Romancing the Scot
The Pennington Family #1
by May McGoldrick
Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Swerve
Genres ~ Historical Romance
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.
What an amazing read! This story starts out with a dramatic beginning involving Grace and her father and it continues to expand when Hugh finds her in his crate.
Grace's character is fully developed and compassionate. Her life experiences enable her to impact Hugh and help him in a way no one else had been able to. On the flip side Hugh needs saving in a big way and watching him change was very rewarding for this reader.
I truly enjoy ready books by Author May McGoldrick they are rich with detail and always complicated enough to keep me coming back for more. The relationship between Grace and Hugh is one of these types of complications. When reading the book, I wonder how the author could possible turn this story around so they could have a HFN or HEA but true to form they create an unexpected twist to the story that made this reader extremely happy.
Kudos and 5 STARS for such a well written book.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
My Reviews Of The Pennington Family Series
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(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)
Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction...Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote forty adult and young adult novels, three of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature.
These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey and now reside in northwest, Connecticut.
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