A Scot's Pledge (The MacLomain Series, End of an Era Book 1) by Sky Purington @skypurington @roxannerhoads #giveaway #excerpt #bookreview #timetravel #fantasy #romance

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Accustomed to watching over things for Clan MacLomain and their Viking ancestors, Julie had given up hope of traveling back in time for love like those before her. Until the day an old friend turned crush shows up on her doorstep in New Hampshire claiming he needs help in fourteenth century Scotland.

Having pledged to help his clan, Laird Tiernan MacLomain searches for his destined Broun in the twenty-first century. Yet he only wants the woman he’s secretly loved for years. So he breaks the rules and brings Julie back to the medieval period with him. She might lack the bloodline needed to harness the power of the Claddagh, but he won’t leave her behind.

Together, they embark on a whirlwind quest to protect King David II against Edward Balliol and his disenfranchised nobles, the ‘disinherited.’ They also face a dark threat nobody foresaw. Will Tiernan and Julie defeat it without the power of predestined love? Or will breaking the rules be their ultimate downfall and Scotland’s ruin? Find out in A Scot’s Pledge, an emotional and passionate journey into the turbulent onset of the Second War of Scottish Independence.

EXCERPT

He had her figured out. But of course, he did. He was her best friend. “How did you get that out of everything I just said?”

“Actually, I’ve sensed it for quite some time now.” He remained perfectly blunt. “When you opened the door tonight, I knew you felt just as strongly as me.”

“You don’t know that.”

“But I do.”

“How?”

“Your heart for starters.” His eyes twinkled. “’Twas about pounding out of your chest.”

“Maybe I’d been dancing…” yeah, right, so weak, “with my friends.”

The corner of his mouth shot up. “To Christmas music?”

“It can be upbeat.”

“You hate dancing.”

“I hate sucking at dancing.”

“You dinnae suck at dancing.”

“Oh, but I do.”

“You just havenae had the right partner.”

“We’re talking about upbeat dancing,” she reminded.

“Nay, we’re talking about you trying to do what you think is the right thing,” he replied. “Pushing me away when all you really want to do is find out what it would be like…at last.”

He was way too on to her. Yet what precisely was he referring to? It sounded like they might be off the topic of dancing and on to something else. “Being cryptic like your father again, I see.”

“You know what I’m talking about.”

Definitely not dancing. Right?

“No clue.” But she could imagine so very, very well.

“You want to know what it would feel like to dance with me.” His tone dropped to a sexy octave that about curled her toes. “Then, mayhap more.”

“Definitely not interested in dancing,” she lied then grabbed at anything she could. “Okay, I’m just gonna give it to you straight.” She thought fast and came up with the perfect argument. “I think your magic going all wonky has you struggling for normalcy, something dependable, and that’s always been me. So you’re latching on to what makes you feel like you still have control over things.”

“Latching on?” he murmured, his gaze all smoldering-bedroom-eyes now. “Good idea.” His magic wasn’t so wonky that he couldn’t flick a wrist and turn the music up. Before she darted away, he reeled her close. “You’re right. Latching on to you does make me feel better.” His eyes met hers. “In control, as you say.”

This was so not a good idea. Stay strong. Step away. Think of Scotland. All the lives depending on him. You’re his voice of reason. Yet, just like it had when he embraced her earlier, all logic fled the moment she was in his arms. Her inner self-coach threw in the towel at the feel of his hard body. At the look in his gorgeous eyes.

She was in way over her head here.

Scratch that. She’d already drowned.

“You are not entirely right, though, Jules,” he murmured, tilting her chin until her eyes didn’t stray from his. As if they ever would. “This doesnae feel normal in the least.”

Had she mentioned normal at some point? Because she agreed, this felt anything but. She felt electrified, on fire, like the room—no, the whole house—was fading away. All that existed was him. His hot as hell face, his eyes, lips, the tiny braids in his hair, the plaid wrapped over his broad shoulder…

“Oh, no,” she exclaimed, realizing too late he’d pulled her right into his web.

The room was really gone.

MY REVIEW

With a pledge to protect David II of Scotland to fulfill his duty as King of Scotland, the MacLomain and Broun clans are fated for a battle of darkness with the Disinherited, the Scottish nobles who supported England rather than the Bruce (David II’s father) during the first war of Scottish Independence.

Julie and Tiernan’s story is complex. Julie is the monitor of the Broun forum in the states which is part of a “mystical true-love-connection begun in the eighteenth century” between twenty-first century women and medieval Scotsmen.  However, when her best friend, Tiernan MacLomain, time travels to New Hampshire this time, something is different. Their feelings have changed, but she could never be with the man she loved because he was destined for a woman with Broun blood.  His duty was to his clan and his country, but who is she destined for?

As a time-traveling wizard, Tiernan has discovered his magic has been fluctuating due to dark magic and he is determined to protect Julie by bringing her back to medieval Scotland and making her his against the powers that be.  However, Julie finds she has powers of her own that can help the MacLomains, the Brouns and King David II, but can she control it before the Disinherited take away everything she loves?

Wizards, dragons, and witches, oh my! As I said before, this paranormal romance is very complex, and it is a bit difficult to follow in places, but after catching my breath, this fast-paced story intrigued me and I hung on until the end.  It is filled with magic and love as well as a lot of history about medieval Scotland, and Scotland’s mythical animal.

I recommend you grab a hot drink by the fire and savor this magical romance.  It will thoroughly intrigue you.

Thank you to Ms. Purington for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sky PuringtonSky Purington is the bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Purington married her hero, has an amazing son who inspires her daily and two ultra-lovable husky shepherd mixes. Passionate for variety, Sky’s vivid imagination spans several romance genres, including historical, time travel, paranormal, and fantasy. Expect steamy stories teeming with protective alpha heroes and strong-minded heroines.

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