The Virgin of Clan Sinclair

The Virgin of Clan SinclairThe Third Sizzling Romance In New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney S Clan Sinclair SeriesEllice Traylor Has A Secret Beneath Her Innocent Exterior Beats An Incredibly Passionate And Imaginative Heart She Has Been Pouring All Of Her Frustrated Virginal Fantasies Into A Scandalous Manuscript But When Her Plans For Her Future Are About To Be Derailed By Her Mother S Matrimonial Designs, She Takes Matters Into Her Own HandsRoss Forster, The Earl Of Gladsden, Has Spent His Life Creating Order Out Of Chaos He Expects Discipline And Calm From Those Around Him What He Does Not Expect Is A Beautiful, Thoroughly Maddening Stowaway In His CarriageBut When Ross Discovers Ellice S Secret Book, He Finds He Can T Stop Thinking About What Other Fantasies The Disarming Virgin Can Dream Up He Has The Chance To Learn When A Compromising Position Forces Them To Wed But Can The Uptight Earl Survive A Life With His Surprising New Wife And How Will The Hero Of Ellice S Fantasies Compare To The Husband Of Her Reality I ve given this a C at AAR.This is the third book in Ms Ranney s Clan Sinclair trilogy of novels set in Victorian Scotland I haven t read the previous two books, but this works perfectly well as a standalone anyone who has read the others will no doubt be pleased to note that the couples from those books appear in secondary roles in this one The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is entertaining enough, but possesses two or three rather large flaws which prevent me from rating ithighly Ellice Traylor has spent her entire life in the shadow of her older and utterly perfect sister Eudora Even though Eudora has sadly passed away, Ellice s mother continues to compare Ellice unfavourably, never letting her forget that she is a huge disappointment her behaviour and deportment are not as good as Eudora s and while there would have been no problem finding her beautiful sister a husband, Ellice s plain brown hair and brown eyes will make it muchdifficult to attract an eligible suitor.Ellice is obviously tired of her mother s strictures, but finds herself obeying them because it s too difficult and would cause too much of an uproar to attempt to go against them But she rebels in secret, having penned a scandalous erotic novel entitled The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela, in which the eponymous heroine details many varied sexual encounters and the course of her relationship with the love of her life.Now, this was something I found very difficult to credit that a well born virgin in the 1870s could possibly have gained enough knowledge from reading Tom Jones, Fanny Hill and listening to servants gossip to have written erotica that was not only anatomically accurate, but which people who were sexually experienced could find arousing and which could cause the hero to decide that Ellice can t possibly be a virgin It s obvious that Ellice has a very passionate nature and is naturally curious about the whole business of what goes on in the bedroom, and it s stated often that she has a very vivid imagination But I still can t believe that a young woman brought up under the strict social and moral s of the Victorian era could have come up with such a thing almost entirely from her imagination The Victorians were prudes when it came to young women of the upper classes, and while it s an undisputed fact that prostitution was rife at this period, the double standards applied to the women men married and the ones they used for sex were massive women in the former category were sheltered and kept in a state of ignorance when it came to matters of sexuality I ve always thought erotica must be challenging to write well, even for people who know what they re writing, and the idea that a virgin could conjure up those ideas and,importantly, describe the feelings experienced during sex just didn t wash for me.Ross Forster, Earl of Glasden, is an upright, rather stuffy young man who is doing his best to restore his family name and pull it up from beneath the huge pile of scandal heaped upon it as a result of his father s reputation as a man who would shag anything in a skirt Determined not to fall prey to his passions in the manner his father did, Ross has worked diligently to restore his family s fortune and now spends most of his time overseeing his massive estates, and campaigning for his election as Representative Peer Obviously, he s never heard the expression about all work and no play His initial meeting with Ellice she had attempted to stow away in his carriage with the intention of escaping her mother and taking her book to Edinburgh for publication is an inauspicious one, and one, I confess that tempted me to throw my Kindle at the wall Their verbal sparring isn t so much banter as it was a series of unending questions and evasion that became irritating very quickly I realise that deflecting unwanted questions by askingquestions is a character trait for both Ellice and Ross, but that exchange made me want to spit Another issue I had with the storyline was when Ross insists on trying to prevent publication of Ellice s book because of the fact he bears a resemblance to the hero, and that anyone reading it would immediately assume it was based on a real love affair between him and Ellice It s not that I wondered at his attitude given his circumstances it s