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To Love a Scottish Lord (The Highland Lords) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ranney

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A Lord Not Meant to Marry

Hamish MacRae, a changed man, returned to his beloved Scotland intending to turn his back on the world. The proud, brooding lord wants nothing more than to be left alone, but an unwanted visitor to his lonely castle has defied his wishes. While it is true that this healer, Mary Gilly, is a beauty beyond compare, it will take more than her miraculous potions to soothe his wounded spirit. But Mary's tender heart is slowly melting Hamish's frozen one . . . awakening a burning need to keep her with him -- forever.

A Lady Who Dares Not Love

Never before has Mary felt such an attraction to a man! The mysterious Hamish MacRae is strong and commanding, with a face and form so handsome it makes Mary tremble with wanting him. Already shadowy forces are coming closer, heartless whispers and cruel rumors abound, and it will take a love more pure and powerful than any other to divine the truth -- and promise a future neither had dreamed possible.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 725 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000PDZFXY
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    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.1 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is one sexy book! 12 Sept. 2003
    By V - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I am slowly discovering Karen Ranney as a source of great romance reading. The first novel I read by Ranney was When the Laird Returns and it was no more than an average book in my opinion. Warily, I eventually picked up a second Ranney book, After the Kiss, and was thrilled with its greatness. As I began reading To Love a Scottish Lord, I knew I was testing the author on the quality of her books and this particular book placed her on my favorite authors list. To Love a Scottish Lord was an original romance with very sexy overtones. Both the hero and heroine are unusual for romantic leads. Both are very likable, truthful sorts, and do not have a class-conscious manner of thinking - which was uniquely welcome!
    Hamish MacRae, a man of Scottish descent, was a successful captain of his own ship. In port in India, he and his crew are captured and killed or tortured. Hamish suffered through months and months of extensive torture before escaping into the desert. His brother and crew eventually find him barely alive. Hamish is brought to Scotland, at his request, to live in an abandoned castle. Most of his wounds have healed physically but he no longer has the use of one arm. But the worse wounds are those that cannot be seen and they are very severe. Not only has Hamish been tortured, he has also lost all respect for himself and any sense of decency. He just wants to live the life of a hermit at the deserted castle on the sea. His brother however, does not believe Hamish should be alone. He brings a well-known healer to the castle to begin extensive therapy with him. Hamish doesn't want a healer but soon finds himself almost obsessed with his beautiful healer.
    Mary Gilly is a widow and healer. Her deceased husband had been a successful goldsmith and Mary now has a comfortable living from the wealth he has left her. She concentrates on healing the indigent since they cannot afford a doctor's care and she is not a doctor. But she is an intelligent woman who studies constantly to further her knowledge and ability as a healer. It is a true calling of her heart and she is very dedicated to the cause. When she is asked to go into the wilderness of an old castle fortress to treat Hamish, she accepts because she knows his family and believes she can help him. When Mary meets Hamish, she is shocked to find all he has suffered both mentally and physically but hides her shock as she begins his therapy. Hamish doesn't want her treatment but Mary can be quite persistent and, armed with a positive attitude, begins treating him anyway. He attempts to push her away with stubbornness, hostility, refusal, and finally sexual aggressiveness. Mary refuses to give into his games and finds she is actually attracted to the withdrawn and beaten man.
    Within a few days of the beginning of Hamish's treatment, both Hamish and Mary acknowledge a huge physical attraction between them. Thus, a new form of treatment is added to Hamish's daily regime. Although Hamish is the typical romance hero in that he will never love, he does realize that he needs Mary in ways he does not understand. He admits his need for her and asks her to stay with him for an unknown period of time. He lets the small staff at the castle go and only Mary and Hamish remain. They indulge in their physical relationship endlessly and love just spending time together as well. This part of the book is very sensual. The sensual scenes are actually integral to the book and rate a solid 4.25 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines).
    As Hamish and Mary's relationship grows, a sudden change in location is forced upon them. The book takes a sharp turn but does not lose your interest a bit. The situation that forces the two apart only reinforces their care for each other. This is a romance that continues to build. It does not suffer from one or the other of the leads deciding that they can't love, or won't commit or any number of the overused reasons we see for conflict in romance writing. It is only outside forces that push them apart but their hearts are never pushed apart in the process. Although both suffer some scars from their past, they are mature individuals. They know how to communicate truthfully and it is refreshing to have a book about two people who are grown up and know how to act like it.
    To Love a Scottish Lord is the fourth in The Highland Lord series. The order of this series is: One Man's Love; When the Laird Returns; The Irresistible MacRae; and To Love a Scottish Lord. I don't believe Ranney is finished with this series yet because there are still some unattached MacRae brothers out there. It would probably be preferable to read this series in order but I have not. Both of the books I have read in this series could be stand-alone books. It is proving to be a great series so if you only have one of the books - go ahead and dive into it. There will be fun reading regardless. I am now searching out the other two books in this series I have yet to read. I am also looking in general for other Ranney books because her book, After the Kiss (which is not a part of this series) was one of the best romances I have read in some time and I want to see how many more of those great books she has out there.
