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Highland Crown

Highland Crown

Royal Highlander (Volume 1)

May McGoldrick

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Scottish pride, persuasion, and passion—this is Highland romance at its breathtaking best. From USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick comes Highland Crown, the first book in the Royal Highlander series.

Inverness, 1820
Perched on the North Sea, this port town—by turns legendary and mythological—is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.

WANTED: Isabella Drummond
A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery—and fury—in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames.

FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh
Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself. . . until Isabella saved his life—and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe is to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together…for eternity?

CHAPTER 1


Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,

Morn of toil, nor night of waking.

—Sir Walter Scott, “Lady of the Lake,” Canto I, stanza 31

Duff Head, Northeast Highland Coast June 1820


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Praise for Highland Crown

"This new series opener from husband and wife team McGoldrick (Sleepless in Scotland) is a fast-paced, well-written trip through a fictional Scottish landscape loosely based on historical events. Readers will soon be caught up in Cinead and Isabella’s love story. " - Library Journal

"The characters are well developed, as well as the conflict that surrounds them ... Highland Crown is an enjoyable well written historical that I would recommend. " - Affaire de Coeur Magazine

"McGoldrick seamlessly blends real history with her invention of connections, people and events … Highland Crown is one of the best Regency-era books I have read in recent months, and it is a worthwhile addition to your home library." - Frolic Media

"McGoldrick takes you to another place and another time with a steamy romance that is sure to tug at your heart … Stellar writing and captivating storytelling." - Fresh Fiction

"McGoldrick has bestowed upon readers a feel-good whirlwind romance between two intelligent, driven individuals that is less about the complications of a new relationship and more about celebrating a partnership." - Bookpage

"The perfect example of historical adventure romance that’s fun, engaging, and too good to put down to do necessary things. I literally couldn’t stop and would wake up in the middle of the night to read a few more pages." - Romance Junkies

"A great premise and the backdrop of the Highlands – how can a reader go wrong?" - Romance Reviews Today… More…

"This new series opener from husband and wife team McGoldrick (Sleepless in Scotland) is a fast-paced, well-written trip through a fictional Scottish landscape loosely based on historical events. Readers will soon be caught up in Cinead and Isabella’s love story. " - Library Journal

"The characters are well developed, as well as the conflict that surrounds them ... Highland Crown is an enjoyable well written historical that I would recommend. " - Affaire de Coeur Magazine

"McGoldrick seamlessly blends real history with her invention of connections, people and events … Highland Crown is one of the best Regency-era books I have read in recent months, and it is a worthwhile addition to your home library." - Frolic Media

"McGoldrick takes you to another place and another time with a steamy romance that is sure to tug at your heart … Stellar writing and captivating storytelling." - Fresh Fiction

"McGoldrick has bestowed upon readers a feel-good whirlwind romance between two intelligent, driven individuals that is less about the complications of a new relationship and more about celebrating a partnership." - Bookpage

"The perfect example of historical adventure romance that’s fun, engaging, and too good to put down to do necessary things. I literally couldn’t stop and would wake up in the middle of the night to read a few more pages." - Romance Junkies

"A great premise and the backdrop of the Highlands – how can a reader go wrong?" - Romance Reviews Today

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May McGoldrick

USA Today Bestselling Authors Nikoo and Jim wrote their first May McGoldrick romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

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