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How to Train Your Highlander

(Broadswords and Ballrooms #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 329 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sammy Loves Books
3.5 stars... not sure if I should round up or down.

Last book of the series and most anticipated because I have loved Mary Elizabeth from the start of book 1 of this series!

Unfortunately, Mary Elizabeth was half the bad ass she was in the first 2 books. I do hate it when an author builds a character up in books prior to their own, only to leave them lacking in their own book. I'm not complaining that the book was un enjoyable.

It's just that Mary has been labled scandalous because she carries kni
This book was just all over the place. It started out great. I was so excited. Then it slid down to really good. I was like Okay. Just a bit of a lull. It will pick back up. Then it did! Then it just took a nose dive and got progressively worse. I was so disappointed.

The plot is pretty basic. Untamable Scottish Mary Elizabeth can not be tamed. She was forced to come to England to go husband shopping, at least for a while. She is a guest at the house of the Duke of Northumberland who is also
Al George
Can I tell you a secret? I'm not really sure what was going on here.


Series: Yea

Sexy times: Yes. A couple of times.

Plan on reading more by the author: Probably not, this was just, well, odd

So Mary E's awful mom is forcing her to a house party at the Reclusive Duke's place intending to get her married off. Of course Mary E is having none of that and she's out to prove them all wrong. It's a case of mistaken identity when Mary E thinks said Duke is Harry a stable boy. He decides not to t

I don't know why but I enjoy reading books where one or both of the main characters pretend to be a servant, especially if the hero is the one pretending. Valerie Bowman has a new series (The Footmen's Club) coming out soon based on this trope. Can't wait to read them!

Some readers don't like this particular trope because of the deception. For some reason, that part doesn't really bother me. What gives me a little bit of anxiety is how the truth will come out and how the other main character
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid 3.5 stars.

Main takeaway from this book:
- Harry has an obsession with Mary's bottom.
- You can gauge someone's emotion from their CONSTANTLY changing eye color.
- Mary likes to canoodle.
- Mary thinks the English are daft. Just daft.
- Harry is Mr Grey. A Regency version.

It still liked the book. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it rather than listened to it. And Colin's accent is suppose to be Welsh?!?!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book: How To Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Series:Broadswords and Ballrooms #3

Reviewer: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Setting: Mild

Overall Setting: 5/5 Stars

Northumberland, 1820

This is the third book of Christy English’s Broadswords and Ballrooms series. I have enjoyed each and everyone although I would call the genre Scottish regency.

This story is about Mary Elizabeth Waters who will do anything to avoid
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for Mary Elizabeth's HEA and this book did not disappoint. Mary Elizabeth knows who she is and what she wants. And what she wants is to return to Scotland. When she meets Harry, she assumes he works for the Duke she and her brother are visiting. Her mother is friends with the Dowager Duchess and hopes for Mary Elizabeth to marry the Duke. Mary Elizabeth falls for Harry not knowing who he really is, but she's determined not to marry anyone. They do get a HEA but I won't spoil th ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Train Your Highlander is the third book in the Broadswords and Ballrooms series by Christy English. I have read the first two books in the series and each of them were worthy of a 5 star rating. You don't need to have read any of the other books to fully enjoy this one, but it was nice to catch up on the characters that I had read about previously.

This whole series started because Mary Elizabeth Waters' mother was determined that her wayward daughter find a suitable English husband, prefe
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★½ Mary Elizabeth and Harry are not the most obvious match, but Harry's calmness perfectly balances Mary Elizabeth's sassiness. I often smiled and laughed during the book, but while being a great match for Mary Elizabeth, for me personally Harry was a bit too soft.
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Heather andrews
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Harry, “oh, I’m well past daft, sweet Mary. I’ve crossed over into pure madness.” He caressed her bum, not once but twice." I really loved Harry that man had so much patience for Mary Elizabeth, but that girl was strong and could hold her own. ...more
3.5 stars rounded

