The humor and air of mystery in the latest Oxenburg Princes story keeps enjoyment from ever waning. Karen Hawkins always manages to sneak unexpected amusement into every one of her compelling books, and the laughs only increase as this story progresses. There are also plenty of mysterious happenings the latest novel about a prince who has trouble trusting most anyone. When he meets up with a strong-willed Scottish lass, sparks fly as opinions clash, while a strong sexual pull only adds to the building tension between these two. Several delightful hours of escape are promised while reading MAD FOR THE PLAID.
When the grandmother of Nikolai Romanovin went to visit a friend in Scotland, he was elated because sometimes the elderly woman can be rather demanding. Though the royal prince of Oxenburg dearly loves the Grand Duchess, he would welcome a short reprieve. But when Tata Natasha goes mysteriously missing, he rushes to the castle where she was staying. To keep anyone from realizing there is a problem, Nik will pretend to be a servant and will hopefully find his grandmother before her disappearance becomes widely known. Sadly, things do not go as he wishes when his scheme is discovered by the woman in charge of Castle Leod.
Since the laird of the Mackenzie clan left his daughter Ailsa to take care of everything while he was gone, she is the one that must make certain the kidnapped guest is located. When men arrive from Oxenburg with questions, she closely watches the groom for their horses as his conduct is not quite right. Upon exposing his identity, there is a heated discussion on how to best rescue his relative as Nik and Ailsa have differing views. Though arguments continue, they do agree that getting the Grand Duchess back safely is the most important factor. Yet as their journey to rescue his grandmother proceeds, unanticipated threats arise.
After completing the last book in the Oxenburg Princes series, I kept smiling when certain humorous moments were recalled. Several scenes where Tata Natasha stated her opinion in her usual manner were particularly comical. Her approach to getting what she wants is often very amusing, and I always like seeing the type of response she will get. Nik and Ailsa are such a wonderful couple to watch together, as neither gives in easily when they think their judgment is correct. Many of their conversations leave them hot and bothered, but it is frequently sexual frustration that causes the predicament and not just the disagreement. Passionate individuals, Nik and Ailsa certainly know how to express their feelings when the time is right. The reason he has become so suspicious of other people’s motives had me understanding about his current life, and I ached for him to eventually be truly happy. Though Ailsa thinks she is contented, I hoped this spirited woman would not end up alone.
With so many unknowns in the story, I never knew what was going to happen on the next page. Just when I thought one of the author’s subtle clues had told me something important, another piece of evidence had me questioning the direction of my theory. Karen Hawkins has surprises in store for the reader, which causes even more captivation. Now that this series has ended, I am glad to see more connected books are coming in the future. MAD FOR THE PLAID is an enchanting historical romance filled with lots of entertaining adventures plus intriguing mysteries.
Received copy from publisher
Series: Oxenburg Princes
Releases: August 30, 2016
Author website: http://www.karenhawkins.com/
Rating: 4.5 Stars