Romancing the Scot

Book 1 of the Pennington Family Series

In this stunning series starter, meet the new generation of Penningtons...five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege.

Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.


Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

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FIVE STARS… The story was excellent! This couple faces some severe challenges that would not easily be overcome by anyone, and yet together they pull through and become stronger. I really really loved the story line…This book was the best I’ve read from an author I didn’t already know in a long while. I do hope you will grab it up as soon as you have a chance.
- Showie, SHHHWeAreReading WordPress Blog and Goodreads Review

RECOMMENDED... Hugh and Grace are a well-matched pair, and the authors give their relationship ample, and realistic, room to grow....This is a series, and readers will be happy to follow into the next installment.
- Jane Jorgenson, Library Journal Review

FIVE STARS… An outstanding read….The characters in this book are phenomenal. Grace and Hugh’s story is loaded with suspense, action, drama, humor and sizzle. This story grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go until the last page. I loved reading Romancing the Scot and look forward to reading more from May McGoldrick in the future. Romancing the Scot is Book 1 of The Pennington Family Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
- Deb Diem, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… From start to finish, it was packed with action, mystery, romance, spy vs spy, murder, you name it, it has it all! and darn, I just couldn’t seem to put it down that I just had to finish it in one sitting - finally ended at 4 am (thank you for the eye bags, Ms. McGoldrick!)
- V SB, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… What a totally captivating story, from beginning to end!! I loved that the heroine was a strong woman. It is a story that about romance, murder & mystery. This book is very well written! I can’t wait to read more books by this author!
- Denise, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… Extremely enjoyable. What a great story! The flow was so perfect, I found it hard to stop reading.
- La Cava, Goodreads Review

RECOMMENDED...War is a terrible thing that attacks victims and survivors alike. Romancing the Scot explores this difficult subject with empathy and depth, all wrapped in a lovely and moving romance.
-Cheryl Sneed FIRST LOOK - Heroes and Heartbreakers


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It Happened in the Highlands

Book 2 of the Pennington Family Series

Coming on March 27,2018

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It Happened in the Highlands

Book 2 of the Pennington Family Series


A jilted bride...

A duel at dawn...

A long-hidden secret...

A second chance at love...


Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiancé once rumors spread about her questionable origins. Her adoptive parents have always provided her with the love and protection she’s needed to feel secure, and over the last sixteen years she’s molded herself to meet the expectations of others. When she receives a package from the Highlands containing sketches where the subject is eerily familiar, Jo believes she might have found a clue to the identity of her birth mother.

When Captain Wynne Melfort ended his engagement to Jo Pennington sixteen years ago, he never imagined he would see her again. But after he uncovers information that could reveal the truth about Jo’s parentage, Wynne feels bound by duty to right an old wrong and inform her of his find. He didn’t expect for feelings long thought dead to resurface, for in his mind a love departed was gone forever.

As they strive to unravel the mystery of her birth, Jo must learn how to trust the man who’d once rejected her and Wynne must reconcile his head with his heart. But as secrets of the past begin to surface, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep Jo from uncovering the truth and reclaiming her legacy. Together, Jo and Wynne must fight the deadly menace lurking deep in the Highland mists.


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Reviews of It Happened in the Highlands

“An amazing historical romance. May McGoldrick has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded with fantastic, lovable emotional roller coaster. There is plenty of drama, humor, action, suspense and spice to keep readers glued to this book. I enjoyed every page.” - Deb Diem; GoodReads Review

”Woven with hope, despair, love, envy, jealousy and cruelty, Ms. McGoldrick covers a range of human emotions and gives the couple the strength to rise above them. It is a wonderful read, evoking hope despite obstacles.” - Amary Chapman; GoodReads Review

”Love, love, love May McGoldrick!.... Great characters in this sweet historical romance. A real page-turner as several mysteries unfold.” - T. Anderson; GoodReads Review


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These Prequels to the It Happened in the Highlands

Sleepless in Scotland

Book 3 of the Pennington Family Series

A wounded hero...

A woman with secrets...

A killer lurking in the mists...

Scandal, love, and the hand of fate...

Captain Ian Bell is a tortured man fighting through grief and guilt over the loss of his sister. When she went missing, he searched for months until he found her remains. Now, three years later as the Deputy Lieutenant of Fife, Ian still hunts for her murderer in the dangerous criminal underworld of Edinburgh. He is the ‘Night Watch’ bent on revenge even as he saves others from the same violent fate that claimed his sister. Then one night, a young woman narrowly escapes death and lands at his feet...his late sister’s best friend, Phoebe Pennington.