because a the idea of Ellice publishing the book under her own name didn t make sense it would have ruined her socially, and b details of the hero s appearance could be easily altered.In spite of my criticisms, I didn t dislike the book After suspending my disbelief at Ellice s ability to write an erotic novel, I found her to be an engaging heroine who just wanted to live her own life and to be able to express herself on her own terms She s clever, funny and one of those people who, on finding what she wants, throws herself into it headlong, even though that may not perhaps be the wisest course I liked that she isn t missish or backward about letting Ross know she desires him and that s she s not afraid to challenge his behaviour towards her.When he isn t acting as though he has a poker up his arse, Ross is considerate and has an attractive, playful side that is quite delightful, but he doesn t do himself any favours when he prejudges Ellice at the beginning of the story, and again later, when he abruptly and hurtfully distances himself from her.The book is well written and paced for the most part, although I was frustrated by those sections in which Ellice drifted off and began to think in terms of how her heroine would act in this or that situation, and began basically to write in her head, because it disturbed the flow It s not an infrequently used device, and with the longer passages, I confess I was tempted to skip them because I wanted to get back to the actual story.The hero and heroine are strongly characterised, and I enjoyed the way the author revealed the similarities between them gradually as their relationship developed I m a fan of compromised into marriage plots, and that aspect of the novel was nicely done.Overall, The Virgin of Clan Sinclair passed the time enjoyably, and anyone who has read the other books in the trilogy probably won t want to miss it If you re new to the series, perhaps it isn t the best way to make the acquaintance of the Clan Sinclair. The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is one of the most light hearted offerings I ve read by Ranney and I loved it With the characters the way they were, it made sense for the book to have a sweeter, less angsty feel.Ellice is a woman living with her sister in law, belittled by her mother, and bullied by her housekeeper To most, she is a simple waif with few opinions of her own In her private fantasies, however, she is a vivid dreamer with a taste for erotic romance and drama all of which she either plays through in her head or writes in a manuscript While some readers were skeptical of how Ellice would come up with the erotic fantasies that she did, because I was forewarned going in, it didn t bother me I think some people are born with a knack for writing erotic literature and with Ellice being observant and a voracious reader, I decided that she was one of those rare gifted people and rolled with it Ross was a nice foil to Ellice s dreamer Ross was desperately trying to resurrect his family s good name after his father dragged it through the mud with his profligate ways Where Ellice is dramatic, whimsical, and innocent, Ross is somber, practical, and jaded Despite their differences, the two cannot keep their hands off each other and by coming together, they mellow each other.The story is slower in pace and there is no villain, but I really enjoyed it Some of Ellice s daydreams were silly, but for the most part fun to read I loved reading about the mystical Huntley, Ross home, and about Castle Drumvagen, Ellice s home before she married This story had a fairytale feel to it, with Ellice being somewhat of an ugly duckling who turned into a swan once she found love Ross saw who she truly was from the beginning and their chemistry flew off the pages Despite Ellice s erotic imaginings, there weren t many sex scenes Instead, the story focused on a slow building of a relationship through tough experiences, conversation, and everyday life.This story, bless Karen Ranney, also came with a nice epilogue I love when stories have epilogues It is a sweet finish to a story and really nails home that the lead characters got their happily ever after Ranney delivers here.Overall, I really enjoyed this one There was some silliness in Ellice s imaginings, but for the most part, the characters acted like adults, talked to each other, and chose not to deny their feelings An enjoyable read As a note, this book could be read stand alone I ve not read the other books in this series, but I found this wonderful anyway. It s official, Karen Ranney has been Avonized Well, it s probably been official for a while but her earlier work has some sentimental value for me so I was in denial.If you want some harmless fluff that feels like it s been written in a week according to a formula many historical romance authors generously share with each other, look no further This fits the bill If you were looking for a meaty book with 3 dimensional characters and an actual plot, read this author s earlier books Or run far away Your choice. Posted on Les Romantiques Le forum du siteReviewed by RinouReview Copy from the PublisherThe virgin of clan Sinclair is the third book in the Clan Sinclair series For me who for a change read the three books in the order, the interest decreased as one goes along with my readings.When Ellice learns that her mother has decided to find her a husband, she decides to