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And the Bride Wore Plaid

(Talisman Ring #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,141 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Devon St John has never had a problem in his life—until now. Born to wealth and privilege, surrounded by a warm and loving family, he has pursued a life of leisure, chasing the most beautiful women London has to offer. All told, he has the perfect life and no intentions of ever settling down in any shape, form or fashion. So resolved, he heads to his friend’s Scottish cast ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Avon (first published 2004)
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Romance Reader
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I kind of liked the other three books in this series, but this one just didn't hit the mark for me. The hero (Devon) was kind of manipulative in the relationship, and the heroin (Kat) never seemed to follow through with her beliefs even though she was supposed to be this strong, independent woman. Plus I never understood Kat's relationship with her brother or even why he and Devon were such great friends--Malcolm was a bit of a lightweight and never stood up to or for anyone.

This books redeeming
Jeryl Dildine
Mar 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Sometimes I want a silly romance, than I read it and wished I hadn't waisted the time. ...more
Susan Ross
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
First off, let me say that I have no idea who wrote the summary of the book because:
1) the heroine's name is Kat (short for Katherine) NOT Melody.
2) nowhere in this book did it say that she ran off at the age of 12 to be an apprentice with a master of stained glass (which would have made the story more interesting).
3) she doesn't wear plaid at her wedding because there is no wedding scene.
4) Kat is not rude, wild and overbearing, she is a strong, creative and independent woman who pays her own
Rhonda Almodovar
Great Read!!

I love this author. Her books are witty, humorous, engaging, heartfelt, and always has a HEA. Though there were quite a few spelling errors (of Scottish names, where to insert commas and a run on sentence or two), I still loved the book. It was not too distracting as some that I've read, and would definitely recommend this book. It does leave you with questions, such as the status of Devon's (hero) brothers and what led them to the cursed ring and their brides; as well as all of what
Iza Soares
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The right man wouldn’t ask me to give up anything. The right man would accept me as I am, and learn to love the things I love, or at least appreciate them.”

Rating 6 of 7

I loved Kat and I totally wanted that sil dead and I'm not ashamed of it. I loved that while we were following Devon and Kat's history, we were also following other couple's fight and I thought is was pretty cute the way they love each other but couldn't make it work without compromising.

And the way Marcus is going to get th
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked so much about this story and characters but disliked the hero soooo much! He didn’t change/overcome/achieve anything!! The heroine was freaking awesome and deserved someone as badass as her but nope here is a man who “doesn’t want to get married”....what a shock. The focus on the hero took away from other characters who were interesting! Which made the book feel flat at the end. I would normally say skip but the heroine is so cool! Read it for her and imagine she is living great without ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Talisman Ring series is a lot of fun. This book features Devon & Kat. At the beginning he is running from the supposed curse of the ring and by the end he is embracing it. Ready for Marcus's book next. ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jennifer Eckel
A light romantic read, that takes my mind off of daily issues. Meh! for rereads
Oct 01, 2020 marked it as not-finished  ·  review of another edition
btw, the main female character's name in the ebook is Katherine or Kat. Her name is Melody or Catherine in the synopsis at various venues (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble); very confusing. ...more
Kasmah Suwardy
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love it
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I very nearly stopped reading at about the halfway point. Kat and her Seven Giants were the only thing to pull me through.

The idea of Devon fleeing to Scotland to avoid the ring's curse is a good start, but then the whole premise is undone when he decides the only way to truly thwart the ring's powers is to find the most inappropriate woman possible and bang her. He sets his sights on a lady's maid, forces his kisses on her, and then goes about stalking her til he gets what he wants.

Enter Kat: n
Barbara Rogers
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book #4 in the Talisman Ring series. This book is about Devon St. John -- handsome, blue-eyed and from the richest family in England. The St. John's have a family heirloom -- it is a ring and whomever has it in his possession will find their true love. Devon has had three brothers fall victim to this ring and he has no intention of being the next. So, he takes off from his brother Chase's wedding -- before the wedding even happens -- in order to prevent Chase from tricking him into taking the ri ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
And the 4th St John brother falls victim to the talisman ring.

