The Scottish Duke

The Scottish Duke

by Karen Ranney

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ISBN-13: 9780062466877
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 467,423
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(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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The Scottish Duke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested from first to last....makes you smile, cry and laugh sometimes at the same time. P.S. the love scenes are very nicely discriptive LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Lorna is a maid in Blackhall Castle, serving for the Duke of Kinross, Alex Russel. Raised as a gentleman’s daughter, with her father’s death came penury, and her desire to support herself and choose her own destiny helped place her in this circumstance. But she has long held a fancy for the Duke, as have most of the women in the surrounding area. A masquerade ball spurs a decision that will change Lorna’s life forever. Alex is a wholly self-absorbed man, dedicated to his own work in fingerprinting, he’s angry and brooding over the lack of recognition granted him. Using his title as a shield to keep people at arm’s length, or providing him with his expected levels of deference, he’s hard to empathize with even as he intrigues with his intelligence. Of course, we know that Lorna will be going to the ball in disguise, against all good sense and the desperate pleadings of her friend Nan. And it goes to reason that Alex will need to get to know her…from there we think we know the story… But we would be wrong: it was so much better than what I could have expected. Ranney develops these characters slowly, and their relationship proceeds at a similar pace. Lorna is wonderfully intelligent and matter-of-fact, she accepts consequences and never overthinks the choices she has made. Her strength combines nicely with her good nature and solid self-esteem to make her a formidable opponent as Alex comes to see. For his part, he’s just a cowardly little boy building walls and using his title to keep others from seeing the true vulnerabilities. With Lorna’s need to embrace every situation and pull those she cares about along with her, he’s got little choice (and few skills) to stay out of her influence. A wonderful story about learning to truly live and take chances, secure in the knowledge that you will always have one person standing by your side. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the quick action in the story! First chapters popped! Impoverished herbalist works as maid becomes obessed with the Duke our hero who doesn't know she's alive He finally notices her in costume at a Masquerade ball & falls in lust Their relationship grows afterward she becomes pregnant & he takes her in Suspense & danger lurk from jealous evil sister in law & spiteful valet Loved this & 'lady in black' !
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Some of my best historical romance has to do with Scotland, young misses, and the death of a father pushing her into something. Lorna was strong, intelligent and knew what she wanted and let nothing get in the way. She also knew how to care for herself. She took a chance and it turned in to a dream, but not all dreams are meant to be lived. Lorna had to resort to un-lady like measures when her father dies and leaves her. She does what had to be done to make a living. The Duke of Kinross was not exactly a part of her plans when dashing out in life, but he was certainly a goal worthy of having. Even if it was for just one night. He was dashing, arrogant, sexy, and a bit out of sorts for not attaining what he thought was his. With his mind afog and his attitude not caring, he sees a vision in Maria Antoinette. That was where the farce began and not end. Some may see Lorna’s action as foolish or even petty. I found her strong, fierce, independent. She knew her own mind and desires. She was willing to accept what comes. I applauded her for it. There was plenty of time to get to know the characters. The pace was moderate and not overwhelming. You knew what was going on and could keep up with it as it went. I found multiple character to latch on to and enjoy. Wondering if they would be in the next book or even be the feature in another series. I enjoyed this one very much and the kick off to a new series was entertaining.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
And THE SCOTTISH DUKE did not go as expected, but not at all! Ms. Ranney has penned a most extraordinary romance, that has more to do with the classics – except for the sex scenes – than with most historical romances on the market. Alex and Lorna are both extremely interesting characters: Lorna is fearless, accept the consequences of her actions – good or bad; she goes with the flow, and I, just as Nan, thought Lorna was quite foolish, but it’s her strength of character that made her so captivating. Alex brandishes his title as a weapon, he hides behind it as if it were a shield. Lorna is brave, while Alex is self-absorbed, aloof, and rather unsympathetic at first glance; let’s be honest: he’s a coward. Alex is especially afraid of feeling, of truly living, while Lorna wants to feel, need to feel, and what a couple they make! THE SCOTTISH DUKE is rather slow-paced, but by no means is it slow: the author takes the time needed for the relationship to evolve, for the characters to grow, and I thought it wonderful that both characters were intellectuals, as Lorna is working on a book by her late father. When I saw the blurb, and at the very beginning of the book, I thought THE SCOTTISH DUKE was be a pleasant and somewhat mindless piece of enjoyable froth, and it is anything but. It’s somewhat of a Victorian twist on a one-night stand, and so, so much more. THE SCOTTISH DUKE is a wonderful story about being human, about letting oneself live, and accepting the consequences of one’s follies. THE SCOTTISH DUKE is a mesmerising story, superbly told, I was thrilled with the care Karen Ranney treated the subject, and made familiar tropes gloriously new and realistic. If Lorna and Alex are exceptional characters, they are not the only ones: Nan, Lorna’s friend is wonderful, the Dowager duchess of Kinross is superb, as are Mary – Alex’s sister-in-law, and Matthews, Alex’s valet, and let’s not forget Thomas, Alex’s uncle, whom I seriously hope to see again in a future book. In turn, every character surprises us. THE SCOTTISH DUKE is an exceptional book that should be read by anyone who enjoys historical romance that is strongly anchored in facts, and Karen Ranney did an admirable job of entertaining me, and making me think at the same time. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I love historical romance. Where else would I get the chance to walk the line between classic romance and regency fantasy. Through the pages of The Scottish Duke, Karen Ranney lured me back in time with the pageantry of a ball, the ambience of forbidden love and a dance of danger between the haves and the have nots. Lorna and Alex swept me into their dance of dangerous attraction, sensuous love and potent personalities. So realistically presented, there were moments where imagination collided with logical. Creatively engrossing.