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The Lass Wore Black (Scottish Sisters #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  554 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
He was her Highland lover, but would he be her savior?

Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world...and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldo
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

In a genre saturated with the usual plot props – tales of the ton, seasons, heirs, peerage – it’s always a treat to read a story that can tackle those elements and make them unique. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the traditional historical romance novels too, but The Lass Wore Black brings something different to the mix, and I can’t tell you how refreshing that is!
From the cover: Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world..
Went from hating the heroine for the first 65% of the book and wanting the villain to just kill her like he wanted to, to thinking "OK, she's finally seen the light and maybe killing her would defeat the HEA of this book" the last 35% but overall, I never did warm to her. She was too conceited, spoiled, vain, mean and just an all around witch to really like her.

Full review to come later.
Miranda Davis
I cannot believe I like this as much as I do. 5 stars easy peasy.
I rarely enjoy the Amanda Quick-style historical romance-flowering-under-threat-of-murder genre, but this is proving to be a very involving, emotionally-complex story about a young, heedless and beautiful woman disfigured by scars and the doctor who finds a way to heal her deepest, unseen wounds. Catriona is living as a recluse with her aunt by marriage as she struggles to find life worth living after her beauty's been destroyed.

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Victorian England.

Catriona Cameron was a great beauty who planned on snaring a duke for a husband,but a shooting and carriage accident forever changed her life. She hides her scarred face behind a veil. Her distraught aunt calls on Dr. Mark Thorburn to try and heal Catriona. Well Mark can spare little time for a self-pitying woman,but when he allows Catriona to believe he is a footman, he realizes she is a lost soul,like those he cares for in the slums of Edinburgh. Catriona awakens som
Elis Madison
Somewhere about halfway through this I realized I’d read and felt kinda “meh” about the first book in this series. I might not have bought this one had I realized beforehand, but I tend to impulse-buy anything that looks at all kilty, so when I saw this it just fell into my shopping cart by magic. Anyway, it turns out not to be a bad thing.

Catriona Cameron is the slutty, selfish sister of Jean in A Scandalous Scot. She's also so beautiful that the first t
Lady Wesley
Nov 26, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, amz-rev
I think Karen Ranney's Till Next We Meet is one of the sweetest angsty HRs I've ever read, so I was quite pleased to get an advance review copy of The Lass Wore Black. It is totally angsty, but not so sweet. Nevertheless, I liked it, eventually, and would recommend it.

Young, stunningly beautiful Catriona Cameron is swanning her way through the Season when disaster strikes. She is horribly injured in a carriage accident, and her maid is killed. We get to know her several months later, after she h
Mary Gramlich
Feb 11, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

How many layers between the real me and the one I let people see?

Having the wrong person love you and too selfish to think of the harm it could bring was what ruined Catriona Cameron. Forced to hide her mistakes behind closed doors and drawn curtains, Catriona refuses to let another man into her heart. Catriona would never have expected a lowly “footman” to be the reason she cannot obtain a moment’s rest.

Dr. Mark Thorburn started out as a footman to gain entry
Mar 03, 2013 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I love this author's books and this story was no exception. She has a great way of making the characters so believable and you can really feel their love for each other.

I liked that the two lead characters were a bit different from the norm. It's interesting to see how Catriona learns to accept her scars and her new self. Mark, being a doctor, is quite a change from the usual titled hero in historical romances. He has a different type of confidence that comes from pride in his work inst
Aly is so frigging bored
ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Avon.
Mild spoilers ahead.

Main characters:
Mark Thorburn
Catriona Cameron

What I Liked: I loved the way Ms. Ranney redeemed Catriona. If you read A Scandalous Scot you would have hated her. She was spoiled, self-absorbed, vain, arrogant, a liar and a woman who would have done anything if she got what she wanted. In this book she grows and becomes a lovely heroine, not in a snap of fingers, but in a truly believable way.
Mark is a surprise. I expected the man which wh
Aug 17, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-romance
I did not read the previous book, therefore had no background for Catriona. In a way I'm glad as I read that many people did not like her selfish ways one bit and it put a damper on their feeling towards her.

However, I really enjoyed the journey she took throughout this book with subtle, and not so subtle, help from her aunt and the doctor.

Catriona and Mark's relationship was fun to follow and the reader couldn't help but cheer them on - they were so made for each other.

I really enjoyed this s
My Synopsis:
Catriona was one of the most beautiful woman in all of London. She was being courted by a Duke, and everything she ever wanted seemed to be possible and within her grasp. Then, in an instant, tragedy struck and everything changed. While on her way home, something broke through the windows of her carriage shattering not only the glass but Catriona's face as the shards did their damage. As the carriage overturned, her leg and arm were crushed and broken within the wreckage. In a matter
Dec 30, 2012 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C+

Catriona was the beautiful, spoiled, self-centered sister in A Scandalous Scot who slept with a married man and was asked to be his mistress. Her brother-in-law gave her a choice, be the mistress or become better and live with his Aunt. She chose the latter and tried to make her life something different and better by living with Aunt Dina. But tragedy struck one night when her carriage was attacked. A young woman in the carriage with Catrio
Mar 09, 2013 Bookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lass Wore Black drew me in straight away. Heroine Catriona Cameron was always known for her beauty, flirtatiousness and and she planned on marrying well. One day however, she is involved in a horrific carriage accident that leaves her with a scarred face and a limp. Now Catriona stays home, wearing a black veil and hiding herself from the world. She lives with her Aunt Dina in Edinburgh. Catriona refuses visitors as well as doctors and she's pretty much given up on life, hoping to wither awa ...more
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In the Lass Wore Black, we find a very vain and spoiled young woman. I think it's easy to not like her, but the whole point of the book is her transformation.

