Lake of Destiny
by Martina Boone
Helping her aunt organize a Beltane Festival in a picturesque Highland village seems like the perfect escape from Anna’s second broken engagement and the meltdown that wrecked her legal career. But to succeed, she’ll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, a disaster of a dog, and the reclusive laird who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of “Sighting.”
For centuries, Loch Fàil in Balwhither has been known to locals as a ‘thin’ place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning to reveal the face of a person's one true love. The tradition could draw tourists by the busload, but that’s exactly what Connal MacGregor fears will expose the two secrets he's been desperate to keep hidden.
As Anna struggles to mediate between the needs of the village and Connal’s need to protect his identity and his child, she finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his daughter, the magical glen, the villagers. But day by day, opening herself to love exposes deep scars from Anna’s childhood, and confronting those wounds could finally set her free--or endanger her every chance of happiness.
Now for an excerpt:
“Your teeth are chattering. What are you doing out here? What happened?” Connal looked back at the drunk who was just going back inside the inn, his expression changing from puzzled to furious.
He half-turned as if to go after the man, but Anna grabbed his sleeve, needing his warmth. Needing not to be alone.
Connal had no coat to take off, and Anna saw the moment of hesitation before he reached for her and started to rub her arms, trying to warm her up.
Big fires started with a little bit of friction.
He touched her. Looked down at her. They looked at each other. Her heart skittered, and his eyes dropped to her mouth.
This was probably stupid, a stupid thing to do, but she clearly couldn’t avoid messes, and where had being careful gotten her in her life? Henry and Mike and nowhere. . . . No, not nowhere.
She didn’t step away. Connal had that shimmer around him again, and the electricity in the air all seemed to concentrate itself around her into one hard shove, pushing her feet forward into his arms. Connal stared as she fell against him, stared a long moment without moving, and then his hand slid almost reluctantly along the column of her neck and the curve of her cheek, lingering there, a question written on his features.
Do you want this?
Yes. Heavens, yes, Anna thought, though she couldn’t have said a word even if she’d tried.
About the Author:
Martina Boone is the award-winning author of the romantic southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island series for young adults,
She lives with her husband, children, shetland sheepdog, and lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing romance set in the kinds of magical places she loves to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
PRAISE FOR MARTINA BOONE’S COMPULSION
“Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!” — RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of 2014
“Boone’s Southern Gothic certainly delivers a compelling mystery about feuding families and buried secrets, not to mention a steamy romance.” — Booklist
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“The perfect Southern family saga: charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep. — Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns and Anna Dressed in Blood
“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic—haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series
“A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy
“Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone’s Compulsion is not to be missed.” — Megan Shepherd, NYT bestselling author of The Cage series and The Madman’s Daughter
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