Second-Chance SeductionBy: Kate Carlisle
Her first love is her last hope…but for him, it’s payback time in this MacLaren’s Pride novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle.
Connor MacLaren never forgave Maggie Jameson for leaving him. Ten years later, his former sweetheart’s back in their California town, desperate for the Scottish businessman’s help. And he knows just how to get her out of his system once and for all….
Agreeing to temporarily pose as Connor’s girlfriend is déjà vu. After only a few minutes alone with the rugged Highlander, Maggie’s breathless with desire. Of course, this was Connor’s intention…until his plan backfires, leaving them both wanting much more.
Maggie jabbed her finger in his chest for emphasis. “Just so we’re clear. I’m not going to have sex with you.”
He looked down at her finger, then up to meet her gaze. “Still negotiating, huh?”
She whipped her hand away and immediately missed the sizzle of heat she’d gotten from touching his chest.
“I’m serious, Connor,” she said, hating that her voice sounded so breathless. “I’ll share your room with you, but that’s it.”
“It’s a suite,” he corrected, and slowly leaned over and kissed her neck.
Dear lord, what was he doing? She knew she should slap him, push him away, but instead she shivered at the exquisite feel of his lips on her skin.
“Say it with me,” he murmured. “Suite.”
“Suite,” she murmured, arching into him when he gently nipped her earlobe. This had to stop. Any minute now.
“Sweet,” he whispered, then pulled her into his arms and kissed her.
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is part of the MacLaren’s Pride trilogy:
From Scotland to California, three brothers are ready to claim their legacy—and love!
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Of all the places in the world, my favorite to visit is Scotland. I love the people, the food, the music, the lyrical language and the rich sense of history. The Scottish people are proud of their country and always happy to talk to a curious stranger. The land and the lochs are breathtaking. It was while walking along the banks of a northern loch and coming upon the ruins of an ancient castle that I was struck with inspiration to write this story.
Meet the MacLaren men, Jake, Ian and Connor. Proud and powerful, they were born in Scotland but raised in the rugged hills of Marin County in Northern California. With intelligence, talent and Scots determination, the brothers transformed a homegrown brewery enterprise into a billion-dollar multinational corporation.
Connor MacLaren prefers to work in worn jeans and work boots. So when his brothers insist that he dress up in a suit and tie and find himself a proper date for a weeklong business convention, Connor is tempted to blow off the event—until Maggie Jameson, his old high-school flame, walks into his office begging for a loan. Connor is Maggie’s last resort and she’s willing to do anything if he’ll help her out. Connor agrees to give her the money if she’ll be his date and share his hotel suite for a week. He figures it’s payback for Maggie walking out on him all those years ago.
I love a reunion romance! There’s so much history to overcome and old resentments to resolve. Maggie and Connor have big obstacles to tackle in their path to Happily Ever After and it’s going to take a lot of hard work to achieve that goal. Is it worth it? (Spoiler Alert: of course it is!)
I hope you love Maggie and Connor’s story as much as I loved writing it. Please stop by my website, katecarlisle.com, and let me know!
“You need a woman.”
Connor MacLaren stopped reading the business agreement he was working on and glanced up. His older brother Ian stood blocking his office doorway.
“What’d you say?” Connor asked. He couldn’t have heard him correctly.
“A woman,” Ian repeated slowly. “You need one.”
“Well, sure,” Connor said agreeably. “Who doesn’t? But—”
“And you’re going to have to buy a new suit, maybe two,” his brother Jake said as he strolled into his office.