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The third sizzling romance in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's Clan Sinclair series...Ellice 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 moThe third sizzling romance in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's Clan Sinclair series...Ellice 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 hands.Ross 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 carriage.But 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?...

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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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The Virgin of Clan Sinclair Reviews

  • Mary - Buried Under Romance
    2019-04-25 19:31

    Mini review:While I did not like this book as much as The Witch of Clan Sinclair, I would recommend this book with trepidation. My problem with it lies in the heroine, Ellice, who is a confounding bundle of naivety and pugnaciousness, even when she is clearly in the wrong, as is evident through her initial meeting with Ross. She does not mature throughout the story either, instead exhibiting behaviors characteristic of a child and a woman who, for the first time, finds herself the object of desire by another. It was hard to understand and like her, to be honest. Aside from that, the story has a few missing plot holes, but otherwise not bad and readable, nonetheless.3.5 stars

  • Lover of Romance
    2019-04-24 20:51

    Ellice has devoted hard work and dedication to writing a book, and one of a more sensual 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 wanted more. Ellice 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 hero....sexy 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!!

  • Becca
    2019-04-27 18:00

    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.

  • Caz
    2019-04-29 21:00

    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 it more highly. 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 much more difficult 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 mores 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, more 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 asking more questions 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.

  • Susan
    2019-04-29 21:32

    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 even more fascinated and captivated by his wife. Things are going well as they spend time getting to know each other. Ross finds that there is much more to Ellice than he had expected and is more and more distracted by her. This comes to a screeching halt when he fears that he is becoming more like 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 is more important 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.

  • Les Romantiques
    2019-05-12 22:32

    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 down more by 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 more, I had troubles believing in their love. I felt more like 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.

  • Nymeria
    2019-04-26 20:50

    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.

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-04-22 22:42

    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!

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-10 23:39

    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 out more about them and their futures together. Great series!

