Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Devil of Clan Sinclair Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for The Devil of Clan Sinclair book tour! I have a review and an excerpt coming up, as well as a giveaway for another Karen Ranney book. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

The Devil of Clan Sinclair (Clan Sinclair, #1)
Release date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Clan Sinclair #1

The first in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's brand new Clan Sinclair series. It's true love in the Scottish highlands.

Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, is in dire straights... Lawrence Traylor's death left his family in a desperate situation. He'd spent his wife's fortune on property that became entailed, passing to his cousin. If Virginia could have an heir before the allotted time was up, the title would remain in the family, but more important they'd have the income from the farms belonging to the estate. Only one problem: Lawrence had never wanted to bed his wife. Who would play surrogate husband?

Enter Macrath Sinclair, the self-made Scottish millionaire and the man with whom Virginia had fallen in love before her father chose Lawrence as her husband. Virginia travels to Scotland, becomes pregnant, and gives birth to a boy - who is promptly stolen by Macrath when he realizes he's become a father.

Virginia travels to Scotland in a desperate attempt to get Macrath to see reason. He must relinquish his son. The world sees the child as the 11th Earl of Barrett.

Another problem: Macrath isn't going to give up his son, and he wasn't all that happy about
letting Virginia go, either.

Can they put asside their differences and make their new family work?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Super sweet and lovely romance! The Devil of Clan Sinclair was a wonderful historical romance. It was sweet, steamy, and a fantastic read. Loved it!

Virginia was a good heroine. On one hand, I really liked that she was a strong character, in that she was so determined to take care of her family. And, for the most part, she was a likable heroine. But, sometimes, I just got so frustrated with her. For example, it was unfair of her that, when she knew Macrath had been in love with her, she went to him to get pregnant. Didn't she consider that it would be like pouring salt on a wound, since she was planning to leave him? And, also, how she expected Macrath to just give up his child. In the beginning, it was wrong of her to hide his son from him. That wasn't fair. Then, I don't understand how she expected Macrath to give his son up. She knew that he was the kind of honorable, loving man who would never abandon his child. And she loved him for that. So, why did she expect him to do the opposite of his nature? It was frustrating. But, though I did get annoyed with her, it wasn't enough to make me dislike her. I still thought she was a lovely heroine. I just wanted to shake some sense into her a few times.

Macrath was perfect. I had absolutely no complaints about him. He was so sweet and wonderful and adorable. He literally had no flaws. He was amazing and I adored him.

The romance was sweet and steamy. Despite their first relationship having been torn apart by Virginia's forced marriage, they were still in love with each other. I thought it was so sweet that, after a year, they were still totally in love. And, there was a ton of chemistry between them. Made even more intense by their time apart. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story. It was so sweet. And the ending was wonderful. It definitely left a smile of my face when I finished the book.

The Devil of Clan Sinclair was a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and lovely and just brilliant! Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out. 

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

“Why have you come, Virginia?” he asked.

“I want to know what love is like between a man and a woman. Not simply what it felt like to be a frightened miss alone with an angry husband.”

“Was he angry?” he asked.

“It seemed so.” When he didn’t speak, she said, “He took my virtue, Macrath, not my heart. Never my heart.”

He pulled her close slowly, so slowly she might have turned her head or escaped from him easily. She didn’t, only tilted back her head, praying for a kiss.

Softly, he placed his lips on hers. A kiss to reacquaint, an expression of remembrance, and a silent hello, one that didn’t prepare her for the surge of feeling.

The kiss deepened, becoming something she’d never felt, as if their combined need created a maelstrom between them. She was left gasping for breath, but when he would’ve pulled away, she gripped his shirt with both hands and pulled him back to her.

“Teach me,” she whispered. Before the words had totally left her lips, she was airborne, caught up in his arms.

She hadn’t expected this. She’d thought they might escape to his room or her lovely chamber, tiptoeing through this magnificent home like thieves. She’d never thought he would brazenly carry her through the corridors like a drunken bridegroom.

She closed her eyes, hoping none of his servants saw them. Hoping, too, if they did, she didn’t see them.

Her hands still clutched his shirt and she couldn’t release them. Where their bodies touched there was such heat she was warned. This night would not be like her wedding night.

When dawn broke, she wouldn’t be the same woman.
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About the Author:

Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved that she wasn't that shy after all. Yet she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas, and loves to hear from her readers at

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  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. This sounds like an interesting one to read. A little frightening that he steals her son away, but still. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great review and excerpt. I can't wait to read the book.

  4. Love the excerpt! Karen, how do you go about researching before writing your books? Thank you! :)

  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!

  6. I've enjoyed Karen's books before, I can't wait to read this one too! :)

  7. Hi Karen! Love your books, they're always good reads and they awesome covers. Do you have any say in them?

  8. Like the expert real cool cover looks amazing to.

  9. Awesome excerpt! Thanks for this hop

  10. Enjoy stories that take place in Scotland. I'm a sucker for a Scottish accent. I can just hear the accent in the stories. Can't wait to read this.

  11. It's a great read. And the whole situation with her son is different than you might be thinking, but that's what makes it so fun to read. Thanks for visiting :)

  12. Thanks for visiting and good luck on the giveaway :)

  13. Scottish accents are definitely wonderful. Their what made Highland romances one of my favorite romance genres. Thanks for visiting :)