Historical romances are always fascinating to me because they immerse me in a time and place that are so foreign to me yet enthrall me with the tale they tell. I love the combination of humor, passion, and beautiful romance that is found in this author’s writing and this particular tale was such a great example of all three. I enjoy heroines who are proactive and willing to buck convention to achieve what they want, especially when they display such intense loyalty and firm determination (okay, maybe some would call it bullheadedness or blind stubbornness, lol). The gradual revelation of the hero’s character, the mystery that slowly comes to light, and the lengths that the heroine goes to in order to get answers all combine to make this a compelling read. The reader should be warned that there may be a tendency to burst into unexpected guffaws (the description of Minerva’s reasoning for keeping her housekeeper Mrs. Beauchamp busy in order to protect her undergarments had me chuckling for quite some time), startled gasps, and heartfelt sighs…but never boredom! This story is loosely connected to others featuring hunky Scotsmen such as Duncan MacIain but there is no problem reading it as a stand-alone story. I look forward to reading other sensual and entertaining stories about the extended family!
“Scotsman of My Dreams” by Karen Ranney relays the tale of Minerva Todd, who is desperate to determine what has happened to the brother she virtually raised, but has disappeared after going to America to inexplicably become embroiled in the Civil War. Unfortunately, the one man who could enlighten her, Dalton MacIain, has returned to London without any of the impressionable young men who accompanied him to form ‘MacIain’s Marauders, and refuses to answer her queries. Dalton, the recently elevated Earl of Rathsmere, wants only to find a way to cope with his new way of life and find his equilibrium. Perhaps each of them will learn the art of compromise and find a way to help one another achieve a desired goal…if they can endure each other’s company that long.
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.