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The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (MacGregors #1)

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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
Aug 06, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
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,
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 28, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Kari

3.5 stars

* Thanks for the buddy-read Lovable Lass, the Highland Handmaiden....Kind-hearted Kari!
Nov 29, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it
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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Mar 11, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2013 Angelc rated it it was amazing

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
Debra Taylor
Sep 12, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2012 Quiana rated it liked it
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
Jul 22, 2014 Allyce Cameron rated it liked it
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.
Aug 29, 2013 LL rated it it was ok
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
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
There were just too many people with titles, nicknames, and their regular names... It got very confusing in the beginning trying to sort them all out. Slow going at first, and the conclusion wasn't as action-packed as I expected it to be, but the resolution was neat, and the development of the relationship led very naturally to the happily ever after.

A good premise, but frustrating execution. Enjoyable but ultimately forgettable. I do intend to read the next one, though!
This was a very trying book. I really wanted to like it. So many publications and people recommended it. However, I found that it went on too long. The characters are clichéd and one-dimensional. Most of the plot points went something like this:

She: "Something's amiss!"
He: "You may be right. Alas, I cannae stop myself from snogging you in public, potentially ruining your reputation, to investigate."
She: "Oh well."
Villain: (twirling mustache) "Nyah-ah-ah!"

Jan 21, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Michele Bolay
Feb 02, 2014 Michele Bolay rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is my third Burrowes book and, sad to say, it will be my last. I gave it until page 100, which is my limit for a DNF, and it was driving me crazy why I couldn't get into it and why it was bugging the heck out of me. Usually the impoverished/bookish older spinster + sexy well-born hero trope is like catnip to me. Then, coincidentally, I was catching up on an old "Dear Bitches/Smart Authors" podcast where Jane Litte from the "Dear Reader" blog was talking about Burrowes, and specifically The ...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Dec 24, 2012 Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, netgalley
You can find this review and more on Forever Book Lover.

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
Nov 28, 2012 Caroline The HEA Lover rated it really liked it
(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)

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
Aug 11, 2013 Beverly Diehl rated it really liked it
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
I gave this an A- for content and a B- for narration over at AudioGals

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was one of my favourite books of last year, so I was delighted when I discovered there were plans to release it in audio format. I’m a big fan of Grace Burrowes’ writing in general; I’ve enjoyed all her books I’ve read so far and stand in awe of the way she can make the emotion just leap off the page. She’s become one of my go-to authors for when I want a romance with a good dollop of angst on the way
Nov 12, 2012 Nita rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2014 oyadancing rated it liked it
Shelves: unicorns
This took me the longest to finish. Really 2.5 stars begrudgingly. Issues: Too tidily wrapped up, all at once. Caricature of a villain, with no reason given for his villainy. Almost instantaneous mutual attraction. Intimacy between virtual strangers out of place for the time period. Women especially the primary heroine, seem flat, uncomplicated, and their behavior is inexplicable. Hunky sensitive men can't save this or keep me reading.

I've noted this before: Ms. Burrowes is a gifted writer of pr
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
Sep 30, 2012 Jeanne Murray rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2013 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! I was sad to get to the end of this one, being so caught up in all the characters lives. Luckily this is book 1 of a trilogy, so I'll be able to get caught up again!

There is enough plotting and action and romance to weave a heartwarming story around many memorable characters.

Since I got a Kindle book, I had the opportunity to purchase the Audible audiobook for a very reasonable price. The audiobook, as read by Roger Hampton, was a joy to listen to. I'll probably look for other audio
I read this at the time I did because I was having a huge book hangover from The Raven King and needed a complete change of pace, so I picked Grace Burrowes because I know what I'm going to get with her. Intertwined families, heroes that I can admire, and lots of hand holding and drinking each other's tea, and emotional as well as physical love. And this was one I hadn't read before that was available to check out from my library's e-book collection, so I didn't have to get out of bed.

And that's
Marilyn Rondeau
I am absolutely in love with Ian McGregor! What a wonderful character and premise for another of Grace Burrowes impeccable and exciting books. This Victorian era Scottish Highland adventure is just the ticket for 10 hours of a sensual romance and high adventure to listen to.

Ian MacGregor as the acting laird of his clan and Earl of Balfour. Ian has the duty of saving his clan from complete ruin by marrying an heiress in order to keep the clan afloat. To that end he invites a wealthy English famil
Mar 25, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it

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 woma

Lake County Public Library Indiana
Most excellent historical romance. - Lynn, Merrillville Branch
Aug 20, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING. The characters are funny, interesting and loveable. Once I began reading, I could barely put the book down to eat, read, sleep or...go to work!! I believe it's my favorite Grace Burrowes book, which is saying something, as she is on my auto-buy list. I highly recommend this novel.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 08:54AM  
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  • A Promise of More (The Disgraced Lords, #2)
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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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