New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins begins a sparkling new series with this thrilling tale of a desperate beauty on an urgent quest, a dark earl scarred by his beastly past—and the ancient treasure that binds their fates.
A mysterious abductor . . . Someone is holding her brother prisoner in exchange for a gold-and-onyx box covered in mysterious runes, so Mary Hurst boldly sets out from the family vicarage to find the priceless artifact. But the man who possesses it, Angus Hay, the Earl of Erroll, is less than sympathetic to her plight.
A forbidding stranger . . . Himself a prisoner of his dark past, Angus refuses to yield the box—or allow Mary to leave! Suspicious of the alluring lass’s mission, he vows to wrest a confession from her, but unearths a fiery temper and a will as strong as his own.
An unbreakable curse . . . Passion flares between them, but now there is more at stake: an unknown enemy is hunting down the precious box, and will stop at nothing. Risking all for love, Angus must solve the mystery behind the runes . . . and trust the only woman who can awaken his forgotten heart.
Come on, tell me truly, what women can resist a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord, expect perhaps if her were competing against a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord who is also a werewolf...those are the standards...Karen Hawkins meets and exceeds. I love the wittiness of the characters, the strength of the heroine, the magnetism between them and the obstacles they both have to overcome to be together. I am well aware I described a romantic novel period but it is all about style and Karen Hawkins has it in spades.
I enjoyed the scene where he throws the chairs out the windows the most in the entire book. I just thought it was hilarious and showed the true breadth of Angus. I also think this scene shows the true nature of Mary as well, they are both so perfectly suited from the beginning...and when the kiss, sparks fly.
I enjoyed the plot a lot, it was something different and fresh in my opinion and I love when I find a new historical romance series I can start from the beginning and enjoy until the author completes it. I love her other work and I am intrigued and waiting in anticipation for the next book.
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