April 20th, 2018
Home | Log in! or Register

On Top Shelf
Kathy LyonsKathy Lyons
Fresh Fiction
Fresh Pick

Reviewer Application

Slideshow image

Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image
Not every match is made in the marriage mart...Some happen when you least expect it.

slideshow image
Contemporary romance set in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

slideshow image
MYSTERY PICK OF THE MONTH! –Library Journal (Starred Review)

slideshow image
Journey to an irresistible town you’ll want to return to over and over again.

slideshow image
She was the last woman he wanted in his life. . .and the one he needed the most.

slideshow image
Romantic Times says The Bride Next Door “is a laugh out-loud, play-on-words dramathon…”

slideshow image
Pursued by a dangerous terrorist, U.S. Deputy Marshal Casey Sloane, along with two other Marshals, put their lives on the line to deliver a federal witness to the FBI.

Read some great books in April...you'll be blooming!

Barnes & Noble

Fresh Fiction Blog
Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Karen Hawkins | Those Regency Nerd Heroes

The Taming Of A Scottish Princess
Karen Hawkins




Barnes & Noble

Powell's Books



Hurst Amulet #3

June 2012
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Featuring: Jane Smythe-Haughton; Michael Hurst
384 pages
ISBN: 1439175950
EAN: 9781439175958
Kindle: B005PSJ666
Paperback / e-Book
Add to Wish List

Also by Karen Hawkins:
Caught by the Scot, October 2017
Twelve Kisses to Midnight, December 2016
Mad for the Plaid, September 2016
The Princess Wore Plaid, April 2016


I've had a thing for hero-nerds ever since history professor Indiana Jones crossed my path. There's nothing sexier than a man who thinks AND can rescue the maiden from a hoard of hungry cannibals.

After Indiana Jones, my next favorite movie nerd hero is from My Fair Lady. I loved how rude, self-absorbed Henry Higgins fell in love with Liza but although it wasn't until she'd left him that he realized that not only was his life less without Liza, but so was he.

Michael Hurst in THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS is Henry Higgins with a solid shot of Indian Jones. He's an adventurer, a physically fit and sexy man, a brilliant Egyptian explorer so caught up in his absorbing career that he's missed a treasure that's been hiding in plain sight - the redoubtable Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton, the woman who makes certain that his travels are perfectly organized so that he can focus on the real work at hand, discovering historically valuable Egyptian treasures.

I love a hero who is a reader, a thinker, and - of course - brilliantly successful in his field. It doesn't hurt if he's also tall, dark, sexy and has a six-pack abs like Explorer and Egyptologist Michael Hurst. Hey, it's fiction, so why can't we have it all? It takes a very strong heroine to attract -- and keep -- a hero like that in line. Fortunately, Jane is just such a heroine. It was fun seeing so-controlled, so-tied-up-in-his-own-life Michael get his comeuppance in love, though he didn't realize it until it was too late.

What about you? Do you enjoy The Sexy Nerd Hero, too? Or do you prefer a more Physical Warrior Hero type? Or perhaps The Gentle Seducer Hero? What attributes do you like in your heroes?

I am giving away a signed copy of book #3 in The Hurst Amulet series, A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION, to a random commenter from today’s blog.

One Night in Scotland
Hurst Amulet
December 2010

Scandal In Scotland
Hurst Amulet
June 2011

A Most Dangerous Profession
Hurst Amulet
October 2011

The Taming Of A Scottish Princess
Hurst Amulet
June 2012




61 comments posted.

Re: Karen Hawkins | Those Regency Nerd Heroes

I like the gentle seducer. Perhaps he takes his time, is subtlely working his way into your life, your affections. His moves seem to "sneak upon you"!
(Leanna Morris 12:39pm May 23, 2012)

I'm easy, I have yet to find a hero that I do not like!
(Barbara Hanson 8:17am May 23, 2012)

Boy this sounds like a good book...can't wait to read it!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 8:18am May 23, 2012)

I'm currently reading somethingorother "in White," by Queen Nora. It has an
extremely endearing nerd hero. As for Prof. Higgins, I far prefer the first ending
of the original play, in which Eliza dumped the misanthropic jerk and went off
with, oh, whatshisface, Freddie. Freddie was a loser but at least he wasn't a jerk.
She'd be best off with Col. Pickering. (Perhaps he has a young nephew?)
(Carol Strickland 9:22am May 23, 2012)

I think I'd go for the sexy nerd hero, too. ALthough, reading romance novels, I'm with Barbara, that I always like the heros. Otherwise I wouldn't read the book!
(Sharlene Wegner 9:50am May 23, 2012)

I love them all! As long as they are written well and fit the story it is all good! I love the Hurst series and can't wait to read Michael's story!