It took a bit of searching out background as I hadn’t read the earlier books in this series. The third that features Mary, a highland girl who is doing everything she can to avoid marriage, most particularly marriage to an Englishman: she doesn’t want to leave Scotland, and she persists in the ‘broad brush’ theory – all English are not to be trusted. I can live with that: a bit of recalcitrant heroine and some learning to happen. So here she is, again in a situation that will e
Anne Morgan
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
One of the things I really liked about Highlander was that from the beginning, Mary knew who she was and had no intention of changing. She liked herself, was comfortable with her tomboyish ways, and proud that she could ride rings around any Englishman she needed to. Her mother wants her to be someone she isn't: a classic, demure debutante. But despite the pressure Mary never considers changing herself to make others happy.

It also drove home some of the difficulties and decisions a woman had whe
Vellum Voyages
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
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There are two things I loved about this book:

1) The cover
2) The title (I loved the movie, so I thought this was a cute little spin on it)

That's all.

As I began to read, I got irritated...from page one till the end. This was not your average irritation at certain parts, but a full blown "why am I doing this to myself" rage. It was painful reading and this was really close to being a DNF** book, but I forced myself to pe
This is not a how- to book! It is a wild and racy romance between Harry Percy, The Duke Of Northumberland and Mary Elizabeth, a Scottish highlander who had been dragged into England against her will because as her mother said, she was old enough to become a lady, to find a husband and marry. Mary Elizabeth has no intention has no intention of ever being a lady. Raised with four brothers and allowed to run wild in Scotland until her mother plucked her off the heather at age season and all but thr ...more
Joan Osborne
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and fun

This was an enjoyable and fun romance that had a feisty heroine and a charming Duke for a heroine. I loved their first meeting and felt anticipation for the moment when Mary Elizabeth found out the truth. Everything happened rather quickly as far as the two of them falling in love and the conflict was more to do with Mary Elizabeth and her feelings about marrying an Englishman and particularly a Duke and having to leave her Highland home which she loved. It all resolved rather w
Lucy Dosch (EBookObsessed)
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am sorry that I didn’t start this series from the beginning. I loved Mary Elizabeth and the finale of this series would have been sweeter if I had been here from the beginning.

This book caught my attention in a recent Tantor newsletter and narrator Heather Wilds did a nice job bringing these characters to life. I loved the free-spirited Mary Elizabeth. She definitely is the highlight of the series. Although I only read this book in the series, I didn’t have a hard time keeping up, I just reali
Sue Susmilch
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the first two books in this series but I have to say that I enjoyed this third book the best. The story was sweet and the characters interesting. The title makes you think that the "highlander" to be "trained" is a laddie but it's actually a lassie. I loved Harry. It was fun to watch him fall in love and then pursue Mary until she was his. I was not given a free book to read but rented it from my library. I will go to the store and buy this book to have in my library. I only buy the ones ...more
The constant use of the phrases 'her man' and 'his girl' or 'his woman' drove me bats. Looking forward to Clive's story as it's about time we got some charming Welsh heroes instead of all these pasty Englishmen and strapping Scots. ...more
A Klue
There is just something about Harry. Normally I don’t go for a strong, silent type, prim and proper, English Duke, as I prefer a claymore swinging, plaid wearing, brogue swearing, OTT Scottish alpha male. But Duke Harry seems to have made an exception with me. He’s like a handsome Ken doll, still in the box, who is in desperate need of a sassy, dirk yielding, Scottish Barbie doll to set him free and show him what he’s been missing.

