ARC Review: Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins

27276366Title: Mad for the Plaid (The Oxenburg Princes #3)

Author: Karen Hawkins

Publisher: Pocket Books

Expected Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Genre: Historical, Romance

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 400

Rating: 4 Stars



“What more could New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s fans desire” than the “sharp repartee, clever plotting, memorable characterization, and sizzling sexual tension” (RT Book Reviews) of her sparkling Oxenburg Princes fairy tale romance series?

Nikolai Romanovin, a royal prince of Oxenburg, has travelled to the deepest wilds of Scotland to rescue his grandmother the Grand Duchess, who was abducted while visiting an old friend in the Highlands. Wanting to avoid an international incident, Nik plans to quietly slip into enemy territory disguised as a groom at Castle Cromartie. But his plans go awry when he falls under the cool gray gaze of the laird’s daughter.

Pragmatic and clever, Ailsa Mackenzie has been left in charge of the family estate and her unruly grandmother in her father’s absence. Something about the new groom catches her eyes, and makes her think he’s not who he pretends to be—and even more shockingly, stirs her senses. Is it his obviously educated manners? His arrogant, non-servant-like presence? It’s certainly not his towering, powerful form, or slumberous, inviting green eyes!

After confronting the imposter and learning the truth, Ailsa agrees to help Nik—for she, too, understands difficult relatives and would do anything for family. Soon their secret partnership leads to growing respect, searing kisses, and then something far more perilous. And when their quest turns dangerous, Ailsa and Nik must discover this unknown enemy while facing the dangerous demands of their own unruly hearts.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

I think Mad for the Plaid is my favorite of The Oxenburg Princes series (and a nice closure, since all the princes had had their happy-ever-afters now. At least that’s my take). Overall I enjoyed the camaraderie and battle of wits between Lady Ailsa and Prince Nikolai, or even with other supporting characters. But what I really loved the most was the heroine character. Ailsa might not be beauty, but she was a strong young lady who knew what she wanted and didn’t around waiting for things to happen. This has been one of the traits I love about Karen Hawkins‘s books!

That Tata Natasha – Nik’s grandmother – being less annoying here helped a lot. The side effect of that was not many laugh-inducing moments caused by this nosy Duchess; but fear not, readers still get to see her hassled her grandsons a bit. And less Tata Natasha meant more Ailsa and Nik’s moments through good, bad, and steamy climates!

Yes, I had my vexation over the betrayal part of the story. It baffled me that Nik never suspected anything with so many hints thrown it (of course, readers saw the bigger pictures that we were able to guess by putting two and two together). Yet again, this put the moment of glory on the heroine’s side. Gosh, I just loved Ailsa MacKenzie – she could have me overlooked less desirable details in this books! I also gave credit to that lovely ending to her – of course, with the interference of you know who – although to be fair, Nik showed a promising inclination by that point.

I don’t know whether there’s more Oxenburgian stories in store. But even if there isn’t, I’m sure Karen Hawkins would come up with others; spin-offs, tied-in, new series, I don’t care; so long as there’s new stories to come, I’ll grab whatever she writes! 😀

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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