Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Posted by Dina N
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins delivers the first book in a sparkling spin-off Regency series featuring the Hurst siblings - two of whom were the heroines in Sleepless in Scotland and The Laird Who Loved Me .
Michael Hurst is obsessed with an ancient Hurst family amulet and is determined to find it after all these years. During his search he disappears, and his younger brothers set out to find him, leaving their sister Mary at home. When a message arrives that he is being held prisoner and will be released only if his family returns a black onyx box covered in runes, Mary sets out to retrieve the item from their friend and fellow antiquarian, Angus Erskine.
But when she arrives in Scotland, nothing is as she expects. The keeper of the box, the sexy-as-sin Earl of Mar, believes her to be an impostor sent to seduce him. Mary refuses to leave until confirmation of her story arrives from a mutual friend. As the artifact continues to be threatened by thieves, the two must work together to keep it safe long enough to get her brother back—all the while trying to guard their hearts from an unexpected love.
This is my first encounter with Karen Hawkins, and now she is on my romance-to-read list. I am in luck because One Night in Scotland is the first of hopefully many books centered around the same family.
This book has all the ingredients of a fun historical romance - a smart, feisty heroine who defies the conventions of her time with her intellect and wit, a dark, handsome and brooding aristocrat with a painful past, adventure, secrets and a dangerous mission, and plenty of sparks flying around. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well - Mary's maid and Angus's butler contribute a lot to the natural flow of the story. It's an easy and entertaining read, and I can't wait for more books from this series.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: Book description and cover art courtesy of the publisher. I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post.