  • SandraValente
    2019-04-21 18:54

    Reviews at http://novelreviewcafe.blogspot.comARC received from the publishers in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour.The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is the third in a series by Karen Ranney. I’ve read them all and loved every single one. This one more. Some readers found that they lost interest as the stories progressed, but I’m seem to have thought differently. At the end of my review for the second book, The Witch of Clan Sinclair, I did say Ellice Traylor was next and that she was the quiet one, but that usually the quiet ones were the ones to watch for. And I was right!Ellice is timid, reserved and basically―I’ve thought throughout the series―a wallflower. She has reason to be, though, as I would have. No one likes being compared to the ‘wonderful’ dead sister. No one would like to constantly be told that Eudora would always act the lady; Eudora knew exactly what to do in any situation; she was just made of gold―blah, blah, blah. Seriously, Enid actually started to grate on me. It infuriated me that Ellice kept quiet for so long throughout the book, but I guess in the end, one always respected one's parents, but still. She resented it, deep down inside, and hated every single word uttered by her mother regarding Eudora. Which mother would do that to a child? I actually held a grudge toward Enid, one that even by the end of the book had not dissipated in the least. That’s okay, because I didn’t read the book for Enid, I read it for Ellice’s story.In this installment, Enid decides it’s time to find Ellice a husband, something she’s not at all keen on. She has a secret, and quite a scandalous one. She’s written a novel and not your everyday cutesy romance novel at that, it’s hot, spicy and everything Ellice envisions her life to be; the woman she’d love to be, and the man she would love to fall in love with who would adore her in every which way possible. Her novel is entitled The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela. No need to say more. It’s really hot!During one of her wanderings about Drumvagen, she hears voices and slyly investigates. She sees Macrath talking to a very good looking gentleman. She overhears a few things, but one of them really interests her. He’ll be making his way back to Edinburgh after his visit with Macrath. The most silliest notion enters her head and she decides that in order to escape her mother’s husband seeking attentions, she decides to grab her novel, which by the way is written out by hand and bound, and stow herself away in the Earl of Gladsden’s carriage! Even though I thought she’d surely suffocate all the way to Edinburgh, it was quite funny. Things don’t pan out as she’d wished because unbeknownst to her, a huge storm is approaching and Macrath would never send a guest home during such a perilous time. She eventually realises that although the carriage is moving, it most certainly didn't get very far. She eventually makes her way out, and stumbles into the Earl, Ross. He makes her all her aflutter, but it’s not something she shows. In fact, he finds her quite obstinate when questioning her reasons for being in his carriage. She continually throws questions back at him. This infuriates him further, but he's not totally immune. For me, it was quite hilarious. A while later, she realises she’s forgotten her book in his carriage and tries to retrieve it. Prior to this, one of Ross’ employees finds the book and hands it over. Ross, curious as anyone would be, reads a random passage and is shocked. Not only shocked, but also finds himself hot and bothered. At this point, he doesn’t have a clue who she is, or that she’s even the daughter of an Earl. He thinks she’s simply a maid. Interesting.Ross, against his better judgement, reads the whole book. It's there and too tempting not to read. Descriptions of the male character shock him for the simple reason that Donald, the character, could very well be him! Further, where Donald resides is pretty much what Ross’ home looks like. He confronts Ellice, asks her not to publish her book as it could very well interfere with his career in politics because people will undoubtedly think it’s him. The result? He continues to hit a brick wall where she's concerned. She’s adamant on getting it published. So is Mairi, Macrath’s sister, whom we met in the second book, The Witch of Clan Sinclair.Both are attracted to the other but Ross, during one or two occasions treats her quite unfairly, I thought. Regardless, caught in a comprising position, there is no choice but to marry. Heavens, the scandal it would cause. Ellice eventually agrees to not publish the book, even though by now Mairi has read it, is surprised beyond all heck that Ellice could write something of this nature, and absolutely loved the book.There’s quite a bit of back story to Ross, which I won’t mention here, suffice it to say that he’d been previously married. Ross’ mother is quite lovely and has her own little love interest going on. Brianag is still causing havoc within Drumvagen, but by the end of this story, all is well simply because Enid will no longer be a part of Drumvagen’s household. More than one person, actually everyone, breathed a sigh of relief with this turn of events.I loved Ellice. Who’d have thought she’d have such a wild and, can I say, vivid imagination? For someone who’d never been with a man, she sure as heck knew what was what and what all to do with a man's equipment! Ellice is a genuine person, one who eventually accepts herself both on the outside and inside. Enid was horrible in the sense that Ellice was never quite good enough. I really ended up not liking Enid much. These types of people make others, including their own children, feel ugly, frumpy, and inadequate, and this should never be the case.I loved Ross, too, once I got to know him, and felt that they suited each other perfectly. He was amazing towards the end when all their issues had been sorted. This was simply my favourite book of all three. I also loved the fact that everyone was present from Macrath and Virginia, as well as their children, to Mairi and Logan. Their stories are also concluded beautifully.These are the only three books I’ve read by this author, but I must reiterate that although historical romance is not one of my favourite genres even though I’ve read a few, I do so love this author’s writing style, her characters and the stories she tells. They make me feel good, make me smile and make me root―always―for both the hero and heroine of the story, as well as the expected HEA. I got it all.

