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One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,516 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins begins a sparkling new series with this thrilling tale of a desperate beauty on an urgent quest, a dark earl scarred by his beastly past—and the ancient treasure that binds their fates.

 A mysterious abductor . . . Someone is holding her brother prisoner in exchange for a gold-and-onyx box covered in mysterious runes, so Mary
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Pocket Books
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I adored this book. I seriously smiled non-stop like a 14-year-old girl with a major crush on a boy across the hall. First, Angus, he is grumpy, moody, irritable (help me out here) and all those other adjectives describing someone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Nevertheless, he is smart, sensitive, cocky (yes this goes into the good quality side) and loyal. Second, Mary is grumpy, moody, irritable but also, smart, sensitive, witty, and loyal. Yup, they are exactly alike so they challe ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
You guys are probably going to laugh at me- I got the next book Scandal in Scotland for review, and as I was flipping through it, I realized there was an excerpt for the first book (this one, One Night in Scotland) at the end. So, I started reading it. And was so intrigued by it, I ordered the book immediately.

We enter with a letter from the heroine's brother Michael, who is an Egyptologist, and is being held ransom by an unknown person, for a certain artifact. So Michael sends a letter to his
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Karen Hawkins HR books - they are light and fun. This is the start to a new series and it is a spinoff from another series that I have read. This story is no exception. I loved the story of Mary Hurst, stay at home spinster sister who yearns for adventure. She is seriously spunky. And the brooding Earl of Erroll, Angus is wonderful as his world is turned upside down by this very appealing heroine. Great, witty fun with a slight mystery makes this a wonderful read. My only complaint ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One Night In Scotland got me going in all the right ways! I was swept off my feet and entered the Mary's world. It was depressing when the book was over and I had to go back to real life. Romance lovers everywhere will swoon for Angus - but hands off! He's mine! Five stars, easy:)
ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND by Karen Hawkins is a delightful, exciting historical romance set in 1822, Scotland.It is the first in the Hurst Amulet series. It is well written with details,depth,twists and turns. It has romance, sweet sensuality, betrayal, trust, love, passion, adventure,mystery, an ancient treasure, family and love of artifacts. The hero, Angus, is strong, scarred from a fire seven years earlier that took the life of his wife, has a temper, has trust issues, loves priceless artifacts, ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
A refreshing, funny and exciting historical romance that has sweet romance, betrayal, love and mystery. If you love historical romances this one has a lot of details that help you transfer yourself back in time and relate to the story.

A heroine that is not afraid to embark in adventures, fiercely loyal to her family and strong willed meets a hero scarred by a fire where he lost his wife, he has trust issues and a very bad temper but very loyal to his friends and they share a love for antique art
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, which begins with Mary looking for a box which her borther needs to get fre. This box is in possession of an Earl, who she goes to see. Not knowing who she is, and not sure about her story, the mysterious Earl, Angus, keeps her prisoned while her tries to prove her story. They find themselves interested in each other, while Angus fights the attraction, still living in the past when a terrible fire took his wife's life and scarred him. Good read, and recommended.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyssa by: AmyChristine
The beginning of this book is kind of shaky. However, once you get past the first chapter, the story and characters are wildly entertaining.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book had dialogue issues, I still enjoyed it. I plan on purchasing book 2 in the series.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
"Face your enemy and do not flinch."

Mary needs the Onyx box to free her brother Michael but Angus doesn't believe she is who she claims. In the midst of proving the truth will they find a HEA?

- Historic (1822) romance set in Scotland.
- 4626 kindle locations, 335 pages
- m/f - once, towards the end. Spicy.
- Angus was scarred in a fire, in which his wife died. The scarring helps define who he is now.
- Book 1 of the Hurst Amulet series. There is an over-riding plot to the four books. W
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I’ve really been making an effort to read new-to-me historical romance authors, and one such author is Karen Hawkins. I decided to give One Night in Scotland a try because it’s set in Scotland, and it has a Beauty & the Beast feel. While One Night in Scotland was enjoyable, I felt like something was missing for me to truly love this one.

One Night in Scotland starts off with Mary and her maid nearly at The Earl of Erroll’s Scottish holding. Mary is looking for a box that her brother needs des
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of the Hurst Amulet series. Even though the above suggests that it is the first book, I believe that the first book in the series is Much Ado About Marriage. It does introduce the Hurst Amulet first. I haven't read that one, so this series may be an offshoot of that book. I may have to pick it up to find out. ;)

Hmm, so I read the synopsis... scarred, dark Earl, foreboding personality hiding his past. A huge castle with an educated woman who will not bend to his will. To me this
Adria (Romance Reviews)
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The first book in what appears to be a romance series mixed with action, mystery and suspense, One Night in Scotland delivers all that is promised in the blurb and more.

Beginning with a minor deception by the Earl of Erroll, the book doesn't waste time getting started with the mystery and suspense. What I didn't expect though, was so much... Humor. Mary is a lovely, strong female character and I loved her so much! It really is hard for me to find histo
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read and reviewed Karen Hawkins' Much Ado About Marriage earlier this year, I knew I'd found an author who I'd be reading a lot more of. She has continued to entertain with this latest offering, the first in the new series about the mystery of the Hurst Amulet.

