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Subject: Karen Ranney - Scottish Companion
Date Posted: 1/11/2010 7:28 AM ET
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Does it get better? I'm honestly a bit dissillusioned with KR these days. I LOVED Till Next We Meet - thought Tapestry was good but not the masterpiece I had expected based upon reviews - After the Kiss was just okay for me. Well - now The Scottish Companion seemed to have lots of promise - love the plot idea however its just falling flat for me. I'm about 100 pages in. Tell me it gets alot better and I'll stick with it :-)

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:22 AM ET
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That one is one of my very least favorite Ranney books, so I'd be the wrong one to look to for hope.  The most positive thing I can say about it is it's not as bad as Upon a Wicked Time, but then again, few things are.  Even a lobotomy would be an improvement over that one:P  I liked the premise of Scottish Companion ok.  It's not my favorite thing to have the hero engaged to someone else & then spend the book working through how he's going to dump her so he can be with the heroine.  The way Ranney did it in this one was just sloppy, IMO.  I liked the idea of the H&H finding they had things in common & making friends first before falling in love, but the reality of it was that she really didn't do it that way.  There's all of this flaming sexual attraction between an H&H who are intelligent people with good reason to avoid each other, under the circumstances, so them constantly ending up alone together - on purpose - really didn't make sense.  I think I maybe gave it two stars.  And that, more for the dumb mystery plot than the romance.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 1:13 PM ET
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I'm pretty disillusioned too. I love the hero-supposed-to-marry-someone-else premise, but thouht that book was pretty bad.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 3:20 PM ET
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I actually wondered earlier if you had said you liked that one or not, Willa.  Was it Autumn in Scotland you liked & I didn't?  I can't remember.  Tapestry isn't an epic pic for me either, but it is a very emotional story.  My favorite is My Beloved.  I bawled like a baby.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 5:28 PM ET
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Huh, I actually gave it 3 stars so I guess I liked it better than I remembered. The last few Ranneys I've read have all been so dull, perhaps that's coloring my memory of the previous onces.  Definitely didn't like Autumn in Scotland.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 6:09 PM ET
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Kim, I am the one who loved Autumn in Scotland.  I thought that Tapestry was sorta Eh!.  I gave Till Next We Meet two stars.  Yawn.  Ranney is pretty hit or miss for me.  I like the four books that include To Love a Scottish Lord as my favorite KR. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:05 PM ET
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Okay - I'm giving up on Scottish Companion lol! I have The Devil Wears Tartan but I might just wait a while on that one. So far the only Ranney that really has me excited is Till Next We Meet.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:09 PM ET
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Till Next We Meet didn't do much for me either.  Several people who I usually agree with liked it, but the heroine really got on my nerves.  It's another one I should read again & see how I feel about now though.  The Highland Lords series weren't my very favorite KR stuff, but as a series, it's better than a lot of others like it.  I mentioned Upon a Wicked Time because when I checked her website about Sold to a Laird (which is on the way to me now), I noticed it had been re-released.  That book is the Debbil, y'all.  I'm not kidding.  Massive jerk hero, doormat heroine.  Ugh.  I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick.  MY True Love - sequel to My Beloved - is also a good one, but this is coming from the person whose #2 favorite KR book is After the Kiss, so take it for whatever it's worth.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 2:15 PM ET
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I have never read My Beloved so I guess I need to try that one.  I think I had it on my TBR pile and already swapped it in a BOB.  I just got After the Kiss so after I get over my Carolyn Davidson kick I will read it.