The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor…long title….lovely story!

Review: 4.0 Stars

The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor by Paula Quinn is all I want in a historical romance!

Abigail promises to meet her aunt the queen of England to reassure her that her mother, the true heir has no desire to claim the throne!

The queen’s champion is sent to claim her. Daniel Marlow has just learned that his queen has kept a horrible secret from him all of his life.

But he goes to claim the mysterious Abigail knowing only that she is a highlander and his enemy….a Jacobite. And that the queen wants her to be her handmaiden. While at court, a duchess haunts his steps determined to win his favor at any cost.

Positives:

Drama, love, and action! This is a well-written and very enjoyable story.  I had not read the previous books in the Highland Heirs series, but will definitely be doing so now!

An embodiment of the classic and well established combination of true historical places and people, fleshed out with fictional characters and events.

The tumultuous period in history, the reign of Queen Anne Stuart, and the twisted politics of the era add to the drama of the story.

Abigail chooses to go to London to protect her family and her clan from the queen’s wrath.  Her aunt, the widowed and childless Queen of England, has threatened war on their home if she is denied. So, against her father’s wishes she volunteers to face the queen on her own terms.

Daniel has been the queen’s favorite throughout his life, her general, and right hand at court. Many refer to him as the son she never had, a rumor far closer to the truth than he knew. Known in the Highlands as the Jacobite killer, he has fought to protect his queen against all threats.

Danger surrounds them from all sides, and they are forced to rely upon each other to survive.

Together these two can do anything!

Negatives:

For those who love a traditional highland romance this book is almost perfect.

However, those seeking more nuanced secondary characters and more subtle villains might be disappointed.

I blame some of this on my not having read the previous two books. Several characters from those are featured in secondary roles and a certain level of familiarity is presumed. So, reading the other two Highland Heirs novels starting with The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell is highly recommended!

My only true complaint was that the villains were both “too evil” and not given sufficient back story or justification for their actions.

Overall:

The Scandalous Secret of Abigail MacGregor was a very enjoyable historical highland romance.

A great blend of political intrigue, action adventure, and steamy romance.

Keep Reading!

J.A. Kenney

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publication date: March 31st, 2015

Length: 384 Pages

Blush Quotient: Red– This story contains more love scenes and sexy situations and they are described in detail using frank, explicit language.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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Quicksilver has just been rescued from the Union’s Elite University by a squadron of Resistance soldiers lead by Captain Mitchell. This scene occurs in the crowded transport van on the way back to the rebels’ base.

“Over the next few hours, I kept my eyes lowered and my hands clasped in an attempt to appear wholly non-threatening, but I could not help but come to the uncomfortable realization that Mitchell was watching me. His attentive gaze lingered right at the corner of my vision. I tried to ignore him, but his eyes were like a brand, creeping under my skin until the itch became unbearable. Reluctantly, I turned to look at him. Our eyes met, and we sat staring at each other across those few inches for a very long time.

I just could not bring myself to look away, and the longer we stared at each other the quieter the van became. Conversations slowed down and ground to a halt. You could have heard a grenade pin drop. Maybe that would have broken the tension. As it was, I barely managed to tear my eyes away, look down at my hands folded in my lap, and take a deep breath. I thought that would be the end of it, but then a large callused hand grabbed hold of my chin, forcing me to look up and meet his eyes again. In the near silence, I heard several in drawn breaths. One of them was definitely mine.”

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Summary:

Life . . . Death . . . Rebirth

Quicksilver is an ancient immortal warrior. One of a group of alien beings that were once pure energy, living in the void between galaxies, and who have taken mortal form to influence history.

The Purists, compelled by a zealot prophet, are immortal extremists who will use any means at their disposal to wipe out all mortal life. Qui and her Conservationist brethren have spent millions of years fighting for their survival.

In Silver Strife, Quicksilver has been reincarnated on an Earth devastated by centuries of planet-wide civil war. She awakens in the body of a human Elite named Lini: one of a race of superhumans, bred and trained by a Purist-led government to massacre the remnants of humanity. Quicksilver joins the rebel forces, despite their reluctance to trust a hated Elite, determined to take down the brutal dictatorship that has decimated the human race.

From their first meeting, she is drawn to Captain David Mitchell, the rebel officer who aided her escape from the Elite’s gilded cage. Even after swearing to never love again when her last mortal lover was killed saving her life, she finds herself falling for the honorable and driven soldier.

When Quicksilver crosses the path of an immortal ally on a top-secret mission behind enemy lines, a decision is forced upon her. She must choose between the fate of the human rebels, her mortal lover, and fulfilling her Conservationist oath to protect all mortal life.

RELEASE DATE JUNE 21st, 2014!

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Summary:

Life . . . Death . . . Rebirth

Quicksilver is an ancient immortal warrior. One of a group of alien beings that were once pure energy, living in the void between galaxies, and who have taken mortal form to influence history.

