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The Taming of a Scottish Princess (Hurst Amulet #4)

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The mystery of the Hurst Amulet is revealed! New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins pits a world-renowned explorer against his strong-willed assistant as they pursue a long-lost treasure.


When famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst discovers that the infamous Hurst Amulet is hidden in Scotland, he insists his trusted assistant, Miss Jane Smythe-Hau
Published May 22nd 2012 by Pocket Books
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☂ ℬrandi
I've read 11 books by Karen Hawkins to date and though my memory is a bit fuzzy I recall thinking that all of them were better than average; more than worthy of recommendation. One in particular Scandal in Scotland I really liked. This, the final book in the Hurst Amulet series is a good enough finale. Plot wise it isn't as good as any of the other books I've read. Maybe I'm having an off reading day since I seem to be in the minority opinion but I found this book very unsatisfying and though no ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Famous Egyptologist Michael Hurst has spent years traveling the world and Egypt in search of treasure. Finally, Michael believes he knows where the infamous Hurst Amulet is hidden - not in Egypt where they thought, but in Scotland. Normally, his trusted assistant, the very resolutely dauntless Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton, seems surprisingly upset by the news that they would be traveling to the mysterious Isle of Barra. Michael is totally intrigued by Jane’s unusual attitude of dismay bordering on ...more
Another book loses stars to the infamous inability of historical authors to use the language of the setting and not modern Americanisms. If you hear the term "Scotch" used for whisky (NOT whiskey), you most certainly are not in Scotland. Also, given that Scotland had its own royal family, before the kings and queens of England became Scotland's monarchs too, to call a laird's daughter a princess is a mighty far reach. Like the term "Scotch" is protected, I might start a campaign that only those ...more
I've read all of the Hurst Amulet series and i just thought it was the worst one out of the series. I'm not saying that the book was bad, but for the series that just kept building up I didn't think it meet it's standards. I'm in love with the series and i'm quite sad that it's over, but this book just put a damper in the series. I thought the novel lacked the romance that was there in the other from the series and the type of love that said they were meant to be together. i also didn't think th ...more
Alice Anderson
I had the pleasure of previewing Karen Hawkins' latest novel, The Taming of a Scottish Princess. A few things up front: I rarely give 5 stars to any book or product and I can count all of the historical romances I've ever read on one hand.

So why in the world did I pick up this book? Well, admittedly, I'm partial to the color teal and that's the prominent color on the cover. Which made me look at the title. I'm always up for a "taming" story. But the back cover blurb sealed the deal for me.

It rea
OK, not so sure what "taming" has to do with anything, but this is still a fine ending to the Hurst Amulet story.

Hero: Michael Hurst, the Egyptologist who has been Indiana Jonesing all over the world for a few years. He's back in England, trying to get backers for his next expedition and he's got some news regarding the amulet. If he's right he'll have the thing in his hot little hands by next week. His assistant, Jane Smythe-Haughton, has been his right arm, his helper, his companion and to som
I did really enjoy this book; the only thing that I found I didn't care for was; there seemed to be more action than actual romance.
First, the dialogue between Micheal and Jane was so entertaining! I loved how they interacted with each other. The story was great too and it was a nice conclusion to the Hurst Amulet series. I found I devoured the book because it was highly entertaining as they were on the search for the amulet and they ended up on an island that has something to do with Jane's pa
Great ending to the series! Michael Hurst and Jane haughton -Smythe travel o the isle of Barra in search of the Hurst Amulet, but Michael soon becomes engaged in a mystery surrounding Jane at the Sam time finding himself more and more attracted to her . Michael is at first troubled by his attractionandwonderingwhy after 4 years of traveling with Jane o kiss should suddenly cause it al to tart changing,
I loved this book and the whole series for that matter sorry to see it end!
Era el libro final de la serie, el que más ganas tenía de leer, con unos protagonistas que habíamos entrevisto en los restantes libros a través de las cartas que Hust enviaba a sus hermanos... y al final ha resultado ser el menos emocionante de todos, y teniendo en cuenta que en el primero la protagonista se pasaba la mayor parte del tiempo encerrada en un cuarto, eso es mucho decir.

El problema no han sido solo las expectativas que me había creado la serie, sino que el propio libro prometía much
Jill Wharton
I really enjoyed this books. In the typical Karen Hawkins style, it had humor and truly likable characters. You wanted to root for Jane and Michael to not just find their way back to each, but to find themselves as people. Jane was a bit unconventional and I like that in my stories. She wasn't a cookie character heroine that sat around pining away to fall into his arms the moment he arrives. Jane had, in many ways, set out to forge her own destiny. She just needed Michael to wake up and see all ...more
A very satisfying conclusion to the Hurst Amulet mystery as adventurer Michael Hurst and his trusty assistant, Jane, finally track down the amulet and find out its mysteries.