run away and hides in the carriage of a visitor Unfortunately a storm prevents the travel to be made, and she s discovered and her scandalous manuscript is read by said visitor Ross is aroused by the young woman s writings, and he has troubles to fight the attraction he feels towards the one who doesn t fit what he wants in a wife.Ellice is the sister in law of Virginia, the heroine of the first book She s discreet, almost retiring, and full of dreams I liked how she reveals herself through contact with Ross However I had troubles believing a young woman from this period with a strict upbringing could write a steamy book, even with an overflowing imagination.Ross is very attentive not to be anything like his father who was a womanizer, and so at times looks a bit uptight I didn t like how he blows hot and cold with the heroine, even if he reproaches himself for it afterward I don t like heroes who realize they did wrong but don t react nor apologize He also has preconceptions about her based on what he read, but in view of the period I can t be annoyed with him for it.Except the first two books of the series, all the novels I read from Karen Ranney gave me the same feeling lengthy parts with a too slow rhythm Here the rhythm is slowed downby the numerous parts where Ellice, often during a conversation, imagines what the heroine of her book would have done in the same situation Some of these passages can be funny, but most of the time I just wanted to skip them to come back to the main characters.What s , I had troubles believing in their love I feltlike Ellice transposed her feelings for the hero of her book on Ross, and that Ross changed his mind overnight Fortunately the epilogue, which takes place one year later, allows the reader to see the feelings are real.This series finishes for me with a disappointment, when I liked a lot the previous books I think I must resign myself, apart from rare exceptions, this author isn t for me. This was a very fun book to read I really liked both Ellice and Ross Ellice has spent the last several years pretty much under the thumb of her mother Nothing that she does is right, and she is constantly being compared to her dead older sister She finds it easier to just go along with what her mother wants in public, but in private it s a whole different story Ellice has a pretty vivid imagination and has been writing a novel that is highly erotic When her mother decides it s time to find Ellice a husband Ellice decides to run off to her friend who is a publisher and get her book published She tries hiding in a visitor s coach, but is discovered before she can get anywhere.Ross had stopped for a visit just to see what had been done with the house that his profligate father had started to build He has spent the five years since his father s death trying to repair the reputation of his family When he meets Ellice and discovers that she is the author of the scandalous manuscript he found in his coach he is horrified He is also intrigued He can t believe that an innocent young woman is capable of such writing, and is sure that she is writing from personal experience Though he is determined to stay away from her, fate has other ideas.I loved the interactions between Ellice and Ross When she s away from her mother, Ellice has a pretty sharp tongue and doesn t seem to be afraid to use it She frequently comes out ahead in the confrontations she has with Ross She s also very intelligent and observant When a storm keeps Ross from leaving immediately, they are thrown together by their efforts to help protect the local people from flooding They discover that there is an attraction between them that occasionally gets the better of them One of those occasions is witnessed by her mother and forces them to marry Ross has very definite ideas on what kind of behavior he will accept, but Ellice isn t going to give up everything that s important to her just because of it I loved the contract she came up with.Once they re married Ross discovers that his preconceptions were all wrong and finds himself evenfascinated and captivated by his wife Things are going well as they spend time getting to know each other Ross finds that there is muchto Ellice than he had expected and isanddistracted by her This comes to a screeching halt when he fears that he is becominglike his father and he suddenly pulls away from her This leaves Ellice feeling that she s done something terribly wrong I liked the way that she only put up with it for so long before standing up for herself and what she wanted Ross also has to face his own past and decide what isimportant to him, his family s reputation or Ellice I loved his aha moment, and his gift to her later on.I enjoyed the parts that the secondary characters played I detested Ellice s mom and her attitude toward Ellice, though she had her use for the story I was really rooting for Ellice to let her have it at some point, and loved seeing it when it happened Ross s mother didn t have a huge part, but I enjoyed her when she appeared I wasn t sure at the end if she was really as odd as she appeared, or if it was just a useful cover I suspect the latter I loved seeing the previous two couples in their current happy marriages There was some stress between Virginia and her husband at the end, and her way of fixing it was fun to watch. This has to be the most lighthearted Karen Ranney book I have ever read Usually