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Tall, Dark and Kilted

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen . . . Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it her dream of one day being her own boss. When she’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, she grabs it with both hands. But there's a catch - the ce ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by The New Romantics 4
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Shani Struthers
May 13, 2013 Shani Struthers rated it it was amazing
Dramatic highland location? Check. Drop-dead gorgeous alpha male? Check. Suitably feisty heroine? Check. Stellar cast of suppporting characters? Okay, its obvious where I'm going with this. If you fancy a bout of total escapism with some serious sexiness thrown in, this book ticks all the boxes. It's fun, it's flirtatious, it gets the pulse racing (hello there window seat scene!!!!) and it's touching too. The characters are gorgeous (with the possible exception of a certain Urquart sister but ev ...more
Marie Laval
Aug 04, 2013 Marie Laval rated it it was amazing
I loved that book, the characters and the setting! Fliss, the heroine, is a strong, warm and likeable young woman who hides her vulnerability and lack of self-confidence under a no-nonsense exterior. Ruairi is a splendid hero who really captured my imagination. I could just picture him wandering on the hills or around his loch...As for the setting - Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland - it is just breathtaking. I could not put the book down (well, my kindle!) until I found out how the story ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, scots
I am pretty burnt out at this point at books where the girl and boy meet, argue, and somehow - miraculously, with no development whatsoever, fall madly in love.
Nikki Bywater
Mar 21, 2013 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
When Fliss Bagshawe loses her job as an holistic therapist after attending a party in Notting Hill that gets out of control, she thinks that her chance of running her own therapy business are over, until she is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to run a therapy centre, five hundred miles away in Scotland. Happy to leave her life behind in Pimlico she heads for the Scottish Highlands.

However after a chance meeting with the handsome but brooding Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart, Fliss f
Sharon Booth
Jan 01, 2013 Sharon Booth rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! For a start I loved the heroine Fliss who has suffered loss and comes out fighting. Fliss is making her own way in the world and doing quite nicely until her friendship with the spoilt and selfish Urquhart sisters causes a major downturn in her career. Against her better judgement she accepts their attempt to make amends by taking on the job of manageress at their rather irresponsible mother's new therapy centre. The catch is, the centre is at their ancestral home in the Scott ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
This novel had everything I love in a story - a cracking title, a strong, believable plot with just the right blend of realism and escapism, a heroine I could relate to, root for and empathize with, and an "all man" brooding, sexy hero. Fantastic! A really well-crafted cast of secondary characters provided plenty of frustration, dilemmas and conflict. Add in a healthy dose of simmering chemistry and some hilarious one-liners, and it's no wonder Tall, Dark & Kilted left me grinning away to my ...more
Rosie Amber
Apr 19, 2014 Rosie Amber rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful modern romance. Fliss is hard working and independent, when a party gets broken up by the police and Fliss needs a good reference from her employer it becomes the last thing she gets, before the sack. Faced with the need to find a new job quickly, she jumps at the chance to manage a Therapy centre in the Scottish Highlands.

Ruairi is the Laird of Kinlock Mara who is forced to keep tight reins on his step sisters and their mother. Isla and Cat lead a wild life spending mon
Michelle Connor
Aug 04, 2015 Michelle Connor rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Lizzy Lamb through another author and the title of the book Tall, Dark and Kilted immediately grabbed my attention.

Fliss is a holistic therapist based in an area of London. She is invited to a party in the great Notting Hill area. There she meets her friend Becky and the hosts of the party, sisters, Isla and Cat.

After receiving a phonecall from Isla and Cat's step-brother Ruairi, things get a bit heated. After cooling off in the Police Station, Fliss has to encounter her bos
Fun romantic comedy. Some editing issues, but a good book read on my Kindle. I liked the Highland setting, and really appreciated that the author gave translations and pronunciations for Gaelic words and phrases that were used. I'd like to see a sequel with Murdo and Isla.
Mar 14, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it
This was a great escapist read. The way it was written put me very much in mind of a Katie Fforde novel with kilts!
Felicity Bagshawe, the heroine is a therapist. The book starts with a rather rowdie party with some of Felicity's private clients and ends in the police station with Felicity/Fliss losing her job. Things go on the up from here though. She ends up travelling with her two clients, Cat and Isla up to their Highland home to be a therapist there. There she meets the Laird of the Manor R
Dec 02, 2012 Hilary rated it really liked it
Brooding laird Ruairi and feisty holistic therapist Fliss strike sparks off one another from the moment they meet, in this excellent debut novel from Lizzie Lamb. It has all the ingredients of a splendid modern romance, with great chemistry between hero and heroine that survives all that unfortunate coincidence and misunderstanding of each others' motives can throw at it, and a splendid cast of characters all of whom leap off the page as people worth knowing and caring about. Some great set-piec ...more
Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
I do love to see men in kilts! No matter how skinny their legs and knobbly their knees in "real" life, when under a kilt mens legs take on a new muscular, athletic life. This novel is a little like that :)

