Monday, December 5, 2016

Wildly exciting read ~ How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Sportochick's Musings ~ A wildly exciting read of an unlikely pair that work perfectly for each other.

How to Train Your Highlander
(Broadswords and Ballrooms #3)
by Christy English

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Publisher ~ sourcebooks casablanca
Categories ~ historical romance

She's the Hellion of Hyde Park...

A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke's arms.

Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She's managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long...and there's one in particular who has her in his sights.

Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what's a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...

What a wildly exciting read of an unlikely pair that work perfectly for each other. I love the premise of the storyline and though there are some times that I felt Mary Elizabeth was too naive and a little redundant it did not take away from how much I enjoyed this book.

Mary Elizabeth was truly a character that made me laugh with her antics while admiring her determination to stay true to herself and the life she wants without a husband. Though at times she seemed to have blinders on with regards to Harry she also saw parts of him that others did not see.

The portrayal of Harry intrigued me. He was humble, quiet, masculine, a conflict avoider, then all of a sudden he started to show a stronger side where he finally starts to fight for what he really wants. A refreshing change to the always have my way in charge dukes we typically read, Harry's character was the perfect foil for Mary Elizabeth. I loved his character from page one.

The overall feel of this book is two people who do not fit in the cookie cutter world of society and are struggling to retain the essence of who they are while being forced to find their match and get married. It's is a light entertaining read.

I give it 4 STARS and know you'll enjoy this book. 

Have you read it yet? Do you agree with my assessment? Tell me what you think of these main characters in the comments.

 Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in western North Carolina
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