Lady Phoebe Pennington—dreamer and storyteller to her family—is a committed reformer writing articles anonymously for an Edinburgh newspaper. One night, in an effort to acquire documents embarrassing to the city’s political leaders, Phoebe descends into the corrupt and seething netherworld known as the Vaults. When she tries to save a street urchin from an assailant,she becomes the target of a violent attack, only to be saved by the one man she has desired for years.

Ian’s attraction to Phoebe is as undeniable as it is unexpected,and she awakens in him passions he thought long dead. Fearful that she doesn’t understand the dangers of this criminal world, he is determined to save her from the risks she takes. Phoebe’s blood burns for Ian, but when she learns that he may be implicated in the scandal she is set on exposing, she finds herself torn between love and truth. But even as they strive to find the meaning of trust,fate is taking a hand. For Phoebe is the only one who has seen the face of the killer, and the sinister shadows of evil are closer than they imagine.

Available August 7, 2018

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These Prequels to the Sleepless in Scotland

Sweet Home Highland Christmas

 A Pennington Family Story


'Tis the season to fall in love!

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Freya Sutherland is a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her precocious young niece, Ella, even if if means marrying for security instead of love.

Recently retired from the military, Captain Gregory Pennington wants nothing more than to make it home in time for Christmas, but he's asked to escort some travelers from the Highlands to the Borders.

When Freya and Penn meet, their chemistry is instant. Once they realize he's their escort for the journey, there's no escaping their attraction. But Penn has plans that do not include a wife and child. And Freya has responsibilities as Ella's guardian, no matter her growing discontent with her upcoming marriage. With Ella conspiring to get them together, Penn and Freya might just experience a little magic during this SWEET HOME HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS!

Available July 3rd

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FIVE STARS - This little tale was sweet, sexy and a wee bit funny.
I was so sucked in by this story that I’m desperate to read more from this author.
- Stacey is Sassy Review

FIVE STARS… Hilarious.
- Danielle Urban, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… A sweet and touching story filled with love and dedication….Their chemistry is amazing.
- Rosemary K, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… I absolutely loved this book! I had never heard of this author but this book made me love her! This one….really surprised me as this is an unknown author to me. Loved it! Great read!!
- Sandy Kelly, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… I loved everything about this short story!....Penn and Fie are two very compelling characters with great chemistry....I enjoyed this story so much that I downloaded Penn’s parents book Borrowed Dreams.
- Lori Meehan, Goodreads Review

FIVE STARS… The drama, sizzle and antics…will keep readers glued to their e-readers. I love the humor. Kudos to Ms. McGoldrick.
- Deb Diem, Goodreads Review


"Sweet Home Highland Christmas" is Part of the new Pennington Family Series

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Highland Crown

The Royal Highlander Series

The Radical War of 1820 is tearing Britain apart. In Scotland, cries of liberty, equality, and fraternity ring out in the streets, and the planned visit of the newly crowned British king fuel is fueling the Rising.

In this new series, an aging Sir Walter Scott wrestles with his past as he recalls three extraordinary women who found courage in the Highlands to fight for the future of a nation.

Isabella Murray Drummond has a price on her head. Widow and trained physician, she is wanted by British authorities who believe she can identify the rebels. The leaders of the Rising also want her dead, believing she is an informer and a traitor to their cause. With Scotland in chaos and blood still glistening on the streets, Isabella gathers her sister and stepdaughter and escapes to the Highlands.

As a child, Cinaed Mackintosh was sent against his will from his Highland home on Loch Mor to Canada. He is now master of his own ship and owes his loyalty to no one. En route to the port of Inverness, his vessel is driven in a storm onto the rocks of Duff Head. Washed ashore and badly injured, Cinaed is nearly killed by locals set on salvaging the ship’s cargo but is saved by a woman who refuses to let him die.

Exposed by her actions in saving the ship’s captain, Isabella must flee with Cinaed into the mountains. But the British officer sent after her is in close pursuit. Searching for a means of escaping Scotland with her sister and stepdaughter, Isabella and Cinaed travel to Moy Hall, seat of Clan Mackintosh. Even as she learns that passion knows no rules, a long-buried secret about Cinaed is revealed…the clans of the Highlands have been awaiting his return. With the shadows of the past closing in, deadly intrigue catapults them onto a new path—for Cinaed and for Scotland—and a destiny that threatens to shatter Isabella, heart and soul.

Available March 26, 2019

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