Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins
Date Read: September 26th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Caught by the Scot is a fabulously witty and irresistibly sexy Scottish historical romance from New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be won over by the spellbinding Made to Marry series.
When the dark Duke of Hamilton loses his beloved wife, he heeds her dying wish that he make certain her three brothers marry well for she fears they are all headed to ruin. Heartsick, the Duke approaches the task with a heavy hand, ordering the three brothers to marry within three months or forego their inheritance.
The middle brother, the dashing Conner Douglas, is not about to give up his independence, but he knows marriage doesn't always mean one must change, does it? If anything, being married to a pliable sort of female would give him even more opportunity to seduce the married women of the ton. So he heads straight for the most pliable female he knows - a childhood acquaintance and now mousy spinster, the English born and bred Miss Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe.
Conner is so certain Theodora will joyously agree to marry him, that he takes his time traveling to her house and has only one month to secure her hand and marry. Yet when he arrives at her parents' house he discovers that Theodora has just run away with a local landowner—a farmer, no less! Unknown to Conner, Theodora has been wildly, passionately in love with him for years. But she's accepted that he sees her only as a friend. Unable to sit forever in her parents' front parlor and wait for what will never happen, Theodora decided to marry someone comfortable in the hopes they might at least become good partners.
Unaware of Theodora's feelings, Conner isn't about to let 'the perfect wife' get away so easily. But as Conner seduces Theodora, his own feelings stir. And after surviving a trip of mishaps and traps, he discovers that he can't image her marrying anyone but him.
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Series: Made to Marry #1
Received for Review (NetGalley)
This is the first book of Karen Hawkins’ new series and it’s wonderful! Brothers Conner, Jack and Declan Douglas arrive at the home of their brother-in-law, Lachlan (Duke of Hamilton) to discover their sister died giving birth to a baby boy who survived. According to her will they have 4 months to marry or their inheritance goes to the hated Campbells. Anna raised them after the death of their parents and wanted them to settle down. This book is Conner’s story.
Conner decides he’ll marry Thea ( This is the first book of Karen Hawkins’ new series and it’s wonderful! Brothers Conner, Jack and Declan Douglas arrive at the home of their brother-in-law, Lachlan (Duke of Hamilton) to discover their sister died giving birth to a baby boy who survived. According to her will they have 4 months to marry or their inheritance goes to the hated Campbells. Anna raised them after the death of their parents and wanted them to settle down. This book is Conner’s story.
Conner decides he’ll marry Thea (Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe), his friend Derrick’s younger sister. He spent lots of his school breaks at Derrick’s house and likes Thea. However, he doesn’t go to her until the 4 months are almost up and discovers she’s eloped with a neighboring squire, Lancelot Fox. So, he goes after her. He finds her at an inn after the squire’s curricle lost a wheel.
As a young girl, Thea fell in love with Conner but he never paid her much attention. She finally accepts that he won’t ever love her and since she is “on the shelf” agrees to elope with a local squire. When Conner finds her at an inn she realizes he is upset about something. Since the curricle is broken, he offers Thea and Lance his carriage. He also convinces Lance she must have a chaperone. His driver is told to take the long way to Gretna Green and somehow he keeps meeting up with them.
I hope I’ve enticed you to read this really good book as the rest of it just gets better and better. Miscommunications, kisses and maybe more than one HEA. I can easily recommend this book. One of the best lines is from Conner: “Tis easier to read the intentions of a nor’easter than it is to follow a woman’s thinking.”
I can’t wait for the brothers’ stories and maybe even a HEA for the now widowed Duke.
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