(Lynne Hankins 10:20am May 23, 2012)

Whoa, Indiana Jones meets Henry Higgins? How'd I NOT know about this? I am a sucker for the nerd hero...sigh...I've got my own at home :D
(Serena Polheber 10:21am May 23, 2012)

I LOVE a tortured hero!! Definately my favorite.... however, I don't seem to NOT like any romantic hero.
(Betty Hamilton 10:52am May 23, 2012)

Hi Karen!
I like all kinds of heroes : the Sexy Nerd, the warrior, the gentle seducer, the alpha, etc. That's why I enjoy so many types of romance.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Kanya :)
(Kanya Chhet 11:09am May 23, 2012)

I love all sorts of heroes - they all make my heart melt. Thanks for the chance to win the tale of yet another wonderful hero. Nancy
(Nancy Reynolds 11:49am May 23, 2012)

I love a hero who is strong yet sensitive to women, children and animals.
Throw is kindness and lots of humor and you have a wonderful man. If he's
handsome too, all the better.

I love your books, Karen, and wish you continued success with your new
release and beyond.
(Connie Fischer 11:56am May 23, 2012)

I dig the Physical Warrior hero type with a mix of the sexy nerd. A hero I most recently fell in love with was Jim Owens from The Other Guy's Bride. He was strong and a fighter who could protect, but he was also very smart. On top of that he was funny, there was a part at the beginning of the book where he pretended to be this lawless cowboy ruffian because that was what the heroine stereotyped him as.
I think my fave is also where they're a little broody and dark at the beginning of the journey but then they heal and love by the end.
(Sharon D 11:59am May 23, 2012)

I would love to win this book. Thank you for writing really
wonderful books for us to read
(Denise Smith 12:00pm May 23, 2012)

So far as my reading, I like lots of types of heroes. On a personal level, though, I'd have to say that sexy nerd rates at the top!
(Janie McGaugh 12:14pm May 23, 2012)

I love the intellect of the hero - be he a "nerd" or a gentleman that actual has a business. I like that when such characters are written - there is wit and anjoyable conversations, that there are fireworks on multiple levels. I prefer the "nerd" in life too, so maybe I am partial.
(Carla Carlson 12:38pm May 23, 2012)

I'm not particular about the type of hero. It depends upon the plot as to which type is needed. Once I start reading a book, I block out everything that is going on around me.
(Anna Speed 12:40pm May 23, 2012)

I don't know if I've read a book with a nerdy hero. They're usually the Alpha warrior type. Now I'm interested in reading about a nerdy hero though.
(Kristin Bingham 12:47pm May 23, 2012)

Hello, everyone! I am so pleased to visit with you all today! I'm tickled so many of you like the nerdy, brilliant explorer type of hero. I have to say that so far, Michael Hurst is my favorite hero that I've written. I wish this forum had direct replies so I could comment on each post individually, but it doesn't. SO, I'll just pop in now and then and answer any questions you guys may have. Meanwhile, thank you for taking to time to read about Michael and his nerdy-hero-ness! :)
(Karen Hawkins 12:55pm May 23, 2012)

love the title, hope its a good read
(Debbi Shaw 2:00pm May 23, 2012)

Karen I loved the comment you made about its fiction why cant we have it all? Oh so true. After all isnt that why we all curl up with good book in the first place to escape?
(Holly Sines 2:02pm May 23, 2012)

I like the nerd hero and the Regency setting sounds good,too. I have a book by Heather Snow and the Regency heroine is a scientist, I believe (nerd heroine, anyone?).
(Michelle Fidler 2:07pm May 23, 2012)

