Review: How to Marry a Highlander: Falcon Club #3.5 by Katharine Ashe

July 24, 2013 Review 1

Review: How to Marry a Highlander: Falcon Club #3.5 by Katharine Ashe

With seven troublesome half sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he's broke.

With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed instead the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball.

How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she's the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her.

Duncan has no intention of wedding the meddlesome maiden, and he gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can't meet—one month. But Teresa sets terms, too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

Title: How To Marry A Highlander
Author: Katharine Ashe
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 30 July, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 100
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

The third installment in Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club series is a delightfully clever romp through the marriage market in this historical romance novella.  Set in the past, the situation and approach of Teresa is particularly contemporary and completely outrageous for the time.

Teresa is delightful and just moments from being considered too old for the marriage market. A chance encounter across a crowded ballroom nearly two years prior placed one face, one man, at the center of her fantasies and dreams.  To avoid a life of boredom as the wife of the local vicar, she dashes to London and proposes an outrageous wager to the Earl of Eads.

Penniless and with a scandalous reputation, Duncan the Earl has seven half-sisters to care for, and hopes to marry off.  His scandal is overplayed and full of half-truths, the appeal of this man and the obvious adoration for the hoydens he cares for is apparent.  The girls are all rough cut diamonds, full of wildness and directness that shocks society and makes Teresa’s wager even more outrageous.

From matching the girls with prospective suitors, to upended punch bowls at a ball and the subsequent near brawl, the story is delightful and full of hilarity and descriptive passages that bring the story alive in imagination.  Teresa is bold and presents a confident air, even as she is racked with insecurities, and quick to blush in Duncan’s presence.

Full of sexual tension between Teresa and Duncan, this story has a lovely arc that leads to their one sexual encounter, voiced with little asides from Teresa that contradict and illuminate some of the stories her maid has shared from her own escapades.  Truly delightful in the telling, this has me wanting to grab up the rest of the series.

The one warning / complaint I have is the use of ‘dialect’ and ‘wriitten accent’ for the speech of Duncan and his sisters.  It takes some time to acclimate to this technique, and it did slow the reading considerably in the beginning.  While I understand it being used to set character firmly in place of origin, it feels ponderous at first and is very distracting.  The difference does, however, lessen as the eye becomes more accustomed to it, but I don’t feel it added positively to the storyline or the character.

I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.



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