  • Judy
    2019-05-04 16:41

    Ellice Traylor: We were first introduced to Ellice in "The Witch of Clan Sinclair" and "The Devil of Clan Sinclair" - she was/is a fanciful young English lady whose mother, Enid, Countess of Barrett, is constantly comparing her to the "perfect" elder sister, Eudora, who has unfortunately passed on and therefore, shall always remain "perfect" in her mother's eyes. Due to financial circumstances, Enid and Ellice live with Macrath and Virginia Sinclair at their Drumvagen estate in Scotland. Enid is a first class harpy of a mother and is constantly on Ellice's back about anything and everything. Her latest mission is to help Ellice find a husband which will cause no end of torment to Ellice because she has an agenda of her own. Ellice has a big secret - she has written an erotic love story - "The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela" which she is planning to see published - hopefully, by her friend Mairi who lives in Edinburgh and owns her own publishing company.Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden: Ross is a Scottish earl who has spent his adult life attempting to regain the family honor. It seems his deceased father was known, not only for his vast wealth, but his debauched lifestyle which included leaving several illegitimate children scattered around Scotland. Ross is an upright, conservative, somewhat stiff very wealthy gentleman who has big plans to go into politics. His father was the original builder of Drumvagen when Ross was just a youth but due to problems with the contractor, never completed the project. When Ross is in the area, he takes a whim to visit Drumvagen and requests a tour of the now completed property. The current owner, Macrath Sinclair, is pleased to be his tour guide and when the weather takes a bad turn, insists that Ross spend the night at Drumvagen.When Ellice overhears Macrath's and Ross's conversation and learns that Ross is from Edinburgh, she decides to stow away under the seat in Ross's carriage so she can travel to Edinburgh and take her manuscript to Mairi - all this to get away from her mother's machinations. I did say she was a fanciful young lady but that doesn't begin to describe her. After she spends some hours in the carriage and realizes it is going nowhere, she decides to disembark where she encounters Ross who has come to the carriage to get some clothes since he is spending the night at Drumvagen. He demands to know who she is but he gets nowhere with Ellice because she has questions of her own. In point of fact, Ellice's conversation is not what one would consider typical of a young English lady. She is often frightfully candid and rarely hesitates to ask pretty much any question that is on her mind. Ross doesn't know what to make of her and thinks she must be a servant so tattles on her to Macrath.Ellice has made a super big mistake - due to the surprise encounter with Ross, she mistakenly left her manuscript in the carriage where it is soon found and retrieved by Ross's manservant who immediately takes it to Ross. Being somewhat stiff and self-righteous, Ross knows he shouldn't but can't quite hold himself back, therefore proceeds to read the manuscript. He is pretty shaken up emotionally and physically due to the erotic nature of the book and the fact that it was written by the seemingly innocent, naive Ellice. Plus, the hero in Ellice's book, Donald, could be a pattern copy of Ross, relative to looks - to the point, he is very concerned that if Ellice publishes the work, people will think it was written about him. He believes the publication of the book could have a negative effect on his future political plans, so he offers to pay Ellice enough money to make her independent for life if she will not pursue her plans to publish it - but, she refuses. Soon, Ross and Ellice begin to collide in more ways than one. When the local village is flooded due to the inclement weather, Ross and Ellice work together to help the villagers. To say they are physically attracted to one another is an understatement. Although Ross was previously married to the beautiful Cassandra, his wife is now deceased and he has remained mostly celibate, refusing to be a pattern of his debauched father. His attraction to Ellice is throwing him off his game - big time.Circumstances continue to conspire to throw Ross and Ellice together in various ways and when Ross and Ellice are caught in a compromising situation, there is really no choice but to marry even though Ross doesn't plan to consummate the marriage until he can be certain that Elise isn't pregnant by another man because there's no possible way she could be a virgin and have written that erotic book - at least this is what Ross believes. Both Ross and Ellice want some promises from each other so a small contract is written up. One major stipulation is that Ellice not have her book published. It's soon obvious that Ross and Cassandra's marriage held some secrets and he is not an entirely whole person. Ellice, on the other hand, although naive, is a genuine honest, young lady without any hidden motives. She is truly a delight. Can she help Ross get rid of the grief, heartache, distrust and shadows of his past? You will find yourself rooting for Ellice every step of the way. I found Ellice to be one of the most refreshing heroines of this genre. We also have the pleasure of a background story with Macrath and his true love, Virginia, and also get to revisit Mairi and Logan in order to round out the storyline. I find Karen Ranney's writing to be off the hook.**One Caveat*** Some readers may find the portions of Ellice's novel which are presented throughout the story too erotic for their tastes.

  • Jessica Grogan
    2019-05-06 23:39

    This was so close to being a DNF but I found that skipping to the parts with dialogue helped a tremendous amount. I got incredibly sick of the snippets of Ellice's story in the beginning of the book and then in the second half the secondary character's stories seemed to take over. Once the hero and heroine from one book get their HEA, I don't want to read about problems in their lives again.

