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The Devil of Clan Sinclair [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ranney
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

True love blossoms in the Scottish Highlands in the steamy historical romance The Devil of Clan Sinclair, the first book in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney.

When Countess of Barrett Virginia Traylor’s husband dies without an heir, she’s left in dire circumstances. The estate will go to his cousin unless Virginia can produce a son before the allotted time is up. In desperation, she turns to Macrath Sinclair, the self-made Scottish millionaire she loved before her father arranged her failed marriage.

After a whirlwind affair results in her bearing a child, Macrath discovers he’s become a father and steals the baby away.

While Virginia tries desperately to convince him to relinquish her son, Macrath realizes that he’ll do anything in his power not to give up the son…or the boy’s maddening, irresistible mother.



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""Filled with angst, passion and suspense, Ranney's first Wicked Widow tale delivers a carefully plotted story."" ---RT Book Reviews

From the Back Cover

To Dance with the Devil . . .

For Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, marriage was merely the vehicle to buy her father a title. Widowhood, however, brings a host of problems. For her husband deliberately spent the money intended for Virginia and her in-laws, leaving them penniless— unless she produces an heir. Desperate and confused, Virginia embarks on a fateful journey that brings her to the doorstep of the only man she's ever loved . . .

He's known as the Devil, but Macrath Sinclair doesn't care. He moved to a tiny Scottish village in hopes of continuing his work as an inventor and starting a family of his own. He bought the house; he chose the woman. Unfortunately, Virginia didn't choose him. Macrath knows he should turn her away now, but she needs him, and he wants her more than ever. Whatever game Virginia's playing, Macrath intends to win— one wickedly seductive deed at a time . . .


Product Details

  • File Size: 833 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006224244X
  • Publisher: Avon (July 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF74AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book with a wandering plot. August 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a Karen Ranney fan for many years. One of my all-time favorite HRs is Till Next We Meet. That's why it pains me to dislike this book, but, for some reason, this story feels a bit off. Too many characters, too much deviation from the main romance plot and a romance that doesn't have enough chemistry.

For this book to work, it's important for the reader to feel the initial attraction and love between the mousy, rich American heroine, Virginia Traylor, and the hunky Scottish entrepreneur, Macrath Sinclair, when they first meet in London in 1869. If you can't (and I couldn't) then the rest of the book won't be very satisfying.

They meet, fall in love and talk of marriage. Her father says no and marries her off to a sickly English earl. Marriage is consummated only once, the sickly earl conveniently dies but inconveniently leaves Virginia, his mother, and his sisters in dire straits, with all monies and properties going to the cousin heir.

What happens next is a lot of unethical, unkind behavior of the H and h to each other. (Review may be SPOILERISH in places although much of this is in the book blurb.) Virginia goes to Macrath in Scotland, hoping to get pregnant and pass the child off as her deceased husband's heir (assuming it will be a boy, that is). She doesn't let Macrath in on this. He just thinks she loves him and wants to be with him.

Then she takes off back to England, conveniently pregnant with a boy. After the baby is born, it's Macrath's turn for execrable behavior. When he finds out about the baby, he steals him and takes him back to Scotland. Then, of course, off goes Virginia to retrieve her son.

Well, that's the main plot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Literary, etc Review August 28, 2013
By Jess
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always wanted to read Karen Ranney's books, but I've never had the chance. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn't say no! Ranney's The Devil of Clan Sinclair was a delightful read!

I'm a big fan of reunited lovers and Ranney's The Devil of Clan Sinclair doesn't disappoint! Writing was engaging and I loved the banter between Macrath and Virginia. I most particularly enjoyed how Ranney introduced us to the couple and especially how their romance developed and how they were torn apart. Character development was strong, but I couldn't feel much empathy for Virginia especially after she agrees to Enid, her mother-in-law's plan. I know people do crazy things in desperate times, but I just wanted her to show some backbone. Even Enid isn't the strong woman she portrays to be especially when Paul, the Earl of Barrett's former valet comes into play. Paul was a creep of the first order and high-five to Ranney for developing a villain that made me want to hide when he made an appearance. Without a doubt, Macrath steals the show in The Devil of Clan Sinclair! He's a self made man who is happy living his life until an American girl steals his heart. Even after she broke it he still loved her and believed in her until she betrayed his trust.

What I really enjoyed about The Devil of Clan Sinclair is that for once we have a hero who isn't hell bent on revenge when the heroine is right in front of him. Macrath could have turned his heart against Virginia, but he couldn't and I loved that! I loved how quickly the two of them became reacquainted and my heart broke when they were apart. I understand his actions towards the end, which I won't go into detail for spoilers and I don't blame him for taking the stance that he does.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It July 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
After Countess of Barrett, Virginia Traylor's husband died without an heir, Virginia, his mother and sister were left in desperate straits. All the money Virginia's American father had paid to obtain a title in the family had been spent and tied up into the now entailed estate which would pass down to the Earl's distant cousin. If Virginia could not produce an heir in a short time, she and her female in-laws would be out in the street with no where to turn.

Desperate, Virginia sought out Macrath Sinclair, a self-made Scottish millionaire. The very man she'd fallen in love with while here father had made other plans to sell her for an English title. After seducing Macrath, the man she'd always loved, Virginia left him to return to London whereupon she found she had conceived. Months after her son's birth, Sinclair discovered her betrayal and stole back his son while Virginia was recovering from smallpox. With battle lines drawn - Virginia must try to win her son back and the respect of the man she had always loved.

*** Karen Ranney has always written books with a combination of complex characters, emotional scenarios, and dynamic plots. In THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR, she has combined all three into a well told tale that is brimful of lost love, betrayals, deceit, and forgiveness. This was just another example of the genuine creativeness and exquisite prose that seems to flow from the tips of this authors fingertips.

Virginia is at first the innocent and dutiful daughter of a powerfully self made American millionaire, come to England to buy a title - a boastful wealthy man who never thought of his daughter as much more than a tool to satisfy his attempts at grandeur.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Shipped promptly & completed the series for me.
Published 9 hours ago by s. bialk
5.0 out of 5 stars Type of writing
I like the Scottish facts and not tons of sex talk. wish there was no sex talk. also like her mind of humor.
Published 3 days ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully different !
Two people, deeply in love but forced to live and battle in a time when society and rules of parents' chilling decisions place obstacles in the path of that love. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Leslie Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars An author I've read for years.
This was a new book for me from a familiar author. It has some hard parts to read; sorrow, which is, a hard part of romance. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual Scottish Highlander--but same stubborn streak!!
My favorite genre is Historical Romance--hands down although I can see where you might get a different opinion from the reviews I've done! Read more
Published 25 days ago by MikiHope
3.0 out of 5 stars Started a little slow but then built into a full on intrigue.
When her husband dies without an heir, Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett finds herself in dire circumstances since the estate will pass to a cousin unless she can produce a son... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amelia M. Valentini
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Well told story. Characters well developed, the story had some interesting twists and turns. Can't wait to read the next one.
Published 1 month ago by 9z
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL FOR LOVE
This is just a quickie review of this amazing book. American heiress Virginia Traylor came to London with her title grabbing father. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patty McKenna Van Hulle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil of Clan Sinclair
Ms. Ranney has been a favorite of mine for years. I always find her stories to be unique and at the very least very interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fluffy
4.0 out of 5 stars ... dysfunctional and compelling ....
This is the first story in the Clan Sinclair series, and it is very well written, as most stories from this author are. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookworm2bookworm
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Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.

Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas and loves to hear from her readers at karen@karenranney.com.

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