This is the only one in the series I would give 4 stars to, as
oppossed to 4 1/2 stars for her other 4 books.
It was very good, don't get me wrong, but I was disappointed in
a few things. The biggest diasppointment I suffered was the
place in which Marcus decides to deflower Honoria. His behavior reminded me of how a teenage boy might act in this same situation.
He couldn't even wait till they reached their 'honeymoon' destination (such as it was). That was another complaint I had --
they had only ONE night on the outskirts of town for their
Another thing I didn't like, was the way Honoria teased Marcus
with dangling the ring under other prospective buyer's noses.
During the scenes where she does this, she makes the reader feel as though she could not care less about his family's most precious heirloom. Very disappointing, with her being his
love interest & all. I wondered if she could be trusted. As it
turned out, she could, but I did have occassional, momentary
doubts at different times throught the story.
Now, the pluses to this book -- there were a lot of them -- my
favorite character, from the second book (Confessions of a Scoundrel), the butler turned coachman, Herberts - puts in an
appearance here. He is everybit as funny here as he was in
Other characters I liked were Cassandra, the eldest Baker-Sneed
relative after herself, and George, the youngest Baker-Sneed son.
I have not yet reviewed "Taming Rafe" by Suzanne Enoch, but I
can tell you, Karen Hawkins & Suzanne Enoch should get together & write a book for George Baker-Sneed and May Harrington. It would
take place several years after this book & Taming Rafe, and I
would purchase it without a second thought! George was great!
And, the French chef in this book added something special to
I will now attempt to try to rank these 5 books in my favorite order: 1. Confessions of a Scoundrel 2. An Affair to Remember 3. The Bride Wore Plaid 4. How to Treat a Lady 5. Lady in Red. 1st & 2nd place are tough, because I loved these 2 books
the most. Overall, I think An Affair to Remember has the best
story, but Confessions of a Scoundrel (and later, Lady in Red)
had the best character - Herberts.
One last thing -- this is one series that I believe should most
definitely be read in order of publication, because of the way
each story ends, it ties directly into its successor.
Eventually, I'll read another Karen Hawkins book, but for now,
I'm taking a breather. (Marcus, the biggest hold out brother
of the bunch, wore me out. Evidently, Honoria eventually wore
him out, too, because he finally came around in the last few
pages of the book).