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Harrison MacAulay, head of the MacAulay clan, needs to produce an heir before his thirty-first birthday or he will lose everything to his younger brother, Payton. His brother had to flee Scotland years ago after killing a man in a duel and tarnishing the family name, but he was able to make a new life in America and fathered two sons, two sons that he informed his family about. Their father, however, never acknowledged the existence of the two boys and now Harrison sees himself facing a dilemma.
Brianna MacAulay, Payton`s wife, has made a life for herself. Even before her husband passed away, she spent long periods of time on her own, bringing up their two boys alone. Brianna survived by turning her home into a boarding house, making enough money to pay her bills and give her boys a decent life. The last thing that she needs is a meddling in-law that she does not even know, disrupting her life, threatening to take her boys away from her.
After thinking about suitable brides only one kept popping into Harrison`s mind. As a matter of fact, she had been consistently in his thoughts for over ten years. That woman was Brianna MacAulay. Infatuated with her ever since he saw the wedding picture his brother sent him, Harrison intends to make her his, and he decides to use any means possible to do so.
The MacAulay Bride is an entertaining historical romance with a nice plot and engaging characters. Harrison, the hero, does resort to manipulation to force Brianna to accept his proposal, but it is handled in such a way that is not offensive to the reader. He is an honorable man and he is justifiably acting out of character to be able to comply with his father`s wishes and win the woman he has loved from a distance for decades. Brianna is independent and strong, but she has to think about her children. As time goes by, she feels more and more attracted to Harrison despite his infuriating arrogance and stubbornness. The constant head-butting between the two main characters provides for a good deal of entertainment and creates the right amount of sexual tension. If you like historical romance The MacAulay Bride is for you.