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Early Review: The Texan Duke by Karen Ranney

Oct 15, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s third book in her Duke series spins the tale of a reluctant duke who must choose between his life in America—and the Scottish woman he’s destined to love

As the ward to the late Duke of Lothian, Elsbeth Carew resides at the ancestral estate of Bealadair. Fiercely attached to the manor, she loves it more than anyone else. When Connor McCraight—the new Duke of Lothian—arrives, Elsbeth does not quite know what to make of the American who has inherited the title but has never even set foot on Scottish soil. The tall, ruggedly handsome Texan sweeps through Bealadair with an air of authority Elsbeth has never encountered.

Connor has no intention of making Scotland his home and hopes to sell the estate as soon as possible. But his plan is jeopardized when he meets Elsbeth. A sweet, gray-eyed beauty, she tempts him in ways no other woman has. As word spreads of Connor’s intention to sell Bealadair, his life is threatened—and the only woman who can save him may be the one he has hopelessly lost his heart to.

3 - 3.5 STARS


Hello Texan!  The Texan Duke was an interesting historical romance. I loved the premise for the story.  Connor, a Texan, inheriting the Dukedom from an unknown uncle, was a fresh departure from many historicals. There was an interesting mystery to be solved and the descriptions of the animals and the land were entertaining.  I never quite connected with the characters.  I felt Connor complained the entire time about being in Scotland and wanting to leave. Connor and Elsbeth 's relationship felt a bit forced. The only time I felt they were well matched was when they made love. Overall The Texan Duke is a good story.  I love Karen Ranney's work and hope to read more  in the future. 

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Publisher: Avon 
Pub Date: October 31, 2017

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