Wanderlust, her mother had called it. A man of the wild, tempest-tossed ocean, James MacRae never dreamed he'd find his greatest temptation on land. The formidable woman sat opposite her in the darkened carriage, her arms folded across her chest, her toes tapping against the floor, her heavy sighs making Riona feel alternately uncomfortable and beyond irritated. In 2014 Ranney began writing the paranormal romance series The Montgomery Chronicles, which center on a newly and unwillingly turned female vampire, and in 2016 began writing a spinoff series, The Furry Chronicles. I was really hesitant about getting into this book. Nothing really happens between them, but for some reason the author writes the scene so I feel powerful undercurrents between Riona and James.
I loved the interaction between Minerva and Dalton. Dalton aka the Rake of London has become a recluse. Now, on to the review. He's not gone out into Society - rather spends all his time shut up in his house. It was a nice quick read with a few touching moments. Had she not been maneuvered into a compromising position by a man of Edinburgh -- who covets her family's wealth more than Riona's love -- the dutiful Highland miss could have followed her heart into MacRae's strong and loving arms.
Notes: The Highland Lords novels, in the order in which they were published: The Irresistible MacRae To Love a Highland Lord So In Love. But they would always share a look and a smile. I do recommend reading the first two books first, but Ranney handles the backstories skillfully enough that doing so is not strictly necessary. Bookseller: , Washington, United States HarperCollins Publishers, 2002. I would definitely recommend this book - it is so loosely tied to the first that it could easily be stand alone.
She whirled on Harold, only to have him grip her bare arm with his damp hand. I loved their personalities, they were the kinda of people I would want as friends. What was a treacherous road in comparison? Often, they're a big joke and this is one of those instances. Yet from the instant the dashing adventurer first gazed deeply into Riona's haunting gray eyes, he knew there was no lass in all of Scotland he'd ever want more. But alas, it is not to be.
Before leaving the vehicle, Riona turned and stared into the shadows at Maureen. He maintains a journal, in which he confides his most intimate thoughts in the best angsty, sensitive girly-man prose. Nothing really happens between them, but for some reason the author writ I really should not take such a long break from series, it took a while for me to remember who the hell all the characters were. After writing her first novel, Above All Others, Ranney found an agent. But alas, it is not to be. But how can MacRae ignore the passion that burns like fire inside, drawing him relentlessly toward a love that could ruin them both? I do have a complaint about how Rionas mom sets up Riona and James then towards the end tells Riona there is no hope for them, wtf? And the mystery aspect of the book was very interesting and well done.
I will admit being a bit confused as to how this book tied to the first one and then there was the mention of the letters written by their great great etc grandmother to her three sons - then it clicked. The young captain in the Fencible Regiment had fallen as desperately in love with her sister as she him. This is where the story, which is set in the Victorian Era begins. Although she was as chaste and virtuous as the day she was born, Riona was ruined. James is all that he should be, but doggonit - James needed a better storyline.
The Montgomery Chronicles: The Fertile Vampire and The Reluctant Goddess coming March 12, 2015. Despite the rather dismal excuse for conflict in this novel, The Irresistible MacRae is still eminently readable. Not those of a romantic nature, but of a sisterly one. Whenshe finds out her fiance only wants her money, she still feels compelled to honour the brtrpthal. The E-mail message field is required. By the way, you do recall that Riona is now engaged to Harold mostly because of the pressure applied by Mama. I believe in the power of the individual, the magnificence of the human spirit, and always looking for the positive in any situation.
But all in all, I did enjoy the story! The matchless lady is betrothed to another — and unwilling to break off her engagement or share the reason why she will marry her intended. To avoid a scandal that would devastate her family, Riona McKinsey has agreed to marry the wrong man -- though the one she yearns for is James MacRae. The book was neither silly fluff or aguishly dark. Should she forget that fact for even a moment, Mrs. He had a voice so low that it sounded as if a pond of bullfrogs had taken up residence in his chest. Makes a nice change from the usual romance novel heroes, who tend to be hyperkinetic alpha types.