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Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Return to Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney / @TastyBookTours @Karen_Ranney

Title: Clan Sinclair #3.5: Return to Clan Sinclair
Author: Karen Ranney
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

The stunning follow-up novella in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s beloved Clan Sinclair series.

It’s true love in the Scottish highlands. When Ceana Sinclair Mead married the youngest son of an Irish duke, she never dreamed that seven years later her beloved Peter would die. Her three brothers-in-law thought she should be grateful to remain a proper widow. After three years of this, she’s ready to scream. She escapes to Scotland, only to discover she’s so much more than just the Widow Mead. 

In Scotland, Ceana crosses paths with Bruce Preston, an American tasked with a dangerous mission by her brother, Macrath. Bruce is too attractive for her peace of mind, but she still finds him fascinating. Their one night together is more wonderful than Ceana could have imagined and she has never felt more alive. 

But when the past reaches out in the form of an old foe, Ceana’s life is in danger. Now Bruce fights to become her savior-and more-if she’ll let him.

Other books in this series

There is nothing worse than feeling like your suffocating...from overprotective relatives. Well, maybe there are worse things, lol.

In Ceana's case, it wasn't ideal. Widowed with two daughters, she needed space from her brothers-in-law so she packed it up and headed home. There she met Bruce who is unlike any man she's ever met. Arrogant and overly confident, he completely rubs her the wrong way. Doesn't sound like someone she should be attracted to, right? Except he is.

Bruce wasn't looking for a woman like Ceana, neither was she looking for a man like him. Yet fate has decided they are just what they need now and forever, if Bruce can keep her safe and if Ceana can see how much her heart needs him.

There's a fine line when it comes to reading a novella for me. Sometimes it moves too quickly and leaves me feeling like I missed something. Other times it seems like information's missing. The length of a story isn't something I base a review on, but the content is. Ms. Ranney's novella is a great combination of needs, wants, desires, unexpected discoveries about oneself, and adventure. Old characters do come into play in this story, but, I think, this story is also a good introduction to her Clan Sinclair series as well as her writing style.

Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.