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Much Ado About Marriage (The MacLean Curse Book 6) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Sassy, beautiful Fia MacLean wants nothing more than to leave Scotland for London and present her plays to Queen Elizabeth. However, the very night she attempts to run away from Duart Castle and her overprotective cousin, Laird Duncan MacLean, she knocks Thomas Wentworth, an English earl on a spy mission, right off a window ledge, and the two begin a journey toward love. Though some elements will be confusing for new readers, anyone can appreciate the espionage subplot and the delightful banter between spitfire Fia and quick-tongued Thomas. Colorful secondary characters, especially Thomas's bombastic best friend, add humor and charm. An open ending may strike some readers as weak, but others will be moved to seek out Hawkins's MacLean Curse and Hurst Amulet series, to which this is a prequel.
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"Karen Hawkins writes fast, fun, and sexy stories that are the perfect read for a rainy day, a sunny day, or any day at all!" - NYT bestselling author Christina Dodd

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  • File Size: 3514 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WTOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen Hawkins is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 26 fun and lively Regency historical romances and two humorous contemporary romances. Like Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Victoria Alexander, and Suzanne Enoch, Karen's books are renown for their sparkling humor, dashing rakes, independent heroines, and often include freshly retold fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, etc), daring rescues, runaway brides, marriages of convenience, Regency balls, and more! With vivid descriptions, strong characters, and captivating plots, Karen takes her readers from London's Regency ballrooms to the purpled moors of Scotland and beyond.

When not stalking hot Australian actors, pretending to do 'research' while looking up pictures of men in kilts from the Scottish highlands, or teasing her husband (aka Hot Cop) about his propensity to idolize chocolate cake over the other food groups, Karen is busy writing her next book while resting her toes on one of her three large rescue dogs. She lives in Florida and can be reached at karenhawkinsauthor@gmail.com.

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Fia MacClean was a saucy scottish woman, who refused to give up her dream. She planned on going to London and becoming a famous playwriter. But, when her beloved cousin, Laird Duncan insist that she marry for her own protection, she was left with no alternative. She had to find some way of escaping to London on her own. But, her quick escape was foiled, when she knocks a thief out of the window.

Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Rotherwood had a reputation of being lucky. He was handsome, rich, and favored by the english courts. But For some reason, he felt he always had to prove something. A man and his daddy issues and all that. He was sent on a mission, to steal a letter, in the possession of Laird Duncan. Just as he was making his quick escape, he was pushed out the window.

The attraction is instant. But, Thomas makes the mistake of assuming, that Fia is nothing more than the Laird's mistress. He holds her captive, insisting that she give him information about Laird Duncan's unexplained return. But, Fia isn't one to be told to do anything. In an attempt to escape, she uses her femanine charms and lures Thomas into a false sense of security with a kiss. She then, reluctantly pulls away and robs him at the point of a blade. He didn't know if he was more turned on or pissed off. The chase was on. After a series of unfortunate events and being found in a compromising position, Thomas and Fia were married. While Fia wasn't thrilled about being forced into marriage, she was happy, to finally be going to London. Thomas on the other hand, was livid and resentful. Sure, he lusted after Fia, but he had no intention of marrying her, or marrying anyone for that matter. He informed her, that he intended to get thier marriage annuled, as soon as they got to England.
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This title was published previously as "One Lucky Lord" by Kim Bennet, aka Karen Hawkins. I'm always disappointed when I purchase something under a different title, only to discover I've already read it!!
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I've liked other books by Karen Hawkins because she has had original plots, three-dimensional people and a sense of humor. This book just drags along, with far too much time given to characters thinking about what they had done before. Enough! Plus, there are places (like the middle third) where the plot just grinds to a halt while the hero and heroine make eyes at each other. A little of this goes a long way and there is far too much of it.

In short, I cannot recommend this one. Hope Ms. H goes back to the style she has shown in her contemporaries and other historicals. Until then, she has fallen off my buy list.
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This is a solid romance telling the story of feisty and slight fey Scottish woman, Fia, and her forced marriage to Englishman Thomas Wentworth. Fia and Thomas are very appealing main characters - I loved Fia who was strong, humorous and slightly quirky. I enjoyed the historical background which includes the machinations of the Tudor period. And I enjoyed the background characters, plots and double-crosses. My main complaint is that the book plodded along in the middle and I started to get a tad bored. The book felt overly-long, which was a shame because it spoiled a story that had the potential to be 4 or 5 stars. I definitely recommend this book with the side note that it is not one of Hawkins' best efforts.
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I was hooked on MUCH ADO right from the beginning. I felt like I knew Fia and her quirky spirit. She was light and airy, and my idea of a perfect Scottish Miss. Thomas was tall, dark and a little bit full of himself. Together they made the perfect couple. She exasperated him and he sent her on fire.

I really adored this book. The wit, the settings (Scotland, Thomas' ship & England), Fia and Thomas. I loved the secondary characters Robert and Duncan as well. I found myself laughing throughout the beginning and hated to put it down to feed the family.

There's a bit of intrigue with some shady dealings. An army of Scots and plenty of humor.

My suggestion is that if you're looking for a historical that's not your usual time period, a good adventure and romance then go get it. Its a fun, delicious read.
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Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Rotherwood, is considered the luckiest man in all of England. He doesn't feel too lucky, however, when he's sent to Scotland on a mission for Walsingham to steal a letter and finds himself knocked out of a window and robbed by an uppity young woman who so happens to be the cousin of the laird whose castle Thomas was sneaking into.

Fia MacLean might just be the unluckiest woman in Scotland. She has no desire to get married and settle down like her cousin wants her to and fears she'll soon be forced to the altar. An aspiring playwright, Fia wants to go to London and find a sponsor for her plays that will, she hopes, capture the attention of Queen Elizabeth. Her unconventional meeting with Thomas seems to be a sign from the heavens. And when a series of unfortunate events end in Thomas and Fia's marriage, she can't help but be hopeful for the future. For if she can win Thomas's heart, the unluckiest woman in Scotland could become the luckiest woman in all of England.

There's much to love about Much Ado About Marriage. Karen Hawkins's writing shines in what might be my favorite book of hers yet! Fia is an utterly delightful heroine. She's got spark and generosity of spirit, with a dash of willfulness that makes her stand up to the strong men in her life. Thomas may struggle against the tide more than Fia, but he's an engaging hero nonetheless. Add in Thomas's rapscallion best friend, Robert, a trio of unique animals, and some scintillating love scenes, and Much Ado About Marriage is one hell of a book. Quite simply, it charmed my socks off and I don't think sixteenth century England and Scotland have ever been so fun.

Much Ado About Marriage can be read as a standalone book, but it's also the prequel for two of Ms.
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