when I pick up a Karen Ranney book, I expect anguish and heart wretching drama with a happy ending This book was so different and so refreshing I love it when an author changes things up and surprises me Ellice was wonderful I laughed out loud at her inner musings and additions to her writings And Ross, sigh I love a man fighting his own feelings and managing them The secondary characters were pretty much familiar if you read the other books with the exception of Ross mother, who was a delightful addition to the cast I also loved the fact that there was an epilogue Too often lately I have read a series that ends without one and I really like to see the ever after I would highly recommend this entire series This was a really fun series I loved all the strong heroines and seeing them get their men I am sad that this series is over, I want to find outabout them and their futures together Great series Ellice has devoted hard work and dedication to writing a book, and one of asensual nature, and is determined to see that it is published When her mother informs her that she would like to start seeing her set about in Scotland s Society, she is determined to escape, anything from marrying someone she doesn t love She she hides in a carriage, hoping that its heading for Edinburgh, but then the handsome stranger, he decides to stay overnight, because of a horrid storm front approaching So she finds herself with cobwebs in her hair, and trying to escape unnoticed, when Ross shows up right in front of her, demanding to know who she is thinking she is some servant making mischief, when she is the sister of the Macrath Sinclair Both Ross and Ellice end up working together to save a village when its about to flood, and passions ignite, and desire flames between them, and when a scandal threatens, will Ross and Ellice be able to give into the love that is waiting just around the corner for them to grasp and take hold the Virgin Of Clan Sinclair is the third book in this Clan Sinclair series, and its probably my favorite book Oh boy did I adore this one, I stayed up super late last night, so I could finish it, and its been a while since a story has done that for me There was just so many things I loved about this installment, and I just hope that I can cover everything without spoiling the story too much for you folks So this heroine, Ellice, she has spunk What didn t I love about her nothing, I adored her character, and the personality that is just so heartwarming and infectious and utterly captivating She is exactly what you are looking for in a solid heroine character Ellice has a creative side, and despite writing a sensual work of art, she is a virgin and has zero experience when it comes to making love However she does have quite a imagination, and I loved how this author added a few snippets that were so addicting that I just wantedEllice knows that she won t settle for anything less than passion and love She sees what her brother has and craves it for herself She is very independent, sweet, and fun loving Now the Scot, who wears a kilt at times, and takes up the steam level a few notches He is sensuality personified He is alpha, likes to be obeyed, and refuses to answer questions unless he wants to I loved how determined he is, and I wouldn t mind having this man at my side any day of the year.Their relationship was fun and playful at times, and others very intense I loved the variations in the story that just kept me engaged, and at the same time keeping me flipping through those pages as soon as I had read them The story just came alive with stunning scenes, heart wrenching characters, and a story that stole my breath and tugged at those heart strings Emotionally riveting from beginning to end, a romance that I never wanted to end A enticing mixture of passion, witty humor, and adventure SIMPLY MAGICAL I just dare you to pick this one up and NOT adore it Received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review My review contains spoilers and they re mostly my thoughts as I went with the book for , visit Punya ReviewsThe Virgin of Clan Sinclair, book 3 and the final installment of Karen Ranney s Clan Sinclair series wasof a letdown for me Even though I liked reading this as a part of the series and revisiting the other couples and secondary characters, the dynamics of the main characters, h Ellice and H Ross left much to be desired I ll just get down to my review to try to explain why I felt that way.Ellice is the daughter and sister of the deceased Earls of Barrett She s the youngest of her siblings Sadly, in the course of the first book, The Devil of Clan Sinclair, she loses her elder sister Eudora to an epidemic of smallpox Her brother, Lawrence had already died by then, leaving her the then SIL, Virginia in a dilemma I never liked Virginia, so will not go into the details but she goes to find happiness with a man she d loved before marrying Lawrence Macrath Sinclair, a handsome Scottish inventor The dilemma of begetting an heir to the earldom left Virginia with a lot of trouble with Macrath, yet there was no apparent solution Ellice and Enid would ve been poor and dependent on the mercy of relatives had Virginia have not taken them in Though Macrath started out very humbly, his brilliance, determination and skills, together with his invention of the ice machine made him very rich His family already consisted of his two sisters, Mairi and