  • Patty McKenna Van Hulle
    2019-04-22 00:39

    Karen RanneyIt's 1875 in Scotland and The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela are about to collide a virginal (with an inner harlot) miss into the NO SCANDAL Earl and it's such a hilarious and sexy read!This last chapter is about Ellice Traylor, a honorary member of the Clan Sinclair by being Virginia's old sister-in-law. After Virginia married Macrath, she brought Ellice and her old mom-in-law to live with her. Ellice has never been as good, pretty, demure or charming as her deceased twin, Eudora. While living at Drumvagen, she is ignored, lonely and forgotten by choice, but she explores, makes numerous new discoveries and learns about deep passions and sexuality through reading and even pens a sexy, scandalous and steamy manuscript called, The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela.Ross Foster, Earl of Gadsden, has been dealing with what his dead father has left him, 7 illegitimate children, scandals galore, lack of funds and gluttony of women. The old earl couldn't survive without having the biggest, raunchiest, lewdness and most expensive orgies in the land. Ross is sick of taming totally chaos, but he is and will always be a very proper, boorish and list writing task master, who wants no scandal to touch even his shoes, so he can be an elected into the government.So when Ellice hides in his carriage with her manuscript, all of Hades breaks loose, as she leaves Lady Pamela behind. Ross reads the scandalous manuscript, without permission, and knows that scandal will follow this seductive, gorgeous, sensual and "never answer a question" Ellice. Her inner Lady Pamela comes wide awake in Ross presence and wants, craves, desires and MUST HAVE him. One kiss is all it takes to discover, nurture and ignite their passions and they burn hotter and hotter when they are in the same room. Can Ross have Ellice without Scandal? Will Ellice unleash her inner harlot on Ross? Who will cave first? Will The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela get out, be published and ruin Ross political career? Who will survive the Drumvagen home wars, Enid or Brianag?I am sad because I know it's the last of the Clan Sinclair series. Ms. Ranney's characters are a great, big, loveable, caring, original and crawl into my heart and never leave. Ellice is my first heroine who discovers and encourages her inner harlot to live with PROUD! Sexuality does scare this virginal miss, but love does. Poor Ross has such a manwhore as a father and it tainted every aspect of his life, even after he died. Ross and Ellice want such different things out of their lives, but they both want unconditional love! I think that is what made them click and lock together. Ms. Ranney, of course, brings back all the hero and heroines of the series, and the quirky, "rule with an iron fist" Brianag and "pole stuck up her bum" Enid. I am so glad the home wars continued between Enid and Brianag because it would not be Drumvagen without it! Ms. Ranney warns my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes! I can't wait to read what comes out of her crazy imagination next!

  • Gwyneth
    2019-05-18 21:47

    I was enthralled by this book's synopsis and story from the beginning. I finished it in a 5-6 hour sitting (I didn't even go to the toilet, so that says quite a bit).As some other reviewers mentioned, there is essentially no plot, yes - but the book makes up for this with the excess of sweet. (I'm not complaining!) There is virtually no conflict, no evil antagonists, no mass destruction or stealing-your-fortune plots. The closest person to a baddie would be Ellice's mother, who was all-too-annoying but got what she deserved at the end (that made me happy!). The plot development was ok, but sometimes I felt that things progressed too quickly. (view spoiler)[Three kisses in the space of two, three days between two strangers is after all, quite a bit. (hide spoiler)] I would have preferred if the main leads went for a longer period of time of "celibacy" just to have Ross going mad about wanting to bed her. The sexual tension could also be prolonged for greater effect. I disagree that Ellice's adoration for her fictional hero was converted to her love for Ross. She herself admitted that the similarities ended in the external appearance - he only looked like her ideal man and nothing else - and her affection for Ross was based on his personality that eventually grew on her. For Ross, I prefer to believe he fell in love somewhere along the way (something he states himself also). It was also very funny when Ellice's imagination would get the better of her, leading her to fantasise about all sorts of amusing scenarios e.g. seducing Gadsden, having him fall to her feet, and achieving a lot of power over men in general. Characterisation of the side characters was pretty flat, but I didn't mind since I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the romance of Ellice and Ross. They were not the most interesting nor developed of characters, but they complemented each other well. The love scenes were not too overboard, and while I'd have preferred the description to be a little slightly longer, they did achieve the effect necessary to hook me. Author also gave us insight into the thought processes of both characters, unlike some other novels, so that was a plus too. Surprisingly, Ellice is much more memorable than Ross (I usually prefer the males because females are so blah). I had to check the book for his name again while writing this review (and it's only been 10 minutes). She's talkative, but not annoyingly so. She's described as intelligent and actually shows it in what she observes. She has self-described plain features (brown eyes and brown hair) that makes her very relatable. The fact that Ross never sees her less than anything perfect is symbolic of him appreciating the beauty in her despite everyone else seeing as a wallflower. Another important thing to mention is the near-absence of secondary plots (SPs). Thank god! I hate secondary plots because they only serve to detract from the main story imo. Also the SPs actually have direct relevance to the main story and serve to enhance it instead of only wasting space. There were SPs in this story, of course, but it was well-executed and worth reading.Like Ellice, this book might not be the best, but I sure loved every moment of it.

