TITLE: Much Ado About MarriageAUTHOR/EDITOR: Karen Hawkins
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 365 pages
PUBLISHED: Pocket Books, 2010
HOW'D I GET IT: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM THE COVER: Meeting lovely Fia is all it takes to turn Thomas's espionage mission to Scotland topsy-turvy. Flirting in the woods with the seductive, infuriating lass leaves him captive in the MacLean castle, but his escape attempt brings worse! Caught in an apparently compromising position with the lady, the English earl has no chance to make any ado before he finds himself wed. Thomas is on a serious assignment, but Fia's sharp tongue and saucy wit bring mayhem to his life. How can he concentrate, when just one glance from her makes him burn with desire?
MY TAKE: I really got a kick out of all of the mishaps poor Thomas suffers at the hands of the lovely Fia and her family. She is a determined young playwright who is also just a bit clueless when it comes to the real world of espionage and intrigue that Thomas is heavily involved in. Fia's devotion to her unusual animal companions is another source of amusement for the reader and extreme irritation for Thomas.
Several of the characters aside from Thomas and Fia were very interesting and believable, especially Fia's protective guardian, her cousin Duncan. I'm looking forward to reading more about him and his troubles with a mysterious amulet. Weaving actual historical figures such as Walsingham and Queen Elizabeth into the tale adds to the feeling of the book.
This was a fun book that I read quickly and with much delight. There was a lot of humor injected into the situations as well as some of the dialogue. You could tell that the author enjoyed writing this story as much as I enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended!
MY RATING: 4/5
WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon.com, The Book Depository