Review: A Scottish Love

Reviewed by Jen

Life pretty much sucks for Shona. She married a man she didn’t love, who withered away before her eyes and left her a penniless widow. Her brother, Fergus, was crippled in the war. And she has had to sell everything she owns to take care of him and her companion, Helen. The only thing she has left of value is the family’s ancestral castle, and she must part with that too, or else she’ll have to become a beggar.

As if all that were not bad enough, her long lost love, Gordon, has come back in her life. Her father talked her out of marrying him before he went off to war and time has not softened their feelings for one another. But even as they are still drawn to one another, neither can get over the wounds of their past.

So Shona works to sell the castle to an American family… a horrible lot of people, while suffering mostly in silence. It’s dreadfully depressing. And it’s made worse when she begins to see that a lot of her heartbreak is of her own making. Even the love scenes are tempered with sadness and loss. Yes, the ending is happy, but for 90% of the book, I was ready to toss Shona off a cliff (or maybe toss myself off one) to end all the misery.

The book is well written, but it was a downer for too long for me to really enjoy. Even the ancient love story of the ghosts in the castle had a terrible ending. Not quite 3 stars.

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A Scottish Love
by Karen Ranney
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Avon

Review: A Borrowed Scot

Reviewed by Jen

I have to start by saying this is one of the best historical romances I have read in a long time.  I sat down to read it and could not put it down until it was over.

The story begins with our hero, Montgomery Fairfax, as he rescues Veronica from a near-rape. He brings her home, only to watch her family disown her for coming home without her clothes.  He takes her in, then finds himself forced to marry her, to keep her from social destruction. Montgomery is a Virginian, who has recently been summoned to London to take over the title as Lord Fairfax. He is a broken man, haunted by memories of the Civil War and the family he has lost.

Veronica is determined to make the most of her marriage.  She was an orphan, being raised as a poor relation by her uncle and his family.  Now, she is the mistress of her own home. She has a bit of a psychic gift and it allows her to read the emotions of others. In the case of her husband, she can feel his misery, yet he will not open up to her.  The only way they relate to each other is in the bedroom. But she wants more.

I have not one single complaint about this book. It captured my attention from the first page and not once did I have to fight the urge to skim ahead. I felt such sympathy for Montgomery. He was so empty.

And Veronica is not much better off. She lost the only people who ever loved her when her parents died. It was heartwarming watching them slowly fill the emotional void within each other. And the sex was fan-freaking-tastic The pacing was great, and so was the minor mystery at the end.

If you like Historical Romance at all, I suggest you give this one a try.  I loved it. 4 1/2 stars.

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