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Product Details

  • Series: Scottish Sisters (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062027808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062027801
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn't care about the scandal their passion could cause . . . for his very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she'd never have again.

Little does she know that Mark is part of a masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love . . . he will have to save her life as well.

About the Author

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 adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Customer Reviews

When love and rejection turns to hatred,Catriona's life is in danger.
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The love scenes were well written, the characters were enjoyable to read about and the storyline was interesting.
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His character seems a little flat and two dimensional but he is likable.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HP on January 31, 2013
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Normally I comment on a book when it is either so good that I want to shout read this book! or it is so bad that I hope to prevent others from wasting time and money. I am breaking my rule with this novel because the author is so skillful at what she does. It is the character, Catriona, that I find so abhorrent that no genius with the written word would be able to salvage her. I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I preordered this book for my Kindle and completed it in about a day.

The heroine, Catriona is a self-centered, amoral, selfish person intent only on pleasure for herself regardless of the harm she causes others. She is capable destructing innocent lives of others but you only learn of that from the first book in this series. We catch up with her in this book as a tragedy befalls her and throughout the story we are hopeful in her gradual redemption. I don't buy it. She did not suddenly become so bad after the tragic loss of her parents because the groundwork has already been laid that she was indulged and favored as a child. You just knew she was going to head in the wrong direction. Now as an adult a horrible accident has disfigured and maimed her. What will this aggravating person do? Anyone can be saved but Catriona does not grasp the good life until the very end of this book, and even then, well..... Throughout most of this story Catriona spends her time feeling sorry for herself, sorry for her loss of beauty which means she will no longer win the good life. She is a very shallow person. Even toward the end of the story when the hero is giving her an encouraging compliment she says, "this from such a handsome person", so you see she is still only influenced by surface, and not inner beauty. The hero, Mark, is a true saint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on February 11, 2013
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Having the wrong person love you and too selfish to think of the harm it could bring was what ruined Catriona Cameron. Forced to hide her mistakes behind closed doors and drawn curtains, Catriona refuses to let another man into her heart. Catriona would never have expected a lowly "footman" to be the reason she cannot obtain a moment's rest.

Dr. Mark Thorburn started out as a footman to gain entry into Catriona's life and gain her trust. Mark never expecting it was her heart he wanted to capture or that his need for her would obscure all else. The pretense was grueling as she never let him forget his place in the food chain of life not knowing he had more rank and money than she could ever imagine. Mark could see through all the layers Catriona covered herself in to the real woman who was exasperating and exhilarating all at the same time.

The problem that should have resolved itself when the truth is revealed only becomes worse as Catriona's demon materializes. The journey Catriona has taken to heal the old wounds should pave the way for love to step in but instead someone is trying to crush her spirit once again.

With a spirited exchange of words Karen Ranney has displayed how great romance is written and fascinating characters are developed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on January 31, 2013
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Somehow the ingredients that make a good romance novel like redemption and excitement which are a part of The Lass Wore Black, do not come together so well. There's a certain charm and tension missing between the leads.

Catriona was a stunning woman who was also vain shallow and incredibly self centered. She is no proper Victorian miss. She has had three lovers and now wants to enter society and make a good match but all her dreams are forgotten when she is involved in a carriage accident marring her lovely face.

Catriona escapes to Scotland living with her Aunt in seclusion shrouded by a veil to cover her facial scars. She is essentially a hermit with no will to live because she deeply mourns her loss of beauty.

Catriona's aunt is worried about her and sends for a Scottish physician Mark Thoburn to assist her niece. Mark remembers the beautiful Catriona and he attends her not as a physician but disguised as a footman. He delivers her food to her and Catriona is less than thrilled that her Aunt's new footman is bold and unwilling to obey her.

Mark and Catriona share many barbs. Mark somehow falls for the veiled Catriona and I am not sure why because Catriona does very little to encourage his affections. She is rude and belittling. Mark does not act so honorably in this novel at times, especially for a physician when it comes to dealing with Catriona. Still Mark has a good soul, he doctors the poor and he feels his heart go out to Catriona.

Eventually Catriona decides she will become a better person and this is the most intriguing storyline of the novel. Catriona has always lived for herself so thinking of others first does not come to her naturally; she must choose to be compassionate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clio Reads on November 16, 2013
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There is much about this book that I really, really liked:

1. The gender-flip of the "scarred hero" trope. Catriona has been scarred/disfigured in a terrible carriage accident and now must learn how to get along without beauty, which had been her defining feature. Physical allure is more important to women then men, beauty more critical to women's identity and social value, so it was a thought-provoking reversal of a fairly standard plot device.

2. Catriona was not a virgin. More than the loss of her beauty, she mourned the loss of passion and feared no man would ever want to be intimate with her. I found it refreshing that she recognized that she'd been bad by society's standards, but knew that if she'd followed the rules, she would never have known sexual fulfillment. A sexually-liberated heroine is a rare treat in historical romance.

3. A really, chillingly evil villain. I'm not usually a fan of murder-mystery subplots in romance novels, but this wasn't a mystery: the reader knows from the start who the bad guy is, and the scenes written from his perspective are gut-churningly dark.

4. Secondary characters, like Mark's grandfather and his housekeeper, were really unique and interesting. Often characters like these fade into the background; I appreciate that here, even minor characters were vividly drawn.

Other things about this book I didn't enjoy so much:

1. The pacing of the plot and flow of the dialogue was choppy/uneven. Parts of this book dragged, and parts went so fast they were hard to follow. A few times I had to re-read a few pages because I lost the flow of the narrative. Sometimes dialogue didn't make sense.
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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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