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Scottish Romance doesn't get much steamier—or more dangerous—than a spy hunting her quarry, and losing her heart to him instead.

To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England's deadliest minds. Aaron's latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel's young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.

What she doesn't count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron's thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran's strong arms forever.

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Mariel was forced to work for Aaron once she lost her parents to the plague. She tried to get out of the life that she hated but couldn't because Aaron kept her brother Jack hostage. Just when she though all hope was lost Aaron asks her to do one last task, promising to set both brother and sister free after it's done. Unfortunately Mariel will be forced to do the one thing that she has never had the stomach to do, kill someone. She hopes to get the information required from the Scottish Barbarian, so that she is not forced to murder him.

 Kieran MacDonnald is the laird of Skye, and he's extremely suspicious of beautiful English women. There is no denying that he is drawn to the mysterious Mariel, but he is equally sure that he is never going to act on what seems to be a mutual attraction. He's convinced that she will not survive the hard life at Skye and eventually will return to England. Instead he is surprised at how resilient she prove and how she wins over all his people. Just as he goes and falls in love with her, she decides that she needs to murder him.

There are many moments in the book where human vulnerabilities are beautifully depicted. The moment when she realizes that she would need to sacrifice the man she loved, so that another child should not suffer like Jack has, was great. I particularly loved the way the author handled the scene where she is finally reunited with her brother, only to be rejected by him. Extremely well handled.

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Christmas Town doctor Kurt Christmas has loved high school guidance counselor Savannah Livingston his entire life. While he's had plenty of opportunity to meet beautiful and accomplished women, playboy bachelor Kurt hasn't become seriously interested in any of them. He still pines for the stunning redheaded rebel with emerald-green eyes, who took his breath away at sixteen. When Kurt and Savannah reconnect in Tennessee at Savannah's sister's wedding, that old flame reignites and Kurt finds himself hoping for a brand new start. Yet Savannah's current circumstances in Miami threaten to hold her at bay. If Kurt could write a prescription for anything, it would be to win Savannah's heart. But will love be enough to conquer the secrets that stand between them?

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If you've been following the series you know that Kurt Christmas is the Christmas Town doctor and Savannah is his high school sweetheart. She is also the town sheriff's little sister, who happen's to be Kurt's best friend. Not to mention Olivia Claus, her elder sister is also happily married to Kurt's cousin.
When Savannah gets roped in to help start out the children's theater in Christmas Town, she figures it's a good opportunity to spend some time with her sister and big brother for a month. She knows she will have to face up to her past with Kurt but doesn't think anything will happen.
What she doesn't count on is the special brand of magic that follows the Claus and Christmas families. And Kurt has more than one magical trick up his coat's sleeve! Mix that with a commitment cookie and things get interesting. Really sweet continuation of the series.

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Cashmere

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Senara agrees to work as a lady's maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird...or a ghost with a burning need for retribution. 

Gavin vowed on his father's death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arrives. The woman is extraordinarily fascinating which stirs his cruel aunt's ire. Can he protect the woman from his aunt? Even more important, can he keep himself from giving into his longing for the country lass? 

Theirs is a journey of treacherous pasts, painful loss, hidden longing and vengeance.

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It's a Cinderella story, with a ghostly twist.

When Senara leaves her home and family behind to come work for Lady Edana, she's only thinking about not being a burden to her family. Unfortunately her new employer is quite a difficult person to get along with. The bitter old maid is after her nephew Gavin to get married and beget a heir so that the king doesn't get his hands on their lands.

Gavin has been hoping to do the right thing and make a marriage of convenience and hopefully some profit. Then he meets Senara and she's a distraction he can not afford, yet is helpless to deny. Things come to a head when a ghost is freed from behind a wall by Senara. There are secrets in the castle that are unknown to Gavin and Senara, but will the secrets help them? You're going to have to read the book to find out.

What I really liked about the novel is that it took the author just five well defined characters to put across a wealth of knowledge about the time period and move the story forward. The writing is crisp and the suspense well managed. The ghost really does capture your imagination, and leaves you rooting for the young couple in love. The ending, while not unexpected did manage not to be very predictable.
 
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Cantilevered tales is a story about people, their quirks and why they become who they become. And lots of laughter!

I overheard a group of people talking about saving a water body from some unscrupulous builder and started keeping tabs on them. Not because I was interested in saving the environment or even that small little lake. What did interest me were the disparate lot of people and some desperate ones among them, who were determined that they were going to save a stagnant water body, which in my opinion had outlived its usefulness as anything at all, from becoming an office complex.

This is not a Builder v Helpless citizen epic. In fact that is the least important part of the book. This is about a group of inept people who you want to reach out and protect but you discover are more than capable of taking care of not just themselves, but of you too.

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The book was an interesting peek into a way of life that most of us have never experienced. A man living with a set of family retainers in a setting close to nature, while still straddling the life of a busy bureaucrat in the government. The author introduces you to rich characters, complete with life histories, but it's never boring. the plot itself is simple. Man protecting his home VS might of the builder. What makes it different is the unveiling of the darkness of the human nature through small incidents adding up to what we survive in civilized society today.

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