Ceana and an orphaned cousin, Fenella Taking in twovery distant relatives wouldn t have been that big of a deal for him And he would ve done anything for his Virginia which is how Ellice comes to find a home at Drumvagen.We meet both Mairi and Ceana in book 1 Ceana marries and moves away with her husband The last I heard of her, she was pregnant She was mentioned in book 2, The Witch of Clan Sinclair, a few times and was said to have had a girl Apart from that I never felt that she was a part of the whole series Not sure why she never made an appearance ever again Fenella wasof a strong recurring character in both book 1 and 2 In book 2, hers was the secondary romance with Mairi s pressman, Allan She has since gotten married to him, still living in Edinburgh and now expecting their first child Mairi s life revolved around her press and the newspaper, The Edinburgh Gazette for as long as she can remember Her father was a pressman too When Macrath got busy with his own ideas, he gladly left the responsibility of the press and its broadsides to Mairi She, the strong and stubborn h of book 2, thought she d be happy this way, being a spinster, printing broadsides, hiding behind mask of stoicism, which was also fashioned to forget her own heartbreak of a failed relationship But that was until she meets the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the big and sexy Logan Harrison And the rest is rather I d say with flourish a crazy, messy, yet glorious history You gotta read their story because Mairi and Logan s relationship was so entertaining This one starts out some years after book 1 and 2 Ellice is still living in Drumvagen with her mother She has always been portrayed as an introvert who doesn t really speak until spoken to Even though Macrath and Virginia have been kind to them, Ellice still feels lonely to the core Then there s her ever critical mother s pinching comments about how she s not what a Lady should be or how she s too impetuous one of the reasons why she gives the air of a vacuous nature because she had been scolded for her curiosity since she was little The best one has to be the comparison between beautiful and elegant Eudora and her poor plain self This kinda verbal assault takes toll on one s psyche and self esteem Ellice believes in every single negative thing that has been repeated throughout her life To drive away the misery, Ellice drowns herself in an imaginary world She loves writing stories And in that body beats a passionate heart that seeks to be free She sees Macrath Virginia or Mairi Logan, feels envious of their loving and passionate relationship Ellice craves it for herself but somehow she knows she d never really win a Prince Charming of her own So she gives all her passion to her erotic writings, the main character being Lady Pamela, someone who is nothing like her Lady Pamela is tall, elegant, red haired and green eyed She s very beautiful and sophisticated, and decidedly a non virgin Then there s this Scotsman called Donald who s her ardent admirer, someone who seeks to win her heart Donald is tall and handsome with dark hair and stormy gray eyes.One day, while she was sneaking out to a cottage away from Drumvagen to have a bit of her own time and do some writing, Ellice comes across this stranger talking to Macrath Though she couldn t see his face because his back was turned, she s is enchanted by his voice But then, a plan forms She notes that the stranger is leaving for Edinburgh Just now, Enid had made it clear that Ellice should marry and soon, all because of her insane and petty competition with Brianag, the housekeeper, who boasted that her own granddaughter just got engaged to be married Ellice has no intention to be forced into it She wants to reach Mairi somehow I d like to mention here that Ellice is a fan of Mairi s strong personality and her accomplishments as a voice for women s rights Ellice wants Mairi to read her manuscript, publish it so that she has some means of her own A very farfetched plan, but that s what she intends to do to escape her mother I thought the whole plan of hiding in a stranger s carriage was plain idiotic which it was cause she gets stuck there for a long time The man in question, Ross Forster, the Earl of Gadsden, was just passing by He stopped at Drumvagen to take a look This was supposed to be his home one day, as his father, the deceased Earl was building it After he left it incomplete, Macrath bought it and made it his home Ross has no ties to this big house, yet he felt compelled to stay He finds no fault in Macrath s hospitality, though unfortunately, he lets Ross know that Virginia is very near her third pregnancy and can t meet him at the moment When the volatile Scottish weather strikes, Ross finds himself without any option At nightfall, he decides not to bother his groom and goes to his carriage to fetch his bag from his carriage and that is how he meets this beautiful girl with brown hair and beguiling dark eyes She doesn t tell him her name but at length, Ross figures out that she s one of Macrath s relatives.Ross s life has been nothing like a privileged Earl s only heir should have had Ross s father was a notorious womanizer, so much so, the tales of his debauchery and wild escapades have put the whole family s good name in utter shambles Ross is ashamed of the man but there s another big reason why he s hates him Ross is also very, very determined