The Parchment Scroll (Highland Secrets #3)
by C.A. Szarek
Published August 2014 by Paper Dragon Publishing
*can be read as a standalone
Book Three in the time travel, fantasy romance trilogy, Highland Secrets!
Her sister is lost…in the past. Three weeks after her sister goes missing, Juliette McGowan encounters her on a beach in Scotland. Her sister gives her a scroll full of claims about time travel and disappears—literally. As a sister, Jules is determined to find her. As a cop, she can’t go to the authorities. The piece of parchment declares magic exists; they’d think she’s nuts. When a mysterious woman vows she can help her get to the seventeenth century, Jules goes along with it out of desperation. He’s an infamous barbarian… Hugh MacDonald is intrigued when he finds a disoriented naked lass on the beach. She holds a scroll that was written by his rival’s wife. Clan MacLeod will pay ransom for her safe return, so he takes her captive. She challenges his authority—and his desires. What started off as a plan to anger the MacLeods ends with Hugh wanting to keep her for himself. Can Jules break free of the barbarian, find her sister and return to the future or will she give in to her attraction and desire to remain in the past?
A shiver racked her frame. He felt it beneath his palms. She swallowed and Hugh restrained himself from kissing her. “Then what?” she whispered.
He leaned down and brushed his lips against hers. When Juliette didn’t scoot away as expected, Hugh tugged her to him and took her mouth properly. He pinned her to his chest and forced her mouth open, but like before, she kissed him back.
Hugh slid his hands down the stiff material covering her back and kept going, cupping and squeezing her perfect bottom with both hands. He lifted her, rocking his pelvis into hers.
She yanked away all too soon, her scowl back in place. “No, Hugh.” Juliette put her hand up. Her face was flushed and she panted, her perfect breasts heaving in that corset. She might be denying him with words, but her body wasn’t.
One look at her kiss-swollen lips made Hugh bite back a groan. He was already hard and aching. He had to have her.
“We’ll speak in my rooms.” He pushed words out, but had to clear his throat. His voice was thick, desire evident even to his own ears.
They’d do more than speak. He just had to convince her.
Like he’d told her before, Hugh wouldn’t take Juliette by force, but her shaking form said he wouldn’t have to.
He grabbed her waist and hauled her close again, then swung her up over his shoulder without another word.
She yelped, hollered, and struggled, but she didn’t try to kick or punch him like she had before.
Hugh hurried his step. He’d not want to gain his aunt’s attention. As it was, he was lucky she hadn’t stormed the bailey when the MacLeods had been at the gate.
Obviously word hadn’t traveled its usual speed at Armadale. He had no doubt Mab would pound his doors down when she heard Juliette was here, but Hugh would deal with it then.
Now is for Juliette.
“Put me down!”
He didn’t follow her order until they were shut inside his quarters.
“You can’t just pick me up and carry me off every time we disagree!” Juliette’s exasperation leaked into more than her voice. She threw her arms wide and paced.
“Really?” She froze with that one word, a fair eyebrow arched.
His Juliette was gorgeous, and he enjoyed her temper. He closed the distance between them and reached for her.
“No. Not again. Don’t you dare put your hands on me.” His little lass’s glare could have slain him on the spot.
Hugh flashed a lazy grin and twirled one of her honey-colored locks around his finger. “Ye certainly liked my hands on ye a ’fore. Just now. In mine own great hall.”
Juliette scowled. She put both hands to his chest and shoved.
He planted his booted feet and didn’t move an inch.
Their gazes collided. Her mouth parted and Hugh’s cock twitched. His trek up the stairs with his lass over his shoulder had done nothing to alleviate the heavy ache in his groin. He swallowed a groan and yanked her to him.
Hugh dipped his head down, claiming her mouth and muffling her yelp.
Instead of fighting him, Juliette slipped her arms around his neck. She opened for him, whimpering as she kissed him back.
This is different from the kiss in the great hall.
It was more. She was fully with him this time.
Triumph shot down his spine. He lifted her into his arms and kissed her harder, squeezing her rear end as she wrapped her legs around his waist. He damned her trews to hell and back. Had she been wearing skirts, he’d already have his hands on her bare flesh.
She fired him in ways no other woman ever had. His cock was hard and pulsing, demanding freedom so he could slip inside her sweet body.
Hugh had missed her over the last three days. Thought of nothing but his foundling, his Juliette. And doing this. “Jesu, lass,” he breathed into her mouth.
Juliette moaned and tilted her head back. He answered her silent request and set a line of kisses on her neck, nipped her earlobe and she wiggled against him.
“Hugh,” she breathed.
Her body was wrapped around his, her softness hitting his hardness in all the right places. But they had too many clothes on.
“I willna take ye by force, lass. But by God, I burn fer ye.”
He kissed her again, because he couldn’t not plunder her sweetness. Their tongues dueled. Juliette was kissing him back just as fiercely as he pressed his lips to hers. Hugh slanted his mouth over hers again and again.
His limbs shook, but he held onto her as tightly as she was holding on to him.
Hugh needed more.
So much more.
AMAZON / B&N / SMASHWORDS
Bestselling, award winning author of romantic suspense and epic fantasy romance, C.A. loves to dabble in different genres. If it's a good story, she'll write it, no matter where it seems to fit! She's a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by! C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She's happily married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She works with kids when she's not writing. Website: www.caszarek.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/caszarek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caszarek
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