Having not read the previous books first, Mary, the heroine, has
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
We saw many of their first interactions (nearly all the major ones actually) in the last book. So when this book started back with those I really thought it would just catch the readers up in case they'd missed that book or forgotten or something and then carry on. But instead it just sort of continued on plodding through all those same scenes only from their perspectives. It took most of the book just to get up to where the last one left off! Which was all a bit disappointing but fine I guess. ...more
Janice Liedl
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a witty and fun romance, but the heroine is extremely annoying. Wildly annoying. Massively annoying. She's a Regency Manic Pixie Dream Girl: a young Scotswoman who's utterly without guile and does all of these unladylike things but with such panache that our hero, the hapless Harry, Duke of Northumberland (but, shh, she doesn't know because she doesn't like titles or the English!). She instantly tames fierce horses with but a few whispers and soon they're obediently taking her everywhere ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I will totally admit that if I didn't have such high expectations I would have enjoyed this one more. But I did so I didn't! Which is really a shame, Mary Elizabeth has been my favourite character from the last 2 books so I really wanted to love her story.

The first half was really good! Harry basically is constantly watching her ride off into the sunset with stars in his eyes, it was beautiful. I loved the hidden identity, and I loved both Harry and Mary Elizabeth's characters.

It's just the co
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me some time to get used to the writing as it is somehow a bit distant and the author has a very unique style. this is not necessarily bad, of course, it just wasn't what I expected at first.

I was a bit put out though, when the deception, that domineered most of the action in the book, kept on and on and get it, right? When our hero, Harry, Duke of Northumberland and our slightly hoydenish heroine Mary Elizabeth Waters who are both very special and very lovable characters, fell
Doris Mahala
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can you avoid an 'arranged marriage'?
1. " Always carry at least three blades
2. "Ride circles around any man"
3. "Never get caught in a handsome duke's arms"
Mary Elizabeth Waters is considered the 'Wild Highlander' and has managed to dodge the marriage banns to go at any time in her life until now.
She is a 'Scottish' through and through and has fallen hard for an English Duke.
What will her family say?
Will he come up to 'snuff'?
How will her three brothers react to an Englishman in the family?
Apr 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was in a word, confusing. At least it started that way. I felt, as the reader, as though I came into the book partway through. There is no lead-up or introduction of the characters, it's a very blunt beginning. I can only assume, as it is book 3 in the series, that the characters and story-line are better introduced in the first two books, but I won't be reading them to find out.
Other than that, the book itself is fairly well written. It's an OK book, just not my cup of tea. For that
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh. Okay, so this was a fun little book. I liked both Mary Elizabeth and Harry. Cute, fun story--but there was just a little too much story. They fell in love so quickly and moved on to the sexytimes so fast that the whole (view spoiler) twist was unnecessary and actually a little annoying. She really only did it to spite her mother, and that's a tale old as time.

That lost it one star. The other was whacked off with Mary Elizabeth's bl
Isha Coleman
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Any character, whether male or female, that is not afraid to be true themselves, deserves a thumbs up in my opinion. Mary Elizabeth has the heart of a fighter, the spirit of a wild child and the mouth of a sailor. She's as original as can be and I loved that about her. The push back between her and Harold made for entertaining dialogue and electric sex appeal. The fact that Ms. English dares to be different in her writing is just as appealing as the unique firecrackers in her stories. ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Mary Elizabeth is on the marriage mart because her mother says she must, but she hates it. She just wants to go home. When she meets Harry she believes he is a stable boy and therefore does not immediately dismiss him as she has done other men. The fact that she tames a very disagreeable bourse intrigues Harry and soon he wants her for his wife. She however does not know he is the Duke she has come to meet. It is a sweet story and reads well.
Amy Alvis
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Mary Elizabeth and Harry's story! I've been waiting for it since the start of the series!!

Mary Elizabeth is determined never to marry. She would be happy to live her life up in the Highland's in the bosom of her family. However, her mother has other plans for her. She is determined that Mary Elizabeth marry and have a family of her own.

When Mary Elizabeth meets Harry, she has no idea that he is the Duke at whom's house she is staying. She thinks he is just a groom. Harry doesn't
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I barrowed this book from library , and i really enjoyed it. Mary is dubbed a hellion from her uncommon behavior in London. While staying with her mother friend she befriend Harold a stable boy or so she thinks. She dubs herself not to marry at all but she steals the heart of the stable boy who really is the duke. Funny book and is the first one in series. Recommended
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