Books by Karen Ranney

B
So In Love

A long-time fan of Karen Ranney's romances, I looked forward to reading this latest offering. It didn't disappoint, with as well portrayed a hero and heroine as I have read in a long time, a memorably original plot and exquisite prose. Although a powerfully written novel, some problems kept it from ...

B+
To Love a Scottish Lord

Instead of over-the-top goings-on, To Love A Scottish Lord, with its tortured characters, false accusations, and crumbling castle, presents a thoughtful story with mature characters. The love story is tender and enormously touching. This book was like a cool oasis for me after a few too many overhea ...

C-
The Irresistible MacRae

Karen Ranney has written some wonderful romances; Upon a Wicked Time is a sexy favorite of mine. So I was a bit disappointed in The Irresistible MacRae, a static tale that bears a few telltale marks of slipshod plotting. As the book opens, Riona McKinsey is returning home in shame. ...

B-
When the Laird Returns

Many Scottish historicals are set either in medieval times or the period surrounding the Jacobite Uprising of Bonnie Prince Charlie, in the mid-1740s. When the Laird Returns gives the reader a glimpse of what the country looked like about a generation later than that, and for that it’s interesting ...

B-
One Man's Love

Up until halfway through this book, I thought I had a Desert Isle Keeper on my hands. The characters were engaging, the plot intriguing. Then one of my most hated plot devices entered: the hero creates for himself a new identity through the use of a partial mask, even though the heroine has already ...

B+
After the Kiss

Margaret Esterly is both widowed and impoverished the night her husband's London house-cum-bookshop burns down. The only things left to her are three volumes of erotic literature called The Journals of Augustin X. When she discovers two years later that her husband had several potential buyers lined ...

C+
After the Kiss

At a glittering ton event, the paths of a man and a woman cross. They are of different classes, but they share a significant moment together in the moonlight. If this sounds familiar to you, you've probably read Lisa Kleypas's Where Dreams Begin. Karen Ranney's After the Kiss begins exactly this way ...

B+
My True Love

Lovers of Karen Ranney's medieval My Beloved will rejoice to find the magic continues in My True Love, the story of Sebastian's 17th-century descendant, Stephen Harrington. Sheer romance permeates every page of this tale of a Scottish laird's daughter whose destiny is intertwined with that of the En ...

A
My Beloved

A few months ago, I had a brief online chat with author Karen Ranney after I had reviewed her last book, Upon a Wicked Time. She told me a bit about her upcoming release, My Beloved, and emphasized that she truly believed in the healing power of love to the point where her heroes always have some da ...

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Upon a Wicked Time

There are so many twists and surprises in Upon a Wicked Time, my synopsis of it must be brief - I don't want to spoil anything for you. Generally speaking, Tessa Astley marries Jered Mandeville. Tessa's the daughter of an earl; Jered's a duke. She has feisty, indulgent, in-love-with-each-other paren ...