Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book: How To Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Series:Broadswords and Ballrooms #3

Reviewer: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Setting: Mild

Overall Setting: 5/5 Stars

Northumberland, 1820

This is the third book of Christy English’s Broadswords and Ballrooms series. I have enjoyed each and everyone although I would call the genre Scottish regency.

This story is about Mary Elizabeth Waters who will do anything to avoid marriage. She has the typical mother who wants her English daughter to marry an English titled gentlemen! Mary Elizabeth just assumed to avoid the entire marriage trap period! Plus her mother feels her Scottish daughter needs to calm down and get settled already! Only an Englishman will be able to handle this and settle her down.

The last thing Mary Elizabeth wants is to be settled down! She has been able to avoid two betrothals already. Plus she is proud of her Scottish heritage which she is terribly homesick for. Plus she feels Englishman want to control her like an animal on a leash. Almost like she would be caged or locked in.

Now her mama got them invited to Harold Percy, the Duke of Northumberland’s house party. Mary Elizabeth just knows her mama is scheming for she to marry this English Duke. She just wants to return to Scotland, roaming on the heather and thistles and swimming in the cold refreshing loch or burns!

At the Dukes party she mistakenly thinks the Duke is the stable boy. Finding the English ways strange,  calling men 30 summers old boys! She makes a friend not realizing it's actually the Duke. Harold, the Duke, knows he will have to fess up and tell the truth eventually and hopes Mary Elizabeth will forgive his fib. The Duke is just tired of constantly being chased by these mothers and their daughters for a marriage offer. They don't even know him! He likes being unrecognizable and unknown by this Scottish beauty. It is quite refreshing and a wonderful change.

Will Mary Elizabeth forgive this English Duke? Possibly will she be furious, being played with like this?You will have to read this wonderful book to find the conclusion.

It's hilarious, Mary Elizabeth always carries blades on her, riding circles around any man. Yet she dances Scottish reels and Harold Percy, the secret Duke knows he must have her! She is the wild Scottish Thistle of his dreams!

Another fast paced page turning, it will make you laugh and make you cry. Wonderful plots wondering what the conclusion will be! This is my favorite book in the series filled with laughter, surprises, betrayal, forgiveness, trust, passion and love!

I read this phenomenal novel in one setting. As it was that magnificent! I highly recommend How To Train Your Highlander, by the gifted author, Christy English. Another book full of fun and enjoyment that I highly recommend!

This is a voluntarily advance ereader given by the publisher through NetGalley. All words, thoughts and ideas are my own.

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