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How to Train Your Highlander
     

How to Train Your Highlander

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by Christy English
 

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She's the Hellion of Hyde Park...

A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke's arms.

Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She's managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only

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She's the Hellion of Hyde Park...

A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke's arms.

Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She's managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long...and there's one in particular who has her in his sights.

Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what's a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...

Broadswords and Ballrooms:
How to Seduce a Scot
How to Wed a Warrior
How to Train Your Highlander

Praise for Christy English:
"Grace Burrowes and Amanda Quick fans will enjoy the strong ladies in the latest fun read from the ascending English." -Booklist
"With its quick and engaging characters, here's a pleasurable evening's escape." -RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
English’s charming third installment in her early 19th-century Broadswords and Ballrooms series (after How to Wed a Warrior) pairs up a hoydenish young Scottish woman and a proper English duke. Mary Elizabeth Waters’s family wants her to marry, but she is determined to travel back to Scotland from London to live out her days as a spinster. That determination wavers when she meets the handsome Harold “Harry” Charles Percy, Duke of Northumberland, after arriving at his rural estate. The attraction between the pair is mesmerizing from the start, even though Harry doesn’t correct Mary Elizabeth’s assumption that he is just a stable hand. Mary Elizabeth’s effervescent personality and her lust for life are refreshing given her era’s expectations of highborn women. The fast-paced story and the humorous and sensual love scenes make up for some lack of character development. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Funny, sweet and a little tear enduring moments ensue as Mary Elizabeth finds herself struggling with the schism between her heart's desires and her longings for her native Highlands." - Eyes.2c Reviews

"a wildly exciting read" - Sportochick's Musings

"This series has been one of the highlights of my life " - Sammi's Bookish Reality

"fun, adventurous, and spirited" - These Curves Talk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492612933
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
12/06/2016
Series:
Broadswords and Ballrooms , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
98,328
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

After years of acting in Shakespeare's plays, Christy English is excited to bring the Bard to Regency England. When she isn't acting, roller skating, or chasing the Muse, Christy writes historical novels from her home in North Carolina. Please visit her at www.ChristyEnglish.com

