Prim and proper Jane Smythe-Haughton worked for a couple of other researchers before going to work for Michael. But having heard of his work, she was thrilled to get the job as his assistant. Jane receives a huge wage, but she is worth it. She takes care of everything, making sure that Michael has all that he needs during their research trips, whether it is food, lodging, clothing, whatever is needed. She also helps him with his research. However, since meeting Michael, Jane has had a crush on him. But she shares very little of her personal history, keeping it to herself.
Michael had never really paid attention to Jane as a woman before…that is, until the night of the ball. He watches as she crosses the floor to him and the attention that other men are paying her. A little disturbed by it and not happy to be at the ball, he tells her that they are leaving on their next trip bright and early the next morning. Knowing this will leave her with little sleep, he figures it will irritate her. So he is not happy when she awakens him, all bright-eyed and ready to go.
When Michael informs her that they are going to the Isle of Barra in Scotland, not England, she is shocked and turns pale. Noticing her reaction, Michael questions her, as they ride along in the carriage, to no avail. Their talk soon turns personal and ends up with a very heated kiss. Although Jane wants to repeat the kiss, Michael will have none of it. This produces a tense atmosphere between them, which lasts for a couple of weeks.
Fearing that any intimacy will destroy their working relationship, they vow that there will be no more intimacy. But when they stop at an inn closer to their destination, Michael struggles with his desire for her as he makes a startling discovery about Jane. She is not at all what she appears. Unable to leave a mystery unsolved, he is determined to get to the bottom of her story.
Arriving at their destination, they find that they are not the only ones looking for the amulet. As they struggle to survive against the danger, will they make it out alive? Will Michael solve the mystery behind Jane and in the process, discover something more precious than even the Hurst Amulet?
THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS, the fourth and final book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Hawkins’ HURST AMULET series, is a deliciously witty and sensual historical romance. I had a hard time putting it down and continued to read late into the night, eager to see what happened next. Michael and Jane make a delightful couple and their interaction is not only steamy, but also hilarious. By combining humor, passion, mystery, danger, fast-paced action and romance Ms. Hawkins has penned a novel that you will want to keep to read again and again. It is not necessary to read the first three books in this enticing series to understand this novel. But to extend the enjoyment, I advise also reading ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND, SCANDAL IN SCOTLAND and A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION. As a longtime fan of Ms. Hawkins’ work, all I have to see is Ms. Hawkins’ name on a book to make it a must read for me. I highly recommend THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS. Do not miss it!