Scotsman of My Dreams

Scotsman of My Dreams

by Karen Ranney

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Scotsman of My Dreams by Karen Ranney

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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ISBN-13: 9780062337504
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 798,090
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Scotsman of My Dreams 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’m loving this mix up of the American Civil War brought to English shores: in this installment, Dalton has returned from his participation in the war, wounded and changed, only to discover he has inherited the title after his elder brother’s demise. Before the war, Dalton was a rake, at loose ends and bored. The war seemed a wonderful ‘adventure’ and his boredom was quickly erased at Manassas. Now he wants little more than to adjust to a new quiet life, even as his new responsibilities pull at him. Minerva’s brother Neville was one who followed Dalton to America, and now she wants to know where her brother is. Dalton could care less about Neville, although he does find the rather strident young woman intriguing. He believes that his injuries (a missing eye and hearing loss) were at the business end of Neville’s gun, and he’s got no interest in his well-being. A bit of a slow start, this story gives us both Minerva and Dalton in retrospective: we learn about each person, discover their characters, secrets and motivations early on, giving a solidity to their characters and the slowly developing romance between them. Minerva was very much a forward thinking, take charge woman who often substituted logic for pure emotion, so it was wonderful to see her softer side emerge. Dalton was a fairly typical second son of the aristocracy, and he availed himself of all the possible distractions, looking for purpose. From rather offhandedly dismissive of the assistance granted one in his position to actually needing help from others to exist and survive, his growth is bone deep and visceral, and the break in the ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to life just add to his humanity. Slow growing, this romance started with banter and butting heads as the two learn one another, react to differences, argue, snipe and eventually learn to compromise and agree. Yes, there is a subplot with murder and mystery, but the characters and the development of their relationship from two fiercely independent, I will live my life alone people to two who have learned to open doors and let another person in. And their relationship is stronger and more palpable for the growth and development both characters displayed. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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 afte
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zeeba More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Scotsman of My Dreams is another great book in MacIain series,it is the story of a former rake,Dalton Maclain,who has return from America scarred, almost blind and unfortunately his older brother died in the hunting accident and now he is the earl. Now Dalton is a changed man who wants to stay home and deals with his new situations, blindness and being the earl if only the stubborn Miss Minerva Todd, the sister of the man, whom he blames for his blindness leaves him alone. Minerva is desperately looking for her missing brother and the only person who will be able to help her is Dalton, if only he just meets her and gives her the information. This is a wonderful book with a great plot that keeps you guessing who the villain is.I love the characters, they were intelligent, strong and loyal to their family. Thank you Karen Ranney for writing another fantastic book.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overview sounds like intrigued reading . The free sample of this book is not . I catch myself thinking that I had rather to read the story of heroine's younger brother , who is missed or killed in America . I consider the beginning of the story is far-fetched . Will continue reading this author . I highly recommend her book A Highland Duchess . If you like unconventional heroine , you may enjoy The Duke's Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid . G.K.