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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
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well that one went a bit off the rails.
Alice Anderson
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Marilyn Rondeau
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, we have an explorer, Michael Hurst, and his assistant, Jane. They have been traveling around the world, enjoying amazing adventures together. In all that time, Michael has never noticed Jane as a woman (but then, he doesn't notice much other than his work).
That changes when they arrive Barra, an island in Scotland. They are looking for an old treasure, The Hurst Amulet, that belong to Michael's family like two centuries ago. However, as soon as they arrive Barra, Michael realizes that his e
I am an action movie kind of girl, so when a book blurb creates a set-up of the quest for a lost treasure with a tomb raiding hero paired with a noble born woman hiding her identity, I immediately hoped the book will be the romance equivalent of National Treasure or Indiana Jones. In Karen Hawkins' book The Taming of a Scottish Princess all of those great elements were present, but everything was written in a more subdued style with good character development, but a little less romance and adven ...more
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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
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
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
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"
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jenni Ebba
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill Wharton
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Erin H
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  
  • A Scandalous Scot (Scottish Sisters #1)
  • The Warrior Laird (Highlander Brothers, #1)
  • The Scottish Witch (The Chattan Curse, #2)
  • A Summer Seduction (Legend of St. Dwynwen #2)
  • Angel's Devil
  • Conquered by a Highlander (Children of the Mist, #4)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • Highlander Ever After (Nvengaria, #3)
  • 'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #6; The Duke's Men, #0.5)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • The Devil Wears Plaid
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders, #5)
  • The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (Cynster, #18; The Cynster Sisters Trilogy, #3)
  • Much Ado About Rogues (Blackthorn Brothers, #3)
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, Hurst Amulet Prequel)
  • One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet, #1)
  • Scandal in Scotland (Hurst Amulet, #2)
  • A Most Dangerous Profession (Hurst Amulet, #3)

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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.”
“But that’s what happens when you allow a nice person to write a news paper serial for you; now the world thinks you’re nice, too, which is silly in the extreme. Sadly, it’s a burden that you must bear.” 3 likes
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