The holiday novella, Book 1.5, following the award-winning debut of Forged in Dreams and Magick in the Highland Legends Series:
Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.
Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.
When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.
Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment, as her fears and demons coalesce, will hope, faith, and love be enough to save them?
Susanna doesn’t trust men - with very good reason. All she knows of them is war, violence and death. She flees her Father’s clan in search of freedom and runs right into the arms of Robert Brodie. He stirs feelings in her that she has avoided her entire life and on top of that she is thrown headlong into the first Christmas celebration at Castle Brodie. When she encounters nothing but love and friendship, she tries to reconcile what she thought of men to the gentle, but fierce warrior who is quickly taking her over – body and soul.
“Why are you both bein’ so kind to me?” Susanna bit her lip the moment she inadvertently voiced the candid question. Brigid rested the water pitcher on the lip of the tub and looked down at her, tilting her head. “I doona know any other way to be to someone in need of a friend.” She glanced up at Isobel. “On a rare occasion, a person comes into your life and you doona know how or why, but you know them. You feel connected in ways you canna explain. I never question the uncommon gifts of friendship and love— I embrace them.”
“Is that what you’re offerin’, Robert?” she asked, her voice but a whisper. He opened his eyes, pinning her with a hard look. “I’ll offer you the world. If you want the sun and moon snatched down from the sky, I’ll hunt them down and bring them to you. The countless stars that glitter in the night shall become jewels adornin’ your hair. All the oceans wide will be yours to traverse, and each creature shall treat you as friend and master. “As for me—” he dropped his lips to her forehead, grazing them across her soft skin “— my heart belongs to you, my soul is yours, and my body yearns to give you pleasure like you’ve never imagined.”