Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: A Borrowed Scot by Karen Ranney

Title:  A Borrowed Scot
Author:  Karen Ranney
Genre:  Historical Romance
Pages:  384
Publication Date:  29th March 2011
ISBN # 0062078704
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Source:  NetGalley

Synopsis:
Who Is Montgomery Fairfax?

Though she possesses remarkable talents and astonishing insight, Veronica MacLeod knows nothing about the man who appears from nowhere to prevent her from committing the most foolish and desperate act of her life. Recently named Lord Fairfax of Doncaster Hall, the breathtaking, secretive stranger agrees to perform the one act of kindness that can rescue the Scottish beauty from scandal and disgrace—by taking Veronica as his bride.

Journeying with Montgomery Fairfax to his magnificent estate in the Highlands, Veronica knows deep in her heart that this is a man she can truly love—a noble soul, a caring and passionate lover whose touch awakens feelings she's never before known. Yet there are ghosts in Montgomery's shuttered past that haunt him still. Unless Veronica can somehow unlock the enigma that is her new husband, their powerful passion could be undone by the sins and sorrows of yesterday.

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My Thoughts:

We start the story off with Veronica and Montgomery at a secret society meeting.  Neither knows about the other at this point, but that will all change!
Veronica gets herself into a bit of trouble with the Society Of The Mercaii.  American Montgomery Fairfax, the new Lord of Dorchester Hall is there observing and rescues Veronica from a rather unpleasant situation.
Upon returning to Veronica's family residence - her Uncles.  Her cousin Amanda has raised the alarm.. forcing the couple into an unwanted marriage.  The couple leaves for Scotland to Montgomery's newly acquired estate.

I enjoyed the story, but just was left wanting more from the characters.  Amanda - Veronica's cousin started out as possible villain.  She was blackmailing Veronica for extra pin money.  Using threats of telling on Veronica to get what she wanted.  I was hoping for more out of this character.

I liked Veronica, she was witty and had some spunk.  She kept Montgomery on his toes.  Sadly she was not well treated by her husband.  He shamefully used her and kept her at arms length.  Both characters had a sad past that neither wanted to share with the other.  Which created some major tension and problems with their relationship.  I liked this - it gave Veronica and Montgomery a way to connect.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical and Scottish romances. 

My Rating:
3 / 5

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