  • Marilyn Rondeau
    2019-04-30 00:44

    Beneath her lovely, innocent looking, young exterior beats Ellice Traylor’s extremely passionate and highly imaginative heart. Bored beyond belief, Ellice escapes her lonely existence pouring out her virginal fantasies of an alter ego and dream prince into an absolute scandalous and shocking manuscript she fully intends to have published. But when her mother decides it’s time for Ellice to be married, Ellice has no option but to go forward with her plans and stowaway in a strangers carriage she knew was heading towards Edinburgh, but a nasty storm changed the strangers plan to proceed. Sneaking back into her house, Ellice left her manuscript in the carriage, where the stranger, Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden’s valet discovered and handed it over to Ross, who after taking a quick look couldn’t seem to put it down. The writing being so descriptive, Ross had trouble imagining that the stubbornly maddening young lass he met in the stable was the same one he sat next to at breakfast the next morning. After a compromising predicament forces him to wed, the uptight Earl was not sure whether he could survive marriage to a woman who expected calm, order, and serenity in his day to day life.*** As always, Ms. Ranney never fails to please me, and this third book in the Clan Sinclair saga was simply a perfect ending to a series I have thoroughly enjoyed. I actually think this one of the more originally creative and surprising books of this series, especially when I’ve had glimpses of Ellice in the previous books which never hinted at Ellice’s more passionate and imaginative character. This was indeed a treat to see this side of her.Ross was in the beginning a bit flat, an Earl who after witnessing his father’s debaucheries, vowed that he would bring glory and honor back to the reputation of the Earl of Glasden and never let rumor or gossip besmirch the Glasden line. There were more secrets that were hidden in regards to Ross’ father and his antics but were only hinted at and not revealed until the end which told the whole story of why Ross was so adamant that shame or any kind of innuendo not besmirch his reputation. Ranney’s interplay between Ross and Ellice allows the reader to see how much Ellice affected him, even at the worst when Ross was positive he was dealing with the greatest actress of all time. A woman whose entire being could change in an instant, from quiet and mousy to stubborn, irritating, and totally tempting (almost a tease). Poor dear, Ross never had a chance!Bottom Line: It was great to revisit the players from the first two books to see how they were getting along and it was marvelous to see the happy ending that Ross and Ellice finally found together. Another masterful story from the very talented and brilliant Karen Ranney! Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

  • Dottie
    2019-05-08 17:46

    Scandalously delicious, readers of historical romance are sure to love this story! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:Ellice Traylor was once a girl who spoke her mind, but her mother’s constant lectures and comparisons to her perfect, dead sister have left Ellice withdrawn. However, she channels the emotions that she refuses to express out loud into her manuscript entitled The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela, which she keeps well-hidden and out of her mother’s hands. The book is erotic in nature and very detailed. She and her mother have come to live with her sister-in-law, Virginia, and her new husband, Macrath. When Ellice discovers her mother’s matrimonial plans for her, Ellice takes matters into her own hands. Seeking a way to Edinburgh to get her book published, she stows away in the carriage of their guest, who has the same destination.Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden is trying to repair the damage to his family’s name wrought by his father, who was a known womanizer. Running for office, Ross avoids scandal of any kind. On his way home to Huntley estate, he decides to stop in and see his friend Macrath, who now owns the estate that had once been in his family. Forced to stay due to the horrendous weather, he sees a female getting out of his carriage and confronts her.Later, Ross’ servant brings him a manuscript that had been left in his carriage. As a few passages gain his attention, Ross soon finds himself reading it all the way through. Suddenly, he is unable to get Ellice out of his mind and cannot resist kissing her. But when they are caught in a compromising position, they are forced to wed. Is his new bride as experienced as he believes her to be, after reading her book? Can he keep her from publishing her manuscript and avoid the scandal that is sure to ensue? If so, will it cost him his bride?A scandalously delicious tale, THE VIRGIN OF CLAN SINCLAIR, the third book in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s CLAN SINCLAIR series, is a witty, sensual historical romance that definitely turns up the heat. To Ross, Ellice seems to be two people; the girl who is quiet and withdrawn around her mother and the sensual woman whom he dreams about. Ellice cannot help comparing Ross to her hero in the book. All she wants is someone to love her passionately, the same way that Macrath loves Virginia.With plenty of sexual tension, humor, scandal, a forced marriage, a scandalous novel, romance and love, this story is one that will captivate its readers right from the start. This book can be read as a standalone, but I am positive that once you read this one you will seek out the first two – THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR and THE WITCH OF CLAN SINCLAIR. Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com

