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The Scottish Companion

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  378 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Desperate for an heir, he hastily chose a fiancée.

But it is another woman who sets his heart aflame.
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 25th 2007)
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May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book, but it wasn't like others I've read by this author. There was a "Jane Eyre" feel about it; somewhat dark and subdued. Yes, there was romance and some pretty steamy action, but lots of angst as well. The mystery aspect was fairly easily solved, and the HEA was all too brief. The characters were well-written and the two leads were appealing enough. I can sum it up best by saying this was a 5-star story ... on tranquilizers. I rounded it up from 3.5 to 4, as I like this autho ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karen-ranney
Dark. Not the happy book you would expect looking at the title and cover. 2.5 should come with a warning.
Carrie Olguin
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This is the first book I've read by Karen Ranney and I was mostly underwhelmed. I found the prose stiff and unnatural. All the characters sound alike and no one has their own unique voice. It made it especially challenging to figure out who was saying what when the H/H had lengthy conversations. I had to repeatedly re-read sections to make sure I was attributing the correct sentences to hero or heroine.

The plot is pretty ridiculous. I thought it would be a bit more light-hearted but it turns ve
BJ Rose
The Earl of Straithern has buried his two younger brothers in the past six months. The doctor fears a blood disorder, but the earl suspects poisoning. His solution? Propose a marriage with the doctor's daughter Arabella, so he can beget an heir before the same fate befalls him. Of course, he's hoping he figures out the who and why before he becomes the next victim. But Grant has another big problem. He finds himself drawn to Arabella's companion, and increasingly sure that marriage to Arabella w ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I usually really like the writing of Karen Ranney, but I couldn't seem to get into this book. I got to page 80 and it seemed like nothing had really happened and I wasn't willing to read on to see what happened. I usually enjoy the authors characterizations, but the characters in this book were not very interesting to me. I felt that it was pretty unrealistic for a Scottish lord to want to marry just anybody sight-unseen. Annabelle was not my idea of anybody who would make a good doctor. She see ...more
Barbara ★
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Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gillian Cameron & 10th Earl of Straithern Grant Roberson
His 2 younger brothers have died of what doctor says is a blood disease and says he might succumb too. He decides to marry quickly so he can have an heir so Grant asks he doctor if he can marry his daughter. She is beautiful but cold and uncaring about anything but her book on medicine. Grant is enchanted by her companion though the doctor and his daughter say she is a fallen woman. Grants thinks someone poisoned his brothers and is loo
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, ebook
Well this story is a bit dark. Multiple murders, poisonings, secrets, and scandals. Faced with his very real and not too distant demise, Grant decides to marry. And the fact that the family doctor who delivers this news has a daughter makes things easier. Arabella, her father and her companion come to get acquainted. Well things don't seem to be proceeding as planned. Question: Whatever happened with the gardener who might lose his hand? Major interest: medicine, poison, and scientific experimen ...more
Yvonne Boag
The Earl of Straithern recently lost two of his brothers. The doctor thinks it was to a blood disease but the Earl thinks poison was involved. Whatever the case he thinks he should marry and start on the whole heirs business. The perfect solution is to marry the doctor's daughter but from the first he prefers her companion. Can he sort out his love life and solve the mystery of his brothers' killer?

Oh so lame a premise. It had all the earmarks of a gothic horror rather then a romance. Very Wuthe
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