The tenth Earl of Straithern, Grant
Roberson, is seeing his mortality. Both of his brothers have
suddenly died from mysterious and completely unexpected
illnesses. Illnesses that were alike in each man, so Grant
knows that it is only a matter of time before he becomes
afflicted with what he knows is probably a genetic disorder.
He decides then and there that he must wed and produce an heir
before the unthinkable happens, so he arranges to marry the
daughter of the local physician. He doesn’t count on being
attracted to his betrothed wife’s Scottish companion.
Gillian Cameron has been the companion to
Arabella Fenton, the contracted bride, for years. Gillian was
taken in by Dr. Fenton, Arabella’s father, after becoming
destitute as a young woman. She is told to accompany Arabella
to the Earl’s home so as to acclimate the spoiled woman to her
surroundings and duties. As soon as Gillian is introduced to
the Earl, she knows she is in trouble and wonders how in the
world will she be able to convince Arabella to marry Grant
when in an instant she covets him for herself.
Grant and Gillian are unable to suppress
their desire for each other. Embarking on an affair, they
each know that one day their trysts will have to end. Before
that day, however, they must find the danger that seems to be
stalking Grant. A danger that neither suspects, but which
brings them closer.
Oh how I loved The Scottish
Companion! Karen Ranney wrote a simply delightful and
often times steamy historical romance that kept me guessing
the entire book. I could not for the life of me figure out
‘the bad guy’ and when it was finally revealed, I could have
smacked my forehead. It seems that I was entirely focused on
the love Grant and Gillian had for each other. Their turmoil
at the thought of being without the other made me tear up more
than once and even I was looking for ways to keep Grant from
marrying Arabella. Throw in a subplot the likes of which I
had not seen before, and this historical loving reviewer was
in pure reading bliss.
The Scottish Companion
releases on September 25, 2007. Don’t miss it!