In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams
Author: Karen Ranney
Mmmmmm Lennox Cameron, what a hunk of man flesh. I can certainly understand why Glynis MacIain spent most of her life in love with him… but not why she let pride chase her away, and into a loveless and bizarre marriage to an English diplomat.
Karen Ranney has created a really nicely balanced world. The once wealthy Maclain cotton mills are unable to weave because the blockade during the American civil war is preventing the raw cotton getting to Scotland. Yet the civil war means ships, so Lennox Cameron and family, long-time friends with Maclaims, have a booming ship building company. We also have the backdrop of political intrigue in Washington infecting Glasgow when wayward Mcclain daughter, Glynis, returns home after the death of her husband; only to discover than the rumours she’s been listening to for the last seven years, aren’t quite what they seem.
Although there is much intrigue and quite a detailed plot, “In your Wildest Scottish Dreams” is still a light and easy read. The characters are well developed, or those few that aren’t, like eldest Maclain Duncan, the groundwork is set to allow development in their own book. The dialogue is mostly well written and snappy, and the prose managers to generally avoid over describing either food, dress or setting. Except in the case of Charlotte, who’s atrocious taste seems to be as unending as the descriptions of it.
Although I admit that I do skim the sex scenes, usually with a very disinterested air, some of the scenes in this were wonderful. Not just for actually having well written sexual play, but for the humour used
…I like how your cock trembles when I touch it.”
He reared back and stared at her. “I don’t tremble.”
She sighed, bit back her smile, and shook her head. “Would you like me to show you? You quiver. I stretch out my hand and your cock almost bounces, it’s so eager. It’s like a puppy.”
The main plot is, over course, focused on trying to sort out the tangled mess between Glynis Mclain and Lennox Cameron. Yet, as with many novels in this genre, it’s the secondary plots that provide so much of the interest. We’ve got murder, blackmail, gossip, bankruptcy, pregnancy, nastiness, saintliness, spying and arson. All wrapped up in under 300 pages of well written text.
Seven years have passed since Glynis MacIain made the foolish mistake of declaring her love to Lennox Cameron, only to have him stare at her dumbfounded. Heartbroken, she accepted the proposal of a diplomat and moved to America, where she played the role of a dutiful wife among Washington’s elite. Now a widow, Glynis is back in Scotland. Though Lennox can still unravel her with just one glance, Glynis is no longer the naïve girl Lennox knew and vows to resist him.
With the American Civil War raging, shipbuilder Lennox Cameron must complete a sleek new blockade runner for the Confederate Navy. He cannot afford any distractions, especially the one woman he’s always loved. Glynis’s cool demeanor tempts him to prove to her what a terrible mistake she made seven years ago.
As the war casts its long shadow across the ocean, will a secret from Glynis’s past destroy any chance for a future between the two star-crossed lovers?
Format: A-Format Paperback, 384 pages
Publication Date: January 27, 2015