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The Texan Duke

(Duke Trilogy #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  44 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s third book in her Duke series spins the tale of a reluctant duke who must choose between his life in America—and the Scottish woman he’s destined to love…

As the ward to the late Duke of Lothian, Elsbeth Carew resides at the ancestral estate of Bealadair. Fiercely attached to the manor, she loves it more than anyone else. Whe
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Published October 31st 2017 by Avon
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Ivy H
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Lover of Romance
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Texan Duke is the last book in the Duke Trilogy by Karen Ranney and brings together a Scot and a Texan (American). Our hero was born and raised in Texas, around cattle and horses and the west plains of Texas. He loves his life, but when he learns of his father's real roots as a Scot, and that he is now the new Duke of Lothian. He is shocked and appalled by his new responsibilities and that he will have to travel to Scotland, in the win
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Where do I begin? Not exactly what I was expecting, but I did enjoy the read. I felt that it fit in to the series just fine. The Texan Duke put its own spin on the Duke Trilogy. I liked both Elsbeth and Connor. I wanted to love Connor, but he came to Scotland with his American attitude and the need to sell. That was not the way to win me over, but it did give me something to look forward to as he began to fall for Bealadair’s inhabitant(s). The danger, mystery, deception, and more drew me in but ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Connor McCraight is on his way to Bealadair, in the Highlands, in January. The Texan is bored, restless, grumpy, and so cold. Connor hadn’t known about relatives in Scotland, and certainly not that he was now a Duke. His reception at the estate is even colder than the weather: the staff and the Dowager Duchess and her three daughters fear they will be thrown out when THE TEXAN DUKE assumes his title. Connor wants only to sell everything and go back to Texas, although the lovely, and welcoming, s ...more
Good book. It opened with a very unhappy Connor, a born and bred Texan, in Scotland, in the middle of winter. It seems he is the new Duke of Lothian, something he didn't expect and certainly doesn't want. He plans to see the property and then sell it as soon as he can and go back to Texas.

Elsbeth became the ward of the late Duke at the age of eight when her parents died. She shared his love of the history and people of Bealadair and had devoted herself to its care and keeping. She worries about
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
I really liked Connor and Elsbeth's story, even though OMG he waited until the last possible minute to make his big move. (Seriously, dude, what were you thinking???) Still, the story of the ward of the 13th Duke of Lothian and the 14th Duke kept me turning the pages, wondering how they could possibly manage to be together yet each still get what they wanted and take care of the people they cared about. Ms. Ranney did an admirable job of resolving their problems--I'll freely admit that I didn't ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sad to see this great series end but looking forward to what Ms. Ranney will publish in the future!

While I personally liked the second title in this series the best, this was still a very solid installment.

Dukes are all well and good but sometimes it's nice to meet one that wasn't born a duke. This is what we get with Connor. His reluctance to be duke makes for an enjoyable read and I really, really liked him.

I enjoyed the overall plot of this story and watching these two people come together
Susan (susayq ~)
This was pretty good...decidedly different than most Duke romances. This time our Duke inherits the title knowing nothing about it because he was raised in Texas. He begrudgingly goes to Scotland with the intent to get rid of the stuff there and go back home. What he doesn't plan on is falling in love.

I liked Elsbeth. She was a woman that got things done. Connor was alright. Nothing too terribly fantastic, but not bad. I felt like this was a bit repetitive with him lamenting that he wanted to go
Isha Coleman
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The Texan Duke by Karen Ranney  
The mass of emotions illicited by The Texan Duke is breathtaking.  With a steady hand and a vivid imagination Ms. Ranney turns chaos into serenity.  The tawdry tale of lust, intrigue, dangerous liaisons and emotional upheaval can turn on a dime.  Connor and Elsbeth are thrust into a world where nothing is what it seems.  As the tension loosens and the links in the chain are exposed, a sweetheart of a romance takes hold and stakes a claim on the most priceless of t
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not too far into this story of the unexpected and unwilling American heir to a title, I started to make assumptions about the future of the story, the characters, and the inevitable resolution of the angst. I sort of worked my way through the book in a few sittings, and the more I read, the more I realized that I perhaps I DIDN'T in fact know where all this was going and "know" the characters as well as I thought I did.

Connor, our unwilling Duke from Texas, has no plans to stay in Scotland any
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a big fat waste of time. The characters, plot and writing all lacked depth. In fact, this, my review, is more exciting than any chapter of this book.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. There was not enough substance in the story.
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Connor doesn't want to be a Duke. He wants to visit the estate he inherited and sell it off to help his family at home. Then he meets Elsbeth. Elsbeth was raised by the previous Duke as his ward. Connor is unlike anyone Elsbeth has ever met and she can't stay away from the unique Duke.
Connor is a southern gentleman. He treats everyone equally and his care for others will leave a reader swooning. Elsbeth is determined to make her way in the world even if it is working and running a household in t
Maria Griffo
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is a new author for me. The book was well written, It had mystery, adventure and romance.

