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The Scotman's Heir

A Scotsman in America : 5

By: Laura Hart
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2018 by Blushing Books® and Laura Hart
22 chapters / 52,000 words
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Being pregnant hasn’t moderated Ria’s behavior in the least, and Andrew must become very creative to rein her in while she’s carrying their child. Her plans for the nursery as well as her resolve to stay independent clash with his protectiveness, leading to both humorous and difficult moments for them.   

The annual trip to Scotland forces Andrew to think seriously about how to give his child roots in both cultures.  Finally, the birth of their son brings great joy to their families, who come together yet again both to celebrate the next generation of MacNeils and to share the American Thanksgiving tradition with the Scottish side of the family. 

How are Ria and Andrew going to keep their future as rich and vibrant as their early years have been? How will they keep the passion alive?  The epilogue will give us a peek into their future. 

Publisher’s Note: This contemporary romance contains both explicit scenes and domestic discipline. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter One 

Does Being Pregnant Make the Naughty Gene Grow? 

 

Ria ran into Andrew’s home office waving an envelope. “Andrew! Look what we just got from Mama!” 

Andrew looked up from some blueprints he was studying. “What is it, lass?” 

“She sent us a gift certificate for Metro Baby! A nice big one.” 

“That didn’t take long,” replied Andrew, smiling and shaking his head. Ria’s parents were always very generous with their two daughters, especially Ria, the family baby.  

Ria and Andrew had returned only days earlier from Christmas with her family in Raleigh, and while there, they’d shared the exciting news that Ria was a couple of months pregnant. Her parents had been ecstatic, and here was the first concrete reaction. 

She came around his desk and sat down on his lap, holding up the gift certificate so he could see it. 

“Wow! That is a nice gift,” he said, seeing the number on the amount line. “Can we spend that much in that one store?” 

“Of course, silly!” she answered, wondering how he could even question it. “Some of the furniture I like is at Metro Baby, and so was that English pram.” 

“How did she know that was the store you liked?” 

“She asked.” 

Andrew wrapped his arms around her and kissed her. He wondered briefly what it would be like when she was eight- or nine months pregnant. He’d find out soon enough. 

So, let’s go spend some of it,” suggested Ria, grinning at the prospect. Andrew had the briefest twinge of resentment that it was her mother’s money rather than his own that would buy the crib for their baby, but he realized he was probably being petty. Her mother, Sarah, meant well, and in the end, it was all family. 

“Are you sure you’re ready to start buying?” he asked. “It’ll be hard to paint the room if it’s already full of things.” 

Ria sighed. “Don’t ruin my fun with logic. Let’s go buy at least one thing and then eat at Abuelita’s.” 

Andrew smiled. He loved her enthusiasm, and he tried to go along with whatever she wanted right now. He was one of those men who believed pregnant women should be spoiled, and he worked very hard at doing so.  

“Okay, but I won’t be free until after four-thirty.” He was an architectural consultant who had his office at home. 

In the end, Andrew talked her into waiting to buy any furniture, but they did buy the pram Ria had been talking about as well as a car seat that caught her eye.  

“Did you thank your mother for the certificate?” he asked as they sat in Abuelita’s eating nacho chips and salsa while waiting for their dinners to be served. 

“Yes, but I’ll send her pictures of what we bought, too.” Then she laughed and added, “You do know, don’t you, that when Fetus is born, my mother will probably move in permanently.” 

Andrew smiled. He genuinely liked Sarah and Richard, Ria’s parents. His own parents had died in a small plane crash when he was only nineteen, so he was grateful that his wife’s parents were a real addition to his life.  

“That actually brings up something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about,” he started, but before he could say any more, the waiter brought their food, and then some friends stopped by their table to say hello. They’d already eaten, but Ria persuaded them to sit down for a drink, so Andrew’s topic was put on hold. 

Later that evening, as they were together on the sofa looking for a movie, Ria reminded him of his interrupted idea. So, what were you going to tell me before Katie and Dave stopped by?” she asked, tucking herself under his arm.  