I love my heros to be both the nerd and the war-force. I am lucky to have a real-life hero-a badboy. He is my hero cause he did rescue me from a bad situation, and I love him more for that.
I love this series, and I can't wait to read this book.
(Alisa Jenkins 2:09pm May 23, 2012)

I tend to like them all. I do get tired of the "alpha" male
hero after awhile! My favorite is definitely the nerd. There
is something sexy about an intelligent man...especially
when he is up for a bit of adventure!
(Erica Secchini 2:46pm May 23, 2012)

Love your books. Looking forward to reading this book.
(Sarah Pernick 2:49pm May 23, 2012)

I love the variety of heroes out there... he can be nerdy or the fighter, the prince or the pauper, etc... I am always looking forward to the journey he makes to get to his HEA!
(Colleen Conklin 3:23pm May 23, 2012)

Who doesn't love a sexy Indiana Jones. :) A little bit nerdy but physically strong too. :)
(May Pau 3:38pm May 23, 2012)

Holly, absolutely! That's exactly what fiction's for. :)

Michelle, I hadn't heard of that book. I'll have to check it out.

Thank you, Alisa! I hope you enjoy it. :)
(Karen Hawkins 5:29pm May 23, 2012)

I guess I am easy to please: someone who can take command, save the maiden, and carress the baby all in one!!!
(Barbara Studer 5:32pm May 23, 2012)

What a combination, Henry Higgins and Indiana Jones!
(Marjorie Carmony 5:40pm May 23, 2012)

Indiana Jones, a little nerdy and afraid of snakes.. just my kinda guy....
(Cate Sparks 5:40pm May 23, 2012)

Personally, I'd settle for a "Sexy Nerd Warrior." That way, you get it all!


(Lynn Rettig 5:44pm May 23, 2012)

Sexy nerd heroes are definitely my favorites. I loved the librarian movies on tv.
(Sue Farrell 5:49pm May 23, 2012)

I love a hero who is a reader, a thinker, and - of course - brilliantly successful in his field. It doesn't hurt if he's also tall, dark, sexy and has a six-pack abs like Explorer and Egyptologist Michael Hurst. Your words of course!
(Kathleen Bianchi 5:53pm May 23, 2012)

Ilove to read this type of book. thanks for the giveaway.
(Mary Hay 5:58pm May 23, 2012)

I will also always love Indiana Jones. =) And I love when authors use him as
I love the strong alpha warrior, turns me to a puddle of jello. But really I am not
going to say no to any of them =)
(Lexi Hansen 6:19pm May 23, 2012)

Sexy Nerds can be great fun - I'm thinking McGyver.
(Diane Sallans 6:30pm May 23, 2012)

I prefer the gentle seducer type of hero, and a great body doesn't hurt either......
(Joy Gifford 6:53pm May 23, 2012)

Yes, yes, yes! Keep writing about those nerd heroes - with great abs!
(Mary Slack 7:12pm May 23, 2012)

I love all the heroes in romance books. Can't really say that I have a favorite one.

I have been waiting for this book, Karen, and can't wait to read it.
(Cathy Phillips 8:47pm May 23, 2012)

I like all kinds of heros, but sexy nerd is one of my favorites.
(Lisa Kendall 8:47pm May 23, 2012)

Not only do I love the sexy nerd hero in novels, but I married my own. :^)
(Heidi Durham 8:59pm May 23, 2012)

Both "The Sexy Nerd Hero" & "The Gentle Seducer Hero" appeal to me the most but sometimes the "Physical Warrior Hero" is good too so I guess it all depends on what kind of story I want to read at the moment.
(Chelsea Knestrick 9:23pm May 23, 2012)

You might find my comment a bit odd, but I like my hero a cross between the nerdy type and the gentle seducer. The reason I give that answer is because if they're totally nerdy, the romance tends to be a bit stiff, if you pardon the pun. He needs to have the gentle seductive side to him to give the story a bit of air and sustenance that sweeps you off your feet and makes you not only fall in love with him, but get swept away with the story line. I love the thought process you put into your book, and remember the characters you've chosen very well. I would love to read it more than you know. Wonderful cover, and I'm sure a wonderful read!! Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:45pm May 23, 2012)