One Night in Scotland is one of those reads that I stopped everything else I was doing to complete. I was hooked from the very start with the humor and adventure that was jumping off the first few pages. I love it when a book pulls
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary's brother, an adventurer and Egyptologist, is being held captive in Egypt until he returns an artifact he bought and sent to a colleague in Scotland. Mary sets out to retrieve the object to save her brother, but the Earl of Erroll (the colleague who possesses the artifact), does not trust her and is unwilling to just give her the artifact until he has proof that she is who she says she is.

My favorite character by far is Mary. She has a lot of spunk and maintains cool and collected at times
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

Come on, tell me truly, what women can resist a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord, expect perhaps if her were competing against a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord who is also a werewolf...those are the standards...Karen Hawkins meets and exceeds. I love the wittiness of the characters, the strength of the heroine, the magnetism between them and the obstacles they both have to overcome to be together. I am well aware I described a romantic novel period but it is all about style
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best romance novels I have read in awhile. This is a sit down in one reading type of book. I couldn't put this down, I almost wanted to put everything in my life on hold just to finish this one. So, yes I loved it! The chemistry between these two characters, Mary and Angus, jumps off the pages. Mary was a prisoner in Angus's house until he could prove who she was. She did not make his life easy for him at all. She was so full of spunk that not even Angus fully knew how to han ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This was what I would consider a quick read romance novel, a little cheesy but fun none-the-less. I chose it because of Scotland but it really could pretty much have been anywhere there is a castle. It is the story of Mary who is on a quest to retrieve an artifact that she needs to ransom her brother from his captors in another country (her brother dealing in historical artifacts). This leads her to the castle of his friend and a collector of such things. However the Earl does not believe she is ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
I have been in love with all of these characters since the beginning of the Maclean series and was very thrilled to see the Hurst children all grown up and finding loves of their own. Mary was another interesting heroine in a family of adventurers, but she was just beginning to come into her own. Faced with the dark and distrusting Angus Hay, she is forced to find her inner mischievousness and embrace the adventure she has inadvertently landed herself in. Angus, a forbidding and introverted man, ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A letter arrives at the family vicarage from the brother adventurer. I am being held hostage in Eqypt and must have the onyx box to be released. Retreive it from safekeeping at the Earl of Erroll's home and send it to me. Mary Hurst, arrives at the castle, only to find she cannot prove she is the sister of Michael the adventurer and that her brother's life depends on sending the box to Eqypt. She in turn is held prisioner until her identity can be proved. Don't hold Mary captive; she thumps furn ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good Scottish Historical Romance.
And Karen Hawkins really knows how to write them.
I thought it was kind of funny that Mary travels to the Earl of Erroll's estate to pick up a treasure that her brother needs as ransom, to free him. And the Earl is suspicious that she is actually who she says she is.
Mary is taken prisoner, until a friend of the Earl, can come varify who she is.
But Mary is a whiley lady, and has a few oppertunities to be rather annoying, and really try the Lord's patience.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I enjoyed this book, however I expected more of a conflict. A bigger conflict, not just the one between the two main characters.

I really enjoyed Mary Hurst. She was a delightful character who was smart and resourceful. She was in charge of her own destiny. She was such a strong character. Angus Hay could have been better, but I liked that he had flaws.

The story line was good, but lacking in places. However it was enjoyable and I had a fun time reading it.
This story was just exceedingly ok. I feel the writer Karen Hawkins crafted a good story; I just didn't get into it. Really didn't get a grasp of the characters. I really enjoyed the letters that were at the beginning of each chapter. They really did keep me interested in pursuing the story. I don't think this book will keep me from reading any of her other novels; I have the 2nd in the Hurst Amulet series "Scandal In Scotland".

2.5 stars.
It's no small wonder that Karen Hawkins is a NYT bestselling author because One Night in Scotland was practically flawless. I loved the story, the remote Scottish castle, our hero the Earl of Erroll, Angus, and most of all, the smart and resourceful heroine, Mary Hurst.

It was romantic from start to finish and Mary's quest and the obstacles she faced leave you wanting to read more by KH. What else can I say? It was so good I even loved the dreadful Scottish weather!
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
A good book, an enjoyable read, but I found the romance slightly unbelievable. Why would you fall in love with someone who treats you this way? Reminiscent of the old-school type historical romance where the men were asshats and the women saw the "good guy" underneath even with no actual proof. The mystery was easy to predict. Having said that, I did like the writing. I plan to read the next in this series to see wether it was just this story or this author in general that I wasn't loving.
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Hawkins is one of my very favorite authors! And One Night in Scotland did not disappoint!! I loved Mary Hurst and her spunky attitude! She continually threw Angus for loop after loop and had me giggling like crazy.

It was super fun to catch up with some of the other Hurst characters from other series. I can't wait to read more of the Hurst clan!
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book that accomplishes its main goal which is to get you hooked on the characters so that you will read the rest of the books in the series. It succeeds at this task because the reader knows that it will be the last book that is the best so if the first one is this good the others will be even better.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the two main characters! He is scarred inside and out, and so self-conscious of this fact he shuns the public. She is outspoken and not afraid of anything, and loves him for himself, scars and all. If you think about it, scars look better on men than women. Sometimes a man can look attractive even with a scar. Interesting, that.
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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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