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Thursday, March 14, 2013

TLC Book Blog Tour Stop - The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney

• Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages • Publisher: Avon (January 29, 2013)

Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona’s darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn’t care about the scandal their passion could cause . . . for his very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she’d never have again.

Little does she know that Mark is part of a masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love . . . he will have to save her life as well.

There have been plenty of romance novels in which the hero is injured, disabled, or has some sort of deformity that he must bravely overcome, but it is rare for a book to feature the female main character as one who has physical challenges to brave. So I was thoroughly impressed with Karen Ranney's latest novel, "The Lass Wore Black," not only for her detailed portrayal of Catriona, a young woman who has to survive a tragic accident and deal with the horrific aftermath of injuries and scars, but also for Dr. Mark Thorburn, her main male character having such compassion and understanding for the situtation.

The main theme of this story is self-acceptance, and the realization that beauty is truly on skin deep. As Mark coaxes the reluctant Catriona from her self-imposed exile, his patience and love shows her that she can be a woman worthy of love and respect, a condition that is so hard for Catriona to accept until her eyes are opened to the needs of the world around her.

"The Lass Wore Black" is a fast-moving and captivating story and the cast of characters are realistic and fascinating.  Ranney includes brief visits from characters in her last novel, "A Scandalous Scot," which featured Catriona's sister Jean, and blends in the update seamlessly into the current tale. 

I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney was first published in 1995. Since then, she’s gone on to write more than twenty historical romances, most of them set in Scotland.

Her books have been described as evocative, intensely romantic stories featuring characters who leap off the page.

Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas with her antique collection of dust bunnies.
Find out more about Karen at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Karen’s Tour Stops

Monday, March 4th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, March 6th: …the bookworm…
Monday, March 11th: In the Hammock Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 12th: Book Addict Katie
Thursday, March 14th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 19th: 5 Minutes For Books
Thursday, March 21st: BookNAround
Friday, March 29th: Book Reviews by Molly
Wednesday, April 3rd: Let Them Read Books
TBD: Boekie’s Book Reviews

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to Avon Books for the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


1 comment:

trish said...

I love this: "...until her eyes are opened to the needs of the world around her." That's the kind of theme I enjoy in any genre!

Thanks for being on the tour!