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Sold to a Laird (Tulloch Sgathan) by [Ranney, Karen]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (4 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VISN94
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Lady Sarah Baines, daughter of the Duke of Herridge, is offered to Douglas Eston, a man seeking investors for his diamond manufacturing process, he sees something in Sarah that makes him go along with the deal. Douglas Eston has worked his way from the gutters in Perth to become a successful man but he's a little out of his depth with Sarah. Is she icy cold or is all her emotion and love invested in her home, Chavensworth, where her dying mother lives?

I like the first part of this story very much, where Douglas and Sarah begin to get to know each other. Douglas is an unusual man in stories like this in that he's fairly passive, allowing Sarah to live her life as she wishes and not pushing her into anything new until she is ready for it.

I felt the second half of the story wasn't as successful, with the action moving briefly to Scotland (although many of the scenes there felt a bit odd) and then a short spell in London with a danger/rescue plot that never felt convincing.

And the title of this book? It has a scottish feel with a tartan on the front cover but our Scottish hero, who shows almost no trace of his Scottish birth, becomes the Laird four pages from the end - and rather out of the blue. This isn't a Scottish book for those who enjoy that side of the novel, it's more of an English Country House story, although with the usual Americanisms to grate at times. Neither character felt particularly convincing, the settings and side characters also felt a little wooden. This was an OK read but nothing to get excited about.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b3075e8) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b339180) out of 5 stars I'm with reviewer MaryS on this one. 29 Nov. 2009
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The biggest complaint I have lately with Karen Ranney books is the cheesy covers the publisher puts on them. The one on SOLD TO A LAIRD was almost enough to turn me off but I like Karen Ranney enough not to judge a book by its cover and anyway she's not to blame for it. As to the story, the heroine did not strike me as cold, but rather repressed by her upbringing, and the hero is to die for. Sensitive and a hunk. What more could you want? The author develops the romance and love slowly with none of that unrealistic immediate sex in a closet kind of situation. Ranney makes you feel the love developing and it is romantic, not just lustful. And she writes far better than the majority of romance novelists.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3392d0) out of 5 stars Disagree 27 Nov. 2009
By MaryS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I disagree with the above review. I also love Karen Ranney and there are a few of her books that did not click with me. I really loved this one. The heroine was not cold, she protected herself by reining in her emotions. She was vulnerable and she needed a hero who could break through that shield and get to the person beneath. Douglas was a great hero. The Duke was a bit of a caricature, but it still worked.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b339240) out of 5 stars Another Touching Love Story! 2 Dec. 2009
By Amy C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have only recently began reading Karen Ranney, the first being Devil Wears Tartan. And since that book, two more have released and I've rushed out to buy both...A Scotsman in Love (which by the way, is one of my top historical reads. Loved that book!) and now this one, Sold to a Laird.

In Sold to a Laird, Lady Sarah is the daughter of a Duke. Her father raised her with fierce strictness and no love at all. She is forced by her father to marry a stranger, Douglas Eston, in order to spare her dying mother from a trip to her homeland of Scotland. Lady Sarah appears cold and emotionless, but Douglas Eston warms her bit by slow bit. It's a sensual game that Eston plays with Sarah, and one that undoubtedly left me in awe of the amount of emotional intensity some of their scenes are filled with.

Sarah struck me as an honest, innocent young woman. Her fears and emotions towards Eston didn't feel like they were coming from a naive woman, but an unknowing, inexperienced one. I've read books where the heroine had no clue what took place between a man and a woman or the desires that could rise up and consume them and they seemed a bit much. A bit over the top. Not very believable. But in this book, I found myself saddened by, and wholly believing Sarah's lack of knowledge and her fight to deny the passions Douglas begins to fill her with.

This book, as with the previous two books I've read, has such a somber mood that really makes your heart ache for the characters. Douglas was the epitome of heroes for Sarah, holding her and comforting her when she most needed it, simply being there for her, understanding her. He took into consideration her upbringing and accepted her for who she was. And Sarah, I loved that she never grew angry with the liberties Douglas took, the way he, at times, pushed her. He did it in just a way that gave her time to think through the turmoil of feelings swirling through her.

Another fantastically done, heartfelt and moving romance between two people that need each other, especially Sarah. And Douglas Eston is her perfect match. The two meld together beautifully. This is another book that I'll look back on with a warm heart remembering the gentle, soothing touches Douglas bestowed on his Lady Sarah.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b33948c) out of 5 stars Sold to the Laird 3 Jun. 2014
By Fluffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
She's done it again! Kept my interest from the first two sentences, which grabbed my attention, and kept my interest through the book. I fell in love with the main male character, Douglas, in this story from the first. Self made man, with an easy smile and an open, warm personality. Sarah was so confused and unbending, untrusting, and naive, that I was beginning to wonder if anything would develop between the two! Several twists and turns which is always helpful in a good story. I would recommend Ms. Ranney's books to anyone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baf3a08) out of 5 stars Good story...Wish it had a better Title and Cover 14 Dec. 2009
By Lovely D.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book, I enjoyed it.

Douglas Eston meets lady Sarah when she barges into a meeting he is having with her father, and starts pleading with her father to let her mother remain at Chavensworth, because her mother's health is too poor - if she is moved to Scotland she wouldn't survive the journey. Sarah does not even realize that someone else is in her father's office at first. The duke of Herridge wants Douglas to produce diamonds for him, and since Douglas has the formula the duke finds a way to cut a deal with Douglas. The duke will give him some money and his daughter's hand in marriage, in return for the diamonds. Douglas is shocked at first that the duke would just offer his daughter's hand like that, but since he is smitten with lady Sarah he decides to agree. The duke threatens his daughter, if she wants her mother to remain in Chavensworth, she will agree to the marriage. So both Sarah and Douglas find themselves married.

Douglas is a great hero, he grew up on the streets and built himself up. He doesn't know how a gentleman is supposed to behave, so he keeps a small notebook where he writes everything he learns about proper behavior, so that he wouldn't forget. He sees Sarah and instantly falls for her, and then sets out to win her. Sarah is a likable heroine, who grew up learning to hide her feelings in the face of her father's wrath, and always be restrained. So it is no wonder that she sometimes comes off as cold.

The two things that could have been done better are:
1. Douglas expected Sarah to sleep with him in the same bed, on the first night of their wedding, even though they both acknowledged that they were still practically strangers. He told her that he wouldn't get intimate with her yet, because she would need to know him better first. Yet, he expected her to share the same bed with him, even though he's sleeping completely naked. I found his carelessness about being naked to be amusing, in comparison to lady Sarah's blushing and huffing lol. But I couldn't understand Douglas's reasoning (I mean he could have slept in his drawers at least, to make Sarah more comfortable in the beginning).

2. I loved the part when Douglas took care of Sarah when her mother died, and it was in that scene that the reader really sees how deeply Sarah loves and cares. However in contrast, when Sarah should have shown as much emotion towards the end, when she thought that Douglas had died, she didn't. At that point in the book, she should be showing much more emotion in contrast to the beginning, or else the character development weakens. Hence while I like Sarah, her character development was not as good as it could have been.

So in the end this is a good 4 star read, and I liked it. Despite the flaws, the H/h are both likable. I also really liked the descriptions, the author has a knack for describing for example the grounds of Chavensworth or the gardens, and elegantly tying it to the character's emotions and thoughts - like somehow there's a connection between the two, and I love that.
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