to return that reputation, hence, apart from a few discreet liaisons, he d lived the life of a monk Then there was the time when he got married to a sweet and innocent girl, a suitable wife by all means The thought brings back a very painful memory laden with hurt and betrayal Though Ross thought he was in love with his now deceased wife and her goodness and beauty, nowadays, amature man, he knows it wasn t really love Besides she did run away with his father Ross s father never really cared for his mother, a fact that needles him still Of course, he never bothered with fidelity Janet is still an elegant lady with regal bearing She s also a gentlewoman who was in love with her husband The bitter memories of what were done and how they both died in an accident sometimes after their elopement has done nothing to improve Ross s life He doesn t really believe in love any and definitely wouldn t trust anyone with it if the question ever arises in future.As they return to the house, news comes that Virginia has gone into a very difficult labor You can imagine the state of Macrath s mind Everyone is scared for Virginia s life and a dark shadow falls over the entire house The weather doesn t improve, and because of the incessant rain, flash flood threatens the village Ross is still stuck here and none too happy about it either Without anything to do, Ross turns to the manuscript he has found in his carriage, that obviously the girl left in a hurry to evade him And what he finds in it, oh boy It starts giving him all sorts of feelings, most of it in his nether region p He can t believe that that innocent looking girl wrote these vivid, descriptive erotic scenes But what strikes Ross the most is that the hero looks exactly like him, and that the house described sounds like his own home, Huntly Ross decides that he needs to confront her about it.As the flood threatens, the villagers are in immediate need of help Since Macrath is unable to concentrate on anything but Virginia s state it s been 2 3 days at that point , Ellice becomes concerned When she s pondering what to do, Ross steps in to help And why won t he Ross has been managing his thousands affairs related to the Earldom, including Huntly, all by himself and very efficiently if I might add, unlike his father ever had Together they work to build a makeshift dam One thing leads to another, and before you know it, they find themselves alone and kissing like the two crazies p Though Macrath finds them together in a faraway gazebo, he doesn t say anything But Ellice is hurt to know that Ross knows about her little secret, and suspects she s no virgin She leaves with a promise to avoid Ross but unfortunately, when you re so attracted to a man, who, it seems, has been conjured up from your deepest desires, how can you ignore him when he s around Worst of all, when, now you know how his kisses taste like Ellice didn t think she can really stay away, yet she knows heartbreak is written all over it.Avoiding Ellice would ve suited Ross just fine but sadly, for him too it s impossible He still needs an heir, so he knows he ll have to marry sometimes in the future, but Ross doesn t want to think of it at this moment Yet now, this charming girl seems to be threatening his sanity and peaceful existence with her innocent stares and curious questions And even though he still believes she s no virgin, Ross can t deny the strong pull between them The hurt of past betrayal just won t let him be When he later confronts Ellice about her book, she stubbornly tells him that she s going to publish it no matter what But to Ross, it s a recipe for his downfall When the public get hold of these tales, they d easily identify him in it Together with his father s reputation, Ross can kiss his ambition for pursuing politics goodbye The election is near and Ross can t risk it Well, wasn t that odd Even though I understood Ross s overly cautious state of mind about such things, I still thought it was a bit over the top for him to think that people would readily identify him in Donald Even Ellice mentions that point, though fails to convince Ross.Gradually, others get to know about Ellice s book as she seeks out help from Virginia, who has been recuperating from that hellish birthing though, I m sure, the face of her little Carlton made it all worthwhile Ross and Ellice are in a standstill about the publication of this erotic novel Both are stubborn but Ellice is just desperate to escape here and live her own life Yes, she wants Ross for herself but hasn t the point already been proved moot, that she can never have him in her life the way she dreams of at night For poor Ellice, a sweeping love affair doesn t happen When they, again, are caught kissing each other s face off oh, the irony , this time by none other than Enid, a marriage is imminent Ellice never wanted things this way, yet she gives in one, because of her mother s commands and two, of course, any kind of bond with Ross is good enough for her That girl was just starving for love and acceptance, and as I said, Ross was like her dream lover come true What annoyed the hell outta me was that Ross goes into this marriage still believing Ellice is not a virgin I don t know how he could be such a douche He seemed very adamant to believe the worse about his union with her Ross keeps thinking that the healthy dose of lust he feels for her would be enough get that heir, right