A SCANDALOUS SCOT
Rating: 4 Cups
After four years of political pandering in England, Morgan MacCraig has returned home to the Highlands in disgrace. He is a social pariah, his reputation in tatters. His sole desire is to live a solitary existence in his ancestral home of Ballindair, far away from society. His plans go awry when he constantly trips over a maid with a penchant for very un-servant-like behavior.
Jean MacDonald never thought she and her sister would wind up living out their days as servants. At least Jean is determined to be the best maid she can be, something that cannot be said of her sister Catriona. Jean would do anything to keep her younger sister safe, if only the Laird MacCraig would stop providing her with opportunities for inappropriate behavior. Jean’s mundane job is certainly not as easy as before the handsome Laird of Ballindair came home to sulk.
When Morgan must marry Jean in order to preserve her honor, he finds himself saddled with a wife he never wanted. Jean confounds him at every step with her quick wit, opinionated nature and inclination to make Morgan acknowledge uncomfortable truths. As the newly married couple discovers the dynamic effect they have on each other, the dark deeds of the past will come knocking. Together, they will always be more than a match for them.
Ms. Ranney pens a wonderful story that easily allows a reader to sink into the action. Jean is a lively heroine with an independent personality that will resonate with modern readers. Fortunately, Morgan is more than a match for her as a three dimensional character who is wonderfully, believably flawed. Though the plot is engaging, the eventual climax is resolved just a little too conveniently. That said A Scandalous Scot is a smooth, invigorating read well worth picking up.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More