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To Love a Scottish Lord: Book Four of the Highland Lords    by Karen Ranney order for
To Love a Scottish Lord
by Karen Ranney
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

In the late 1700s, ship captain Hamish McRae was captured in an Indian port. After his entire crew was killed, Hamish was tortured for months before he could escape. His brother Brenden finds him, and at his request, takes Hamish to an abandoned castle where he can wallow in his own world of guilt and self-despair.

Mary Gilly, young widow of a much older goldsmith and a healer, lives comfortably on her inheritance. Known by the townspeople as Angel, Mary treats the poor who cannot pay a doctor. She is asked to help Hamish by his brother. When she arrives, Hamish makes it clear that he wants no part of her therapy. Mary rises to the challenge, taking his meal up to the top floor of the castle, despite her fear of heights. Mary and Hamish make a wager that will permit her to stay if she wins a game of Shatranj. Mary does stay, and the pair blissfully indulge in sexy romps and heart to heart talks as the relationship grows. But when Mary disappears one day, Hamish finds that she has been accused of a terrible crime (by her husband's jealous apprentice), arrested, and it seems already convicted.

As is clear from the above, Mary and Hamish have more than a few obstacles to overcome. However, what I enjoyed in the story was the healing process and the funny things that the pair said and did to each other. Karen Ranney involves the reader, making us want the best for her characters. 4th in the Highland Lords series, To Love a Scottish Lord also can stand alone as a tale filled with romance, passion, drama and some wit.

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