  • Heather Duff
    2019-04-30 16:53

    As I have mentioned in previous reviews of historical romances, it is not a genre I usually read but Karen Ranney's Clan Sinclair series has made me rethink!Set in my beautiful home country of Scotland (where today it's living up to its cold and wet reputation) Ellice Traylor lives with her mother Enid in Drumvagen, home of Virginia and Macrath Sinclair.Always feeling set upon her constantly nagging mother, Ellice is expected to marry but she has other ideas, she has written a manuscript, one that sizzles off the page, she is poring her virginal fantasies in to her book! But she keeps it hidden from her mother who would be appalled at such filth!Keen to get away to Edinburgh to see her friend Mairi (who you may remember from the last Clan Sinclair novel) she see her chance when a man arrives with a carriage which has the perfect hiding place for her but alas it is not to be as the carriage only goes as far as the stables.She meets the owner of the carriage Ross Forster aka The Earl of Glasden, a young extremely wealthy widower who is shocked to see Ellice in his carriage.The two strike sparks off one another and when he comes across her manuscript he cannot believe someone like her is capable of writing such things without having experienced it first. The attraction is really something between them and they give in to each other several times but the last time they are caught red handed by her mother who promptly wants them wed before any shame is brought upon the family and wed they do, Ellice leaves her home in Drumvagen and begins her new life with Ross at his estate but will they manage to put aside their many differences and live a happily married life?This book is a really fun read, Ellice is feisty and headstrong and the pairing of her and Ross is perfect, this book remind me a little of Death at Pemberley, not the death part but when Elizabeth is the lady in charge of Pemberley, Ellice finds herself expected to run house at Ross's huge estate with all its servants and all the other bits and bobs that go with it.We also see the characters from the other books appear, Virginia and Macrath plus Mairi and Logan, along with other more colourful characters such as Ellice's infuriating mother.It is a lovely read with some racy scenes, it will make you lust for your own piece of Scotland!The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is awarded 4 out 5

  • Rika Ashton
    2019-04-19 19:38

    As I was reading this novel, I kept thinking that Ms. Ranney must have written this one about me. Ellice is such a relatable character – with an occasionally overbearing mother (ehem…), wild imagination, sometimes horny (ehem again), and a bit of an introvert unless she’s with friends. This was a pretty close description of me, lol! And her relatability was one of the reasons this book was such a winner with me. Plus all her overly dramatic internal monologue had me laughing out loud!Did I mention that Ellice is a writer? Her imagination is very creative and comes up with the most unlikely of scenarios. As for the book that Ellice writes, The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela, well that’s where the fun starts.The hero, Ross, thinks he resembles the Donald – Ellice’s fictional creation from The Lustful Adventures of Lady Pamela - too much and that others will pick up on it which can prove embarrassing for his election campaign…maybe even detrimental. Of course, he’s secretly intrigued by the novel and gets hot every time he reads it, but pretends to be a stickler in front of Ellice.Ross was an interesting character in his own way. He wasn’t a tortured hero per say, but was getting there – he had the betrayal of his first wife, Cassandra, and his father to overcome. Luckily, however, he didn’t spend too much time moping around and I liked that he didn’t refuse to acknowledge that he loved her when asked by his mother. I was expecting a denial, but he was honest with himself and Ellice.Honesty was a common characteristic that I enjoyed between both Logan – the hero from The Witch of Clan Sinclair – Ross, and it’s a refreshing change from the usual self-denial cliche, and I hope that the rest of Karen Ranney novels have similarly – though not 100% the same – honest heroes because, yes, I will DEFINITELY be reading more of Ms. Ranney’s books.I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Virgin of Clan Sinclair and highly recommend this book to all my fellow historical romance lovers! Four out of five for this one!Review also available at: http://rikaashton.wordpress.com/2014/...

