Saturday, December 8, 2012

They Call Him Dr. Feelgood

The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world...and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.

No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn't care about the scandal their passion could cause...for this very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she'd never have again.

Little does she know that Mark is part of masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love...he will have to save her life as well.

Review: An enjoyable romance with an unusual heroine, a noble doctor, and some drama thrown in for good measure.

This is the second book I've read with a nobleman masquerading as a footman. In both books, the main female characters wonder how they ever could have considered the men to be servants. I know hindsight is 20-20, but wouldn't have someone suspected or told them? I've only read two books with this plot device and I am not the biggest fan of it. I am enjoying the handsome doctors in romance recently though. It's nice if they are snarky, but nice, kind, and caring doctors work just as well. 

Catriona was a trying character and while I did feel pity for her, a number of times I wanted to smack her. Her reaction was understandable though. I cannot imagine what it would be like to become as scarred as she was. She needed to find a new purpose in life and I was genuinely glad when she did find a new purpose and a reason to thrive instead of merely surviving. The romance between Catriona and Mark was a little odd at times, but it was a sweet romance and believable.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy historic romance, especially with scarred heroines or noblemen masquerading as servants. 

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