THE HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN is coming fast! Do you remember Mairi and Dunn from THE HIGHLAND GUARDIAN? I’m excited to announce that they have their own story!
Here’s a wee excerpt:
“Do you fear me?”
Mairi glanced sideways. “I just…” Her shoulders curved as furrows formed in her brow.
“Are you in pain? Did those brigands hurt—?”
“Nay. ’Tis just that everything happened so quickly.” She turned her back and, burying her face in her palms, shook her shoulders. “Those men were—and then you—oh, heavenly Father!”
Dunn’s heart twisted. Stepping nearer, he reached out his hand, but stopped before touching her. She wouldn’t want that.
Instead, he tried to think of something to say to ease her suffering. “No refined woman should ever witness such brutality. My actions were carried out only to ensure your well-being, m’lady.”
She spied him over her shoulder. “But you were so brutal. So savage. I’ve never seen anything like it…and there were of them.”
Dunn lowered his hands to his sides. She thought him a monster. And why not? He’d acted savagely—showed no mercy. “Three ruthless men with no moral virtue among them. Men capable of unspeakable acts. If I hadn’t stopped them, you—”
“I ken.” She nodded as she looked to her feet.
How could he assuage her fears? Did she think him a heartless tyrant? Is that why he was so unappealing to her? “I hope you do not fear me. I am here to protect you, m’lady. I will do so at any cost.”
Her inhale faltered as she faced him, keeping her arms crossed. “I believe you,” she whispered…