Devon St John feels that he will never marry. He has a problem hold interest for longer than a month or two. When he flees his brother Chase wedding before it has begun he figures he has escaped the curse. However half way through the journey north he finds that he has the ring. So hew concocts a plan to avoid any woman other than one that is totally unacceptable. Little does he know that is his downfall.

Kat has no desire to marry. Lo
Sherri Jordan
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a continuation of the Talisman Ring series. It is about the St. John family this time Devon St. John. The Talisman Ring is said to show the bearer his/her true love and thus far it has. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kat and Devon right from the start. I also enjoyed the play on the classic fairytale Snow White. I enjoy Karen Hawkins writing style which is rich in detail, she keeps the story moving along at a good pace, and has characters that you can connect with. Kat in this book ...more
Lynne Tull
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I am really liking this series. Of course, I knew from the beginning of this book how it ends...happily ever after as with 99.9% of Romance novels. The title goes a step farther...I knew exactly how it would end. The result for me every step of the way...a knowing chuckle. I knew Devon was going to fall into the very trap he was trying to avoid. Also, Katherine didn't have a choice either. I don't usually pick up the next book in a series. I couldn't help myself. Marcus is the last St. John to h ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story furthering the curse of the Talisman Ring. This is Devon's story. While visiting a friend in Scotland, Devon meets the beautiful and lush half-sister of his host. Determined to seduce her, Kat is hesitant to get involved with anyone, having been burned in the past. I had a bit of trouble with Devon's unscrupulous designs on Kat, at first, but the the whole story and their courtship won me over. 3.5/5
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable easy read...the blurb is incorrect however, the heroine is called Katherine "Kat" not Melody. The sexual tension was strong, the insight to Fiona and Malcom's marital woes were a nice addition too. I must say though that the little quotes at the chapter starts were mildly confusing. It may be that they are relevent to other characters in this series but I decided to pass the others as I was only interested in this title due to an intriguing "anyone recognise this book" blur ...more
May 27, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: z2013
I got as far as the second chapter. Hero grabs the heroine, kisses her, refuses to let her go, then tells her that it's her fault for looking "so tempting." He even goes as far as telling her that if she wants to avoid being mauled, she should bind her breasts, and pad her hips to make herself look plump. Really? If a woman is attractive, then it's her fault when men force unwanted attentions on her? Puke. ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read in the author's 'Talisman Ring' series, but I plan to get the next book, LADY IN RED. I enjoyed learning about the 'curse' of the ring and meeting Devon St. John. He was determined to seduce Kat Macdonald, the 'ruined' half-sister of his friend Malcolm, thinking that would protect him from the curse...and from marriage. What he didn't count on was falling in love with this smart, independant woman. ...more
Jenni Ebba
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Devon St. John and Melody Macdonald make an awesome pair. Though Devon was bit of a jerk at the start- looking at Melody as nothing more than an accessible romp between the sheets, he quickly changes his tune. Melody is no cliched spinster, despite the bitterness life has offered her in the past. She is still delicate and headstrong. Who knew that was the combo needed to bring a certain St. John to his knees?
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sigh... Another wonderful book in a great series. I just can't get enough of the St. John brothers. In this book Devon learns what love really is and Kat learns to trust once more. I loved her lads and how they want to protect her.
I'm looking forward to reading the last book in the series.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
barely predictable story but i enjoyed the bet that malcom and fiona in order for them to realize that they need each other. kat and devon i might say that they compliment each other. i love the story although wanted to find out more. i guess some endings are meant to be the wat it is.
Kazia Gemmill
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The hero did not endear me at the outset with his views on who was good enough for a romp and how he'd go about getting it, but the rest of the story made up for his flaws. Interesting heroine and secondary characters. ...more
Devon St.John is cursed by the family talisman ring he thinks. He flees to Scotland to visit his friend Malcolm and falls in love with his step-sister Kat Macdonald.
Light but very romantic.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
3.5 stars Cute, sexy story in the Talisman Ring series.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Whenever I can score one of her books, I always grab it for it's entertainment value. ...more
Hanna B
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
took a while to get in to. But lovely characters.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond books are a nod to the thousands of books ...more

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