Michael and Jane have a wonderful relationship. After 4 years working together, they are comfortable in each others presence and able to say what's on their mind. My favorite part about them is their banter. They poke fun at each other but right from the start, it's in a very loving way. Even when Michael is in a ballroom wi
Author: Karen Hawkins
First published: 2012
Length: 375 pages
Setting: Barra, an island in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, 1822
Sex: Explicit. Once.
Hero: Archaeologist/Explorer.
Heroine: Assistant to Michael Hurst, amateur archaeologist, long-lost Laird of Barra.
Includes: excerpt from How to Capture a Countess, Book 1 of The Duchess Diaries by Karen Hawkins.

And so the search for the Hurst Amulet comes to end.

After a well-paced, interesting saga, Michael, the mysteriously imprisoned Hurst brother, fin
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
This was my first Karen Hawkins book. I have to say I really enjoyed this book. The Taming of a Scottish Princess started out a little slow and Michael came off as a pompous ass, but as the story goes on I grew to love Michael's character. Michael may still be single minded but by the end of the book what he has his mind set on has changed. He finally learns what is truly important to him.

While you might think she a mouse type of character you would be very wrong. Jane is a very strong, d
The Hurst family has had some fun and entertaining reads in this series and Karen Hawkins has had a fun way of introducing each chapter in her books with an excerpt from one of the character’s letters or diary entry. This meant that even though we had to wait four long books for the story of Michael Hurst and his assistant, Jane Smythe-Haughton, we’ve been given glimpses of them throughout the series. For me this lead to an epic buildup of the love story for these two which we finally got to rea ...more
A wonderful story! The following is taken from my review on

THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS, the fourth and final book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Hawkins’ HURST AMULET series, is a deliciously witty and sensual historical romance. I had a hard time putting it down and continued to read late into the night, eager to see what happened next. Michael and Jane make a delightful couple and their interaction is not only steamy, but also hilarious. By c
Recommended Read

My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

Famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst has no desire to be stuck in London society’s ballrooms, courting investors. He’d much rather be off on his next adventure – particularly if that adventure involves finding the Hurst Amulet, a long-lost family heirloom. His quest to locate the amulet is finally coming to an end: Michael’s discovered that the treasure is hidden on a small Scottish isle. If this w
Good conclusion to the Hurst Amulet series. Michael and Jane have been searching for the amulet for four years and have finally tracked it down to the Scottish island of Barra. Jane has been his unflappable assistant for all of those four years, but she now seems to be bothered by their destination. This glimpse under the surface has Michael noticing more than her capability, he is seeing her more as a woman. Once they arrive ob the island, Michael discovers that she used to live there, and was ...more
Yellow Rose
I really wanted to like this book. I have watched Braveheart a few days back and I was inspired to read something about Scotland. The setting was beautiful and interesting. I found the whole story fascinating and I believed it would be more of an adventure then it truly turned out to be. But in fact as I moved passed the chapters I kept forcing myself to read on, the story became boring, tedious and predictable.

Our hero is a dunce, he is so socially awkward he seemed mentally retarded to me. And

I stumbled over Hawkins' novels in a used bookstore, in the wrong section of the store. It looked like someone had picked up 3 books and then left them after changing their mind. Their loss, my gain. I can not tell you what made me pick up one and read the back cover-maybe it was the name of the female character, Arabella Hadley. I've always liked the name Arabella. Who knows. But I picked up "A Belated Bride" and 2 others, and off I went into Regency romance, faster than a speeding Road Runner
I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. Of course, having read the earlier books in the series, it was easy to jump right in, however, it still was a wonderful story and perfect ending to the "Hurst Amulet" series.

I liked the story so much because I enjoy romances where the couple starts out as friends and then the relationship evolves in to a romance. And in this book, I especially liked that they didn't really "fight" the attraction too much. Watching the Michael and Jane "fall in love"
Jenni Ebba
This novel reminds me why I love historical romances. They're whimsical, engrossing, and tend to leave us feeling good at the end. In this novel, The Taming of a Scottish Princess (the conclusion to the Hurst Amulet series- though it's a great stand alone), Michael Hurst and his long time assistant Jane Smythe-Haughton find that the Hurst Amulet (the Hurst family's ancient inheritance) might lie in a small Scottish isle.... a small isle that Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton may have connections to.
This was a cute book. The characters were fun and engaging and the story was cute.
Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book.

“You don't have to say a thing except yes. You don't have to do anything, either, I'm quite willing to plan it all."
"Yes me."
"You'd plan all of it? Even the wedding?"
"Why not?"
"You don't even like to plan your own breakfast."
He grinned. "You mean more to me than bacon."
"More than bacon? I'm honored."
"You should be, my foolish pea brain.”

