Historic romance, determined heroine, Scottish hero, and both unwilling to see the flames between them are not just a passing thing – what is not to like? For me – absolutely nothing that was major, and only a couple of minor niggles that, being fiction, I could ignore as I was caught up in the passion and emotion of the characters.
Solidly Victorian in feel (the setting is 1872, and the explosion of societies for the advancement of learning, literature and science are all the rage among the learned: with several gentlemen only societies that spurned if not outright banned women from their meetings and presentations.
Mari is the editor of a newspaper, and is a bit of an anomaly: self-sufficient, outspoken and refusing to hide her intelligence under a barrel, she decides that attending a lecture by a favored author is where she needs to be. Denied entry by a man who is everything she despises: condescending, intolerant, titled and oh so handsome her course is set. She sets her not inconsiderable plotting and investigative skills against Logan Harrison, Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
Logan was frustrated by the beautiful woman, determined to be where no woman should be. A man with solid political position and plans to further that career, he knows that marriage is his next logical step. He doesn’t want a wallflower: he wants beauty and brains with a diplomatic tongue and a malleable personality, a helpmate to further his position. But, he cannot stop thinking about the woman with the determined jut of chin that only served to heighten her beauty.
These two are adorable together: their conversations and reactions to one another, fueled by the clever insets and insights from secondary characters kept the story moving forward. There was a bit too much hesitancy in Mari’s recognition of Logan’s honorable intentions, while Logan’s determination in winning her set up several fiery scenes: the tension between these two is electric. When they finally realize the passions they feel are not only for their issues but for one another their connection is palpable.
While fast paced and engaging, there is also someone out to sabotage Mari and her paper, and the search to find that culprit weaves nicely throughout the plot, although at times the pacing seemed irregular, it also managed to keep each new revelation fresh and exciting and kept this reader flipping the pages for the what next.
The first I have read by this author and I am hooked: great characters, fresh and unique story with characters that are easy to visualize and enjoy. I’ll certainly be reading more from Karen Ranney.
Title: The Witch of Clan Sinclair
Author: Karen Ranney
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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The next sizzling romance in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's Clan Sinclair series...
Logan Harrison is looking for a wife. As the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, he needs a conventional and diplomatic woman who will stand by his side and help further his political ambitions. He most certainly does not need Mairi Sinclair, the fiery, passionate, fiercely beautiful woman who tries to thwart him at every turn. But if she's so wrong for him, why can't he stop kissing her? He is completely bewitched.
Mairi Sinclair has never met anyone like Logan Harrison, the perfect example of everything she finds wrong with the world. He's also incredibly handsome, immensely popular, and impossible to resist. His kisses inflame her and awaken a passion she can barely control.
Can two people who are at such odds admit to a love that would bind them together for life?
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.