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Scotsman of My Dreams: MacIain #2 by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

Scotsman of My Dreams: MacIain #2 by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I am pleased to present Scotsman of My Dreams, the new release from Karen Ranney, the second in her MacIain Historic Romance Series.  Please read on for my review, check out the excerpt, see the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for FIVE (5) Print Bundles of IN YOUR WILDEST SCOTTISH DREAMS and SCOTSMAN OF MY DREAMS.

Book Review:

I’m loving this mix up of the American Civil War brought to English shores: in this installment, Dalton has returned from his participation in the war, wounded and changed, only to discover he has inherited the title after his elder brother’s demise.  Before the war, Dalton was a rake, at loose ends and bored. The war seemed a wonderful ‘adventure’ and his boredom was quickly erased at Manassas.  Now he wants little more than to adjust to a new quiet life, even as his new responsibilities pull at him.

Minerva’s brother Neville was one who followed Dalton to America, and now she wants to know where her brother is.  Dalton could care less about Neville, although he does find the rather strident young woman intriguing.  He believes that his injuries (a missing eye and hearing loss) were at the business end of Neville’s gun, and he’s got no interest in his well-being.

A bit of a slow start, this story gives us both Minerva and Dalton in retrospective: we learn about each person, discover their characters, secrets and motivations early on, giving a solidity to their characters and the slowly developing romance between them.  Minerva was very much a forward thinking, take charge woman who often substituted logic for pure emotion, so it was wonderful to see her softer side emerge. Dalton was a fairly typical second son of the aristocracy, and he availed himself of all the possible distractions, looking for purpose.  From rather offhandedly dismissive of the assistance granted one in his position to actually needing help from others to exist and survive, his growth is bone deep and visceral, and the break in the ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to life just add to his humanity.

Slow growing, this romance started with banter and butting heads as the two learn one another, react to differences, argue, snipe and eventually learn to compromise and agree. Yes, there is a subplot with murder and mystery, but the characters and the development of their relationship from two fiercely independent, I will live my life alone people to two who have learned to open doors and let another person in. And their relationship is stronger and more palpable for the growth and development both characters displayed.

Scotsman of My Dreams: MacIain #2 by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Scotsman of My Dreams
Author: Karen Ranney
Series: MacIain #2
Also in this series: An American in Scotland
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062337513
Published on: 25 August, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 22 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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About the Book:

In New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's second novel in her breathtaking series, an unconventional woman and a former scoundrel embark on a daring mission of desire
Once the ton's most notorious rake, Dalton MacIain has returned from his expedition to America during the Civil War— wounded and a changed man. Instead of returning to his old haunts, he now spends his time at home. But Dalton's peace is disturbed when Minerva Todd barges into his London townhouse, insisting he help search for her missing brother Neville. Though Dalton would love to spend more time with the bewitching beauty, he has no interest in finding Neville, whom he blames for his injury.
Minerva has never met a more infuriating man than the Earl of Rathsmere, yet she is intrigued by the torrid rumors she has heard about him . . . and the fierce attraction pulling her toward him.
Dalton does not count on Minerva's persistence, or the desire she awakens in him, compelling him to discover her brother's fate. But when danger surrounds them, Dalton fears he will lose the tantalizing, thoroughly unpredictable woman he has come to love.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

She didn’t know what part of the letter made her angrier, the fact that he had gone off to see if he was brave, or his thought that women should simply agree to anything a man suggested.

What poppycock.

Sitting at her desk, she calmly folded the letter and held it against her chest.

She would not cry. Tears did nothing but make her eyes and nose red and congest her breathing. They didn’t solve the situation. They didn’t make her feel less guilty.

He had never mentioned America to her. What did he know about their war? Did he simply want to go into battle to see if he could survive it?

Dear God, had he survived it?

That was the one question no one could answer.

She replaced the letter in the drawer of her desk and sat quietly, thinking of her next move. If she wrote the earl again, he would probably ignore her, as he’d already done five times. If she returned to his house tomorrow, encountered his secretary again and marshaled her arguments better, was there any guarantee Mr. Howington would listen?

She had only been jesting when she was talking to Mrs. Beauchamp, but perhaps she should engage in a little subterfuge. Every house needed servants, and the earl’s large home must require quite a number of them in order to run smoothly.

The plan being born in her imagination died a swift death. Mr. Howington had seen her. Perhaps she could attempt to engage the housekeeper’s help. Or bribe one of the servants to turn the other way when she gained entrance to the house.

She had to find a way in to see the Earl of Rathsmere. She had to find out what happened to Neville.

How could she live another day without knowing?

 

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About Karen Ranney

I’m a writer who’s been privileged to have attained the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. I write romance under Karen Ranney and romantic suspense and mysteries under my pseudonym, Katherine Storm.

I believe in the power of the individual, the magnificence of the human spirit, and always looking for the positive in any situation. I write about people who have been challenged but who win in the end.

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