Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tasty Review Blog Tour for HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER by Katharine Ashe + #Giveaway!

Welcome to my Stop on the Tasty Book Review Tour for HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER by Katharine Ashe. As a fan of Katharine’s Falcon Club Series, I was very excited to learn that the Earl of Eads, Duncan to his friends, was getting his own happily-ever-after. Enjoy my review and stick around for a special non-Tour giveaway – you’ll only be able to enter here!

***I was provided an eARC via Edelweiss from the publisher but opted to purchase my own copy with the knowledge that I would provide an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER:

An intrepid lady takes on an impossible task to win an irresistible lord.

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 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. But when Duncan gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet — one month — Teresa sets terms too: with each bridegroom she finds, the earl must pay her increasingly intimate rewards . . .

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Teresa Finch-Freeworth is enamored with one man, with broad shoulders and beautiful blue eyes, while facing the prospect of marriage to the odious and pious Mr. Waldon. After learning that the Earl of Eads, the man who has filled her thoughts and her dreams these past eighteen months is to be in London seeking husbands for his seven sisters, yes seven of them, Teresa concocts a plan that will either win her the man of her dreams or ruin her forever.

Duncan, the Earl of Eads, is a man with a past and a man with a heart that will never love again – if he has his way. Fearful of falling in love and losing another woman to childbirth, Duncan escaped London eighteen months ago after spying the most beautiful woman to cross his path since he lost his beloved wife and son. Now that woman, stubborn, beautiful, tempting and persistent, has offered him a wager that if he loses will make him face his fears and his desire for her.

Teresa is determined to win a kiss, a touch, and make love to the handsome Scotsman who stole her heart across a ballroom. With the assistance of her faithful brother, Tobias, she slowly introduces the Scotswomen to London, and to London Society. Luck is with her as each finds love, except one. There is the problem of one sister who has no desire to marry – ever. Will this destroy her chance to win Duncan’s heart?

I am a huge fan of Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club series and HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER is a wonderful addition to the group even though it is a bit of departure from the normal intensity of romance we are used to seeing from Ms. Ashe. Teresa finds herself in the role of matchmaker extraordinaire with the task of finding husbands for each of Duncan’s seven sisters in order to win him as a husband, or so she hopes. Katharine introduces us to a wonderful group of women, all with different personalities and assets. Poor as church mice, with no hopes for marriages back in Scotland, these seven young women need all the help they can get, and Teresa becomes their fairy godmother/matchmaker.

As usual, Katharine’s characters are full of life. There’s humor, some touching moments, jealousies, and a few accidents that some of us might be able to relate to in our own experiences. We are blessed with visits from Lady Heliotrope Beaufetheringstone, whom some of you may know if you visit The Ballroom Blog, as well as the handsome and debonair, Mr. Derek Knightly from Maya Rodale’s The Writing Girl Series. This novella is an adventure beyond just being a romance between two people, it's matchmaker heaven.

I enjoyed this novella so much, even though the time that Duncan and Teresa was not as much as I would’ve liked, the story was delightful, the characters intriguing and lively, and Duncan was  … well, Duncan, a man of few words. I would love to read more regarding this handsome Scotsman and his seven effervescent sisters.

I highly recommend HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER by Katharine Ashe to anyone who loves romance in numbers and a good matchmaking story.

About the Author:

Katharine Ashe lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A
professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She is a two-time nominee and 2011 winner of the Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Romantic Adventure, and her novella A LADY’S WISH launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint in 2011. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, the San Francisco & Sacramento Book Review, Durham County Libraries, and the Library of Virginia.  She adores hearing from readers so please feel free to visit her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway: 

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Thank you for visiting and playing. 

I would love to hear what you think of the idea of doing something wild and crazy to win a man as Teresa does in HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER.
So ... what’s the craziest thing you ever did to win a man?

Happy Reading Everyone and Good Luck!

HOW TO MARRY A HIGHLANDER, a Falcon Club novella by Katharine Ashe, Avon Romance, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
***click on links or cover below for purchasing information.



   

5 comments:

Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting today! As always, wonderful review!!

Elizabeth H. said...

Thanks for the chance to win an ecopy! I'd love to find out how to marry a Highlander!

erin said...

Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I joined a dating site :) But alas, it only lasted 4 years... we recently broke up :( Thanks for sharing!

June M. said...

I have actually never done anything wild or crazy to win a guy...could explain why I am still single, LOL.

Amy Valentini said...

Teresa gives some interesting tips on how to marry a highlander, Elizabeth, of course, they might not work for all. : )
Erin, I'm so sorry to hear it didn't last but maybe it was for the best so you could clear the way for a better partner. ; )
June, sometimes it's the simple things that work the best.

Thanks for coming by, my dears, and good luck in the giveaway.
If you're following Unwrapping Romance on FB, there are 2 more chances to win a copy over there. xoxo

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