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Enjoyment 8 Sept. 2003
    By M. Rondeau - Published on
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    Setting - Scotland 1782 - Hamish MacRae has come home to Scotland, a beaten and drastically changed man. He is being escorted by his younger brother Brenden. Hamish had lost his ship, his crew, the use of his arm and endured unspeakable humiliations and torture and planned to make the desolate abandoned castle, Castle Gloom, into his private hermitage. Worried over his brothers' state of mind, Brenden travels to Inverness to enlist the aid of a highly recommended healer.
    Mary Gilly, was a young widow whose late husband had ties to the elder MacRae's brother Alisdair. Mary, much younger than her deceased husband, had been allowed and encouraged to pursue studies of healing and her successes had earned her a nickname as the `Angel of Inverness'. Having never left the confines of Inverness, not only did Hamish's case sound intriguing but the chance to travel seemed like an adventure after her year long mourning period had passed.
    Hamish would not be an ideal patient and the fact that Brenden brought him a beautiful woman seemed like more torture to a man who hadn't had a woman in so long. Several days later and refusing to leave, Mary was not only intrigued by the case but attracted as well to the man hidden in his tower. After agreeing to a challenge to either best him at chess or leave without treating him, Hamish finds he is more than intrigued himself with this independent and forthright woman.
    WOW! This is just what I come to expect from this exceptional author - a plot that grabs you from the first page with intensity and emotion that you start and finish in one sitting. Hamish's injuries set him apart from the normal heroes one usually finds, and Mary is an absolute delight whose own secrets add to the suspense of this highly sensual and incredible addition to the Highland Lord series! The romance that develops between Brenden and Mary's best friend Elspeth is an added treat. Up to this point - Book One had been my favorite, but this one is right up there in the running for top spot in this series! Outstanding sensual imagery and writing! In case, you're wondering, YES, this can definitely stand alone but when you have writing this superb, get acquainted with the whole MacRae clan - the journey is well worth it!
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars HEALING 5 Aug. 2003
    By B. Roby - Published on
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    Each book of this series has its own personality. Hamish is dark and brooding. His tale is also dark and brooding. Brother Brendan engages Mary's services and what begins as medicinal healing becomes the healing of Hamish's soul.
    Ranney is most adept at providing a story that gives readers an insight into the injustices of an era and how those injustices victimize individuals and thwart good intentions. Hamish and Mary's tale is one of these stories -- two victims who step away from propriety and take a chance on each other.
    Through Ranney's characteristic writing style, the reader "feels" Hamish's pain, Mary's compassion, their need and desire...and a lot of beautifully descriptive "healing" that doesn't come from Mary's medical texts.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fizzled Out. 6 Feb. 2004
    By MaryGrace Meloche - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Always, Karen Ranney seems to write on the edge, usually drafting a grim tale. "To Love a Scottish Lord" is fascinating material. The author establishes the book's focus in the early pages -- the cruelty of humankind.
    Karen Ranney has the gift to write description. With this book, the reader resides in "Castle Gloom". The novel's beginning is excellent. I applauded the decision the heroine makes to remain with Hamish MacRae. Mary's choice was personal and totally selfish. Based strictly on her desire to discover and enjoy physical pleasure, aware of the consequences. This story idea was unique and distinct. I admired it. We were not dealing with a virgin girl here. No Mary Gilly was an experienced lover; yet, an air of innocence surrounded her -- how refreshing.
    The initial storyline is serious -- an atmosphere of foreboding questions and answers. The love scenes are sultry and hot -- very adult reading. Found, in these pages, are a troubled man and a caring woman -- a woman who becomes the reader's champion. "Stay with him, Mary".
    The beginning of Karen Ranney's novel is superb. Regrettably, somewhere near the middle of the story, the supremacy ends. Now the writing begins to crawl into a familiar storyline. "They" arrest and jail Mary. "They" wrongly accuse Mary Gilly with a bogus crime and the hero turns into the characteristic savior. What a shame! From the middle of the book, until the last page, the words became an average romance, nothing spectacular, just filling space. Based on the fine opening, I expected so much more.
    Part of Ranney's "The Highland Lords Series"; it is the best of the lot. Although, it is a page turner, and I read it with devotion, I was discontented. Oh, what could have been!
    Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Sensual, GREAT Reading! 6 Aug. 2003
    By A Customer - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the 4th in what I think might be a series of 5 books. The first book, One Man's Love, covers the parents of the characters in the other books. I love all the books in this series. Karen Ranney writes so deeply and moving. She has a style like no other. Its almost hypnotic and I almost always cry, even though the books are beautiful. One things I like most is that the story continues long after the couple have acknowledged a love for each other. We get to see their families from previous stories and share in their happiness for a good while before the book ends -- such a nice thing.
    Two of her other books are among my very favorites, My Beloved and After the Kiss.
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