Romancing the Scot

The Pennington Family

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In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons...five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world...where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve...until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

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Authors Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick (writing as May McGoldrick) weave emotionally satisfying tales of love and danger. Publishing under the names of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey, these authors have written more than thirty novels and works of nonfiction for Penguin Random House, Mira, HarperCollins, Entangled, and Heinemann. Nikoo, an engineer, also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a Resident Author. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance literature and teaches English in northwestern Connecticut. They are the authors of Much ado about Highlanders, Taming the Highlander, and Tempest in the Highlands with SMP Swerve.
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Publisher
Swerve
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Published on
Nov 14, 2017
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781250166906
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Scottish
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her
independence to ensure she never has to marry again.



Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her
heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr.
Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the
rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs
a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little
things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical
appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.



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as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on
the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't
counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the
kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his
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