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How to Train Your Highlander 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele 4 months ago
3.5 stars rounded It took a bit of searching out background as I hadn’t read the earlier books in this series. The third that features Mary, a highland girl who is doing everything she can to avoid marriage, most particularly marriage to an Englishman: she doesn’t want to leave Scotland, and she persists in the ‘broad brush’ theory – all English are not to be trusted. I can live with that: a bit of recalcitrant heroine and some learning to happen. So here she is, again in a situation that will enhance her chances to meet and marry a suitable man, and she is fighting it with everything she knows. Harry is the Duke of Northumberland, and is amused when Mary, upon alighting from her carriage orders him to carry her bags, mistaking him for a stable boy. Intrigued by the brash Scotswoman, Harry makes no moves to correct her mistake, or allow his staff to gently inform her of the error. Tired of being chased for his title by marriage minded misses and their mamas alike, Harry doesn’t bother to correct her, and she slowly warms to him, as his interest piques. So, while the story is rife with coincidence, some more far-fetched than others, it is Mary and her steadfast determination to be THE winner in every encounter that shows her true bone-deep insecurities. I choose insecurities rather than stupidity, because I still see it as such, rather than a badly written attempt at true alpha female. Then Harry: he’s sweet and well-meaning, but deferring the unmasking to tell Mary the truth of who he is does rather serve to solidify her belief in the untrustworthiness of the English. But, he is amused by her, and there is no harm coming to him by allowing her the freedom to feel superior in status. These are two characters written without easily defined sharp traits: is she stubborn and stupid or simply stubborn and scared. Does he have the true traits of a beta, or does he feel confident and secure enough in himself to not let her silliness matter? Perhaps had I read all of the series, I could answer that more confidently, but I didn’t, and I can’t. What I can say is the relationship develops with skill, and the two do have a chemistry that feels authentic and plausible. A bit of backstory and back and forth with Mary’s mother almost felt extraneous to the story and, for me, added more questions than answers. On the whole, Mary is a character that engenders strong emotions, there is no middle ground for her. And while that skill in building her character is apparent, it also may be to her detriment, since the emotions will swing distinctly between love and hate, and reading a story with a character you hate as a primary figure in a romance requires great growth in the character and a careful hand in the balance, and I am not convinced I saw that with Mary. Harry, however, was a bit more moderated in character and reaction: at times coming close to milquetoast against the fiery declarations. People looking for a series and characters that don’t quite fit in any conventional box will most probably enjoy this series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lashea677 4 months ago
Any character, whether male or female, that is not afraid to be true themselves, deserves a thumbs up in my opinion. Mary Elizabeth has the heart of a fighter, the spirit of a wild child and the mouth of a sailor. She's as original as can be and I loved that about her. The push back between her and Harold made for entertaining dialogue and electric sex appeal. The fact that Ms. English dares to be different in her writing is just as appealing as the unique firecrackers in her stories.
def618 8 days ago
I've been waiting for Mary Elizabeth's HEA and this book did not disappoint. Mary Elizabeth knows who she is and what she wants. And what she wants is to return to Scotland. When she meets Harry, she assumes he works for the Duke she and her brother are visiting. Her mother is friends with the Dowager Duchess and hopes for Mary Elizabeth to marry the Duke. Mary Elizabeth falls for Harry not knowing who he really is, but she's determined not to marry anyone. They do get a HEA but I won't spoil the story. I liked Harry's friend from Wales - Clive Owain. If he looks like the modern Clive Owen, I'd have dumped the Duke for him!
TammyS32 3 months ago
Great ending to this series. I loved the characters, Mary is so much fun. This is a great historical read, very entertaining, fast paced and fun.
sportochick 4 months ago
What a wildly exciting read of an unlikely pair that work perfectly for each other. I love the premise of the storyline and though there are some times that I felt Mary Elizabeth was too naive and a little redundant it did not take away from how much I enjoyed this book. Mary Elizabeth was truly a character that made me laugh with her antics while admiring her determination to stay true to herself and the life she wants without a husband. Though at times she seemed to have blinders on with regards to Harry she also saw parts of him that others did not see. The portrayal of Harry intrigued me. He was humble, quiet, masculine, a conflict avoider, then all of a sudden he started to show a stronger side where he finally starts to fight for what he really wants. A refreshing change to the always have my way in charge dukes we typically read, Harry's character was the perfect foil for Mary Elizabeth. I loved his character from page one. The overall feel of this book is two people who do not fit in the cookie cutter world of society and are struggling to retain the essence of who they are while being forced to find their match and get married. It's is a light entertaining read. I give it 4 STARS and know you'll enjoy this book. Have you read it yet? Do you agree with my assessment? Tell me what you think of these main characters in the comments. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
We charged forward towards the onslaught of warriors. It seemed to lead to a bloodbath, and it would be if it weren't for the Mages among us. Gilgalesh, Shilani, Thorisim, and many of the students began casting spells, even as we charged forth towards the fray. <br> I whispered powerful charms as we neared the enemy. The army's armour shone brightly in the sun as they yelled up to the sky in a battle frenzy. But then the spells and enchantments began to take hold. <br> A blazing pillar of fire erupted in front of us. In utterly destroyed the first line of Lesheim's warriors. They warriors agonizing shrieks as their metal armour melted around their bodies were cut short as the flames consumed them. I looked over at my father's face, and saw it set in grim satisfaction and detirmination. <br> A signal rang out from the horde of Lesheim, just before a hail of arrows rained down upon us. Archers from the army were already notching more arrows. The first angry swarm had been sent back toward the army's ranks by a spell of Thorisim's. Cries were heard as the shafts hit their owner. <br> Such was the beginning of the battle. The column of fire has vanished after its use, and the front ranks has regrouped. Gilgalesh's small group of a score was now a score minus one, for a stray arrow had struck down one of his warriors in training. <br> I looked around desperately at the small band of warriors. If Lesheim attacked us head-on, it would be a slaughter. Though his warriors might not be as skilled us Gilgalesh's, Lesheim's warriors had the power of numbers. <br> I then recalled a powerful enchantment, but for it to work, I needed to tap into the strength of the other Mage's in Gilgalesh's group. I knew that if I were to perform it, there was a likely chance I would kill myself or others by usng too much energy. <br> It was a risk I'd have to take. <br> So I began chanting, as the army before me charged across the flat Moor. I tapped into Thorisim's strength, Shilani's wisdom, and Gilgalesh's might. As the enchantment formed, and began to shape, I envisioned what I was creating. <br> A beast. <br> Terrifying.<br> Powerful. <nr> Giant. <br> Cunning. <br> Loyal. <br> Lesheim's army was about to crash down upon us, when a figure launched out of thin air. A dragon. <br> The beast was very similar to Resh, but larger. Much, much larger, and forest green. His giant wings blew gale winds onto the army. His firey breath pelted down the warriors. <br> He fought the battle for us, for that is what he was made to do. <br> I hate to admit to something like that, though. To admit we were so weak. But the dragon came, and saved us. <br> My grasp on the Forest-Blade's hilt tighten as I felt the grip disappear from under them. The dragonhide was vanishing back to its rightful owner, Brockist. <br> The mighty beast of legend whom I had reincarnated from the earth. <br> The powerful, gargantuan dragon who fought for our safety.