This is the story of Connor and Elsbeth. Connor was shocked to find out he was a Duke, His family never told him he had a brother let alone a twin or that his family held a title. Going to Scotland he learns about a family he never knew he had no does he seem to fond of them.

Elsbeth lost her family at a young age and was taken in by Connors uncle as a ward and a promise to a friend. she never really tho
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Karen Ranney's book, The Texas Duke. The story of Connor McCraight takes place in 1869. As the last male McCraight, Connor is now the 14th Duke of Lothian and Laird of Clan McCraight. This means traveling from his home in Texas to the Bealadair estate in Scotland where his aunt, 3 female cousins, and Elsbeth Carew (the girl who was taken in by his uncle when her parents died) live. As Connor learns about his ancestral home and gets to know his relatives and workers, he prefers t ...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
Elsbeth was and wasn't part of the family, yet she tried so hard to please everyone. When Connor comes in the picture and changes everything she doesn't know how to respond or behave.
Connor, the Texan, is the new Duke. He doesn't want to be a Duke. He reminds everyone that he is a Texan, no one knows what the heck that is.

The chemistry between Connor and Elsbeth is instant, I love instant chemistry. The McCraight family is, I guess typical, very "stuck up". The old Duchess is strict and all
This book has enough suspense, mystery, folklore and familial relationships however it is sorely lacking romance between the two main characters.

There were hardly any kissing scenes and they behaved more like friends instead of lovers. Also this book has other family relationships thrown into the mix. The author could have omitted all of that and given the two main characters more romance time and wrote solely their story instead of adding Sam and Rhona’sstory. Also there were flashbacks from th
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a reluctant 3 - the story had real potential and some of it was interesting - but the constant repetition by the hero about how he wanted nothing to do with Scotland, nothing to do with the title he had inherited and how he intended to cash out everything so he could return to Texas became tiresome and boring. How could this person who is so supposedly kind to everyone be so focused on his return to Texas that he proposed selling everything and leaving all his tenants and staff to the me ...more
Wendy Tavenner
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Conner inherits a Dukedom in Scotland which he never new he had family or that his father was from there and he was a twin. Elsbeth had lived as a ward of the 13th Duke since she was 8 years old. When they find out the new 14th Duke is from America a Texan and they are worried on what he might due. When someone shoots Conner, he and Elsbeth believes he’s being targeted for selling the Scottish Estate. A wonderful book where it seems it took him coming across the ocean to find love with a wee Sco ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed seeing Connor and Elsbeth's relationship slowly grow into romance. These are two opposites who are drawn to each other - Connor, a Texan who truly loves and can't wait to return to his home and life in Texas, and Elsbeth, a Scot who is dedicated to the McCraight ancestral home and the people who live there. This dichotomy seems insoluble and is a recurrent theme throughout The Texan Duke. Add to this an attempted murder mystery and a secondary romance and the book is a very fast read. ...more
Sandy Frediani
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a different take on an American inheriting a title, which gives the story a different feel. While a bit ambivalent going in, I found that I did enjoy it quite a bit. There's also enough - I don't quite know what to call them - ends(?), but they're not loose ends. Whatever you want to call them, there's enough to expand the story in several places, like between Gavin and Graham, and Sam and Rhona, for example. ...more
Ishita Deshmukh
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, romance
The story has a similar backdrop as most of the author's other books. Cold Scotland, harsh weather, difficult landscape etc. However, I liked that she has really tried to bring in the American spirit and show the difference as opposed to the Scottish spirit. The style is good and the story though predictable was sweet and romantic. The mysterious elements could have played a little larger role. I enjoyed the ending, which was practical, realistic, and yet very romantic. ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Typical romance with both main characters nearly perfect and lacking any real depth. Quite repetitive involving the same issues throughout the book.

I had hope for it as the novel has some sweet tender moments between Elsbeth and Connor - could this be the rare romance without the typical graphic sex scene? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Nelle Nazario
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one. It was a good read. Pretty sure you can read it stand alone from the others in the series as the only thing that connects them is that hero is a Duke. Connor a very reluctant one. I enjoyed learning about Elsbeth more than anything. She's a very strong woman ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: public-library
It was long, drawn out and boring. I struggled to finish this book. Very little action. Duke of Lothian kept saying he was selling and leaving. Elsbeth yearning and making silly plans. Conclusion also not satisfying with perpetrators allowed to go Scot free. Yes that is a pun.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Still a good book. But not as good as her other books
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The is one of Karen's best books yet. Love the characters, kept me entertained and looking forward to the next page. Hope to see more of these people in her next book in this series. ...more
Carol Risez
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A decent story with an interesting mystery. Writing was a little thin at the beginning. Maybe I just got used to it, but it did cost a star!
Sam Atkinson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A good read, a little longer than it needed to be. The author repeats herself enough to fill too many pages.
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