“It might be better to wait until we’re not watching a movie,” he replied, leaning around to kiss her. 

“If I’ll like what you’re going to say, we can turn the TV off,” she volunteered, “but if I won’t like it, then let’s just ignore it.” She smiled impishly towards him. 

Andrew chuckled and shook his head. Ria was like no woman he’d ever known before. He gave her a squeeze. 

“So?” she persisted. “Will I like it?” 

“It’s hard to say,” he answered, still looking amused. “It’s a new idea, and you’re slow to warm up to new ideas, but after you think about it for a while, I think you might really like it.” 

“Is it worth turning off the TV?” 

“Why don’t we just wait until tomorrow?” 

“’Cause now I’m curious.” 

“Okay, turn off the TV.” 

Ria turned it off and then scooted down to the other end of the sofa, where she turned towards him and crossed her legs Indian style on the cushion. “All right, I’m ready.” 

“Do you remember what you said about your mother moving in?” he began, wishing she was still tucked under his arm. 

“Yes.” 

“Well, I’ve been thinking that, once the baby comes, we may well want more living space. We’re fine here for now with the addition we put on, but the guest room your parents stay in is going to become part of the nursery. Also, I may want to convince my grandparents to come visit, and that might mean Ian’s coming along too.” Andrew’s grandparents lived in Aberdeen, Scotland, as did his younger brother, Ian, who was a pediatrician. 

“Are you going to put on another addition?” Ria didn’t sound overjoyed. When she’d first met Andrew, she’d owned a wonderful bungalow on a double lot in an upscale neighborhood. She was proud of having bought it herself with income from her work as a designer, although, in fact, her father's support had played an important role too. After Ria lost her job with the design firm and started her own business, Andrew put on an extension that included a huge new master suite plus a home office for each of them. Now it seemed he had even bigger ideas. 

“Not exactly,” Andrew replied, “although I was thinking about adding a nice guest suite since we’ll be losing the one we have now.” 

“So what does ‘not exactly’ mean?” asked Ria, sounding cautious. 

“Why don’t you come back over here so I can hold you?”  

“Is your idea so awful you need to hide it behind cuddles?”   

Andrew shook his head yet again and decided to let her stay at the other end of the sofa. Talking with her was never a matter of following a straight line.  

“Do you remember last year when we were talking about schools for future children?” he asked, trying a different tack for the conversation. Ria looked briefly puzzled but then remembered and nodded her head. 

“So, let’s put together the ideas of wanting enough space for multiple family visitors and also having our choice of good private schools. I’m thinking that if we moved a little closer to Philadelphia, still in New Jersey but in the eastern suburbs, like Cherry Hill, we could find a nice piece of land and build exactly what we’d like to have. You could design anything you wanted, like a playroom you could see from the kitchen, or a nursery big enough for an adult to sleep in if they wanted to. We could build enough guest space so that we could have several family visitors at the same time. Also, when Fetus and any follow-ons are old enough for school, we’d have good ones around to choose from. What do you think? You could have whatever you’d like in the design.” 

Ria’s face had taken on a set look while he was talking. She tended to like the status quo, something he’d learned in the past four years. He’d had to struggle to get an engagement ring on her finger and then later to get her to set a wedding date. She was a totally modern young woman, but she had to be cajoled into change, and Andrew fully expected this new idea to meet a lot of resistance. 

“I like it here,” she said emphatically. 

“So do I, but our life is going to change soon, and the house won’t be as good then as it has been.” 

“You’re an architect. You can figure out how to make it okay.” She looked at him with a scowl on her face. 

“I can make it work for more guests, but it will be loud and dusty in the meantime. You’re not supposed to be breathing dust and paint fumes, and you don’t want to spend your pregnancy climbing over construction piles. Anyway, that still doesn’t address the subject of schools.”  

He looked at Ria’s face and knew he wasn’t making much headway. Her arms were crossed and her bottom lip was starting to stick out. He decided to throw in a sweetener. 

