Scotsman Of My Dreams

Mass Market Paperback | August 25, 2015

byKaren Ranney

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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.

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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 desireOnce 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 return...

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.Now aNew York Ti...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062337505

ISBN - 13:9780062337504

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Romance Dalton MacIain is a tortured man. He is blind and extremely unhappy. He has come back from war only to find his brother has died and the title was now his. He is a hermit in his own home, surrounded by people but lonely. Washing his sorrow away with spirits. He was the worst kind of wastrel before. He had fun before. He was a rake before. Before he decided, on a lark, to go to America and fight in a war that had nothing to do with him. He and his band of misfits run off to America only to find the most terrible things. War is very ugly. The last thing he remembers seeing in someone point a pistol at him and gun shots. That person was supposed to be a friend. Miss Minerva Todd has not heard from her feckless brother in quite some time. He has gone to America with that scoundrel Dalton MacIain. She needs to speak to him to find out if he knows where her brother is. Neville had left so abruptly Minerva was still angry about that, but worries for his safety far outweighs any hurt feelings about the way he left. Minerva must see Dalton to find out what happened to her brother. He refuses to see her so she must find another way to see him. She does find a way! She is an unconventional woman at best. I loved the fast pace of the story, the characters were very interesting and dynamic. I felt for Dalton. I can't imagine being blind. And Minerva was so confused about her own feelings. It was very real. A bit of mystery surrounds these 2 and it was a good story! I won't give anything away, but I really enjoyed the interaction between these two and the cast of supporting characters as well. The housekeepers especially. A great read, a truly feel good story!
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars-intriguing and fun read 3.75 stars---SCOTSMAN OF MY DREAMS is the second installment in Karen Ranney’s adult MacIain historical romance series. This is the Earl of Rathsmere and notorious rake Dalton MacIain, and Minerva Todd’s storyline. SCOTSMAN OF MY DREAMS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from third person point of view SCOTSMAN OF MY DREAMS focuses on the hunt for Minerva’s eighteen year old brother Neville who was last seen in the company of Dalton MacIain as they embarked across the ocean towards the American Civil War. Minerva has been searching for any information about her missing brother and Dalton is the man she is determined to prove knows more than he is saying. Minerva is a strong willed, fiercely independent woman who is no longer innocent of the world around her; her interests in history and archaeology do not meet the demands of a demure single woman of mid 19th century England; Minerva is a woman ‘ahead of her time’ who knows what it is she wants and needs to do, and Dalton is the man to help her do it. While Minerva struggles with the information Dalton reveals, Dalton struggles with his attraction to Minerva. Dalton returned to Europe a broken man and the title of Earl of Rathsmere upon the death of his older brother; blinded and scarred by a bullet to the face that all but keeps our storyline hero a recluse and shut in, Dalton’s reputation as a rake has preceded his introduction to Minerva Todd, but his reputation is all that remains of his former carousing ways. Meeting the feisty but determined Minerva finds our hero longing for her companionship and company. The relationship between Dalton and Minerva is slow to build as the animosity between our leading couple is fraught with potential betrayal, mistrust, anger and a sister’s broken heart. Minerva demands information from Dalton about her missing brother only to realize that Dalton knows more than he is willing to reveal; Dalton’s revelations have Minerva considering the truth about everything she has learned until a missive from America reveals the whereabouts and what happened to her missing brother. The $ex scenes are sensual but mostly implied. Minerva is no blushing virgin in the bedroom or on the library floor. The secondary and supporting characters include a number of household servants and care takers-some with agendas while others are as close as family or friends. Minerva’s neighbors-the Covington sisters -are more than just busybodies who keep a close eye on Minerva’s comings and goings-they are also concerned about the woman whose only brother has gone missing in a foreign war. We are introduced to Minerva’s driver Hugh whose attraction for our heroine was once one of mutual affection; and Dalton’s brother Lewis whose lifestyle demands a new financial backer. I want to address the lack of historical language or Scottish /English tongue throughout the storyline. Although I am not disheartened by the missing Gaelic or Scottish terminology or expressions, I did not feel that I was completely immersed into the timeline and setting due to the lack of articulation or local colloquialisms of the time/era. SCOTSMAN OF MY DREAMS is an intriguing and fun read. There is some mystery surrounding the people responsible for much of the storyline premise; everyone is not as whom they appear to be. There are some lighthearted moments followed by heartbreaking resolve; the premise is entertaining; the characters are energetic; the happily ever after revealing .
Date published: 2015-08-25