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Scotsman of My Dreams

(MacIain #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's second novel in her breathtaking series, an unconventional woman and a former scoundrel embark on a daring mission of desire

Once the ton's most notorious rake, Dalton MacIain has returned from his expedition to America during the Civil War— wounded and a changed man. Instead of returning to his old haunts, he now spends h
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Published August 25th 2015 by Avon
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Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Suffering from ennui and arrogance, Dalton traveled to America to join in their Civil War. The men that followed him were quickly coined MacIain's Marauders. However, instead of finding the glory and honor of battle, they discovered the hell of war. Dalton survives Manassas only to be brought low by one of his own Marauders, he is shot in the
Lady Wesley
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Karen Ranney writes books that are a consummate blend of history and romance. In the first McIain book, In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams, Glynnis and Lennox’s second chance at love was set in Glasgow, where River Clyde shipbuilders turned out thousands of blockade runners for the Confederates during the American Civil War. That war also serves as a distant backdrop for Scotsman of My Dreams, as our hero, Dalton MacIain, has returned from fighting in America a blinded, broken shell of his former s ...more
** 2.5 stars **

I have a question: Why is the title of this book Scotsman of My Dreams when the man in question is not a Scotsman? Sure, his last name is Scots, as is his ancestry, but this man was a Brit through-and-through. In fact, the only Scot in this book was a distant cousin who had one scene. You're just setting readers up for false expectations.

Speaking of unrealistic expectations, there was this:

She reached down between them and grabbed his erection with both hands, stroking it, measuri
Lover of Romance
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

Scotsman of My Dreams was a charming and sweet romance with a sparkle of angst in here. I have really enjoyed what Karen Ranney has done with her books, and Scotsman of My Dreams was no different. I honestly don't know how to express what this story did for me. Now there were times I was in and out of the story (but I have been dead tired all day, so that might have something to do with it). It begins with out heroine searching for her
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave this a B+ at AAR and somehow forgot to post the review here!

Karen Ranney’s MacIain series moves away from Scotland for the second book, Scotsman of My Dreams, a well-written and very enjoyable character-driven romance featuring a hedonist who returns from war a very different man to the one who went away and the forthright woman who helps him to regain his confidence and find his purpose in life.

Dalton MacIain, the middle of the three sons of the Earl of Rathsmere, was a hellraiser an
I've given this a B- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.

The second in Karen Ranney’s current MacIain series, Scotsman of My Dreams is an enjoyable character-driven romance in which the reclusive, wounded hero meets the unusual young woman who is destined to help him rebuild his life.

Hellraiser Dalton MacIain, bored with the predictability of his life in London and wanting excitement, left England with a group of followers in order to fight in the American Civil War. Deciding whic
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Scotsman of My Dreams ended up being a very fun book to read but as much as I enjoyed it, I also thought there was way too much buildup for the romance.

Minerva and Dalton make a fantastic team and while they were a team for huge chunks of the book, they were also on opposite sides for most of the book. So while the tension between them was amazing, I hated that they weren’t on the same side. It meant that it took longer fo
Juliana Philippa
"We're almost always quarreling."
"Is that what you consider it?"
"What do you think it is?"
He considered it foreplay, but he wasn't going to tell her that.
I was turned onto this book by Ryanne and I'm so glad, because it was a lovely read! The relationship between Dalton and Minerva was so fun to watch develop; I loved the bantering between them and how their dynamic evolved. One of the things I love about the Ranney books I've read are that her stories really revolve around the hero and hero
Bambi Unbridled
When I was getting ready to start reading Scotsman of My Dreams, I realized that it was the second in the series. I am trying to stay on schedule with my reviews, so I didn't have time to go back and read the first book, In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams. But I got along just fine and didn't feel lost. There was only a small amount of crossover in the characters, so if you are in the same boat as I was, you should do fine. (I will definitely go back and read the first book now.

I totally loved the
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
As an author Ranney has always been one of my favorites. Majority of her books I have loved, others I have liked, but without a single doubt lingering within my mind I have found Scotsman of My Dreams to be one of best romantic; love stories I've ever read.