“If we were closer to the city, we could go to the symphony more often,” he added. Ria loved classical music. “Think about having easy access to downtown Philly or even to Drexel, for that matter. We could take the kids into town when they’re older.” 

“Where did the plural on kids come from?” she asked, practically glaring at him. 

“Thinking ahead, that’s all. We can keep it singular if you prefer. It would be really easy to take Fetus to the children’s theater or museum. It would be a richer cultural environment both for us and for Fetus and any follow-ons.”  

Ria sighed. “You know you’ll probably get your way in the end, don’t you?” she said unhappily.  

“No, Baby, this is something we both need to decide.” ‘Baby’ was what Ria’s family called her, and since first meeting them, the name had slipped easily into Andrew’s vocabulary. 

“Well, I don’t want to think about it anymore right now.” She looked very close to tears, so Andrew knew it was time to drop the subject until she’d had time to mull it over on her own. 

“So, why don’t you come back over here and let me hold the two most important people in all the world?” 

“I think it’s more like one-and-a-half or maybe even one-and-a-third.” 

Andrew grinned as he reached towards her to pull her over. “I was never good at fractions, so I rounded up.” 

“Well in that case, my answer is no. There’s no way I’m going to live in a house designed by an architect who isn’t good at fractions.” 

“Why do you think I have an assistant?” he replied, his eyes twinkling as he wrapped his arms around her. Whatever else might go on in their lives, he could never be bored living with her.  

They turned on a movie, but the cuddles, as Ria referred to them, grew more and more serious. “How about calling it a night?” asked Andrew. “I think the bedroom is calling our names.” 

“I think my leg went to sleep,” answered Ria, giving the leg in question tiny karate chops. 

Andrew scooped her up and started down the hall. “You’ll do anything to avoid walking, won’t you?”  

“There’s no point in having a big Scottish beast in the house if he doesn’t earn his keep,” replied Ria with a mischievous grin. 

“So what happens when the Scottish beast reaches his lair with the fair maiden in his arms?” 

“Prince Charming comes and rescues her.” 

“Does being pregnant make the naughty gene grow?” 

“I don’t know. Why don’t you ask the doctor at our next appointment?” 

Sam on 04/22/2018 11:18am
This is a great book and a great series. I am sad to see it end. In this book we got to see pregnant Ria. Poor Andrew had to be pretty creative at times as he tried to keep his sassy wife safe. I loved some of the things Ria did while pregnant; she is always entertaining. This is a perfect end to this series.
Jf12574 on 04/19/2018 09:31pm
I read an advanced copy of this book and it's just as great as the others in this series. If you read the others you don't want to miss this one. Breat, great ,great!!
susan landowski on 03/27/2018 01:34pm
Great ending to this series. This story line is great and realistic as deals with how a couple maintains a relationship, a DD at that, with a new baby in the mix. The characters are real, well written and at times laugh out loud funny. Give this quick story a try.
Margaret Corcoran on 03/23/2018 01:31pm
I loved this sweet fun series and this is a brilliant finish to it. The story is well written and easy to read. All the characters are well written and described. There are some disciplinary spankings and hot spicy sex scenes. I received an ARC copy of this book and I highly recommend it. A real page-turner. A very well written story.
DB on 03/22/2018 05:38pm
Loved this series and this last book has the perfect ending! Ria is now pregnant and Andrew is having a hard time getting her to not put herself in danger, like climbing on ladders and stools. He has had to find different ways to spank her, but spank her he does! This book had a lot of family situations with Andrew being the most involved to get everything straightened out. Ria is still her sassy, bratty, funny self - I just love her - so she does keep Andrew on his toes and her over his knee! There is an epilogue at the end of the book that wraps up 20 years in the future. I loved the answer to the question Ria was asked about how she had such a happy marriage. She said, "You have to."
5 Big Scotsman's Stars
Redrabbitt on 03/17/2018 07:44pm
It was with mixed emotions reading this, the final book in the series and the epilogue was a perfect ending. Yes, Ria Davis MacNeill is a spoiled brat. Still, some things just don%u2019t seem to change, especially considering she was babied and allowed to be spoiled for almost thirty years before she and Andrew met. Andrew is a man of tradition and discipline. He knows how Ria is, and lord helps him, he will even give her warnings which she usually ignores that lands her in trouble, but that is their relationship. The final story will include issues with the pregnancy, the birth, family traditions, and their future lives.

