Much To Do About Marriage is a rollicking tale that traverses a mystical Scottish isle, a stormy sea, and lands firmly in a luxurious manse upon the banks of the Thames as the luckiest man in England is forced to wed Fia MacLean, the unluckiest woman in Scotland! A fun, spirited prequel to Karen's MacLean Curse Series and her upcoming Hurst Amulet Series.
So...this book started out slow; I had to read to about page eighty or ninety until I was riveted to the pages, which was almost to my stopping limit. I am so glad I continued to read on. There are so many things I love about this book I am completely dumbfounded at where to start.
Lets start with characters! I loved the nice mix up of a Scottish lady and an English gentlemen because for some reason in Scottish historical romance it is always the other way around, I found the switch refreshing. I love the spirit and fire in Fia (although I don't love the name) and I love the strength and determination in Thomas (I do love his name...it's my husband's). These two fit perfectly together, steam included. (yes, the pun was intended) I love the secondary characters as well and I found myself starting to wonder about their lives; wondering about Robert and Duncan and their happily ever afters. I find myself quite attached to these heroes.
Next we will go with plot. I was very happy to find out that this is not the predictable highland romance. Of course it is just bursting with sexy Scots *cough* Duncan *cough* but it has a sophisticated and unpredictable side. The plot moves fast once it gets going, and as I said is unpredictable, I had no idea where the book was going until I actually read it, which rarely happens anymore. I also enjoyed the fact that the politics where a major part of the plot but not so forward that I was bored to tears and skipping pages. The final thing I liked was the boat, we had ourselves a nice sea voyage before we hit London town and what a steamy voyage it was.
Ok, finally we are on to writing. I enjoyed Ms. Hawkins' writing style immensely. It is filled with style, grace, and genuine passion for her characters that could tangibly feel while reading the pages. I do have to say I will never ever be able to read the word 'turgid' in a book without giggling because of the movie 'Ten Things I Hate About You', so I guess it was appropriate and a tad bit ironic that I found it in this book. This book is also pretty funny; I found myself laughing out loud a few times.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book immensely and have already added every other book Ms. Hawkins has written to my wishlist for later purchasing. You would be crazy not to read this one....it is great for any historical romance lover.
P.S. I love the cover too...the guy on it looks a bit like Jonathan Rhys Meyers *melt*
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