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Partita col destino (MacLean Curse #3)

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Scozia, 1810.
Quando il padre perde la tenuta di famiglia giocando contro il tenebroso Dougal MacLean, Sophia decide di riprendersela nello stesso modo, puntando l'unica cosa che le resta: se stessa. Dougal è incapace di resistere al fascino della sfida e alla straordinaria bellezza di Sophia, e quando lei gli propone di giocare a carte con quella posta a dir poco inconsue
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Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Harlequin Mondadori (first published January 1st 2008)
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✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝

I enjoyed Lord MacLean..... Their sexual tension was awesome.
It is brilliant historical romance read.

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Happy reading

D xo
Elaine
Sep 17, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy read. A fast paced, entertaining and amusing plot. The ending was a little abrupt (the same as with the first 2 books in this series). I like it when the heroine is both smart and beautiful and Sophia was defenitely both. Dougal was sexy as sin and I loved the chemistry between him and Sophia. I wanted an entertaining read and I got one. Karen Hawkins did not disappoint.
Pamela
Jan 27, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled getting through this one. The dynamics of the relationship between Dougal and Sophia are quite similar to Jack & Fiona's; & Gregor & Venetia's. The way the feelings develop, the way they all get angered by petty bruises to the ego, yet they're supposed to have complete control of their emotions, the sexual attraction & tension are a carbon copy, a regurgitation from one book to the next. Just throw on different names and how they are conveniently left in improp ...more
BJ Rose
Sophia's father was supposed to go to Edinburgh to sell her mother's diamonds so they could repair the roof, but he made a side trip to Stirling to do some gambling, and lost not only the diamonds but the house as well, because he just happened to have the deed in his pocket. So Sophia set about making the house look so undesirable that the MacLean wouldn't want to keep it. But when he arrives, he just happens to overhear her devious plan, so he's able to undo all her efforts. And that made this ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
4.5 stars
I read it in one go-til 1:00 am!! and it was worth staying up late.
I might review this one in more detail later on
Elissa Abdullah
Aug 04, 2013 Elissa Abdullah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
finished it at 2 am. this third book is better than the previous two. more amusing, although the push and pull romance between the characters made me want to throw the pillow.
I looveeeeee Sophia's charachter. strong, independent, smart, and subtle.
while Dougal Maclean, the typical of the gentlemen in the 19th Century, arogant, playfull, smart, remarkably handsome and incredibly stubborn, with a determination wouldn't ever fall in love, would never give his heart to anyone, blah blah blah, that
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Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Yet another delightful read by Karen Hawkins. The lightness of this series is all the more reason for me to love it.

In this book, the stylish MacLean brother finds himself trapped in a series of card games, not mention also a battle of wills, with the non-traditional, determined Sophia.

I really enjoyed this book. Just like the previous one, this one had a nice comedy feel to it. Especially towards the end. There were more than a few occasions where I laughed out loud at what was happening. And
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Katherine
This book received some really poor reviews so I wasn't expecting much. To my surprise I loved this story. Is it believable...NO, is it funny, heartwarming, adorable and romantic....YOU BET. Finally characters that stay true to themselves. If you want a story that screams Scotland this will not be it. These stories really have very little to do with the Scotish Lairds. And finally a picture of a couple that actually look like the characters they are supposed to represent. The guy on this book lo ...more
Readitnweep
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Paraphrodite
Sep 30, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
3.5 stars.
Heather
the people in the inside cover have about as much passion between them as two dead bodies.&the guy isnt good looking.&the girl looks younger than her age in the book.&her dress is cheap-looking.&i know she's holding cards because they played them,but it just looks a lil random&cheap.
i usually like reading about 16-21 year olds,and not older women.
"kept them all safe&sane,laughing @muddy roads&mocking ill-tempered innkeepers until sophie &red would dissolve into la
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Jennifer
Nov 27, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not expecting much from this style of romance story besides maybe to not be as boring as it is.
Jill
Mar 15, 2017 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and entertaining.
Meliana
Sep 02, 2013 Meliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karena kalah di meja judi, Robert MacFarlane, harus merelakan rumah yang dia dan mendiang istrinya perjuangkan untuk tempat berteduh keluarga kecil mereka kepada Lord Dougal MacLean. Sophia MacFarlane, gadis yang cantiknya seperti peri dalam dongeng, tidak bisa tinggal diam melihat rumahnya diambil begitu saja karena kelalaian ayahnya yang biasa dia panggil Red itu. Maka dari itu, Sophia merencanakan untuk membuat pemilik MacFarlane House yang baru tidak menyukai rumah itu dan mau menjadikan akt ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
The 3rd book of the series on the MacLean Curse is great fun, entertaining and full of charming trickery and romance.

Sophia, learns that her Dad, on her way to selling some family jewels to get some money to do some of the fixing her home needs, lost everything including the house, that her mother had so lovingly fixed and left for them, in a game of cards. In order to keep her house she comes up with a plan, but little did she know that when she was working on the final touches of her plan, Dou
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Gaby
Jul 24, 2011 Gaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It has been a while since I read a highlander romance, and I'm really happy I read To Catch a Highlander because I practically loved it.

Dougal is the typical alpha male. He won a house from Sophia's father at a gambling game and is decided to claim it. But Sophia and her father are doing everything to make him leave and leave their house alone.

Sophia is a beauty, and her life is basically spending time with her father. She's not happy when learning her father lost not only
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Nonky
Jan 08, 2012 Nonky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this for what it was. There wasn't much atmospheric, Scottish content except at the beginning. It was more about real estate than the usual swords and clan wars, but it did the job.

