New York Times best-selling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes - and the women who tame them.
Though raised as a gentleman's daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she's ever seen - and completely unattainable until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst, with scandalous consequences.
Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercely independent and resourceful. She's the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies but the man who will fight to protect her.
©2016 Karen Ranney LLC (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I did not read the book, but with Tim Campbell's narration I would say the audio version would be better.
Everything, it held my attention from beginning to end.
Not only does he have a pleasing voice, but he has the ability to match just the right voice for each character bringing them to life in the minds-eye of the listener.
No extremes but came close to tears a couple of times.
The story is not a new one; that of a besotted admirer hiding their identity at a Masquerade Ball to have the forbidden object of their affection. The difference is how the very talented Karen Ranney penned this story making it seem original. The way she told the story made it uniquely hers. It has all the elements that make a great book. I will certainly look for more books from this author.
I tend to prefer books with complex, less conventional characters and a more apparent historical context, however, I enjoyed The Scottish Duke. With a less talented narrator than Tim Campbell I might have found the book a bit annoying.
Edwina "I Love Books'
The way Alex and Lorna and there baby son Robert grew in love with each other. There developing affections.
I loved them all, but the Dukes Mother was one I like a lot!!
The Duke Alex
When the Baby Robert was born
I read the Scottish Duke in one setting it was so good. Its a light hearted story that is very well written with wonderful characters especially the H/H.
Alexander/Alex Russell 9th Duke of Kinross, is hosting a dress up ball for The Scottish Society for Scientific Achievements. Alex is working on a project to fingerprint people. Something we take for granted in todays society. Alex is a widower and his wife died in childbirth. Alex was not sure if the child was his or not because his wife was unfaithful and slept with many other men during her marriage to Alex.
Lorna is a gentlemen's daughter but has fallen on hard times after her fathers death. He was a professor and studied the art of healing herbs and was trying to publish a book about herbs that heal or could poison. Lorna takes a job as a maid at Blackhall Castle the residence of the Duke of Kinross. Alex is very handsome and Lorna is attracted to him. She finds some dress gown in the attic and decided for once in her life she wants to go to the ball and she did. Despite her friend Nan another maid in the household telling her she could get caught.
Alex sees Lorna and is drawn to her they talk and walk but then start to kiss. Alex doesn't know Lorna is a virgin and he doesn't know she is one of his maids.
Months later Lorna is living in a rundown rooming house in the near by village and she is quite Pregnant.
This story is a true relationship building story were love comes from what seems to be nothing. Alex and Lorna and Alex's mother are beautifully written. The story is very interesting and touch's on the prejudices against women who get pregnant before marriage and the struggles they had to survive if they survived at all.
The Scottish Duke was a Enjoyable story that will make you feel good but does have a little suspense and a few villains in the story to make it interesting. But this story will grip you form beginning to end. I Highly Recommend The Scottish Duke!!
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00
Quick Thoughts: I admit that in the beginning I had a hard time with the troupe but the characters won me over. I really loved Lorna and came to root for Alex. Alex's mom though is the BEST MOTHER-IN-LAW EVER! This ended up being a very pleasant listen :)
Narrated By Tim Campbell / Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
I don't think that I have listened to Tim before but I very much enjoyed his performance. His accents and emotions were pretty spot on. His female voices were pretty good too. I will listen to him again in the future.
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While excellently performed, the plot lacked even a hint of substance or intringue. The characters were flat and underdeveloped. I'd like to see more time given in future, towards shaping personalities.
Very disappointed, given the promise in the summary.
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