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December 20, 2016


The Scoundrel's Pleasure: The MacNeil Legacy - Book Two by [Bonander, Jane] 

                                             DUE TO BE RELEASED
                                            FEBRUARY 14, 2017

The MacNeil Legacy
Book 2
Jane Bonander

Duncan MacNeil voyages over the sea to make his fortune in America. Shortly before his departure, he has a single tryst near the village fair with lovely Isobel Dunbar. Their romp leads to a pregnancy, and while he is across t he ocean, Isobel gives birth to a spirited boy she names Ian.  To protect her reputation and to prevent Duncan's wealthy family from taking Ian away from her, Isobel concocts a story that her neighbors believe - she claims Ian's father married her and then died in a shipwreck, leaving her a poor widow. The truth, she hopes, will never be discovered, and her son will never meet his father.

When Duncan returns, weary of the new World and ready to take charge of his family's business, his first plan is to buy a run down brothel and covert it to  a cannery. Only this is w here Isobel now calls home. He can't understand why she refuses to sell, and he certainly cannot understand why she harbors such resentment towards him. Then he realizes w ho this beautiful woman once was to him. Can Duncan grow from an irresponsible boy into a man who takes responsibility for his past carelessness? And can Isobel ever trust this strange,r when keeping Ian's parentage a secret is the only way she knows to keep her beloved son close? (from Night Owl Reviews)

Paperback, 250 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
ISBN 1682303454 (ISBN13: 9781682303450)

One night will change several lives forever.   One careless night  of a romp in the hay.  A child is born from this night, only the father doesn't know it.  Duncan MacNeil is gone to sea on his way to America to make many riches.   Lovely Isobel Dunbar is left with a child that is born while Duncan is gone.   She fears that Duncan's wealthy family will take her son, Ian, from her.   She comes up with the story that Ian's father had married her and then died at sea.     She prays that the truth never comes out.   She has made her home in a run down brothel and when Duncan returns from sea, he plans on buying the brothel and converting it to a cannery.  But he runs into problems when the owner won't sell. He doesn't understand why.   That is, until he discovers the owner is the beautiful woman who he once made love to.    Duncan doesn't know real responsibility. He's always had money and  he's never had to really grow up and take on a man's responsibilities.   But now, what will happen now.?   Will he discover why Isobel is so stand offish to him?  Will  Duncan discover that Ian is his son?    Will the tucked away romance come to the surface?  So many questions.   The author grabs your heart strings as soon as you begin reading.   She gives you that one night that soon will lead into possibly others.  At least the author leaves the reader hoping so.  The author gives you, the reader, two characters that are both strong willed and rather stubborn.    Everybody loves that love story that appears it can't be.  Everybody wants it to come out with love winning over the stubbornness and the strong willed to keep secrets.  The author keeps those pages turning as you are wanting Duncan to grow up and be a real man.  You want Isobel to figure out a way for Ian to have his father.  Your heart beats strong and you keep hoping and praying that Duncan and Isobel will finally let the secrets out and give Ian the parents he deserves.  What a book!  You have your romances, but this author went above and beyond.   One time you love Duncan and the next minute you cant' stand him.  He's definitely a scoundrel but there's things about that scoundrel you can't help but love.   A scoundrel makes you heart flip flop sometimes.  Isobel, sometimes you feel sorry for her and other times you want her to just outright tell Duncan that Ian is his.   The author keeps you guessing until the end and the end may surprise you.  Will you, Duncan, Isobel and Ian get what you all want and need?   Don't let this book pass you by.   Isobel, Duncan and Ian are waiting for you to follow them in this unforgettable story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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