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The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (MacGregors #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,402 ratings  ·  204 reviews

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.
Paperback, 375 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lady Wesley
Grace Burrowes’ novels cause me to shake my head and roll my eyes. In my review of Windham series, I poke fun at her. And yet . . . .

And yet, I continue to read and enjoy them. Ten of them so far. Why is that? I’m not sure I can explain, but essentially she writes wonderful, multifaceted characters that you come to care about. Her plots are satisfyingly complex (albeit too repetitive in some cases). Her dialogue is engaging (albeit a little too modern in some cases). She is simply a very good,
Nov 28, 2013 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jill by: Kari

3.5 stars

* Thanks for the buddy-read Lovable Lass, the Highland Handmaiden....Kind-hearted Kari!
This is the second book by Grace Burrowes that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. In it, we meet Ian MacGregor, Earl Balfour and his family – his brothers Gil and Connor, his widowed sister Mary Frances and her daughter, Flora. Ian might be an earl, but the family is poor and needs to open their estate to guests every summer in order to make enough money to see them through the year. Ian needs to marry money, and the story begins with him meeting his prospective bride and her family from the tr ...more
Nov 29, 2013 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kari by: Buddy Read with Jill Lassie
Sweet romantic story that takes place in Scotland in the mid 1800's. Ian MacGregor is a Scottish earl in need of a wealthy bride to support his estate. His mind is set on Genie, daughter of an English baron. Genie and some of her family members show up at Ian's home as paying guests. When Ian meets Genie's spinster cousin, Augusta, his plans to marry for money are put to the test. As he falls in love with Augusta, he is caught between doing his duty and following his heart.


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Great book! I loved this one, absolutely loved it! I was emotionally drawn to these charactters, and I rode it out with them. I felt the sorrow and the joy and the fear they felt.

Ian MacGregor need to marry for money, his clan is living on the edge the next tragedy, famine, bad crops,failed herd could destroy them. Determined to do just that he agrees to woo a young English girl Gennie Daniels, the Baron Altsax!s daughter. The baron has many secrets and not the least among the shady business con

4.5 Stars

This author's Windhams series is one of my favorite historical romance series, and this is the first book in a new series, so I wasn't quite sure I would love it. I was afraid that I would miss my favorite characters. While I may not have loved the characters as much as I loved the Windhams, I really enjoyed this book as well. It proves just what a great author Burrowes is.

I didn't realize this was part of a series while I was reading it, because there is not only one romance in this bo
SOS Aloha
“Behold her, single in the field, Yon solitary Highland lass!

Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here, or gently pass!”

William Wordsworth

Burrowes charmed readers with the Windham series during the Regency Era … and she will enchant fans with her new series, THE MACGREGOR TRILOGY, set in Scotland’s Highlands during the Victorian Era. Book One is THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID. The bridegroom, Ian MacGregor, also wears honor as he seeks to revive his family’s future with a marriage to an English heire
A great start for this new series ( The MacGregor Trilogy) . I loved this enchanting tale of love in Scotland. The author put a new twist on an old story line. Her eloquent dialogue kept this story flowing like fine wine.
Ian MacGregor is an impoverished Earl in dire need of a wealthy bride. However, he is more than a little attracted to his intendeds spinster cousin. Instead of wooing his reluctant bride Ian finds it hard to keep his hands ( & lips) from the lovely Augusta. As much as I was
We’re first introduced to Ian McGregor a reluctant earl who’s in desperate need of a wealthy wife. His family’s home is falling apart and he’s running out of ideas and ways to continue to feed his siblings and their offspring. It doesn’t matter whether he likes his future bride to be, or even if he’s attracted to her, he must put duty to his family and clan first, which is why he’s playing host to a rich English family.

Enter Englishwoman Augusta Merrick, self-proclaimed spinster and chaperone of
Allyce Cameron
This is not my genre. This book was foisted upon me by a romance-obsessed bookclubber-sorry Jess! ;) None-the-less it was an enjoyable read even if it was really very predictable. And once you get past half way it's pretty much all sex. I did really like some of the historical references and Prince Albert just popping up towards the end. And the baron is pretty much pure evil in a cartoon villain type of way. So pretty good and you'd probably enjoy it more if you're into romance novels as well.
Good start to a new series. Ian needs to marry a woman with money. As head of his family and clan, he feels responsible for their welfare. The estate is barely making ends meet, and one crisis could spell disaster for them. The only thing helping right now is that they host paying guests during the summer. When an English baron contacts Ian about making a match between Ian and his daughter, Ian feels like he has no choice.

When the Daniels family arrives, Ian discovers that his potential bride is
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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I stumbled across this book when I saw a fellow blogger post a review. How could I go wrong with mixing my love of Scottish man and the romance of English ladies. I like the freshness of the storyline, Ian MacGregor will set aside his own needs for his family's survival, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn't love and one that doesn't love him.

It was a quick read for me although there were several characters to keep track of. I did wi
Caroline The HEA Lover
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The Bridegrooom Wore Plaid is the first book I’ve read by Grace Burrowes. I know, it’s some kind of feat in itself when you consider how prolific and popular this author is (13 books or so planned for 2013 only!) . Since this is the first book in a new series, I thought it would be safe to start there . I was right! *wink*.

There’s something special about men wearing plaid/kilts. I just can’t resist that image (just think (or Google) Gerard
Beverly Diehl
Augusta Merrick (aka Gus or Gussie, to her obnoxious, and/or oblivious relatives) has somehow ended up a poor relation, with little to her name besides Ulysses, her yowling cat-in-a-hatbox.

