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The Irresistible MacRae (The Highland Lords) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ranney
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To avoid a scandal that would devastate her family, Riona McKinsey has agreed to marry the wrong man -- though the one she yearns for is James MacRae. Had she not been maneuvered into a compromising position by a man of Edinburgh -- who covets her family's wealth more than Riona's love -- the dutiful Highland miss could have followed her heart into MacRae's strong and loving arms. But alas, it is not to be.

A man of the wild, tempest-tossed ocean, James MacRae never dreamed he'd find his greatest temptation on land. Yet from the instant the dashing adventurer first gazed deeply into Riona's haunting gray eyes, he knew there was no lass in all of Scotland he'd ever want more. The matchless lady is betrothed to another -- and unwilling to break off her engagement or share the reason why she will marry her intended. But how can MacRae ignore the passion that burns like fire inside, drawing him relentlessly toward a love that could ruin them both?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380821052
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible! 7 Jun. 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This follows the story of James, the most handsome of the MacRae brother’s. Haunted by a murder he unwittingly committed James accepts a task given him by his uncle Fergus (from the previous Highland Lord books). He meets the beautiful Rhiona. James is Rhiona’s perfect man but obstacles stand in their way.
The methods of sorting the obstacles are well thought out and don’t leave that sense of frustration that sometimes occurs when you feel like crying “for goodness sakes just …”. The physical descriptions of the love scenes between Rhiona and James are graphically described but with great sensitivity.
James is every woman’s dream hero with a body to sigh over. Rhiona is a worthy partner, funny and brave, willing to sacrifice much for the happiness of her family. The secondary love tale between Susanna and her cantankerous steward Old Ned is also enjoyable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Books One & Two 19 Dec. 2002
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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Having been sent to Edinburgh to be presented to society in hopes of finding a husband the very wealthy heiress Riona McKinsey has been maneuvered into a most compromising position by a calculating fortune hunter. Using Riona's love for her family as a weapon to threaten scandal and ruin upon her she grudgingly agrees to a betrothal and marriage with the odious greedy suitor.
Her mother, Susanna, had sent a plea to her friend Fergus MacRae to see if he could help her figure a way out of the mess Riona had fallen into. Fergus couldn't come but sent his nephew James MacRae as his emissary. Once Susanna, saw James she concocted a scheme to have him spend time at her estate half hoping that an attraction would happen between Riona and James. Naturally, as they try to ignore the attraction - James being honorable realizing that she was betrothed and Riona having committed herself to a betrothal and trying to honor her agreement to save her family from scandal, the inevitable happens and they fall in love.
I have to say that I've read all of Karen Ranney's novels to date and have been most satisfied up until now. Her prose of course, is outstanding and you get all warm and fuzzy as these two fall in love - James being the more poetically sensitive of the MacRae brothers, but the plot really does not make sense. Once the mother had agreed to her daughters sacrifice betrothal what on earth did she hope to accomplish by maneuvering her daughter and James into a lustful encounter? But more importantly, knowing what a toad her betrothed was for manipulating her into a compromising position, and Riona being portrayed as an independent and resourceful daughter - what difference did it make which scandal would be worse - the Riona breaking off a forced betrothal with a man she despised - or running off to Gretna Green with a man who was her love and kindred spirit? Never mind that Riona was supposedly doing it all for her sweet sister so that the sister could marry the man she was in love with. Why didn't the sister see how miserable Riona was being forced into marrying someone she did not love? The secondary plot of someone trying to kill James was not of primary importance to the plot and was dealt with rather haphazardly and used, I believe, as a vehicle solely to put James and Riona in a compromising position.
I am sorry to say that the third book of Highland Lords series just did not live up to my expectations of a Karen Ranney novel especially after having read everything else she has written plus the first two books of the series that had much more excitement and sensuality to them. She did manage to pull off the ending so I did not rate this so much by the weakness of the plot as I did by her exquisite prose - Rating a 3 would have been too low but with no 1/2 points in this rating system I am giving it a 4*.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful Scottish historical romance 16 Dec. 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1778 Scotland, Harold McDougal tricks Riona McKinsey into entering the gardens by informing the heiress that her sister was there weeping. When she goes into the gardens, she quickly realizes her sibling is not there. Harold follows Riona and insures everyone sees them together so that she is compromised and must marry him. Though she prefers to reject this odious money grabber, a scandal would destroy her sister's chances for happiness so a reluctant and irate Riona agrees to wed Harold in a month.
Riona's mother Susanna wants her daughters happy but cannot see Riona with this smiling con artist. She asks for help from her friend Fergus, but he is getting married so he sends his nephew James MacRae to assist Susannah. When he gets ready to go home, Susanna concocts a ploy to keep him here because she has a bigger plan that centers on James and Riona, whose passion for each other makes it easier to accomplish. However, Riona is betrothed and someone wants James dead making the permanency that Susanna envisions vey unlikely to occur.
Though the third Highlands Lord book reads somewhat like the previous two and has too easy solutions to Riona's dilemma, readers will relish this Scottish romance because the lead couple makes for a delightful pair that the audience will cherish. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with the intrigue of the late eighteenth century. Still the cast owns the novel especially Riona, James and that wile coyote Harold, who for the most part is, as clever villain readers will find in a historical.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, romantic & fun to read! 17 Dec. 2002
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James is so good-looking that he is irresistible to others, but he hardly notices the other women except for Riona. She is engaged to another when they fall in love, so there is an element of sorrow throughout the book -- but that is Karen Ranney for you! I have read nearly every one of her books -- she is very good and this book was just as hard to put down as her others. There are 2 delightful sideline romances in it, too. I look forward to the other 2 installments in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it - 2.5 stars 18 May 2014
By Sandy Milan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading (or in this case re-reading) this Highland Lords series over the weekend. I'd read this book a few years go before doing reviews and I now I know why I didn't buy more books in the series. I love this author's old work in general but this one was annoying and frustrating. The h is 'compromised' by a scoundrel and forced into marrying him in order to protect her sister's love interest. She meets the H a few weeks before her wedding and despite the attraction, refuses to cancel her wedding.

Firstly the premise was beyond ridiculous and the h beyond infuriating. She is stubborn to the n'th degree, which made her unlikeable. She hates her fiancé but won't accept help to get rid of him. She sleeps with the H a number of times, without giving thought to whether she'll fall pregnant or not. Selfishly then her child would never know its father. All it takes is one good conversation and everything is resolved neatly at the end of the book. By then I didn't care and thought the H deserved someone way better. Don't get me started on the h's stupid mother and sister either. As a mother she should have put both her daughters happiness first, instead of sacrificing one for the other. The spineless sister should have approached her love interest instead of happily taking the h's sacrifice.

I cannot recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetly Predictable 25 Feb. 2012
By Tbascobuzz - Published on
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The third segment of a five book series/saga by K. Ranney. A very safe, predictably sweet romance... Boy meets, chases & falls in love with girl (and she/him), even though she's unavailable (forcefully betrothed) ..much to her & his dismay. Hence the dilemma. The answer to their problem(s) was so blatantly obvious that you're left rolling your eyes, drumming your fingers throughout this story, wondering when the dawn was going to break (bing! lightbulb going off over their heads). Still, a good, entertaining, sweetly romantic safe story with a good plot told very well. But can someone please tell me the age of said romantically involved couple??? Is there some reason why this is a secret?? Never disclosed? Oh...and lose the cheesy back covers.
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