The story covers many of the issues involved in the pregnancy, her attitude, and snarkiness, as well as how he will discipline her and keep her safe. It also shows the love of these two and how much they are looking forward to their new addition. Andrew is a man of couth and diplomacy in dealing with Ria as she frets over her pregnancy, growing belly, and the need for maternity clothing.

The relationship is solid with both Ria%u2019s family with Andrew and his family with her. I enjoy seeing how they share new experiences and customs, blending Scotland and American traditions, something that will especially be vital in the upbringing of their children.

You have to give Andrew credit for consistency, and it was something that Ria needed. Even her family notices how it has made a difference in her attitude. What happens between them is always private and personal. It is that type of behavior and consistency that makes their marriage work, grow and prosper.

While this story, as the other four in this series has many domestic discipline scenes, they are always done with love and respect, as well as protective of Ria, especially during the pregnancy. The story has very mild sex scenes that are always sweet with just enough passion but not overly detailed.
DONNA L on 03/17/2018 06:48pm
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat A Journey
ByDonna Lon March 17, 2018
I have read and enjoyed every book in this series and am sad that
it's at a end.Yes,Ria tends to act childish but that's what draws me
to her.She is impulsive,rude and Andrew has to be creative when
punishing her now she is pregnant.Her mouth and dangerous behavior
has him thinking up different ways to spank her.From driving in storms
to climbing ladders,Ria continues to ignore Andrew's advice.They continue
their yearly visits to both of their families who are all eagerly awaiting the birth
of their first child.Thay are overjoyed but overwhelmed at the birth of their
son.Help comes from Ria's mother who knows how difficult new borns can
be.Wow,I have plowed through every book,what a journey it has been.I am
sure that I will reread them time and time again.Each book stated out strong
and moved quickly.I loved the dynamics between Andrew and Ria,there was
never a dull moment.
Maryanne on 03/17/2018 08:28am

Another great story in this fabulous series! I didn%u2019t expect another one but it has rounded up Andrew and Rias%u2019 story, as they become a family and also updated the lives of all supporting characters in their wider families. This book takes us through Rias pregnancy with the usual love, discipline and humour that makes these stories so compelling.
I enjoyed the different approach in being able to follow them through the trials and tribulations of two such different people from completely opposite backgrounds meeting and falling in love. Whilst this story, like all the others can be read and enjoyed alone I would encourage you to read as a series.
Tami on 03/17/2018 07:39am
The Scotsman%u2019s Heir is the fifth book of the A Scotsman in America series. As each book is about the life of Ria and Andrew and the people they meet, I recommend to read this series starting with book one.

Ria and Andrew are having a baby - finally. I was totally caught up in the excitement of Ria's pregnancy and, of course, of all the things the little brat comes up with. There are some scenes that made me get teary-eyed. Like all the books in this series, I enjoyed it a lot and hope that we will read more about Ria and Andrew, though it is very unlikely that this will happen. In other words - I am very sorry to see this series end.
JigsawGirl on 03/16/2018 09:02pm
I have read this entire series, and I'm not sure why. I guess I expected Ria to grow up. I liked everything else in the book. Even grew to like her sister. But, Ria never appealed to me after that first book, The Scotsman: A Prequel ".

The books after the prequel all portrayed Ria as childish, immature, and petulant. Ria did not change at all as her relationship with Andrew developed. For the life of me, I couldn't see what Andrew wanted with her. At some point, he even questions whether Ria was going to grow up before she gave birth.

I though the story was well written, so I don't want to give it a bad review based on my reaction to the ONLY thing I didn't like.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

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