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Monday, April 17, 2017

To Tame a Highland Earl by Tarah Scott


Print Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Broken Arm Publishing (June 6, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him. 

Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.

No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber...but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.

Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
This book started off so strongly that it pains me to give it three stars, but in the end it was just too all over the place and repetitive to earn any higher.

To start off on the positive, I absolutely adored Eve. She was head-strong and completely knew her own mind. I loved how she slept with a gun under her pillow and was not only willing, but able to use it. Such strong female characters are rare. I also enjoyed watching her and Rushton go from enemies, to tentative friends to something more. 

Unfortunately, that is where my enjoyment of this story ended. Eve's sister Grace was a right pain in the bum. She was conniving, and a liar, and generally her personality of "I WANT HIM HE IS MINE" grated on my nerves to no end. Even after he told her (and Eve) that he would not marry her, Grace persisted down that path. It was tiring. 

Then there was all the kidnapping, and other underhanded story-lines that just started to run amok. It made it hard to pay attention to what was really going on in the story, and lead to me wanting to skip passages just to find out how it was going to end. 

Overall, this story may still appeal to readers who like historical romances, and I would give this author another chance.  
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                             To Tame a Highland Earl is available from Amazon.com

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