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Mad for the PlaidMad for the Plaid (Oxenburg Princes #3) by Karen Hawkins

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SynopsisThe third captivating, sizzling Scottish historical romance inNew York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins’s Princes of Oxenburg series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will be enchanted by this dazzling read.

Prince Nikolai Romanovin is bored out of his bejeweled crown with London’s society scene. If he has to make inane small talk or dance with one more tongue-tied virgin, he might actually run off. So when he gets word his beloved grandmother might be in danger back in his homeland of Oxenburg, Nik is all too willing to rush to the estate she’s been staying in in the snow-capped mountains of Scotland. Arriving in secret only to find his grandmother missing, Nik devises a plan to switch identities with a member of his honor guard so he can move around freely without the pomp and circumstance that comes with the Crown Prince title. He relishes the freedom that comes with losing his title, until he spots her…

While her five older sisters all enjoyed seasons, got married to men of high station, and had children of their own, Lyssa, the baby of the family, was left at home to be raised by her absent father and her sharp-witted, but ailing grandmother after losing her mother in childbirth. Now twenty-nine years old, the sole caretaker of her grandmother, and the entrenched mistress of the castle, Lyssa has resigned herself to living at the castle and enjoying the amusements offered – spending time with her grandmother, copious amounts of reading, wild rides through the moors, and the occasional ball in the local town. All in all, it’s a satisfying, if sedate, life . . . But when she meets a guard more handsome, and far more arrogant and sure of himself than any man she’s ever met, she’s determined to figure out his secrets, no matter the cost.

Don’t miss the previous sublime Princes of Oxenburg books:The Prince Who Loved Me,The Prince And I and The Princess Wore Plaid. And for more unmissable Scottish historical romance, catch her amazing Duchess Diaries series.

Review: This was by far the best in the series! Passionate, adventurous, exciting, emotional, everything you want in a great romance. The characters were strong and the plot was deliciously delightful to read. Nik and Ailsa were perfect together and his struggle to trust her and her fear of never being trusted by him due to his past kept the tension ramped up from beginning to end. From their first impressions of each other based on their letters to the scene in front of her barn with the cigar and vodka and him pretending (and failing) to be a groom, to their explosive passion just made for an absolutely enjoyable read. The only thing I couldn’t figure out with this one was which fairy tale was she rewriting.  Book one was a Cinderella story and book two was the Robin Hood story, so which one was this?  If you have read it, let me know, I’m curious.

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