The Care and Feeding of Your Captive EarlThe Care and Feeding of Your Captive Earl by Kate McKinley

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Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency )

Series: What Happens In Scotland  #3

Source: Received for an honest review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

  • Publication date: July 18, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H7VE04
  • Length: 197 pages

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A Lady’s Rules of Etiquette When Kidnapping a Gentleman: 

1. A lady must obtain a small vial of laudanum and a sturdy length of rope. 
2. Once subdued, the gentleman should be bound securely. 
3. At no point should the lady leave a sharp implement within the gentleman’s reach. 
4. Should rule #3 be neglected, the lady must prepare for things to go dreadfully wrong. 
5. In such a case, a lady must keep her countenance and under no circumstances should she submit to his charms and surrender her heart… 

Miss Gwendolyn Wrotham is far more skilled at needlework than she is at kidnapping. But when her best friend begs her to distract the new Earl of Hastings, she reluctantly agrees. Regrettably, the earl is just as clever as he is handsome and before long, he is free of his restraints and not at all pleased… 

As one of London’s most notorious rogues, Matthias Hart often finds himself in curious situations. Though he has never woken up drugged, bound, and hidden away in a remote Scottish cottage. Normally, he would welcome such a diversion, but his beautiful captor is young, witty and all-too-innocent. When he finally frees himself, all he wants is revenge and her complete surrender…


The Care and Feeding of Your Captive Earl (What Happens In Scotland #3) by Kate McKinley, but can be read as a stand alone. I would highly recommend reading the entire series, simply for the pleasure. See, #1, HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS (Lucas and Pippa) and #2, SO I MARRIED A HIGHLANDER (Alec and Evelyn). And of course, #3 THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR CAPTIVE EARL (Gwen and Matthias).

Matthias Hart, Earl of Hastings, one of London’s most notorious rogues. Is about to meet the challenge of his life….Miss Gwendolyn Wrotham. Although, he’s never been in such a precarious situation before, drugged, bound, and hidden away in a remote Scottish cottage. Thus, begins the story of Gwen and Matthias!

A quick read, only about 197 some pages, but packed full of deliciousness and witty banter. What a great Regency Romance!

Ms. McKinley has created a story with witty banter, mixed with some serious revelations, for both Gwen and Matthias. What a maelstrom of emotions, readers will find in Ms. McKinley’s creative writing! The relationship between Gwen and Matthias is precarious, but was lonely and unfulfilled, before meeting each other. They have based their experience entirely on dysfunctional relationships, they have been associated with, until lately.

Well written with engaging, well-developed, but flawed characters and families. The storyline is somewhat unique, masterfully written, emotionally charged with some laugh out loud moments, and a few twists and turns. A bit of mystery and a touch of suspense, makes for some mesmerizing and adventurous reading.

Fans of Regency Romance, fun characters, fanciful longings, determination, mistaken identity, and a misunderstand or two with a most misbehaving Earl, I believe will enjoy “The Care and Feeding of Your Captive Earl”.

Ms. McKinley is an amazing, masterful storyteller, who draws the reader into the story and captures their hearts. A must read Regency Romance with witty banter and interesting characters. I can’t wait for the next adventure from Ms. McKinley!
Received for an honest review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR