Since I'm working on the next tale in the Highland Gardens series—Just His Fae Kiss—Caitrina and Douglas's story, I thought it would be fun to share excerpts from the other books featuring them. This week, we meet Douglas for the first time in Just Beyond the Garden Gate...
The Baked Potato was a storefront vegetarian café located next door to the Celtic Image shop on the main drag of Anderson Creek. Tantalizing aromas greeted them when they stepped into the crowded restaurant. Several customers waited in line at the counter in front of them.
One stood out among the others, not only due to his substantial height, but also for his mode of dress. His handsome six-foot-seven body was clothed in a cream fisherman’s sweater, a red plaid kilt, and around his waist hung a fur sporran with a badger head.
He strode to them and gave Caitrina a cursory glance before smiling at Laurie. “Hello. You must be our new resident. Iain says nice things about you.”
Laurie expected Caitrina to introduce them. When she glanced at her friend, she found her glaring at the guy.
“Douglas MacKinnon,” Caitrina snapped. “Rude as usual.”
His eyes turned cold. “Love, where were you last night? You were supposed to meet me.”
“You assume much. I never agreed to meet you.” Caitrina grabbed Laurie by the arm and pulled her past Douglas to the counter. He chuckled from behind her as she ordered sandwiches and soup from Teddy.
Douglas leaned close to Caitrina, and she stiffened.
“Ach, lass. Why do you fight it? You know we are meant to be together.” Although he whispered the words near Caitrina’s ear, Laurie overheard.
He stepped back and raised his chin. “Talk about rude, Caitrina. Wouldn’t it be polite for you to introduce me to your friend?”
Visibly bristling, she turned to Laurie. “This horny toad owns the Celtic shop next door. Douglas, meet Laurie.”
“Nice to meet you.” Laurie shook his hand.
“My pleasure. As I said before this minx interrupted, Iain speaks highly of you.”
Laurie couldn’t help but notice the yearning in his tawny eyes when he gazed at Caitrina and felt a twinge of longing. Would be nice to have someone look at her that way.
The image of the man in the woods popped into her mind for the umpteenth time. What would it be like to have him desire her the way Douglas obviously wanted Caitrina?
“Come on.” Caitrina took the bag of food from Teddy and again grabbed Laurie by the arm, dragging her out the door. Laurie glanced over her shoulder at Douglas and gave him a finger wave. His hearty laughter boomed as the door shut behind her.
When they returned to the cottage, she walked into the living room, and Caitrina followed with the bag of food.
“My new dining set hasn’t arrived yet from the manufacturer. I hope you don’t mind eating at the coffee table.”
Putting the bag down, Caitrina sat cross-legged on the floor. “This is fine. Do you have any whisky? I could use a stiff drink.”
Laurie chuckled. “I have wine. Would you care for a glass of pinot noir?”
After fetching glasses, the wine and a corkscrew from the kitchen, Laurie opened the bottle. She poured them both a glass and handed one to Caitrina.
“Douglas MacKinnon is attractive, don’t you think?”
Just Beyond the Garden Gate
Hope you enjoyed this wee peek into 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate', a Highland Gardens Novel.