  • Cerian
    2019-05-16 16:41

    Originally published at Rookie Romance.The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is the third book in the Clan Sinclair series, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.Ellice is an absolutely delightful heroine, and so utterly relatable. She's intelligent and has a vivid imagination, which leads to her writing a rather erotic book and she dreams of publishing it. Ellice is used to being scolded and lectured by her overbearing mother, who unfavourably compares Ellice to her deceased sister, Eudora. This affects how Ellice sees herself, but doesn't stop her from being the funny, insightful and passionate woman she really is when she meets the right man- Ross.Ross is a man with tight control on his emotions and avoids scandal at all costs to try to restore the reputation of his title after the tarnishing his father gave it. Ross was hurt in his previous marriage and has no inclination to remarry, until he's caught in a compromising situation with Ellice. Ross is a passionate man, who can be gentle and teasing when his defenses are lowered. He doesn't want to be ruled by his carnal urges and end up following in his father's footsteps, which is something he fears with Ellice.I loved the chemistry between Ross and Ellice. They steamed up my kindle when they were together and even surprised themselves with the force of their passion. I loved how Ellice is so innocent sometimes but this sensual side of her is released around Ross.This is a delightful romance that I had really been looking forward to, and is a great way to finish off the series. I loved the glimpses we get into the lives of Mairi and Logan, and Macrath and Virginia, who were in the previous books.Karen Ranney does a wonderful job of bringing life to these characters and making them so darn likable. I can't wait to see what is next from this author.*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

  • [Aengell]
    2019-05-03 16:37

    4 HR-level-starsThis was a delightful enough Historical Romance. To summarize the story shortly: Ellice Traylor, writing a very sexy and taboo-breaking novel, lives in the Scottish countryside with her mother and her sister-in-law and her new husband, Macrath. By incident she meets an Macrath's old friend, Ross, the earl of Gladsden. The sparks begin to fly and naturally they are caught and have to marry. But don't let me irritate you, the story is by far not as simple as that! I liked the premise of the story, but not just that, the story was well paced, not too rushed but neither dragging, just simply flowing. The main characters, Ross and Ellice, were well developed, each had their own ghosts from the past. That way there was some angst and edginess to the story, without turning into a depressing read. To be honest, it was everything but depressing. I laughed out loud at some scenes, and the secondary characters and couples from the previous books were so entertaining, the pages kept flowing!Ross and Ellice had great chemistry, but I had a problem with it because this chemistry and passion was too much focused on, for my tastes. I had the feeling that they didn't fall in love because they liked each others character traits, but mainly because they had the hots for each other. There some seriously sexy scenes, but I guess I like it in the more old fashioned way, where passion is not clouding the whole development of the story. All in all a well balanced, entertaining read.

  • McKenzie
    2019-05-15 20:50

    Review written for and published by the Portland Book Review on August 15, 2014:Ellice Traylor has spent a lifetime under her mother’s disapproving eye, pouring all her scandalous thoughts and feelings into an erotic manuscript. The son of a wastrel skirt-chaser, Ross Forster has become an uncompromising rule-follower, but nothing could prepare him for a contradiction like Ellice. Once Ross reads her manuscript, he finds it impossible to get the carnal scenes out of his head, and refuses to believe that a virgin could write such eroticism. When stolen kisses lead to a hasty marriage, Ellice and Ross must heal their wounded hearts in order to write a passionate, loving future for themselves.Readers can expect Karen Ranney to write memorable characters with potent chemistry, and this final Clan Sinclair novel does not disappoint. The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is a familiar story – girl meets boy, boy kisses girl, girl must marry or lose her reputation – starring delightfully unconventional characters. A termagant mother with a favorite-child complex, an acquisitive widow looking for love, and a virgin writer of erotic literature personify Ranney’s quirky style. All in all, The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is a terrific conclusion to what has been a fresh and imaginative series.

