August 27, 2013

Book Review: How to Marry A Highlander by Katherine Ashe

The Deal: Even being an ear, marrying off seven sisters with no money is a hard proposition; and one Duncan isn't too happy to find himself in. But duty calls and he does want to see his sisters happily settled and secure. So off to London he goes to try to find seven eligible bachelors... but instead he finds Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth.

Teresa was off living her own life and trying not to think too much about that handsome highlander she had seen once in a party, when her family decided it was in her best interest to be married to the local curate - never mind that he's rather severe, self important and doesn't understand Teresa at all. 

Hearing that Duncan is back in London, Teresa hatches a crazy plan to get herself the life she want, sure that she didn't imagine that connection she felt with Duncan when they saw each other across the room at that party.

Having gone through marriage once - and having tragically lost his wife and child - Duncan doesn't want a marriage minded miss following him around, but he can't resist Teresa and strikes a bargain with her: if she finds a husband for each of his sisters, he'll marry her. The catch? she only got one month to do so. 

My Thoughts: Okay, so I read How to Marry A Highlander because Daisy @ Between the Pages reviewed it and I thought it sounded delightful.

It was. 

This is a novella, so everything happens quickly, yet Ms Ashe managed to introduce and make me care about Teresa and Duncan very quickly - the mark of a good novella/book in my opinion - and even about the sisters, which were rather hard to keep straight sometimes. Teresa and Duncan were both lovely characters.

Duncan has a bit of a shady past and that was fun, and the bargain he strikes with Teresa made up for some very steamy scenes. Teresa was just fun and caring, and he really did want the girls to find good husbands, she was a generous soul and I liked that.

Hot to Marry A Highlander was a delightful book and I'm very glad I read it. It only took me a couple of hours to read it and it left me grinning. I do wish it had been longer though, and that the sister's romance had been a little more fleshed out, but I understand it was a novella so no hard feelings about it.

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