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In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

In a new stand-alone story, Karen Ranney brings the intrigue and heat . Please read on for a review and excerpt, don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $50 Gift Card to the eRetailer of your choice, then be sure to check out the other tour stops where you can see what other readers thought of the book! But first …

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams:

Set against the political machinations of the American Civil War as we reunite Glynis MacLain, now widowed owner of the MacLain cotton mills with her former lost love Lennox Cameron, shipbuilder.

Years ago, Glynnis and Lennox were acquainted when her romantic lack of sensibilities led her to pronounce her love for him, to which he had no response.  Devastated and angry, she soon accepted another man’s proposal, and fled to America with him.  In the years that have passed, Lennox has made a success of himself as a shipbuilder of some renown, but there are rumors and whispers in Glasgow, not all about others.

When Glynnis returns to Scotland a widow, she is concerned with the continued difficulties posed by the American Civil War, and the effect of the cotton shortage on her mills. Being away from home, her correspondences were limited with Scotland, although many of the rumors did sneak over.  So, not only is she concerned for her own financial future, she finds herself trying to sort fact from fiction, managing the tricky political climate and reestablishing herself in Glasgow society.

Ranney manages to imbue this story with so many different elements to bring the time and politics to the reader in an easy-to-understand way, while adding in a touch of mystery, murder and mayhem all wrapped up underneath the flirtation and budding romance between Glynnis and Lennox.

Their interactions are wonderful: funny, clever, fast-paced and laden with humor and emotion that shows the true connection between the two. While not over-emphasizing societal stricture, dress or background, those subtle descriptions are dropped lightly throughout the story, giving readers plenty of information for visualization, as well as (in the case of Charlotte) adding to the character’s personality and foreshadowing their likability. Ranney has several different lines of subplot that twist through the main love story between Glynnis and Lennox, that keep the reader wondering who did what, and who can they believe. One can’t help but feel for Glynnis and Lennox as they sort through everything that is happening.

You need look no further to see why I love my historic romances – with a story so full of intrigue, heart, history and turmoil, you get it all in a manageable bite as you are transported to the world between the pages.

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams
Author: Karen Ranney
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 27 January 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 56 minutes
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About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's first novel in a brand-new series spins the intriguing story of a beautiful widow and a devilishly handsome shipbuilder...

Seven years have passed since Glynis MacIain made the foolish mistake of declaring her love to Lennox Cameron, only to have him stare at her dumbfounded. Heartbroken, she accepted the proposal of a diplomat and moved to America, where she played the role of a dutiful wife among Washington's elite. Now a widow, Glynis is back in Scotland. Though Lennox can still unravel her with just one glance, Glynis is no longer the naïve girl Lennox knew and vows to resist him.

With the American Civil War raging, shipbuilder Lennox Cameron must complete a sleek new blockade runner for the Confederate Navy. He cannot afford any distractions, especially the one woman he's always loved. Glynis's cool demeanor tempts him to prove to her what a terrible mistake she made seven years ago.

As the war casts its long shadow across the ocean, will a secret from Glynis's past destroy any chance for a future between the two star-crossed lovers?

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

His chuckle annoyed her because he wasn’t fast enough. She put both hands on either side of the placket of his shirt and pulled, feeling the buttons give. She scratched his skin, stretched her arms around until she felt his back, fingers splayed to feel all of him. It wasn’t enough.

Her breasts pressed against the hard planes of his chest as her hands wrapped around his neck.

She blinked open her eyes to find him smiling down at her, his gaze intent. 

She only smiled back at him and rained kisses over his chest. 

His indrawn breath made her want to laugh. Good, let him feel a fraction of the wildness racing through her.

She grabbed his head and held him still for her kiss, wishing he could erase all the loneliness of the past years. She wanted to pull off his clothes, tear them if she must, do something improper and wanton. She was not herself, but that was a lie, wasn’t it? 

This was the woman who’d always been tamped down, pushed to the back, and ignored. Richard had never seen this creature. The only person who ever really knew her was Lennox. 

She wanted him in a way she’d never wanted any other man. He was hers and he had always been hers since she was a child and first saw him.

His clothes were too concealing for this summer night with its warm air and soft scented breeze.

A tide was rushing in to nearly drown her.

She needed her clothes off. She was too hot, too constrained. 

If she’d felt any modesty before he arrived, it was gone now, buried beneath a need racing through her like lightning. 

His lips on her throat accelerated her pulse even further. She shivered, gripping his shoulders as he unfastened the bow holding her nightgown closed. 

Her knees weakened as he pushed the garment open. His fingers danced across her skin, hesitated at the top of her breasts. 

“Yes,” she whispered. Yes, oh yes.

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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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