The next sizzling romance in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s Clan Sinclair series…
Logan Harrison is looking for a wife. As the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, he needs a conventional and diplomatic woman who will stand by his side and help further his political ambitions. He most certainly does not need Mairi Sinclair, the fiery, passionate, fiercely beautiful woman who tries to thwart him at every turn. But if she’s so wrong for him, why can’t he stop kissing her? He is completely bewitched.
Mairi Sinclair has never met anyone like Logan Harrison, the perfect example of everything she finds wrong with the world. He’s also incredibly handsome, immensely popular, and impossible to resist. His kisses inflame her and awaken a passion she can barely control.
Can two people who are at such odds admit to a love that would bind them together for life?
Time and Setting: Scotland, 1872
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2.5
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Lady Blue
Mairi Sinclair has become resigned to the fact that she’ll never marry – she was betrayed by her ex-fiancé, and so decided to build her life around her family’s newspaper. She literally grew up in the newspaper office, assisting her father, and learning everything about the business from top to bottom. After her father’s death, she took over the paper since her brother had no interest in doing so. Because of the times, she, as a woman, can’t publish under her own name, so she used her brother’s.
One evening, she attempts to attend a lecture being held at the Edinburgh Press Club, which is a men-only club, and she is turned away at the door. As she is arguing (to no avail) with the doorman, Logan Harrison, Lord Provost of the town, stops to see what the problem is. Mairi appeals to him for help, but he also turns her down, telling her that the Club has the authority to decide whom to admit. Mairi reluctantly leaves, but begins concocting a plan of revenge on the Lord Provost.
Logan is actually a very fair man and is highly respected. He was also correct in saying that he had no authority to have Mairi admitted to a private club. But Mairi, feeling humiliated, drafts up an article ridiculing the Lord Provost, and has it distributed. Instead of having the desired effect, it backfires on her. She hadn’t realized just how highly thought of Logan is, and soon her usual sources of news will no longer talk to her and she is given the cold shoulder. This also brings Logan to confront her in an attempt to discover her motivation.
Mairi finds herself attracted to Logan, though she doesn’t want to be. Logan is also attracted to her, and has actually begun the process of looking for a wife. Someone like Mairi doesn’t fit the bill, and certainly would not be an asset to his political aspirations. The more time the two spend together, they begin to see that their beliefs and values are not that different after all. As Mairi becomes more involved in fighting for women’s rights, she and her newspaper become a target for violence. Also, someone does not like the developing relationship between these two, and will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it.
There were several wonderful aspects to this book. Mairi starts out as a hothead who forges ahead based on emotion. She is distrustful and has hardened her heart based on one disappointment. Through Logan, and through the violence that happens, she becomes more thoughtful, and she certainly learns to love and trust again. As for Logan, he has to look at his life and decide if politics is really what he wants for his future. He also decides that having Mairi as his wife is worth any price. The love story is very satisfying, and the events happening in the background are riveting, and a look at how life was for a woman in 1872.
This is book two of Karen Ranney’s Clan Sinclair series, and I recommend it highly.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney was first published in 1995. Since then, she’s gone on to write dozens of historical romances, most of them set in Scotland.
Her books have been described as evocative, intensely romantic stories featuring characters who leap off the page.