His Highland Lass by Celeste Barclay
An undeniable love… an unexpected match…
Faced with a feud with the Sinclairs that is growing deadly, Laird Tristan Mackay is bound by duty to his clan to make peace with the enemy. Tristan arranges a marriage for his stepbrother, Sir Alan, but never imagines that he would meet the woman he longs to marry. When things sour quickly between Tristan’s stepbrother and Lady Mairghread Sinclair, Tristan is determined to make her his. A choice that promises to change his life forever.
Raised with four older warriors for brothers and as the only daughter of the Sinclair laird, Mairghread is independent resourceful, and loyal to her family. When her father arranges a marriage to a man she has never met for the sake and safety of her clan, Mairghread tries to accept her fate. Mairghread is betrothed to one man but it is the dark, handsome, and provocative laird who catches her eye. Arranged to marry Sir Alan, Mairghread finds herself drawn to Laird Tristan Mackay. After meeting her intended, Mairghread knows she cannot go through with the marriage, but she must find a way to end the feud that is tearing the two clans apart.
When the wedding is called off by Mairghread’s father, Tristan and Mairghread see an opportunity to be together. Neither of them imagined that they would find the passion that grows between them. However, a spurned mistress and a jilted suitor stand between Tristan and Mairghread’s happiness. Tristan and Mairghread must fight for the love they have found with one another.
Destined for another…
Mairghread Sinclair is not prepared for the danger that awaits her while visiting the Mackay clan. She must use her wits to keep herself alive when dangers pulls her away from the man she loves.
Fated to be together…
Laird Tristan Mackay was not looking for a wife, but could Lady Mairghread Sinclair be the one to open his heart and bring peace to their clans, or will their passion tear the two clans apart?
If you enjoy a romance with strong women and men who can protect, love, and respect them, then you’ll love Celeste Barclay’s steamy His Highland Lass.
Meet the members of Clan Sinclair in this STEAMY first installment of the five book Highland romance series. The Clan Sinclair features Mairghread and her four brothers, Callum, Alexander, Tavish, and Magnus. Each member of the Scottish clan faces challenges as they meet their fated match, but all of the Sinclairs find their HEA. Each STEAMY novel in the series is a standalone, but they are best read together.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've enjoyed reading historical romance for years, so back in August 2017, on a whim, I decided to give writing a try. I released His Highland Lass April 15, 2018. It was my first adventure into being an author, and it holds a special spot in my heart.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They say you should write about what you know. My characters are people I would want to meet, be it as family, friends, or foe. Mairghread Sinclair is both a product of my imagination and a reflection of who I might have been put in that situation. The Sinclair brothers are the type of men I would want as big brothers. And Tristan Mackay was my first romantic hero.
The men exited the solar in time to watch Magnus and Mairghread enter the Great Hall. Tristan scanned the hall to figure out if Alan was already inside or following behind them. He was nowhere in sight. It had been several hours since he entered his solar for the negotiations and Alan had taken Mairghread to the garden. He had expected Alan to join them in the solar once they returned from the garden, but he never showed up.
Mairghread and Magnus walked up to their family and Laird Mackay. Tristan saw she had gotten a few new freckles today. The realization that he noticed that was a bit unsettling to him, but he was sure of it. She smelled of lavender and heather and now fresh air. Her cheeks were pink and her open-mouthed smiled showed two rows of perfectly shaped white teeth.
“Da, Firelight and Tavish found two mares they’re rather fond of! Laird Mackay, ye might have two new foals on the way before ma kin leaves!” She laughed, and Tristan was certain it was the sound of a faerie’s bell. He also did not miss the use of the term of affection for her father.
Tristan paused though. Something she said struck him as odd. “Tavish?” He looked at the brother who had been with him for the past three hours.
She laughed once again. “Aye. Tavish, the stallion.” She looked at her brother and laughed even harder. “I mean Tavish, the horse, is rather taken with yer dappled mare, and ma horse rather fancies yer fawn colored mare.”
Tristan looked at the family still in some confusion. “Ye have a horse and a brother named Tavish? I dinna ken how that is.”
It was Magnus’s turn to laugh now as Tavish, the brother, glared at him. It was a long running family joke and cause of annoyance for Tavish, the brother.
“Tavish is ma horse. Da gave me the horse when I was seven. At the time, Tavish over here was ma favorite brother. A week later ma favorite changed, and I tried to change the horse’s name to Callum, but it would only respond to Tavish. So, it stuck.”
Tristan tried hard not to laugh as he did not want to do it at the other man’s expense. It took a great deal of effort, and he almost choked.
Tears twinkled in Mairghread’s eyes as she looked over at Tristan. “Go ahead and laugh. Ye ken ye’re bursting to do it. The only one who never laughs is Tavish. Ma brother, nae the horse, that is.” With that she laughed again.
Tristan could no longer contain it after hearing her infectious giggle. He chuckled, too.
“Laird Mackay, ye have a wonderful stable. Ye have some of the best horses I’ve ever seen. Do ye breed many here? Or have ye found them elsewhere?”
“Lady Mairghread, are ye fond of horses?” Tristan was taken aback that a lady would mention such a topic as horse breeding.
“Ma sister has been riding since she was old enough to hold her head up. Da would take her out wrapped in his plaid against his chest. She would look out and coo at everything and everyone. Once she sat up, she moved to riding in front of Da but still with his plaid wrapped around her to keep her close. She’s been in the saddle since she was a bairn.” This was the most Alexander had said since they arrived. Tristan had not been sure he talked at all.
“Alex, the laird was talking to me. I can answer for maself.” She raised an eyebrow at her brother, but the corner of her mouth twitched.
“Please, ye should all call me Tristan as we are soon-to-be kin.”
“A-all right. Tristan, I do love horses. I love to ride, but I also like to take care of ma horse. And that includes where he is sent to stud. I ken it is nae a normal topic for a woman to ken aboot, but with four older brothers, I couldnae nae learn aboot it.”
Mairghread caught herself stammering when Tristan told her to call him by his Christian name. She was unprepared for that or the sensations it caused. The name slid off her tongue as though she had been using it for years. It felt right. More so than the name “Alan.” That was a name she was rapidly beginning to dislike with a passion.
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