Review: One Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins

Review: One Night in Scotland by Karen HawkinsOne Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
Series: Hurst Amulet #1
Published by Pocket Star on 11/23/2010
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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.

I’ve really been making an effort to read new-to-me historical romance authors, and one such author is Karen Hawkins. I decided to give One Night in Scotland a try because it’s set in Scotland, and it has a Beauty & the Beast feel. While One Night in Scotland was enjoyable, I felt like something was missing for me to truly love this one.

One Night in Scotland starts off with Mary and her maid nearly at The Earl of Erroll’s Scottish holding. Mary is looking for a box that her brother needs desperately. But The Earl, Angus, doesn’t trust Mary, thinking that she wants to steal this box for herself. The set up is a little silly, I will admit, but I was willing to give it a go.

Mary is quite determined, and has always wanted to have her own adventures, but has never been able to. While she is desperately worried about her brother, she is also embracing this opportunity ti have a but of adventure. I like that Mary isn’t a pushover, and that she is clever, but I also found her to be annoying at times. And her schemes to get Angus’s attention really just seemed silly at times.

Angus was not my favorite. He’s really gruff, which I often really like in a hero, but his gruffness sometimes came off as jerk-y. Yes, sometimes Angus just seemed like a jerk. I couldn’t understand his reasoning on keeping Mary a prisoner there until he could prove her identity. I kept thinking there had to be a better solution.

I also couldn’t really understand Mary and Angus’s attraction to each other. I mean, I guess I wanted them to be together, but that’s just because I like romance and always want the hero and heroine to be together. There were times when I could tell that Mary and Angus belonged together, like their shared love of antiquities, but most of the time I didn’t really feel much of a connection.

I did really like this old castle as the setting, though. And One Night in Scotland definitely has a fun Beauty and the Beast feel which I loved. So while One Night in Scotland is not a favorite of mine, I did enjoy it, and I want to read a few more Hawkins’ books to get a feel for her writing style.


11 Responses to “Review: One Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins”

  1. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I always dislike when you can’t understand the attraction between the hero and heroine. It’s not just a given, no matter how much we want them to get together, you know? Hopefully other books by Karen Hawkins will be better.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    When I first started reading romances I read a few Karen Hawkins and remember enjoying them. When I tried to pick a more recent one up not too long ago I just couldn’t get into it. The setting sounds great but I have a feeling I would not be fond of Angus!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I DEFINITELY want to read more Karen Hawkins books. There are always books by authors that I don’t like, even my favorite authors. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by JQ is a perfect example. This one just didn’t work for me.

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I haven’t read this one, but I understand what didn’t work for you. I love gruff heroes too..they just can’t be jerks! Karen Hawkins was an author that I tried quite a bit when I first discovered historical romances. I haven’t read anything by her in a few years though.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I definitely want to look into some of her other books. This is the only one I’ve read so far. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves gruff heroes!

  4. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Ugh, this sounds like a bust! If the hero is a jerk and you don’t understand why these characters love each other… well, that sort of kills the whole book for me lol. I’m sorry this didn’t work for you!

  5. Kaja

    Hm, I’m sorry you didn’t like this one better! Will you be giving her books another try? Ahh, Angus is such a grumpy cat. But he has a tragic past! 🙂 You can’t love every hero, right?

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