Sold to a Laird Mass Market Paperback – Nov 24 2009
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Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved she wasn't that shy after all.
Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, she prefers to keep her adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas.
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In Sold to a Laird, Lady Sarah is the daughter of a Duke. Her father raised her with fierce strictness and no love at all. She is forced by her father to marry a stranger, Douglas Eston, in order to spare her dying mother from a trip to her homeland of Scotland. Lady Sarah appears cold and emotionless, but Douglas Eston warms her bit by slow bit. It's a sensual game that Eston plays with Sarah, and one that undoubtedly left me in awe of the amount of emotional intensity some of their scenes are filled with.
Sarah struck me as an honest, innocent young woman. Her fears and emotions towards Eston didn't feel like they were coming from a naive woman, but an unknowing, inexperienced one. I've read books where the heroine had no clue what took place between a man and a woman or the desires that could rise up and consume them and they seemed a bit much. A bit over the top. Not very believable. But in this book, I found myself saddened by, and wholly believing Sarah's lack of knowledge and her fight to deny the passions Douglas begins to fill her with.
This book, as with the previous two books I've read, has such a somber mood that really makes your heart ache for the characters. Douglas was the epitome of heroes for Sarah, holding her and comforting her when she most needed it, simply being there for her, understanding her. He took into consideration her upbringing and accepted her for who she was. And Sarah, I loved that she never grew angry with the liberties Douglas took, the way he, at times, pushed her. He did it in just a way that gave her time to think through the turmoil of feelings swirling through her.
Another fantastically done, heartfelt and moving romance between two people that need each other, especially Sarah. And Douglas Eston is her perfect match. The two meld together beautifully. This is another book that I'll look back on with a warm heart remembering the gentle, soothing touches Douglas bestowed on his Lady Sarah.
Douglas Eston meets lady Sarah when she barges into a meeting he is having with her father, and starts pleading with her father to let her mother remain at Chavensworth, because her mother's health is too poor - if she is moved to Scotland she wouldn't survive the journey. Sarah does not even realize that someone else is in her father's office at first. The duke of Herridge wants Douglas to produce diamonds for him, and since Douglas has the formula the duke finds a way to cut a deal with Douglas. The duke will give him some money and his daughter's hand in marriage, in return for the diamonds. Douglas is shocked at first that the duke would just offer his daughter's hand like that, but since he is smitten with lady Sarah he decides to agree. The duke threatens his daughter, if she wants her mother to remain in Chavensworth, she will agree to the marriage. So both Sarah and Douglas find themselves married.
Douglas is a great hero, he grew up on the streets and built himself up. He doesn't know how a gentleman is supposed to behave, so he keeps a small notebook where he writes everything he learns about proper behavior, so that he wouldn't forget. He sees Sarah and instantly falls for her, and then sets out to win her. Sarah is a likable heroine, who grew up learning to hide her feelings in the face of her father's wrath, and always be restrained. So it is no wonder that she sometimes comes off as cold.
The two things that could have been done better are:
1. Douglas expected Sarah to sleep with him in the same bed, on the first night of their wedding, even though they both acknowledged that they were still practically strangers. He told her that he wouldn't get intimate with her yet, because she would need to know him better first. Yet, he expected her to share the same bed with him, even though he's sleeping completely naked. I found his carelessness about being naked to be amusing, in comparison to lady Sarah's blushing and huffing lol. But I couldn't understand Douglas's reasoning (I mean he could have slept in his drawers at least, to make Sarah more comfortable in the beginning).
2. I loved the part when Douglas took care of Sarah when her mother died, and it was in that scene that the reader really sees how deeply Sarah loves and cares. However in contrast, when Sarah should have shown as much emotion towards the end, when she thought that Douglas had died, she didn't. At that point in the book, she should be showing much more emotion in contrast to the beginning, or else the character development weakens. Hence while I like Sarah, her character development was not as good as it could have been.
So in the end this is a good 4 star read, and I liked it. Despite the flaws, the H/h are both likable. I also really liked the descriptions, the author has a knack for describing for example the grounds of Chavensworth or the gardens, and elegantly tying it to the character's emotions and thoughts - like somehow there's a connection between the two, and I love that.