Title: A scandalous Scot
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian
Author: Karen Ranney
Publisher: Avon, June 26 2012
Available for Pre-order
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com: One scandal was never enough . . .
After four long years, Morgan MacCraig has finally returned to the Highlands of his birth . . . with his honor in shreds. After a scandal, all he wants now is solace-yet peace is impossible to find with the castle’s outspoken new maid trying his patience, challenging his manhood . . . and winning his love, body and soul.
Jean MacDonald wants to leave her past behind and start anew, but Ballindair Castle, a Scottish estate rumored to be haunted, hasn’t been the safe haven she envisioned. Ballindair’s ancestral ghosts aren’t as fascinating as Morgan, the most magnificent man she’s ever seen. Though their passion triggers a fresh scandal that could force them to wed, Jean must first share the secrets of her own past-secrets that could force them apart, or be the beginning of a love and redemption unlike anything they’ve ever known.
As unlikely as it was for an Earl to marry a maid in early Victorian Scotland, this story was a nice afternoon read. It was well written even though it stretched credulity at the circumstances. The scandals of both the Earl and Jean were truly outrageous for their time, so it is easy to see how they would complement each other and draw close. There was not much romance until later in the book, actually not until after they were married did any romantic inclinations surface. Their passion did not trigger their wedding, a misunderstood compromising position did the trick. The side characters were well drawn; the harangued housekeeper, the slutty sister, the disloyal friend and the household staff that blew hot and cold toward the heroine.
I felt the H/h were both immature acting and naïve and I found those traits irritating. Jean’s continual putting up with her sister and at the same time chastising her was just a bit too wishy-washy for me. The hero being totally clueless for most of the book was also not warming me to him. I thought this book an okay read but I didn’t love it.