Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
Once the ton’s most notorious rake, Dalton MacIain has returned from his expedition to America during the Civil War— wounded and a changed man. Instead of returning to his old haunts, he now spends his time at home. But Dalton’s peace is disturbed when Minerva Todd barges into his London townhouse, insisting he help search for her missing brother Neville. Though Dalton would love to spend more time with the bewitching beauty, he has no interest in finding Neville, whom he blames for his injury.
Minerva has never met a more infuriating man than the Earl of Rathsmere, yet she is intrigued by the torrid rumors she has heard about him . . . and the fierce attraction pulling her toward him. Dalton does not count on Minerva’s persistence, or the desire she awakens in him, compelling him to discover her brother’s fate. But when danger surrounds them, Dalton fears he will lose the tantalizing, thoroughly unpredictable woman he has come to love.
A wonderful story featuring a strong willed woman and scarred rake who never intended to be titled. I love the dynamics of this couple, the slow buildup to romance and the mystery and intrigue that surrounds these two, creating a historical romance not to be missed.
Minerva Todd is a woman who enjoys her freedom and is not interested in marriage. She is enthralled with Scottish archeology and visits there often, looking for relics. When she finds out her brother Neville is missing, she goes to the last known person to have seen him alive wanting answers.
The Earl of Rathsmere, also known as Dalton MacIain recently inherited the title after his brother died. He never thought this would happen and was a rakish, wild man about London in his early years. On a whim he and several others traveled to America to help fight in the Civil War, while there he was shot and wounded by someone he trusted and he came home a broken man.
When Minerva pushes her way into his home seeking answers, he is intrigued and wants to know more about her. Although he finds her pushy and unnerving, he eventually hires her to work for him because of her honesty and amazingly, he trusts her. The two are pulled into a dangerous situation while they find answers to several questions and must work together before it is too late.
This is an extremely enjoyable historical romance. Dalton and Minerva’s banter back and forth is engaging and truly made me smile. There is also intrigue and mystery that kept me turning the pages until the end.
I love Minerva, she is scrappy and fun and I laughed at several of her antics when she was trying to get the attention of Dalton. She wears pants on many of her outings and speaks her mind. While she feels bad about his injuries, she is anxious about her brother and is only interested in the facts of Dalton’s stay in America. They butt heads at every turn and their conversations are hilarious.
We meet Dalton after he has turned a new chapter in his life, he misses his brother Arthur, is sorry about how he acted before he left for the war in America and feels he deserves the punishment he is taking now. However that still does not mean he wants to talk to Minerva about her brother and his ordeal overseas, yet he can’t seem to shake her, and then he hires her.
The pace of the story works well, things start out slowly as we are introduced to Minerva and Dalton but as the mysteries and intrigues reveal themselves, more information leads to more questions. The two develop a strong affection toward each other and eventually love, the romance is slow but I like how it builds. I thoroughly enjoyed this romance with a bit of intrigue, mystery and danger. I look forward to more from Ms. Ranney.
I give Scotsman of My Dreams by Karen Ranney 4.5 stars!