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A Scandalous Scot (Avon Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ranney
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“Karen Ranney writes with power, passion, and dramatic flair.”
—Stephanie Laurens

“Ranney is a rich, rare find!”
—Judith Ivory

A Scandalous Scot is a scandalously entertaining tale of love and passion in the Scottish highlands from the queen of the Scottish historical romance novel, Karen Ranney. New York Times bestseller Ranney tells the tantalizing story of a handsome, haunted Scotsman returning in disgrace to his castle in Scotland after scandal ruined his reputation…only to court further damage to his name by falling in love with his maid, a feisty and outspoken beauty who hides some very shocking secrets of her own. Fans of Karen Hawkins and other bestselling historical romance writers who make the breathtaking highlands their preferred milieu will be swept away by this Scandalous Scot and his romantic trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

About 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 an overwhelming love of hers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (26 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9UB9G0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to form for Ms Ranney 9 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After Karen's last book - a borrowed Scot, which I can't say I enjoyed that much - I was hoping that her latest offering would be a return to form for one of my favourite historical writers and I'm pleased to say, despite a few quibbles here and there, that it is!

The location is Ballindair, country home of Morgan MacCraig, Earl of Denbleigh who has returned to lick his wounds following the scandal of his previous wife whom he has divorced. Within hours of his arrival he bumps into, literally, Jean MacDonald, a maid working in the castle and so the begins the relationship between them. He is bitter from his previous marriage and she is not whom she appears to be. A series of unorthodox meetings occur between them which unsettle her and intrigue him and which put in place the foundation for the rest of the book.

The continuing conversation between the two principal characters is bright and funny (one of Karen Ranney's strong points is that she can write witty dialogue easily) and so it's always enjoyable when Morgan and Jean run into each other, in fact, you're almost treading water until they do. Female characters are always well written, although in this case, I did get slightly exasperated with the continued reference to this dark secret which Jean carried around with her and her trepidation on revealing it to Morgan - was always going to be an anti-climax.

Would a maid and Earl ever have had a relationship at this time? It's doubtful however it didn't really detract from my overall enjoyment of the story and I couldn't stop reading the book until I'd finished it. Welcome back Karen Ranney!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read! 26 Jun 2012
By Leah Weller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morgan, a man betrayed and Jean, a woman with a secret. What laughter these two brought me! Morgan comes home to his ancestral seat to escape scandal, only to be bowled over, literally, by Jean. She continues to run into him on her late night ghost walks and slowly they come to know each other a little better. When they get caught in a compromising position, she is ready to leave and he has other things in mind. A marriage to this woman who intrigues him so thoroughly. What I like about Morgan is his humor and willingness to learn and bend to change. What I like about Jean are her tendencies to step outside the boundaries. She's got spunk, this one! This is a story of living through betrayals and learning to trust, secrets and self awareness that leads to a realization and acceptance of one's true self which opens the way to dealing with deep hidden fears and learning to accept love. A beautiful story of discovery and hope.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story...good afternoon read 17 May 2012
By R. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book was a good story and had a likable hero and heroine. This isn't a knock your socks off romance but the story itself is the strength of this novel. I felt as though the hero and heroine bickered a little too much in the first half and the development of their romance was weak in this part as well. This led to my not feeling the chemistry between the two as much as I wanted. The middle lagged a bit as well. However, the story picked up in the latter half and came together nicely in the end. It's a good read but could have been a little better with more development of the relationship between the hero and heroine to start, and with the omission of some seemingly unimportant, lingering facts and conversations. I'm not sure I bought the authenticity of the argument for their marriage (because did anyone care about the reputation of a maid at that time, and especially stemming from a misunderstanding). I found myself wondering if all the facts truly fit with one another. However, I did like the story and think it is an enjoyable read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.-Oliver Goldsmith 10 Jun 2012
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Jean MacDonald and her sister, Catriona, were brought by their aunt to Ballindair Castle from their home in Inverness to be maids in the Castle. Jean wasn't raised to be a maid, but is determined to embrace her new station and be the best maid she can be. Catriona, the pretty sister, feels she should skate by on her looks alone, unfortunately for everyone else, she usually does.

Morgan MacCraig hasn't seen his ancestral home in 5 years. He has been in London, with his wife, doing all the things an Earl should do. But when scandal and censure become too much to take he returns to his castle and his Laird duties. The first thing he stumbles upon and into is the plain Jean. She has been in his rooms waiting to see the Castle's ghosts.