SMH After they marry, with Ellice s thoughts all scattered, they journey to Ross s estate with Enid Both mother and daughter are dumbfounded to find how huge Huntly is, something none of them ever seen, or even expected It gave Ellice some idea of how rich her new husband is Truth be told, instead of rubbing her hands with glee, Ellice finds herself flabbergasted, afraid that she d never be a Countess worthy of the Forster name, that low was her self esteem Unfortunately, Ross wasn t doing much to help her either His first plan was to see if she s pregnant before he consummates the marriage I was like WTF dude Stop being so obtuseBut he doesn t tell Ellice anything, instead ignores the wedding night, again hurting her Ellice though, makes it her mission to confront Ross, telling him that what she thinks of her is wrong She s a definite hussy for him, and quite gladly, but no other man has ever fueled her imagination the way he does And that, Ross finds most unexpected Then I begin to realize that though he s touted for his good looks, Ross also has some self esteem issues, reasons you can only guess He just can t seem to come to terms with the fact that this girl is so head over heels for him This does egg on their consummation process wink in Ross s huge library no less.For a while, they go at it like the bunnies, making Ellice the happiest hussy in the whole planet no kidding p But then, Ross begins feeling the familiar twinges on the left side of his chest He identifies it too Love He s falling in love with his wife And that doesn t sit well with the man He wouldn t trust his heart with anyone, not even Ellice, no matter how much she tempts him One day, after discovering Ellice s writing about their time together, with the same vivid descriptions and her emotions all over the page, Ross decides it s time to regroup He stomps away to discourage that sort of affinity, vowing to ignore his wife for the best whatever the hell that means eyeroll Darn, I was SO annoyed at him It was overly frustrating the way he d just start ignoring Ellice when he thought she s somehow threatening his peace of mind Worse is, it wasn t even her fault That girl was already in love with her husband So when Ross begins ignoring her, again, Ellice s world quite comes crashing down on her She doesn t know why he s doing this, hell she can t even find him anywhere in this behemoth like house to confront The coward has run off to London to attend business matters Yah, right Another thing I found increasingly wearisome was Ellice daydreaming, as if she s still living in her imaginary world, especially when it came to her relationship with Ross What Lady Pamela would ve done in this situation or said to Donald She d imagine lines and scenes too I wasn t sure what to think of it but TBH, I didn t like it All their frustrating encounters also, at times, made me think that they don t really belong to each other.The third annoying thing would be the author s vain attempts of trying to make Virginia look like a saint throughout the story Am I suppose to forget how she betrayed Macrath in book 1 and hurt him over and over again to help Ellice and Enid And after he took them in is when she agreed to marry him, not once before that I don t think I can, sorry.Fortunately for Ellice, she found a true friend in her MIL Janet from the moment she stepped inside Huntly Janet seemed truly happy to see Ross remarry and in acquiring a daughter I really liked this woman and felt so sad the way she was mistreated by her abominable husband There is a scene between her and Ellice where, after Ross s abandonment, they sat together at her own house a wing of the mansion , contemplating on her own marriage Janet imparts some words of wisdom born of experience, though Ellice doesn t understand how she can forgive her husband after a betrayal of that kind But right now, the most important thing for her is to do something about this situation she s in Ellice means to win her husband back and for that, she goes to Drumvagen to talk to Virginia about this plan that began forming all of a sudden.When Ross returns, to find an empty house without Ellice, he just runs to Drumvagen I believe he had the scare of his life, believing she left him OMG, I LOVED it cause the idiot needed that jolting to see the truth and face his fears, because for the better or the worse, he s in love with her and there s no turning back It was quite entertaining when they profess their love to one another, Lady Pamela and Donald not shadowing Ellice s mind for once, for this time, she has won her straying Prince Charming back DThe epilogue was about a family get together and some updates on Virginia Macrath and Mairi Logan still the best I absolutely loved these last few chapters Wish I could say the same for the rest 3.5 stars.

I m a writer who s been privileged to have attained the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists Although I ve primarily written historical romance, I ve also written contemporary romantic suspense, a murder mystery, and I m having a wonderful time writing about a vampire who is being challenged by her new state of being The Montgomery Chronicles The Fertile Vampire and The Reluctant Godd

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Virgin of Clan Sinclair
  • Karen Ranney
  • English
  • 11 August 2019
  • 9780062242495

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