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Authors: Pamela Clare


“Riveting, exciting…Pamela Clare delivers what readers want.”

—Connie Mason,
New York Times
bestselling author


“Pamela Clare is a fabulous storyteller whose beautifully written, fast-paced tales will leave you breathless with anticipation. She creates heroes, heroines, and villains with the ease of a master that draw the reader irresistibly into the story, making them part of the pain, the fear…and the passion.”

—Leigh Greenwood,
USA Today
bestselling author


Praise for the MacKinnon’s Rangers Novels




“Captivating…Clare’s detailed attention to the history of alliances forged and battles fought near Fort Ticonderoga adds authenticity, and the characters evolve and change with a realism that readers will love.”

Publishers Weekly
(starred review)


“Magnificent…You need only to read the first page to know that you are beginning another historical romantic masterpiece by Pamela Clare, a master storyteller who always delights readers…
will leave you breathless and cheering with its attention to historical detail, characters you can almost reach out and touch, a story line that’s deeply riveting, and a love story that will melt your heart as only these MacKinnons, Highland warriors, Scottish brothers, can do…You must always keep a Pamela Clare book on your keeper shelf. She is not just a read, she is a reread.”

Fresh Fiction


“Riveting. Clare cleverly combines history and fiction to bring us a tale full of drama and sensuality, with well-drawn characters and continuous action.”
—RT Book Reviews

“A great tale…The story line is action packed but owned by the fleeing lead couple and the historical backdrop that makes this clearly must-reading for Colonial America romance fans.”

Midwest Book Review


“This story had me from the first page. Pamela Clare is a master storyteller who writes stories steeped in historical settings that are so vivid you feel you are walking alongside the main characters as you view the story through their eyes. This one has it all. It is a story of honor, deception, loyalty, passion, duty, forgiveness, faith, and, above all, love. The main characters are strong and beautifully matched. They complete [each] other so perfectly…The love scenes are just to die for, and this story brought tears to my eyes more than once, as well. I highly recommend this stirring and wonderful series to anyone who loves a good love story.”

Night Owl Romance


“Surrounded by the lush backdrop of the historical wild frontier,
is the extraordinary story of how Morgan and Amalie find a once-in-a-lifetime love. The pages are filled with danger, excitement, and suspense. Compelling characters, a seemingly impossible conflict, and one of the most magnificent men I’ve ever read about make
unforgettable…Every moment they share is incredibly sensual and erotic. I fell in love with Morgan. Amalie is perfect in every way for him.
is the ultimate angst-filled romance…
is perfect.” —
Joyfully Reviewed

“Both hero and heroine are strong, deep characters whose romance feels believable…This is a good read.”

Curled Up With a Good Book


“A powerful story about two people who discover love despite war and betrayal…I felt truly invested in the characters in
and found the time period captivating. Morgan has now taken the lead as my favorite hero of the year.”

All About Romance




“[A] lush historical romance…Believable characters, scorching chemistry, and a convincing setting make this a worthy read.”

Publishers Weekly


“Be forewarned that this is not a book you’ll put down lightly. Once you start, you’ll be hard-pressed to do anything else but travel along on this journey filled with action, danger, fantastically vivid historical events and written in almost liquid prose: nonstop and ever-flowing words that blend together in a lifelike portrayal of colonial times and the people who stood up to almost unimaginable hardships, written only as Pamela Clare can write them…
is a must-have…I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”

Romance Reader at Heart


“An astonishing story. All you need to do is open the cover and read page one to know you’re being taken on an incredible journey and beginning one of the most exciting books ever written.
is nothing short of genius, a work of art, written by a master storyteller. Pamela Clare pens a story so gut-wrenching, so intense, so deeply moving that you can barely put it down. There are wonderful one-liners that make you laugh along with the most beautiful words of love you’ll ever read. It’s an intense drama with unforgettable characters and a hero and heroine you’ll hold in your heart forever. Surrender to
—Fresh Fiction

“Trust me, you do not want to miss this exciting and HOT start to what promises to be a fabulous new series. I have loved all of Pamela Clare’s novels from the first one and this is one that I hated to see end…Great plot and characters as well as some very memorable supporting characters…If you love historical romance, be sure to pick this one up soon!”

Night Owl Romance


“This is fantastic historical romance that uses the backdrop of the French and Indian War to tell a terrific tale of love. The story line is action packed…and never slows down until the final exhilarating climax…Fans will treasure this keeper and look forward to more MacKinnon thrillers.”

Midwest Book Review


“Engrossing…This is a book to savor.”

The Romance Reader


“Ms. Clare writes a compelling story that I found difficult to set aside. I was totally submerged in the characters and the story through the very end. I’m anxiously awaiting the next two novels where we will learn more about Iain’s brothers.”

Once Upon A Romance


] has its fill of adventure…The author evokes her setting wonderfully…Readers looking for a passionate romance and plenty of adventure will likely enjoy this story.”

All About Romance


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For Amy Vandersall,
who has always believed in me.



Special thanks to Catrìona Mary Mac Kirnan for once again lending her expertise in Scottish Gaelic to the MacKinnon Brothers and to Stephanie Desprez for correcting my French.
Tapadh leibh! Merci beaucoup!

Much gratitude to Natasha Kern for her support and encouragement and to Cindy Hwang for allowing me to keep this series alive—and for caring about the historical details.

Additional thanks to Mike Terenzetti of Pontour Tours of Lake George for taking me to the magical waterfall on the eastern shore of Lake George and showing me the lake from the Rangers’ point of view; to Christopher Fox, the curator at Fort Ticonderoga, for the tour of the fort and its collections; to Dr. David Starbuck for sharing his insights about his excavations on Rogers Island; and to Eileen Hannay of Rogers Island Visitor Center for being so patient with two people who didn’t know when to stop asking questions.

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