If you love romance as much as I do than I am happy to reveal that this book is nothing shy except pure passion. The attraction between Dalton and Minerva was a spark that could not be denied. I absolutely love an author that bring a romance n
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I read through a lot of reviews after reading this and most of the negative reviews are by people who disliked the heroine because she was too brash, forward, direct, sexual, etc. Seriously? She knew what she wanted and went after it, just like EVERY. SINGLE. HERO. CHARACTER. EVER. Check yourself for sexism, please! Other than that, I wanted to love this enough to give it 5 stars, and there were 5-star moments, but the whole thing left me wanting more of the yearning and for more action. It read ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Kimia Safavi
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Scotsman of My Dreams is another great book in MacIain series,it is the story of a former rake,Dalton Maclain,who has return from America scarred, almost blind and unfortunately his older brother died in the hunting accident and now he is the earl.
Now Dalton is a changed man who wants to stay home and deals with his new situations, blindness and being the earl if only the stubborn Miss Minerva Todd, the sister of the man, whom he blames for his blindness leaves him alone.

Minerva is desp
Nov 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Kate Sherwood
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it, cheesy title and all. I liked that the heroine was unapologetically experienced, even back in the day, and I liked it that she more-or-less stood up for herself, even though she was a bit over the top about it sometimes. I liked that the hero was battling physical challenges and the attendance psychological issues.

That said, the mystery plot felt sort of underserved - obvious villain, caught without any significant detective work, with no apparent emotional repercussions for the pers
Jessica Grogan
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable and entertaining read with an unconventional heroine, a reformed rake, and a lot of really fun banter. I liked this book much more than I expected to, especially given the title, which seemed to fit in with all the other Scotland romances. This was exceptionally good, though, and I will be checking out other books by this author.
I don't usually enjoy Regency stories or ones in London/England from after the knight era. This was really good...a strong 4, almost 5 stars. Can't wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something very endearing about Dalton and miranda. they are by far my one of my favourite characters ever! a must read .
Ryanne Nichole
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dalton Maclain is a renowned Rake who is known for his exploits across London society. He decides to join the American Civil War in order to have some adventure in his life. Little did he know that this decision would alter his life forever. Minerva Todd is a woman ahead of her time. She enjoys archeology and digging in the dirt more than a London ballroom. Her brother followed Dalton to America and never returned. She’s determined to find in out what happened to him, so she doggedly peruses Dal ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Deborah Small
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Minerva Todd and Dalton Maclain are interesting, well-rounded characters. Their interplay is delightful. And well-done. But what I found most interesting, was not Minerva Todd’s unconventional attitude and behavior (for her time)—that’s done so frequently in Romance it’s no longer a hook for me—but Ranney’s skill in _seeing_ the world through Dalton Maclain’s eyes.

Intelligent, and IMO, compassionately written. 4.5 stars
Mar 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-novels
The hero is blind - a state of affairs that almost always leads to trite writing, and unfortunately this is no exception. That would be surmountable, except that he's not a strong hero. Moreover, the heroine is - I find - unlikable. I like the idea of an archaeologist heroine who wears trouser-skirts and speaks her mind; I just don't enjoy the execution in this book. The chemistry between the protagonists, therefore, is flat. I couldn't read past page 131. ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved that story was unconventional. There was an earl, but no balls, no debutante’s, no London society.

Dalton was going through a transition after nearly dying, being blinded, then becoming an earl, all in a short span of time.

Minerva was only interested in finding her brother and Scottish archaeology.

Both were strong characters who didn’t mince words.

I just wish that the romance had gotten started earlier in the book. It was pretty steamy once it did.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was so sweet and had such a strong female lead, I was in love instantly. Being a geologist myself, having a female lead who was an archaeologist was cool and refreshing. It kept me entertained from page 1 all the way to the very last page.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
They say opposites attract each other...this is a beautiful story about it. I absolutely love Minervas character, how smart she is, how strong and persistent.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ranney never fails to entertain

Minerva and Dalton's story is filled with quirky characters, lots of action, and a bit of intrigue. P!us, the romance is delightful.
Different than I expected, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. The pacing feels glacially slow, which made the middle chunk of the story a slog to get through.
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF. Boring!! Too much talking not enough plot. I also didn't like heroine. She was too abrasive and annoying. ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much better than I was expecting from a $3 book from Dollar General.

Cute romance, predictable of course, but sweet nonetheless.
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