Jan 23 2015 10:45am

First Look: Karen Ranney’s In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams (January 27, 2015)

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen RanneyKaren Ranney
In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.64 digital

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?

In Karen Ranney's In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams, Glynis MacIain grew up following her brother and Lennox Cameron around; she has loved Lennox for as long as she can remember. When she finally revealed her love with a kiss, Lennox is gobsmacked, stunned into silence. Mortally embarrassed, Glynis ran off and married an English diplomat and spent a miserable six years in the backwater town of Washington D.C. Now, happily widowed, she's returned to Scotland, but the troubles of the United States Civil War follow her. Because of the blockade, her family cannot get cotton for their textile mill and are in danger of being financially ruined, while Lennox, a prosperous shipbuilder, is working on an iron-hulled ship for the Confederacy.

It's interesting to see how the U.S. Civil War affected other countries, and there are spies and intrigues galore, but that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about Glynis and MacIain.

Glynis had always been part of his life, but he only realized it when seeing her again. Her coming home was like the final placement of a piece of iron cladding on a hull. It fit, finished the hull, rendering it whole. He felt whole as if he'd been only partially himself until she smiled up at him.

. . .

Most of the memories of her childhood involved Lennox in one way or another. He was part of her life and she could no more cut him out of it than she could Duncan or her parents.

Circumstances bring about their marriage and, while there are secrets and problems, neither is sorry. Their long history and deep ties manifest themselves in their lovemaking, which is sweet and easy and tinged with humor.

“You are beautiful,” she said. “You're the most beautiful man I've ever seen. And 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.”

His bark of laughter made her smile.

I absolutely adore a couple who can laugh during intimacy. Glynis and Lennox have plenty of heat, but the ability to see the absurdity in a situation and share it with the one you love is magical.

“You have too many clothes on,” he said. “And that damnable hoop.”

She most certainly agreed…The itchy, warm feeling spread through her, making her breathless.

“You're still dressed,” he said.

Fumbling with the tape of her hoop, she sent a near desperate look to him. Lennox came to her, giving up all pretense of patience and tearing the garment.

“I may burn this,” he said, nearly snarling.

She giggled, laying her forehead against his chest.

There is plenty of angst, and many serious, life and death issues Glynis and Lennox must confront and deal with, but though things look bleak now and then, there is never a doubt that they belong together.


Learn more about or order a copy of In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney, available January 27:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Buy at iTunes

Buy at IndieBound



Cheryl Sneed reviews for

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
1. PhoebeChase
Love, love, love a writer who can inject humor into bedroom scenes. Always makes me smile.
Karen Ranney
2. Karen Ranney
What an inventive review - I love it!

Warm fuzzies!

Karen Ranney
3. LadyWesley
Excellent book (and fun review). I recommend it!
Post a comment