New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes—and the women who tame them…Though raised as a gentleman’s daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she’s ever seen—and completely unattainable—until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst…with scandalous consequences. Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercely independent and resourceful. She’s the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies, but the man who will fight to protect her.
Some authors write their novels, almost as a catharsis of whatever is happening in their lives at that moment. They write no matter what is happening around them........sickness, good or bad weather, a death, flood.......you get the idea. Such are the writing habits of author, Karen Ranney.
Author Ranney has a solid foundation of goodness, believing that we should treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated. It is rare to find an author with such integrity. She believes in the transformative power of niceness and love.....that we have more nice people than ugly ones. She knew from the age of five that she wanted to be a writer. She carried around a big blue book the same as other little girls might have carried a doll.
We all have many conflicts in our lives every day. To be able to defuse those conflicts through the written word is very special to author Ranney. She enjoys throwing her characters into the deep end, showing their flaws, but never having them whine, or having strong women who are not expecting a man to rescue them. And, the men do not blame women for everything wrong in their lives. The author says.......hopefully, my characters always have a deep core of beliefs, but they do not always act in perfect ways...... they are like real people.