THE LASS WORE BLACK by Karen Ranney (click here for review and voting button)
How many layers between the real me and the one I let people see?
Having the wrong person love you and too selfish to think of the harm it could bring was what ruined Catriona Cameron. Forced to hide her mistakes behind closed doors and drawn curtains, Catriona refuses to let another man into her heart. Catriona would never have expected a lowly “footman” to be the reason she cannot obtain a moment’s rest.
Dr. Mark Thorburn started out as a footman to gain entry into Catriona’s life and gain her trust. Mark never expecting it was her heart he wanted to capture or that his need for her would obscure all else. The pretense was grueling as she never let him forget his place in the food chain of life not knowing he had more rank and money than she could ever imagine. Mark could see through all the layers Catriona covered herself in to the real woman who was exasperating and exhilarating all at the same time.
The problem that should have resolved itself when the truth is revealed only becomes worse as Catriona’s demon materializes. The journey Catriona has taken to heal the old wounds should pave the way for love to step in but instead someone is trying to crush her spirit once again.
With a spirited exchange of words Karen Ranney has displayed how great romance is written and fascinating characters are developed.