As a young girl, Catriona was always praised for her pretty and she knew it. As the daughter of a doctor she led a comfortable life. But when he is executed for performing euthanasia on his wife (her mother), she's condemned to a life of uncertainty. Luckily she and her sister become maids for an earl. And the sister catches the eye of the
This is the story of Catriona, Jean's sister from A Scandalous Scot. In that book we saw her as selfish, lazy, and with the morals of an alley cat. In this book she has suffered a horrible injury that has left her badly scarred and hiding from the world. She is quite bitter, feeling that if she doesn't have her beauty she has nothing at all to offer the world or a man. She's pretty much given up on life, though the aunt she lives with refuses to give up on her.

Mark is a doctor who has become fri
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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A happy childhood wrecked and then a determination to survive brings “the murderer’s girls”, Catriona Cameron and her sister, to quite different stations in life. The sister becomes an earl’s wife while Catriona becomes promiscuous, haughty, willful, and inconsiderate of others. She trades on her beauty to get what she wants. If ever there was anyone ‘looking for love in all the wrong places’ it is Catriona. The horrific deaths of her
Okay, I'll just write down some random thoughts here and review it later.

The Lass Wore Black was a very good historical romance read. In the past, I had read many funny Historical Romance novels, such as Julia Quinn's. But The Lass Wore Black, despite its very humorous moments, was more sincere:

A genuinely scarred and flawed heroine, who redeems herself in a way that doesn't feel preachy, a heroine who struggles with her own shallow and petty mind, and her trauma-induced depression.

A character
Apr 06, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that Catriona is an interesting character. She is one that has the traits of many of us, self centered and self absorbed. I think that the death of her parents at a young age caused her to realize that life is so fleeting and short so why not get as much enjoyment out of it as you can. So she does. I don't think that even at her worst she was a bad person, she just looked after her self and her needs first. But then she spurns the wrong man, and he does not take it lightly. So he is the ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karen-ranney
The Lass Wore Black is a historical romance about Catriona, a girl whose entire perception of herself centers around how beautiful she is and her ability to wrap every man she meets around her finger. Until a horrible accident that left her severely disfigured. As a result, she falls into a deep depression, refusing to eat or come out of her room, keeping her face veiled at all times. Her Aunt, fearing that she is fading away, enlists the help of Mark, a local physician, who under the guise of ...more
Nov 01, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
it's nice to see a truly flawed heroine who isn't a spectacular beauty or perfect in some way. Catriona (the name annoyed me most of the book for some reason) was a stunning, spoiled, terrible brat until she's horribly scarred. afterwards, she's still a spoiled brat, but in a coddled way. a spoiled brat who's found her world ripped out from her isn't going to change immediatley. she spends a good amount of time trying to find her new place, in her head as well as life. after all, in Society if y ...more
Diah Didi
My very first of Karen Ranney, and I liked it, a lot.
At first I didn't really like Catriona. She's indeed spoiled and selfish. But then again, after what she's been through, well, there's slightly any chance that I'd turned to be like her if it happens to me. I liked Mark, too.
Anyway, what I learned from this book:
- Most of the time we think that our life was harder than everyone. But there's always anyone else who's more suffered.
- Always see things from the bright side.
- You should be grate
Jun 24, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh.....another GREAT book by Karen Ranney!! If you are looking for depth, then here it is. I get kinda tired of 22 year old characters who are perfect in every way. This book is like 'the other side of the coin'. Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!
Debra Taylor
Oct 30, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Edelweiss & Avon Publishing for allowing me to review this book. As I am prone to reading first & writing later, I'm gonna have to post a full review later on.
Jessica Grogan
May 06, 2017 Jessica Grogan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Catriona Cameron has not lived a great life – it's been pretty charmed for the most part – but it hasn't always been great. Her mother died at her father's hands (euthanasia) and then he was hanged. Catriona and her sister were left with no one and nothing. Though we don't get too in depth about what happened directly after their parents' death we can tell it's not good. She then became a maid but when her sister married an earl she was given the option to kind of reinvent herself and she took i ...more
Jenny Q
Jan 30, 2013 Jenny Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm always looking for something different in historical romance, particularly in Scottish romance, for while I never tire of brogues and kilts, so many of them tend to run together for me, being quite similar in nature. So when I saw the synopsis for The Lass Wore Black, I decided it was time to give author Karen Ranney a try. I was not disappointed! A scarred socialite in self-imposed isolation, mourning the loss of her beauty and h
Ah Highlanders... yep, you know I jumped at a chance to read this one. However, although he was technically a highlander, no kilts to be had. No checking to see what was worn underneath one. *sigh* Still, I was in the mood for a historical romance so on I read.

I have to admit I had several problems with this book. First was the "bad" guy. At the beginning we know that someone is after Catriona. A spurned lover. Still, I didn't get why he had to kill her. I did get it later, but not at the beginn
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
This was my first novel by Karen Ranney and I enjoyed it. I have been going through a book phase of Historical romances for some reason. Right now they are the things that I am enjoying the most this past couple of months.

Catriona Cameron is a socialite snob, everything she did was based on the fact that she was a beauty. She had shameful affairs with no real thought to how that would reflect on her sister. Her sister had married an Earl and her husband decided to give Catriona a choice, either
Reading this book has made me aware I’m not a very sympathetic person. At all. This was a reverse Beauty and the Beast story, with Catriona playing the role of the beast in need of a lesson. And she most certainly needed taught a lesson.

Catriona was a hot mess. She whined, she complained, she threw fits. How could her life have gone so down hill; what would she do with herself now that she was no longer pretty! With each page turn, I wanted to slap her so hard and say “Bitch please!” I haven’t b
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