What a great idea! Indianna Jones/'enry 'iggins all wrapped up into one. The strong virile type & the gentle bookish man all rolled into a delicious hero. I do like them both; witty, charming, intelligent, & "human". The book sounds like another of your "good reads"!!
(Jean Merriott 9:47pm May 23, 2012)

Thank you all for such warm and encouraging comments! It looks like you guys are on the same page I am -- that sexy nerds are terrific heroes. And oh, I hope you will all like Michael Hurst!
(Karen Hawkins 11:00pm May 23, 2012)

I love your books. Especially about all of those Scotsmen!
(Charlene Fraley 11:20pm May 23, 2012)

I like the physical warrior type hero... although I LOVE Indiana Jones. One of my
husband's favorite movies, believe it or not, is My Fair Lady. I have been called
a heartless guttersnipe a a time or two. Thank you, Professor Higgins. Lol.
(Jane Limback 11:38pm May 23, 2012)

i love the color of the book and then they look great i am sorry that i have not read any of them would love to read and blog on them
(Desiree Reilly 11:40pm May 23, 2012)

Another series for me to fall in love with!
I am a fan of all heroes. There is a place and time for each one. Sometimes even more than one at a time, when I'm really greedy!
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 11:44pm May 23, 2012)

I love nerds, perhaps because I've got more in common with them than most other people; I've always been considered a nerd myself, except for my love of romances. However, I also read books on subjects from archaeology and astronomy to geology to theology, and others between. It all depends on my mood.
As for Scotland, many of my favorites books are set there. I started hearing about it from my mother who spent 6 months there improving her English there.
(Sigrun Schulz 11:55pm May 23, 2012)

When I read "Regency sexy nerd heroes" I thought, does she mean Oscar Wilde? In those days the image we have of intellectual men is mostly poets. This was not of course a desired quality in a lady as an intellectual young woman might not catch a husband. Once married she could reveal her true colours and I am sure many women ended up running the husband's estate, especially if he was away at war. I don't think the mooning poet type would be my hero, but the adventurous type you describe, studying Egypt and deciphering heiroglyphs, that lad would go down a treat!
(Clare O'Beara 5:42am May 24, 2012)

I'll take a sexy, nerd hero any day. I like my men intelligent.
(Mary Preston 9:01am May 24, 2012)

Brains are the way to go. I am always telling my daughters
this. May-be some day they will listen.
(Chrislin Payne 9:53am May 24, 2012)

I find this information very usefull for making future
decesions.It will be very helpful benefits for us and now I
am well aware of its every aspecIts like you read my mind!
You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics
to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this
is great blog. A great read. Ill definitely be back.

business website long
(Adelaide Abel 11:33am May 24, 2012)

I much prefer a sexy nerd to a self-absorbed (but reclaimed) jerk who can revert
to type. Never think you can change a man--it will only be temporary. You are
so better off with a nerd--definitely much happier.
(Sandra Spilecki 12:19pm May 24, 2012)

I love my hero's anyway I can take them.........lol. I live my live precriously through reading lot's of books!!!!!! Love Historial Romance and many other genre's.......
(Joanne Bozik 7:04pm May 24, 2012)

Hmmm, Hero-Nerd or Physical, Totally Sexy Warrior...how about the Nerdy-physical-sexy-warrior? LOL - I have been leaning more towards the nerdy-sexy-dude! I am sure that he could teach me ALL sorts of interesting things!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:47pm May 24, 2012)

I love nerdy heroes!
(MaryAnne Banks 10:13pm May 24, 2012)

I actually love them all. :) They all have the loyalty, compassion and Warrior instincts to protect the helpless, the ones they love and have a sense of duty that makes them amazing.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com
(Carol Luciano 5:32am May 27, 2012)

I love most heroes. If the book is good, then it usually follows that the hero is also likeable. I do like a little humor in books though.
(Carol Woodruff 8:40pm May 27, 2012)

I like a vulnerable hero who knows how to seduce and does it well.
(Alyson Widen 12:20pm June 2, 2012)

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!


© 2003-2018 off-the-edge.net
all rights reserved

Google+ Google+