Ian MacGregor has a title, Scottish lands and estates just one more bad season away from being impoverished. However, the family estate in Balfour is just next door to Her Highness's summer retreat, offering access for the rich, social-climbing English to "accidentally" run into their Queen. He MUST marry mone
This is the start of a new series by Burrowes. Ian MacGregor is playing host to Genie Daniels and her family in the hopes of making her his wife. He's a Scottish earl with no money and a family and lands to take care of. Genie's father is a wealthy baron looking to marry his daughter to someone with a great title. Ian sets out to woo Genie, but can't seem to stay away from her poor cousin, Augusta, who has traveled with Genie as a chaperone. Augusta is smart and passionate, but has consigned her ...more
Ian MacGregor is the Earl Of Balfour. He needs a wealthy wife to help with the support and care of his family and their estate. He waited as long as he could for the return of his older brother who left seven years ago to seek his fortune. He has no choice now but to marry money and produce the next heir. He picks a young woman and invites her and her family to his estate so that he can meet her and determine if it would be a good match. One of her chaperones catches Ian's eye and the sparks st ...more
I liked the characters a great deal but found them to behave inconsistently and found just about everything else to be ridiculous. The writing was too modern, both in style and attitude. Why did Ian have to marry Genie? There were so few other prospects that he felt he had no choice but to make everyone so miserable? The bad dude was laughably one-dimensional and over the top. Were not 1, not 2, but 3(!) romantic pairings necessary? Nope, especially since Mary Fran and Matthew get their own nove ...more
Jeanne Murray
I am a wholehearted Grace Burrowes fan, but The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was somewhat disappointing. Like the characters in other Burrowes works, Ian McGregor and Augusta have that underlying intensity of feeling that makes the reader want to crawl into the book and hold them tight. Sadly, the down side is the lame plot and the kind of lackluster machinations of the secondary characters. Also, the old “must marry or else” motif is a bit worn out here. The depth of the lead characters save this nove ...more
There were two main problems with this book:

1) Too many characters were introduced too quickly, and too much time was spent head hopping between them.

2) With four couples getting together by the end of the book, we have too little time to get to know any of them.

It took me forever to finish this book...I just found myself not caring for any of the characters since I didn't really get to know any of them.

The plot was also extremely predictable, but I could handle that. At least until the hero had
Zel Polev
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes keeps winning reader awards for her gorgeously imagined books. If you're already a fan, you'll devour her new characters and if you haven't yet discovered the richly drawn worlds of Grace Burrowes, you're in for a treat....

"Memorable heroes. Intelligent, sensual love stories. This author knows what romance readers adore."RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed...

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman

It has been quite a while since I've read a romance novel, but this one was highly recommended by a friend shortly before I left for a trip to Scotland so the timing was fortuitous. This was a delightful read, reminding me that while some romance novels are poorly written or have contrived lots others are very well done.
Cardyn Brooks
Multiple interdependent storylines between Augusta/Ian, Gil/Genie, Con/Judith, and Mary Frances/Matthew make The Bridegroom Wore Plaid more fractured in presentation than her previous novels. There's a sense of missing vital interactions between the secondary couples that happen off-page. Although the story still delivers the tenderness, humor, emotional intimacy, and tangle of family devotion and duty that G.B. fans have come to expect. Fiona is her usual irrepressible self.

Mary Frances and Ma
Ella Quinn
Grace Burrowes had done it again. I don’t normally read Victorians, but I enjoy her Regencies so much I couldn’t resist. This is a lovely romp where everyone who should falls in love and they all do it with someone there not supposed to.
Lisa C.
Based on the description, this sounded like a light, easy read. It was anything but. Once I got through the many character descriptions, I found myself having to re-read quite a bit to see who was talking to whom. There was just too much going on. For some reason I was determined to finish it, if nothing else just to see how Ian's situation would turn out. I also love detailed descriptions so the reader can feel as though they're there, but not when they go overboard as this story did.

Part of wh
Lita Bouquard
I liked the relaxation of societal rules in The Bridegroom Wore Plaid. The MacGregor's are fun, loyal, and desperate for money. Ian, his kilt and his devotion to his family make him a loveable hero. Augusta is a conflict- poor and wearing shabby clothes we later find she is brilliant enough to read legal contracts-yet she couldn't figure out that her uncle was pilfering her money and inheritance.
I found the beginning tricky because their were 4 British women Augusta, serving as a chaperone with
I enjoyed this novel. It was a busier novel than Burrowes other novels, what with four couples to bring together. It was also really nice to read a Burrowes novel without my brain snagging on vague details and timelines, contradictions and inaccuracies, but then again this is the first novel of the series. Despite the pleasure of not being confused or frustrated at various points in my reading, I have to say this novel did not quite have the emotional depth and relational complexity I have come ...more
This was my first ever adult romance. It was a lot more racy than I had anticipated. That would have gotten old fast if it weren't for the characters and the plot. I was actually surprised that the plot was engaging and not completely see through. Of course, I knew in the end that the main characters live HEA but how that get there was surprising, due to the plot twists. The characters were also well rounded and not stereotypical. The women had some brains; the men weren't just lusting after eve ...more
Kyra Dunst
Four romances for the price of one. I love how the couples shoved together in the beginning of the story aren't necessarily the ones that end up together in the end. The story also puts forth one of the worse parts of marriages at the time, arranged matches solely for the purpose of wealth or title and how little worth some women had to their families. Burrowes did a great job letting the reader get to know all the characters, and each of the four romances had solid bones and affection to them. ...more
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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MacGregors (5 books)
  • Mary Fran and Matthew (MacGregors, #1.5)
  • Once Upon a Tartan (MacGregors, #2)
  • The MacGregor's Lady (MacGregors, #3)
  • What A Lady Needs For Christmas (MacGregors, #4)
The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1) (Windham, #1) The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2) (Windham, #2) Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5) The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham, #3) Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Windham, #4) (The Duke's Daughters, #1)

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