The characters were suitably sneaky and smart, and I appreciated the pragmatism they both showed. There was no single kiss where they immediately both thought "uh-oh, I am in love!" They had sex, but everything was wrapped around gambling for the house and jewelry.

The secondary cast was the usual set of help
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Meilany Lim
Here is why I DNF & won't continue the book :

1. At the opening line, her father said they lost it ALL but why & how can the f she ordered some NEW dresses ??? so easy??? like they still have ALL ???

2. Her brain is like a bulp.
How can we do that?
*tringg*
AHA! I got an idea


3. She planned to play I-AM-SMARTER-THAN-YOU, but she GOT CAUGHT in the very beginning.

4. The hero, who I thought will help me with the book is dumb.

"Oh, she thought she can fool me?
who do you think you are?
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Brittany
Aug 22, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I read this book once, never finished it. This time...I finished it. And O.............M...................G. I loved it from the beginning and it was a very quick read for me. At first I thought that Dougal was...well, too 'eh' for me and I thought Sophia wasn't a virgin...but then things got hot and heavy and funny with the horrible dinner, drink, bed, everything, but Dougal knew that she was faking because he heard her the first time when he was looking at the outside of the house. So in a ...more
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book #3 in the McLean Curse series

Sophia McFarlane's father has lost their home & her mother's last set of jewels in a card game with Dougal McLean. Sophia deliberately makes the house look run-down, hoping that Dougal won't want it anymore & that he'll be willing to use it as stakes for another card game so she can win it back.

Dougal overhears Sophia & her servant trying to make the place inhospitable so he know she's up to some sort of trickery. He's drawn to her when they first me
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Jenn
Jan 28, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
More gym reading that I acquired for free from Amazon. This is the third in a series and despite the fact that I loathe reading most stuff out of order, the romance books tend to not matter nearly as much since they're only tenuously connected. It's the same deal with this one, I think. Two of Dougal's siblings are already married in this one and while we meet the sister and her husband, it doesn't matter too much that we don't know they're back story.

This is a fun, very light read. There are a
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babyfishmouth
This is the first book in the MacLean Curse series that I've read.

Can't say it's the best romance I've ever read but it had some scenes that I really liked.

Overall, the story line is pretty silly and not very believable (especially the paranormal aspect of "anger=thunderstorm") but I found myself liking both the hero and heroine enough to overlook most of the plot. There were some humorous scenes and clever dialogue between Dougal and Sophie. The romantic tension built up nicely along with the s
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Erin H
Dec 23, 2010 Erin H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bronwyn Rykiert
Sophia MacFarlane has just spent a month making her home look uninhabitable because her father, Red, has lost it in a card game to Dougal MacLean and she doesn’t want MacLean to want the house. She has also been practicing her card playing in order to win back the deed to the house if the other doesn’t work. What she did not realize was that Dougal had arrived, at last, and had overheard her talking with her assistant Angus about what they had done and he wanted very much to meet the voice of th ...more
Felita Hardigaloeh
cover terjemahannya aneh

kali ini cerita ttg Dougal Maclean, si pesolek diantara keluarganya

kali ini Dougal ketemu cewek yg sebanding dgnnya...bisa main kartu dan punya akal.

lucu aja ngeliat Sophia sengaja membuat rumahnya kotor hanya supaya Dougal ga betah dan mengembalikan akta rumah itu yg dimenangkan Dougal dari ayah Sophia.

lucu juga ngeliat aksi Dougal stlh dia tau rencana Sophia.belum lagi tindakannya hanya supaya Sophia dekat dg nyya setelah Dougal kembali ke rumahnya.

lumayan deh, apalagi
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Maureen Feeney
Sophia MacFarlane father has lost their home in a card game to Lord Dougal MacLean. She makes her home look run down and shabby in the hope that she can can make Dougal think its worthless and then she can use her charm to win it back off him in a card game. Dougal calls to see his new estate and overhears what Sophia has done. He plays along pretending ignorance, to teach Sophia a lesson.

It was a nice light read, some good witty bits. The characters are likeable enough but in saying that I cou
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Diana
May 12, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophia MacFarlane is determined to win back the house her father lost to Dougal MacLean, so she purposely makes the house ugly and seeks to engage Dougal into a high-stakes game, wagering herself against the house.

Another fun installment with great chemistry between Sophia and Dougal, and fun and furious scheming. The only thing I'm confused about is whether this is the end of the series, because the resolution of the curse wasn't addressed and the family tree with the two remaining brothers and
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Lorraine Lesar
When reading this book, it reminded me strongly of Karen Hawkins book "To catch a highlander" and regrettably, I kept comparing the two and I preferred Ms Hawkins book, so only three stars from me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this slightly erotic romance (a bit of spanking and very naughty thoughts) and thought the hero, was wonderful. Who wouldn't like a strong, sexy and very intelligent male lead? This was a one off read for me, enjoyed it for what it was, but not enough to investigate furth ...more
Jean
I forgot to mark this one read. I loved this one. It was too funny watching the two play cat and mouse with each other. Sophia's father gambles away the deed to her home to Dougal MacLean. In order to convince him that it's not worth his efforts, she intentionally wrecks to place before he comes to see it. Unfortunately, he arrives while she in the middle of her latest effort and he quietly removes himself knowing what's going on. Very entertaining.
Anne
Dec 30, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Another delightful read from Karen Hawkins. When Sophie's father, who can never resist a wager, spends money needed for home repairs on a card game and not only loses the money but their home too, Sophie is horrified. She decided to make the place as unattractive as can be for the future buyer, but unfortunately he overhears her scheme, and the fun begins. Tricked into a card game for the house by Sophie, Duncan and she find they are involved in something deeper. A fun read.
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, sh ...more
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