Book Review of The Scottish Companion

The Scottish Companion
The Scottish Companion
Author: Karen Ranney
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5


I didn't much care for this book overall. I thought the plot was almost ridiculously predictable; I knew immediately the "blood disease" was poisoning - even before it's revealed that Grant suspects this. I think I knew in the first few chapters who the culprit was, and by the time the reasons behind it are revealed, I really didn't care. There were no surprises here, and nobody in this story whose actions were truly admirable, which made them exceedingly hard to identify with and care about.

I read some good reviews on this book before I bought it, but ultimately failed to see what the hype was all about. The scientific aspects of the story were certainly an interesting sideline, but couldn't really do much to carry a boring and predictable plot. The romance was only just acceptable. There is some good tension building between the hero & heroine, and the love scenes were steamy enough, but I think the author's attempt to portray a friendship between Grant and Gillian before they become lovers was mostly a failure; their relationship was very sexually charged from the beginning, and I didn't get the impression that they would have spent much time together as friends, had they not had a keen sexual interest in each other. That being said, it didn't make much sense for them to continually seek each other out, given that they both had very good reasons to avoid each other altogether. I think the story could have benefited greatly from more external forces that constantly threw them together while they were developing an emotional bond, rather than have them constantly behaving in ways that were apparently against their will, and before they had developed that bond.

Grade: C-
Sensuality Rating: R