We all begin reading a book with certain expectations that define our reading experience. We form ideas and make assumptions based on the book’s assigned genre, cover art, title, and description. If our expectations are not met, we are often disappointed, which is why a book’s presentation is so important. It sets the stage for the reader. If I had realized Mad for the Plaid was a more a farce than an historical romance, I might have liked it more because I would have expected an implausible plot that abandons historical accuracy and characters who behave irrationally.

Mad for the Plaid is the third stand-alone book in Karen Hawkins’ The Oxenburg Princes series, which is centered on the royal princes from the fictional European country of Oxenburg and their beloved grandmother, the Grand Duchess Natasha Nikolaevna. Natasha is funny, opinionated, lovingly manipulative, and a little cantankerous. She is the princes’ only maternal figure, since their mother passed away when they were young. Each prince has his own book and this one features the oldest brother and heir to the crown, Prince Nikolai Romanovin, otherwise known by the less-than-royal-sounding nickname, Nik.

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