The Lass Wore Black

The Lass Wore Black

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by Karen Ranney
     
 

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Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But

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Overview

Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn't care about the scandal their passion could cause . . . for his very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she'd never have again.

Little does she know that Mark is part of a masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love . . . he will have to save her life as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062027801
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

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The Lass Wore Black 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
This book follows "A Scandalous Scot"  When I started this book I thought *ugh* I don't think I'm going to like this book and I had heard such wonderful things about it. To my surprise I could not put it down. From the moment Mark kicked in Catriona's door I fell hard and fast for him. Catriona on the other hand to be nice about it was a brat. She was a beautiful peron who lost her way after great tragity. It took me a while longer to see past Catriona's veil of self preservation and I was hooked. This book was filled with characters with the drive to help others, who love there family and will do what's needed to see them happy. Also people out only for themselves.  This is a book that will make you feel so many different emotions, you'll cry, laugh and maybe even feel guilt. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hoping that Karen Ranney will write her next historical romance about Dina because throughout the book, I really wanted to learn more about her and why she was willing to put up with bratty, self-centered Catriona. Catriona does not care for anyone else but herself and spends the beginning of the story feeling sorry for herself because she was in a carriage accident that marred her face. Through the hero of the story, Mark, she learns that there is something else going on in life other than her. I won an advance readers edition on Goodreads.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Was curious to read how anyone could make Catriona Cameron likable but Karen Ranney did it. Great story.
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Nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an unusual historical romance, this story kept me intrigued. It was great to read of a heroine, rather than a hero, changing into a better person. There was romance, suspense and humor. A very good read!
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thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
About: The Lass Wore Black drew me in straight away. Heroine Catriona Cameron was always known for her beauty, flirtatiousness and and she planned on marrying well. One day however, she is involved in a horrific carriage accident that leaves her with a scarred face and a limp. Now Catriona stays home, wearing a black veil and hiding herself from the world. She lives with her Aunt Dina in Edinburgh. Catriona refuses visitors as well as doctors and she's pretty much given up on life, hoping to wither away in solitude. Enter Mark Thorburn. He is a doctor who will inherit a fortune and title one day. Thorburn has a good heart and finds medicine to be his calling in life. He doctors both high society as well as the poor. He is is called in by Aunt Dina to help Catriona. Thorburn actually met Catriona before the accident and he wonders what she looks like under the veil now. He is supposed to pretend he is working for Aunt Dina as hired help and that he is just there to deliver Catriona's meals and make sure she eats. While delivering her meals, he's has to try and get close enough to her to see the scarring and maybe determine if he can help her. Little does Catriona know, a spurned ex-lover, Andrew, is actively looking to get his revenge. He will stop at nothing to get his payback. My thoughts: I found The Lass Wore Black to be fun historical fiction. The way Catriona walked around in her long black veil was a little bit creepy, but I was intrigued none the less. Some of the story made me giggle, because at one point she offers Thorburn money if he will sleep with her, the rule being that she doesn't remove her veil during the act. Speaking of Thorburn, he's your classic good guy, plus he's a doctor to boot. I liked him. In the beginning of the story Catriona seemed shallow, only caring about her looks. But I did enjoy seeing her and Thorburn gravitate towards each other and develop feelings. They had some sweet scenes together. I found Catriona's ex-lover, Andrew's murder motives to be a bit far fetched. It almost felt like the book would have been just fine without his character. I wondered how it would all come together, since the reader doesn't really know the extent of Catriona's scarring. Each time she decides to take a look in the mirror, she winds up changing her mind. I wondered if it was healing or if Thorburn could make it better. I was satisfied with the ending and the way it all wrapped up. There's a bit of mystery in the plot and it was woven in nicely. The love scenes were well written, the characters were enjoyable to read about and the storyline was interesting. If you're in the mood for a bit of historical romance, look no further than The Lass Wore Black. This is the second in a series revolving around Catriona Cameron and her sister, but it can be read a stand alone book. **This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. Regret buying it and wasting my time. The main character Catriona Cameron was so annoying, I wanted to slap her. Through out the story she's only concerned about her looks. The main guy Mark Thorburn deserved someone better than Catriona. He was such a good guy who who falls in love with a woman who's only concern is herself. I won't be recommending this book at all. I only finished it because I hate reading a book halfway. Doesn't even deserve a star.
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Good Read
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