Monday, September 5, 2016

REVIEW Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins

Mad for the Plaid
(The Oxenburg Princes #3)
by Karen Hawkins
The third captivating, sizzling Scottish historical romance in New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins's Princes of Oxenburg series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be enchanted by this dazzling read.

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Publisher ~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Categories ~ Historical Romance

Prince Nikolai Romanovin is bored out of his bejeweled crown with London's society scene. If he has to make inane small talk or dance with one more tongue-tied virgin, he might actually run off. So when he gets word his beloved grandmother might be in danger back in his homeland of Oxenburg, Nik is all too willing to rush to the estate she's been staying in in the snow-capped mountains of Scotland. Arriving in secret only to find his grandmother missing, Nik devises a plan to switch identities with a member of his honor guard so he can move around freely without the pomp and circumstance that comes with the Crown Prince title. He relishes the freedom that comes with losing his title, until he spots her...

While her five older sisters all enjoyed seasons, got married to men of high station, and had children of their own, Ailsa, the baby of the family, was left at home to be raised by her absent father and her sharp-witted, but ailing grandmother after losing her mother in childbirth. Now twenty-nine years old, the sole caretaker of her grandmother, and the entrenched mistress of the castle, Ailsa has resigned herself to living at the castle and enjoying the amusements offered - spending time with her grandmother, copious amounts of reading, wild rides through the moors, and the occasional ball in the local town. All in all, it's a satisfying, if sedate, life . . . But when she meets a guard more handsome, and far more arrogant and sure of himself than any man she's ever met, she's determined to figure out his secrets, no matter the cost.

An amusing, quick moving and intriguing Scottish romance story written to keep the reader glued to the pages.

I want to be Ailsa. She is beautiful, strong of spirit, loving, funny, smart and fair. I like that she listens to those around her and pays attention to every little detail. This character would need a little refinement to function in society but she truly fits in her world. Her writing interaction with Prince Nikolai had me laughing from the first page. Her exasperation with him was hysterical plus the way she provoked him made this story very enjoyable.

Ah... Nik the poor prince has a split personality but as the reader gets further into the story they will find out who the real Nik is and honesty he was fun from the first page because of his annoyance and preconceived idea of what Ailsa looked like and how she would act. There will be a part of you that will be sad for some of his feelings and wish that he finds all his hearts desire and a happy ending.

As a secondary character his grandmother adds more fun to parts of the story with her peculiar ways and she shows up in other books to the series as well.

This whole story is fun and adventurous but it makes a solid statement that all is not what it seems and people are stronger than you can imagine.

I give this 4 stars and though it can be read as a standalone starting at the being of any series can have added value to the storyline.
A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.

~ My Reviews of the series ~
The Prince Who Loved Me (The Oxenburg Princes, #1) ~ Review Coming
The Prince and I (The Oxenburg Princes, #2) ~ Review Coming
The Princess Wore Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes #2.5) ~ Review
Mad for the Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes, #3) ~ Review

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, she takes Instagram pictures of her two rescue dogs, Sadie and Teke, and posts them online.

Yeah, she's a wild one.

Karen lives in balmy Orlando, Florida, with her husband, aka Hot Cop, and her two dogs. Her children are both out of college and have become productive, non-violent members of society. Karen writes six to eight hours a day when not obsessively reading research books on Regency-era Scotland, snacking on chocolate, or looking out the windows of her house and thinking about gardening. Her hobbies include sculpting, oil painting, playing badminton, and -- ok, ok, she doesn't have any hobbies, but if she did, she's sure they'd be something refined and fascinating.

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