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How to Marry a Highlander (Falcon Club Novella) Mass Market Paperback – August 6, 2013
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“Katharine Ashe spins history and romance into a sensual historical tapestry.” (Sandra Hill, author of The Viking Takes a Knight)
“With its jaded hero, effervescent heroine, an intriguing, engaging plot and healthy doses of both humor and emotion, this is a delightful Regency jaunt.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Ashe knows how to captivate readers with her action-packed romance brimming over with marvelous characters, sexual tension, witty repartee and action, action, action.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 and 1/2 stars TOP PICK)
About the Author
Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.
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Unlike some of the other reviewers, I believe this would have made a horrible novel-length book. There would be no way to cover 8 romances in depth. As it is, the author telegraphs what gentleman will be paired with which of Duncan's sisters. The heroine is often surprised, but never the reader, who can smile at Teresa's amazement.
I appreciated the Scottish characters' brogues. Brogues are verra, verra difficult to capture in written language, but this version was at least consistent and I could hear the words in my head as I went along. In one recent novel I've read, a character was identified as Irish and readers were told he spoke with a brogue, but no attempt was made to show how he spoke. I forgot for the whole middle of the book that he was supposed to be Irish.
Improbabilities abound, from the heroine's requested rewards to funds magically appearing to enable the whole project (that must have been quite a watch that Duncan pawned!). This is the kind of lighthearted fare that invites a complete suspension of disbelief in return for being amused for the duration of the story.
When her parents decide they will marry her off to the tight a$$ local vicar, all it takes is for Teresa to learn Lord Eads is back in London with a pack of sisters - seven in all - to try and find husbands for them to give her the impetus she needs to take drastic measures. She heads out for London and immediately chases him down with a proposition that he finds really difficult to turn down. She will help all his sisters find husbands within a month, but there are some things Lord Eads must do for her - rather, "to" her along the way.
To say Teresa is a normal young lady of her time or even one who is regularly portrayed in regency romance novels would be stretching it. She wants kisses from Lord Eads, she wants to be touched in a disrespectful manner, she wants him to bed her and if she can get all the sisters married off, she wants him to marry her.
The fun part is seeing how everything eventually works out for the sisters and of course ultimately for Teresa and Lord Eads. Teresa's brother, Tobias, is on hand to watch over his sister, help her in her endeavors, and even manages to fall in love himself. Fun story. Lord Eads and Teresa were also in How a Lady Weds a Rogue: A Falcon Club Novel. I didn't actually connect the dots until after I realized that Wyn and Diantha were acquainted with Lord Eads and Teresa. I had to go back and spot read their story and then remembered the somewhat shady characterization of Lord Eads in that book. Hard to reconcile him as portrayed in this book. He was definitely more likeable in this story.
In some ways, Teresa is a heroine we've read about before: she doesn't fit into society, she writes stories but doesn't dream of publishing them. In other ways, she's not that familiar girl at all: Teresa doesn't have to marry for money or some other pressing reason, she has people who love and support her, she respects herself enough to risk everything in hopes of gaining this one man's love, and she's not afraid to speak the truth, either to herself or to people she cares about.
She's a strong woman, as Duncan is a strong man and this story about how they made a match for themselves is a very good read.
KAshe has a fine ear for dialogue and the best scenes were simply listening to the characters speaking to one another.
She is similar to Julia Quinn's early works: humor, love and respect between a large family of siblings...fun to read and easy escapism with wit and a bit of wisdom in matchmaking thrown in.....sometimes when I read, I stumble because, romance novels are grown up fairy tales and the unreality breaks through, although this is definitely a fairy tale, it is good fun and even if you stop to think about it, the characters are honest enough to make you dive right back into the book to find out what happens next!
The thing that sealed the fifth star was that the Hero went out of his way to help the Heroine become independent because he was a good guy and admired her skill at something.....she wasn't trying to become independent, he simply admired her and found a way to help her become MORE. All men, in real life too, should be so good.