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REVIEW: How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
She's the Hellion of Hyde Park...

A foolproof plan to avoid marriage: 

1. Always carry at least three blades.

2. Ride circles around any man.

3. Never get caught in a handsome duke's arms.

Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She's managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long...and there's one in particular who has her in his sights.

Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what's a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...

Christy English's How to Train Your Highlander is a fun, steamy Historical Romance that features a Duke named Harry and a wild highlander named Mary Elizabeth. If you're looking for something with a twist, I highly recommend this lovely story.

I seriously enjoyed this book because it was so different from the usual highlander romances that I've read in the past. It's common to read ones about a woman being carried off by a rogue male highlander, but there aren't many featuring women highlanders. 

In this story, we get to know Mary Elizabeth, a Scottish woman who refuses to follow her mother's wish for her to get married. Mary Elizabeth's disdain for the English she meets is very apparent from the beginning of the book, but when she runs into Harold "Harry" Percy, she immediately takes a liking to the 30 year old duke. 

I loved the light humor that Ms. English wove into the story. From the beginning, Mary Elizabeth is under the pretense that Harry is just a stable boy instead of the Duke of Northumberland. This results in some very amusing scenes. Mary Elizabeth has no filter when it comes to what she says to Harry and the way he handles it makes it makes him all the better character. One of the things I loved the most about this story is that he always held his own when it came to handling Mary Elizabeth. Harry is definitely NOT a pushover. Although not a highlander, he's definitely manly enough to sweep Mary Elizabeth right off her feet.

When I started this book, I wasn't sure I would like the main female character being the alpha in the situation, but I immediately liked Mary Elizabeth. She's fun, adventurous, and spirited. If you're looking for likeable characters and a new twist to a Historical Romance, you should definitely give this amazing story a try!

Rating: 5/5 STARS

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