Usually in romances one character has a secret past they keep hidden. In this case both Jean and Morgan have pasts marred by scandal that neither wants to face. Jean is plain in looks but complex in mind. She's inquisitive and smart, hard working and caring. It isn't long before Morgan starts seeking her refreshing company. Then the two share in a scandal...

I have never read a book by this author so I didn't know what to expect. I really liked the storyline and the characters she created. I really had to fight myself not to skim through to figure out what scandal Jean was hiding. It was driving me nuts. I loved her and Morgan together, I loved how honest and straightforward Jean was and how she caught Morgan off guard so often.

The author created two of the most annoying and murder inducing characters on the planet with Andrew and Catriona. It's been a while since characters have roused so much hate from me. I was immensely disappointed that neither of them died a painful death.

This was a charming historical romance. It had enough originality to make me want to seek out more of this author's work.

Cherise Everhard, June 2012
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Romantic 17 Aug 2012
By Kitten Kisser - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a hard time believing this story. Of course the majority of romance novels are pretty far fetched; it is part of what makes them such fun!

The main female character Jean is such a goody two shoes. She is introduced to the reader by hunting for ghosts. It is not scary, it's kind of silly. The main male character Lord Morgan is for the most part an innocent as well. While there are aspects of this that are endearing & not typical in most romance novels, it gets old fast. Mostly it was to cutesy for me. Jean's deep dark secret that she feels she must hide from Morgan at all costs is so insignificant when one considers all the horrors one could have conjured up & want to hide. Jean is innocent in every way except for the fact that she hides her past from Morgan. Hardly a crime.

The least cutesy character & the one I found the most believable is Jeans sister. She is nothing but trouble. If it wasn't for her constant scheming the book would be rather dull & have no substance as most of Jeans actions are the direct result of her sister.

The love scenes are few & far in-between. The loves scenes that do occur are very PG. I am not into lurid obscene sex scenes but some healthy steamy romance is nice every once in a while in a Romance novel. This felt like it was written for virginal eyes.

Overall it was a quick brain candy read. I have certainly read better. My recommendation is to check this out at the library rather than purchase it if you are short on Historical Romance novel options.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak Hero, "Spunky" Heroine 8 Nov 2012
By J. Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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Jean MacDonald and her sister, Catriona, have had some sort of scandal in their pasts that have led them to the Scottish Highlands where they are now working as maids for Morgan MacCraig, who has been away from his castle for years. As the story opens, Jean is hiding out in one of the castle's rooms, looking for ghosts. As a beginning, I have to say my attention wasn't quite arrested. In fact, the story started rather slowly for me, and I was a bit put off by the ghost aspect (paranormal romances aren't quite my thing, and this isn't a pnr, but you wouldn't know that from the opening).

When he first (literally) runs into Jean, Morgan MacCraig immediately notices that Jean is no ordinary maid. She's quite plain (he somewhat endearingly at first, then annoyingly as he continues, thinks of her as a little "wren"). He's fascinated by her outspokenness and her interest in his family's ghosts. At this point, the story takes off a bit. Morgan and Jean have several run-ins as she is looking for ghosts (in the middle of the night, of course, because she has to attend her maid duties during the day). I enjoyed these encounters because, while they seem wholly implausible conversations for a lord and maid of a castle, they revealed the characters of the H and h and developed sexual tension.

Unfortunately, I don't think I entirely cared for Morgan's character. I think he was intended to come across as a bit of a tortured hero, but instead, when he thinks about his ex-wife and how she cuckolded him and how society has turned its back on him for obtaining a divorce, and when he acts so passively toward his friend Andrew (a self-aggrandizing-womanizer), I tended to think of him as weak. I wanted him to develop more of a backbone with Andrew and to demonstrate stronger character and drive than what he does as the story progresses.

And while Jean was first described as plain, I became increasingly annoyed by her perfection. She was always making things right for Morgan, and it added to my view of him as a weak character while at the same time making her seem a bit over-the-top. Likewise, there was virtually no action in the book. I think a good brawl or a less obvious drama involving Andrew and Catriona might have worked better, but the plot is so open and obvious, there really wasn't a compelling reason to get to the end of the book except to merely finish it. Even the quasi-mystery of Jean and Catriona's family background is pretty obvious at the third or fourth mention of it, so there's not even a compelling mystery.
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