The two middle stories
This book was fun! The search for the amulet exciting and fraught with endless good natured name calling. In fact the way the two main characters spoke to each other was both heated and familiar. They knew each other well enough but when his dawning realization that she was not just 'Jane' but was also a woman. An attractive one. That was fun to watch as it developed.
You had gotten a taste of Michael and Jane’s relationship throughout the rest of the series, so this was a highly anticipated book for me. And it lived up to expectation. The relationship between Michael and Jane just worked – it had zing, it had fire, it was fun, it was close and it was great to see how it developed. Both were strong willed characters with a good dose of stubborn as well, but I just loved that they knew each other so well and worked around that. The only thing that let this bo ...more
Guilty Pleasures
Asher's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Let me first say I am a picky historical romance reader. Normally I stay away from them because its the same ole same ole. Girl gets in trouble, needs brawny guy to rescue her, blah blah.

While this book was along those lines, it captured my interest in that the heroine was on the run with her dead husbands two sons. I had never seen that aspect before, and it was truly engaging. Her concern for the boys, and their well being even though they were not her
liked this, hero and heroine were very strong and enjoyable, but the end seemed a little too "sweet" when the villain (David) turns into a sappy lovestruck fellow and his weak-willed son (Jamie) is suddenly loved by his evil money-hungry wife
The final book in the Hurst Amulet series, and great fun! We finally get to meet Jane, the mysterious assistant that Michael has been writing his siblings about while on their adventures to find the Hurst amulet. That Jane has a mysterious past is far too intriguing for Michael, and the reader, frankly. I thought that the reveal of the betrayer and the evil uncle was a little too pat (they had their reasons just doesn't cut it, and eew for the person who chooses the uncle.) The whole time I was ...more
Erin H
This was my absolute favorite book in the series. I couldn't get enough of Michael and Jane. Jane worked for Hurst for four years before any kind of feelings were shown. After they made their way to Scotland determined to find the Hurst amulet, Jane's past came to light. I loved these two together. They had the chemistry and their insults back and forth were entertaining. I loved the way that Michael finally opened his eyes to see Jane as more than an employee. At times I did find Michael to be ...more
Lord Rose
I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was no taming and no real princess. The title had really put me off reading the book for a while. (1822 Scotland has no princesses. That is a fact.)

I had a bit of a problem with the inheritance- if she was presumed dead, wouldn't the uncle get the title? Titles pass through pretty exact rules, and one of those is that you don't decide who gets the title next- the oldest person in the next branch of the family gets it.

Overall, I rather liked this book
J.R. Newell
This book was not as strong as I might have hoped, but it still made for an enjoyable read. I love the premise: the sexy hero suddenly realizes that his trusted assistant of many years is a lovely woman that he desires. It also turns out that she is a Scottish princess in disguise, which I found a bit over the top. I would have liked the heroine to be MORE of everything - more spunky, more willing to make the hero suffer a bit, more intelligent, more sexy. There wasn't anything really wrong with ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 09:59AM  
  • The Warrior Laird (Highlander Brothers, #1)
  • A Scandalous Scot
  • The Scottish Witch (The Chattan Curse, #2)
  • Rules of an Engagement (Adventurers’ Club, #3)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • Highland Avenger (Murray Family, #18)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4.5)
  • Conquered by a Highlander (Children of the Mist, #4)
  • Along Came a Duke (Rhymes With Love, #1)
  • My Wicked Little Lies (Sinful Family Secrets, #3)
  • Secrets To Seducing A Scot (Highland Knaves, #1)
  • Charmed by His Love (Spellbound Falls, #2)
  • No Longer a Gentleman (Lost Lords, #4)
  • In the Arms of a Marquess (Rogues of the Sea, #3)
  • True Highland Spirit (Highlander #3)
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet, #1)
  • The Pleasure of Your Kiss (Burke Brothers, #1)
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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Other Books in the Series

Hurst Amulet (5 books)
  • Much Ado About Marriage (MacLean Curse, #6)
  • One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet, #1)
  • Scandal in Scotland (Hurst Amulet, #2)
  • A Most Dangerous Profession (Hurst Amulet, #3)
How to Abduct a Highland Lord (MacLean Curse, #1) To Catch a Highlander (MacLean Curse, #3) The Laird Who Loved Me (MacLean Curse, #5) The Abduction of Julia (Rogues, #1) Sleepless in Scotland (MacLean Curse, #4)

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“You don't have to say a thing except yes. You don't have to do anything, either, I'm quite willing to plan it all."
"Yes me."
"You'd plan all of it? Even the wedding?"
"Why not?"
"You don't even like to plan your own breakfast."
He grinned. "You mean more to me tban bacon."
"More than [i]bacon?[/i] I'm honored."
"You should be, my foolish pea brain.”
She lifted her brows. “Yes?”
“If you so much as hum one word, I shall stuff one of your gloves into your mouth.”
“Tsk,tsk.”She assumed an exaggerated sad look.“It’s like that,is it?”
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