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Scotsman of My Dreams

(MacIain #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  65 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Avon
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****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
Shelves: arc, rhr, amz-rev, arc-rev
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
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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 mis
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 and
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 which
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
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
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.
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 .
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alors cet opus, c'est un petit coup de cœur...
Additionnez les ingrédients suivants :
* Un libertin repenti grand blessé de guerre : il est aveugle. Et reclus. C'est Dalton MacIain, comte de Rathsmere, cousin de Glynis et Duncan MacIain du tome 1.
Et que la cécité du héros est bien rendue ! Ses doutes, ses nouveaux besoins, ses fiertés, ses ajustements...
* Une héroïne complètement anti-conventionnelle. Elle se passionne pour l'archéologie en Ecosse. Elle port
Aug 11, 2015 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
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.
Mary Squier
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Sandy S
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 25, 2015

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 his time at home. But Dalton's peace is disturbed when Minerva Todd barges into his London townhouse, insisting he help search for her missing brother Neville. Tho
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, historical
How have I never read anything by Karen Ranney before? I have no idea. It's an oversight I plan on fixing...soon.

I adored both Minerva (such an awesome name!) and Dalton. I suspect I wouldn't have been too crazy about the "before" Dalton--a man who is so bored with his life of debauchery he runs off to join a war, a war he actually tosses a coin to decide for which side he's going to fight?? Who does that? (well, obviously someone, since it's based on a real event, but honestly)--but the Dalton
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

A wonderful story featuring a strong willed woman and scarred rake who never intended to be titled. I love the dynamics of this couple, the slow buildup to romance and the mystery and intrigue that surrounds these two, creating a historical romance not to be missed.

Minerva Todd is a woman who enjoys her freedom and is not interested in marriage. She is enthralled with Scottish archeology and visits there often, looking for relics. When she finds out her brother Neville is missing, she
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I absolutely loved the first book in MacIain books, so I was super excited to read Scotsman of My Dreams by Karen Ranney. However, it kind of fell flat for me. Scotsman of My Dreams is still a good story, but the problem I ran into was the pacing. I had a hard time getting into the story. It felt like I was racing a turtle as I'm reading Scotsman of My Dreams. It wasn't until it got a little over halfway through the story that it started to pick up.

Other than the pacin
I’m loving this mix up of the American Civil War brought to English shores: in this installment, Dalton has returned from his participation in the war, wounded and changed, only to discover he has inherited the title after his elder brother’s demise. Before the war, Dalton was a rake, at loose ends and bored. The war seemed a wonderful ‘adventure’ and his boredom was quickly erased at Manassas. Now he wants little more than to adjust to a new quiet life, even as his new responsibilities pull at ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
My grade: Average

I do like the premise of this book (erstwhile rake-about-town returns from war damaged and reclusive, is saved by feisty heroine).

But it took me 6 days to get through 340-odd pages.

For me, there was too much telling and too little showing via character interactions and development. I kept feeling like someone was narrating a story to me, explaining what was happening, what this person was feeling and why that might be, etc. Does that make sense?

As I say, the premise had prom
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 27, 2015 09:51AM  
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