The Reckless One (McClairen's Isle, Book 2)

By Connie Brockway

As Connie Brockway’s spellbinding Highland trilogy maintains, a guy with sin in his smile falls for a femme fatale who can be an angel of mercy . . . or death.Restless, bold, proud, they're the Merricks: Raine, the second one son, the reckless one; Ashton, his older brother, the passionate one; and Fia, their sister, the ravishing one. Born of undesirable blood, they have been raised within the Scottish Highlands on lands that belonged to their mother’s family, the McClairens—until their English father seized the ancestral stronghold for his personal. but all are destined to discover loves as wild and excellent because the isle they name home.Even for a scoundrel as brash as Raine Merrick, his destiny turns out impossibly merciless: trapped in a French criminal till his father deigns to pay the ransom. After years of ready, a miracle ultimately arrives within the type of a remarkable secret girl who releases him one moment—and betrays him the subsequent. a minimum of Raine is loose to come back to McClairen’s Isle and declare its mystery treasure. yet unusual surprises look forward to within the Highlands, the place the attractive traitor is masquerading as an venerated visitor . . . and tempting Raine with all of the lust in his depraved soul.

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It was once too quiet. She may pay attention the thunder of his heartbeat. He knew simply because he heard it himself. basically it wasn’t his heartbeat. He lifted his head, listening. It used to be whatever else. anything growing to be nearer. “What is that? ” prefer requested. “The echo you noted,” he responded quietly. “Someone’s coming down the corridor. ” He dropped her frivolously to her ft and driven her towards a low cabinet that stood at the back of the place the altar had as soon as been. “Go via there. It’s no longer a vestry. It’s a hall that ends up in the north wing. You mustn’t be discovered the following. quite by way of any of Carr’s site visitors. think me, Orville used to be one of many higher kind during this position. “Hurry, rattling it! ” he stated harshly while she hesitated. “I can’t come up with the money for to rescue you back. i used to be fortunate Orville’s self-importance saved him quiet approximately me. ” “But how—” “I can’t healthy via there, Favor,” he acknowledged tersely. “There’s different locations the place i will be able to hide myself. yet they’re now not large enough for 2. Now move” in simple terms after the low, squat door close in the back of her did he breathe back. The footsteps have been louder now. approximately to the chapel. Raine didn't hassle taking a look round. He’d lied. there has been no different position to conceal. He stepped at the back of the mountain of furnishings and waited. a couple of minutes later he heard the door swing open after which a brief sequence of footsteps, relocating slowly. Whoever it was once must never keep on with prefer via that door. Raine leapt out, fists raised, able to strike— A reduced in size little lady stood simply past the sunshine coming throughout the rosette window. “Raine! ” Gunna crumpled to the ground. bankruptcy 17 “Gunna! ” Raine sprang to the outdated lady’s aspect and thoroughly lifted her in his hands. Weakly, she batted at him. She weighed subsequent to not anything. Her thick, homely garments gave merely the influence of weight. She nonetheless wore a thick mantle draped throughout her face, leaving just one facet of her disfigured countenance uncovered. She peered up at him via a sunken eye. She now not regarded as hideous as he remembered, in simple terms unfortunately distorted, like a watercolor portrait passed over within the rain. “Is it rather ye, Raine Merrick, and never a ghost? ” she whispered. Tears leaked from the nook of her eye and located a deep crevasse to direction down. He pressed a kiss opposed to her cheek. “No ghost, previous girl. simply a similar brat, again to make your existence a distress back. ” The gap-toothed mouth grew to become up on the nook in a susceptible grin. She closed her eyes and enable her head chill out opposed to his chest. Contentment flowed from her like resin from spring pines. He gazed down on the wee outdated lady, either moved and disconcerted. The Gunna he remembered had little time for monitors of “waistie luve. ” as though she’d learn his brain, her eyelid snapped open and her delicate smile evaporated. She squirmed, suffering to correct herself in his palms, swatting and muttering, “Leave me down! I heard ye have been in felony. what kind of felony may that be, I’m askin’, tha has equipped ye up like a prize bull? ” it seems that, she hadn’t replaced a lot finally. Raine decreased her to her toes. instantly, she dashed away any proof of tears with the again of her elegantly formed hand.

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