The Taming of a Scottish Princess

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The Taming of a Scottish Princess

Michael Hurst is known for being a famous Egyptologist who has been on numerous expeditions and exciting adventures with his trusted assistant Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton. He has come home to London to raise funds to further his search for the lost Hurst Amulet when he learns that the amulet may be hidden on the Scottish island of Barra. Without a second thought, he packs up his entourage and Miss Jane to head to Scotland to only find that Barra is the birth place of his beloved assistant. Determined to learn more about his companion and find the Hurst amulet, Michael finds in Scotland more than he bargained for. His assistant, Jane, may be a long lost princess who has been missing for the last fourteen years and he starts to see her in a brand new light that he never imagined.

Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton left her home of Barra as a teenager to experience life and save her from an arranged marriage. She has had wonderful adventures as Michael’s organized assistant and would rather being anywhere else but on her way back to her home. When she gets to Barra, she learns that everything isn’t the way that she left it and she has been declared dead by her family. Her childhood home is in ruins and her past may be coming back to haunt her. On top of all this, her beloved employer is seeing her in a romantic light and coming home again may be the best thing she has ever done.

I loved, loved, loved this novel! The Taming of a Scottish Princess was a book filled with romance, adventure, mystery and lots of humor. The relationship between Michael and Jane was absolutely hilarious and she definitely knew how to handle his cantankerous personality. There are scenes in this book that will make you laugh out loud and I loved the interaction between the two. Jane was just a great character that was not only intelligent but extremely resourceful and you couldn’t help to fall in love with her. Michael was an adventurous hero that didn’t even realize that he had a beautiful assistant by his side for the last four years until she literally landed in his lap.

The mystery involving the Hurst Amulet and Jane’s heritage was wildly entertaining and I was sad when the story came to an end. The Taming of a Scottish Princess was absolutely delightful and I am excited to read more from Karen Hawkins.

Book Blurb for The Taming of a Scottish Princess

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-Haughton, accompany him north. Strangely, the usually unflappable Jane seems perturbed by their destination—the mysterious Isle of Barra. A fascinated Michael watches as his staid assistant transforms, revealing intriguing layers of mystery and vulnerability. Could he be about to uncover not one, but two, precious treasures?


Once her clan’s princess, Jane fled Barra years ago to avoid a forced marriage. Since then, she has made her living as efficient Miss Smythe-Haughton—the perfect (and highly paid) assistant. Now she must confront her secrets . . . including her feelings for her irascible employer, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Michael Hurst.


Others are also searching for the missing amulet, however. Can Jane and Michael learn to trust each other in time to solve two riddles: the location of the Hurst Amulet, and the meaning of the vivid passion flaring between them?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2012 5.00