The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.Tying the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey
Series: The Highlanders of Balforss #1
on November 27th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
At age eleven, Alex Sinclair pledges an oath to the Duke of Chatham promising to serve and protect his illegitimate daughter, Lucy FitzHarris. Nine years later, the duke unexpectedly takes Alex up on his vow, offering the future Laird of Balforss his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Now a man, hotheaded Alex has difficulty convincing Lucy—who would rather starve to death than marry a vulgar Scot—to go through with the arranged marriage. Once Lucy arrives in Scotland, she cannot resist the magic of Balforss or the allure of her handsome Highland warrior. But when Alex seemingly betrays Lucy right before their wedding, she is tricked into running away. Alex must rein in his temper to rescue his lady from unforeseen danger and Lucy must swallow her pride if she hopes to wed the Highlander she has come to love.
Tying the Scot seemed to be the favorite read of the night, as we all agreed that we loved the characters, the plot, and most especially the little Spaniel, Hercules!
We loved the hero, Alex, for his rash impulsiveness. Even as a child, we saw him acting impulsively to be her protector. He always showed himself to have a good heart and a soft spot for Lucy. Lucy is the illegitimate daughter of a Duke, but was never treated as such by her father. He loves her deeply and tries to spare her from the cruel talk and snubbing. Despite be a victim of the Ton, some felt Lucy managed to be proud and a bit naive – probably due to her father’s efforts to protect her. Even though we found her pride annoying, we forgave it because her character grew so much throughout the course of the book — which couldn’t have happened if she hadn’t begun with those faults.
Beyond the Lucy and Alex, we also loved Alex’s family and the other characters. Tying the Scot had a decent amount of action and suspense, coupled with the romance. We are eager to read future books and hope to see his brother and cousins getting books of their own!