal with Jack. The money he needs to save his earldom if he becomes her lover in return. It’s a 

bargain that gives Jack everything he needs, but he soon discovers that it doesn’t give what he truly wants. 


  When Kitty’s life is threatened by her former husband, will he realize the truth before it’s too late or will Jack just stand aside and let Kitty walk out of his life forever?


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.
 
Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.
 
Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape.  Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can’t deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland’s most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it’s too late?

Praise for The Raider

“McCarty’s latest Highland Guard novel is a deeply moving and delightful read . . . once again proving that McCarty is a master storyteller.”—RT Book Reviews

“Monica McCarty is an absolutely superior author! Her Highland Guard series has to be one of the absolute best Highland series out there! Fun, fast paced, fact driven and totally fantastic!”—Bodice Rippers

“A powerful tale of love, woe, hardship and the power of true love . . . If you enjoy Scottish warriors, Medieval Scotland, romance, and passion, then you will enjoy The Raider. . . . A must-read!”—My Book Addiction Reviews

“If you are a fan of historical romance, or any romance for that matter, you will want to not only read The Raider, but the entire Highland Guard series. It is just that good!”—Coffee and Characters

“A stimulating romance with a rich historical setting, a conflict to put you on your toes, and a love story to pull at the heart strings . . . well done!”—Addicted to Romance
This is the tale of how Harry met Fiona… And broke her heart.

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but Fiona MacKintosh was more inclined to believe that after a long, furious journey through hell, no scorned woman was apt to be inclined to love and entrust her heart to a man so easily again.

Especially not to the same man!

Lord Harrison Brudenall, Marquis of Aylesbury, isn’t a man to let what he wants slip through his fingers, and what Harry wants is Fiona as his wife. Two years past, friendship and respect for the MacKintosh brothers compelled him to discourage the infatuation and flirtation of their only sister even if he denied himself in the process, but the years since have changed Harry. The joy and humor once readily found in his life has become conspicuously absent but Harry doesn’t realize just how lacking they had been until he met Fiona MacKintosh once more.

Unconventional, daring and achingly beautiful, she reminds Harry of everything his life has been missing and what it was like to truly feel alive. Now, he means to have the tempermental Highland lass for his own whether the whole of the MacKintosh clan – Fiona included – approves or not.

And she does not!

Fiona is determined to find a man and marriage meant for her convenience and the handsome, charismatic, heartbreaking marquis, Harry Brudenall, is not on her list. But when danger looms unexpectedly, and it is her life rather than her heart that is in peril, Fiona soon realizes that there is only one man she wants to turn to for protection.

There was just something about Harry. The one man who will prove his love … and without question, give his life for her.
Surely, she’d gone completely mad. Claire Manning can’t imagine what she was thinking when she decided to help the escapee from her company’s lab but after seeing him caged like an animal, her humanitarian compulsion cannot be overridden – even by the arrogant, scowling eighteenth-century Highlander Hugh Urquhart turns out to be.
His entire life has been taken away from him and Claire understands the pain and torment of loss. She understands the desperation she sees in his eyes and is prepared to do whatever it takes to secure Hugh’s freedom and future. What she isn’t prepared for is the ruggedly handsome Scot she finds under the layers of grime and blood caked on him. Nor is she prepared to feel so much more than mere compassion for his suffering.
Not once in Hugh’s entire life has he been taken for a savage or been argued with and commanded about like a lackey as often as he had by his savior from imprisonment.
It was he who commanded.
He who men yielded to.
However, for this woman who had saved his life, Hugh is willing to concede that he doesn’t know everything, that he might need some small amount of help in navigating his way through the alien world he has been unwillingly dragged into. With inexplicable trust, Hugh hands over the reins of his future to Claire – or Sorcha as they would have called her in his world. A woman unlike any he has ever met. A woman of intelligence, wit, courage and startling passion buried deep beneath her bonny exterior.
On the run, Claire and Hugh hide away from the agents pursuing them but cannot hide from the undeniable desire that ensnares them and both must face their pasts, the loss and heartache that plagues them if they hope to discover that there is a true time and place for every Highland laird.
AN IMPULSIVE ACT. . .

Lady Rois Drummond is fiercely devoted to her widowed father, the respected Scottish Earl of Brom. So when she believes he is about to be exposed as a traitor to England, she must think quickly. Desperate, Rois makes a shocking claim against the suspected accuser, Sir Griffin Westcott. But her impetuous lie leaves her in an outrageous circumstance: hastily married to the enemy. Yet Griffin is far from the man Rois thinks he is—and much closer to the man of her dreams. . .

AN IRRESISTIBLE OUTCOME. . .

Griffin may be an Englishman, but in truth he leads a clandestine life as a spy for Scotland. Refusing to endanger any woman, he has endured the loneliness of his mission. But Rois's absurd charge has suddenly changed all that. Now, with his cover in jeopardy, Griffin must find a way to keep his secret while keeping his distance from his spirited and tempting new wife—a task that proves more difficult than he ever imagined. . .

Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby

"Fans of Cosby will enjoy returning to William Wallace's historically detailed Scotland. Familiar characters play a large role, to the delight of longtime readers." --RT Book Reviews on His Destiny

"Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!" --Susan King

"Passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic." —Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author on His Conquest

"Finally! A bold, lusty Medieval! Diana Cosby is superbly talented." --Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author on His Captive

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