The Purists, compelled by a zealot prophet, are immortal extremists who will use any means at their disposal to wipe out all mortal life. Qui and her Conservationist brethren have spent millions of years fighting for their survival.

In Silver Strife, Quicksilver has been reincarnated on an Earth devastated by centuries of planet-wide civil war. She awakens in the body of a human Elite named Lini: one of a race of superhumans, bred and trained by a Purist-led government to massacre the remnants of humanity. Quicksilver joins the rebel forces, despite their reluctance to trust a hated Elite, determined to take down the brutal dictatorship that has decimated the human race.

From their first meeting, she is drawn to Captain David Mitchell, the rebel officer who aided her escape from the Elite’s gilded cage. Even after swearing to never love again when her last mortal lover was killed saving her life, she finds herself falling for the honorable and driven soldier.

When Quicksilver crosses the path of an immortal ally on a top-secret mission behind enemy lines, a decision is forced upon her. She must choose between the fate of the human rebels, her mortal lover, and fulfilling her Conservationist oath to protect all mortal life.

RELEASE DATE JUNE 21st 2014!

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The origin prequel for the upcoming “Immortal Quicksilver” series!  The first novel “Silver Strife” is due to be released June 2014.

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Summary

The immortals lived in the darkness among the stars, until one of their number declared all mortal life an abomination. Under the prophet’s direction, the newly formed Purists brave the Void, determined to destroy all life in the universe.

Quicksilver and Star rally a group of immortals to join their brethren in mortal form to conserve the incredible diversity of life, and the Conservationists are born.

Reincarnated, they fight and strive to save mortals. If they fail, the Purists will wipe sentient life from the universe across the length and breadth of time!

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SLIVERS

The bright swirling cloud of dust and small asteroids flowed and spiraled down into the growing mass of the new planet forming below me. Ice crystals glittered and refracted the light from the distant young blue star. Caught in the powerful pull of gravity, the particles formed into a narrow disk as they drew closer and closer to the embryonic core, while the violence of random collisions sent matter and energy cascading out into the deep darkness of space.

I could feel the pull of the new star, the developing world, and the sprays of dust and gases as they passed through me where I hovered above and separate from the solar system’s birth pangs.

Such beauty paired with such destruction.

Time danced and shifted as I flew past the rocky mass and toward the baby star. Its surface shuddered and erupted in massive ejections sending plumes of superheated gas and radiation up and out on the solar winds. The energy shivered past me, leaving a pleasant sting and tingle along the ethereal tendrils of my form.

The single word brought me out of my meditative revelry . . . a message and a summons. I needed no directions. The brush of Morning Star’s thoughts against mine told me where and when to go.

The universe, full of wonder, dimmed as I neared the space in between. The Void: an infinite span of time and space condensed into a single unknowable point. It was both larger than the all of creation and small enough to be housed within the electron cloud of a single atom.

My awareness of deep space fled, and black nothingness tugged and pulled at me as I skirted the edge of the universe. I hung suspended, for a moment or a millennium, before I folded and floated in a far distant place and time.

Immortals had gathered above a single planet, which glittered and shone in the darkness. Lights, like fireflies, clustered upon the dark surface. They flashed on and off at the will of the strange small creatures who crowded the coasts and islands. The feel was wrong, as if these mortals had changed the very substance of this world. The bitter scent of molten metal, the lingering burn of nuclear fission, and the acidic tang of chemical combinations foreign to nature leached into the pure nothingness of space. Even the electromagnetic spectrum swam with unfamiliar and unnatural vibrations that grated against our beings.

I drifted among the others, moving along each in turn with a light mental caress of greeting followed by flickers of recognition. Mental whispers and images of my namesake, my identity, Quicksilver. A flash of liquid metal; changing, flowing, unable to stay still.

The thoughts of my brethren were chaotic, confused, some incensed while others were merely curious as they looked down at the surface. None of us had seen the impact of a massive advancing civilization, and many found it repugnant.

Star?

My projected query was more image than word, the fading light of a bright but distant star as the sun rose over a primordial world. The thought brought my friend and lover to my side. That cherished presence glowed and shifted as it brushed against me, blending and meshing.

Our Joining was a closeness so intense that we ceased to exist as two beings and became one. The deep mating bond allowed us to share our thoughts, and our feelings, as we mixed the substance of ourselves. Our two lives blended into one whole, every event, thought, and perception since last we parted was shared in exquisite and exacting detail. Just as we had shared all that happened from that first instant when all Immortals formed in the chaotic birth pangs of the universe.

What’s happening?

Solar Flare summoned the conclave.

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Summary…

The Immortals lived in the darkness among the stars, until one of their number declared all mortal life an abomination. Under the prophet’s direction, the newly formed Purists brave the Void, determined to destroy all life in the universe.

Quicksilver and Star rally a group of Immortals to join their brethren in mortal form to conserve the incredible diversity of life, and the Conservationists are born.

Reincarnated, they fight and strive to save mortals. If they fail, the Purists will wipe sentient life from the universe across the length and breadth of time.