  • Alice
    2019-04-19 20:35

    *** 4.5 stars! ***Review Posted on Harlequin Junkies.comThe Virgin of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney takes place just slightly after the events of the previous book in the series The Witch of Clan Sinclair, and is the third book of the Clan Sinclair trilogy. This book focuses on Ellice Traylor. Her former sister-in-law is Virginia, who is now married to Macrath Sinclair, and whose home in Scotland she lives in, along with her overbearing mother, Enid, the Dowager Countess of Barrett. Virginia and Macrath kindly took them in when they had nowhere to go after Lawrence, Ellice’s brother, died, although they have no blood ties to Virginia at all. Ellice also has a deceased sister, Eudora, in whose shadow she lives. Ellice herself has become a shadow, living very quietly, biting her tongue, and living out her life in fantasy between the pages of the book she has written. Her book is completely scandalous, and stars the fearless Lady Pamela, who does, and says, everything.Read More

  • Noemi
    2019-05-15 20:53

    This is the third installment in the Clan Sinclair series. In it we finally get to learn more Ellice Traylor. As she tries to live in the shadow of her sister and please her mother she has also been pouring all her passions into her writing. However the book she’s working on will surprise and shock those around her. In an attempt to take control of her life she tries to flee but the fates put her in the path of Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden. Ross reads Ellice’s book and struggles to come to terms with the woman who wrote the book and the woman she presents to the world.I’ve had the pleasure of reading the complete series in order and have enjoyed them. I like that Ellice was like most women of that time, struggling to discover who she was while trying to conform to what was expected of her. I did find the chemistry between Ellice and Ross a little awkward at times but I felt that it was necessary in showing the struggle of them getting to know each other and work thru their personal issues. While this isn’t my favorite of the series I did enjoy it and look forward to other book from Karen Ranney. I have The Virgin of Clan Sinclair 3.5 stars.

  • Rhonda K
    2019-05-16 23:59

    Loved this whole series but especially this last title. This installment focuses on Ellice, the sister-in-law of Virginia from book 1. Ellice has a chance to come out of her shell when she writes a shocking, lusty romance and attempts to have Mauri publish it. The interplay between Ross and Ellice is wonderful and I really enjoyed the journey they both took to discovering each other and learning to let old hurts go and trust in love again. Karen Ranney writes wonderful, respectful, thoughtful, Scottish-centric romances that pack a passionate punch.

  • ARomanceLover
    2019-05-02 20:59

    Ellice is browbeaten by her mother and feels out of place in her home in Scotland until she formulates a plan to publish her scandalous manuscript and hides in an earl's carriage as a stowaway to Edinburgh. I loved the imaginative writing of this book with Ellice's imaginary conversations and fantasies which truly put the reader in her head. It was a sweet book and though the plot was not anything climactic I loved seeing Ellice and her earl find their happiness.

  •  Sandra
    2019-05-02 18:37

    I love, love, love this series. Each and every volume stands alone but is improved by reading them in order. Great characters, different locations, and varied estates add to the overall stories that blend together smoothly. The women in these stories each have their own strengths and there are two you'd love to strangle. Try them and see what you think.

  • Kimia Safavi
    2019-04-30 18:00

    The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is the last book in this wonderful series.Ellice and Ross are lovely characters with a great chemistry. I loved that Macrath and Virgina, and Mairi and Logan appear in secondary roles in this book. This book is a delightful romance with no villain in the story and a great way to finish off the series.Thank you Karen Ranney for another wonderful book.

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2019-05-11 00:51

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... for more, visit Punya Reviews...The Virgin of Clan Sinclair, book 3 and the final installment of Karen Ranney’s Clan Sinclair series was more of 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 two more very 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 was more of 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, a more mature 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 anymore 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 obtuse! But 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.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-11 16:59

    I enjoyed this book, but was never completely captivated. I'm going to try other books by this author in hopes that I like her other works better.

  • Debbie Dodd
    2019-05-02 22:33

    I enjoyed reading.