#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland with a tale of two lovers irrevocably linked by destiny.
Thomas Carrick is driven to control all aspects of his life. The wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city’s most eligible bachelors and intends to select a wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that next step along his self-determined path, yet no one captures his eye, nor his attention not the way Lucilla Cynster did.
Thomas has avoided his clan’s estate because it borders Lucilla’s home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return. His uncle, the laird, is ailing, a family is desperately ill, and the healer is unconscious and dying. Duty leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face.
Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting for Thomas to return and claim his place by her side. She knows he is her fated lover, husband, protector, and mate just as she is his one true love. Though his return wasn’t on her account, Lucilla is willing to seize whatever chance Fate hands her.
Thomas can never forget Lucilla, or the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he does not want.
Lucilla sees that Thomas has yet to accept the inevitability of their union. But how can he ignore a bond such as theirs—one so much stronger than reason? Lucilla is as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs. And while she cannot command him, she has powerful enticements she’s willing to wield in the tempting of Thomas Carrick.
A neo-Gothic tale of passionate romance laced with mystery, set in the uplands of southwestern Scotland
Where did you draw inspiration from to write THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK?
If by inspiration you mean what external factor sparked or led to the creation of the story…that would be my readers and their enjoyment of my previous works and their wish for and expectation of more. My readers wanted this bookanother Cynster novel and Lucilla’s story—so I wrote it. No further external stimulus was necessary.
How do you typically celebrate your release day?
I usually forget, too busy writing whatever book I’m then buried in. If I do remember, my husband and I might go out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants.
What would you say was the biggest obstacle in writing your first book? How did you overcome it?
The actual writing was no obstacle at all; I just sat down and told the story. The hard bit was figuring out what to do with it after I’d written it. I bumbled around trying to figure out where to send it, and then my mother, who was a great romance reader, put me on the right track.
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Meet the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style. Visit her online at www.stephanielaurens.com.