Lizzy Lamb has managed to take a traditional romance and invest it with the flavour and beauty of Scotland, a country I love. All the usual suspects are there - the badly behaved family, the hero's best friend, the ex-fiance who - fleetingly - appears to try and reclaim what she has discarded a
Nov 07, 2013 Erica rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this book overall, it also frustrated me a little at times.
Fliss Bagshawe is a holistic beauty therapist scraping together a living in London. One of her customers, Isla Urquhart, approaches her about running a therapy centre up in the Highlands of Scotland for her mother, which would be a step up to better things for Fliss. However, the plans might be in danger from Isla’s half-brother Ruairi, the laird of their ancestral estate, who is a difficult man by all accounts, and who m
Apr 24, 2013 Annika rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone - especially women
I absolutely loved Lizzie Lamb's "Tall, Dark and Kilted." Great read! It is the British/Scottish version of 50 Shades of Grey but written much better. The main character (Fliss) isn't a pathetic twit and she actually has ambition and intelligence. It is enjoyable to get inside her head during the story and not at all annoying! The characters in this book seem so real and that put me on an emotional roller-coaster with them as I empathized with their situations. Other comments mentioned that they ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Ruairi Urquhart ,is a brooding Scottish Laird and Fliss Bagshawe, is an ambitious holistic therapist from Pimlico. Not , you would say , a match made in heaven. In her debut novel ,Lizzie Lamb weaves a highly entertaining plot in which she brings these two characters together to deal with their mutual attraction . As Ruairi and Fliss get to know each other , we are introduced to life in Kinloch Mara – the place where Ruairi is Laird and Fliss is an employee on his estate. So can they overcome th ...more
Alison Jack
Dec 10, 2013 Alison Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I my goodness, I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Well developed characters - yes, in abundance. Super-hot lead male - ooooh, yes. Would I be happy to have a friend like Fliss, the loveable, humorous, stubborn, hot-headed lead female? Most definitely. Stunning scenery, brought to life by Lizzie Lamb's rich descriptions; story-lines that keep you guessing but never drag; emotions ranging from laughter to tears; romance to cheer your heart, sizzling passion and an ending guaranteed to warm the colde ...more
Adrienne Vaughan
Dec 19, 2012 Adrienne Vaughan rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this novel by Lizzie Lamb. Laugh-out loud dialogue, a fiesty hard-working heroine who meets her match in a gorgeous, sexy yet troubled hero. Add a cast of lovable and hateable characters, the contrast between Plimlico and the mysterious, mystical Highlands of Scotland and the whole effect
was captivating.

An intelligent, witty read, with hidden depths - a bit like the laird himself. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. Looking forward to reading lots more of
Jun 24, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2014
This was a fun, light romance with very likeable characters--a perfect read during my holiday in Scotland.
June Kearns
Aug 15, 2013 June Kearns rated it it was amazing
From the first page, and those lines -'It was going to be that kind of night. That kind of party.' - I was hooked on this book. A rollicking, romantic read following the travails of feisty, yet vulnerable Fliss Bagshawe and the bruised and brooding, Laird of Kinloch Mara.
A great cast of characters,the mystery and magic of the Scottish Highlands casting its spell, plus witty, pacy and intelligent writing.
Loved it! A virtuoso first novel.
Feb 17, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Forget Heathcliff or Mr Rochester – there’s a new dark, brooding hero on the block by the name of Ruairi, a Highland laird. Lizzie Lamb captures the beauty and mystery of the Highlands perfectly while delivering us a hero to die for. At first we see his brusque, arrogant, domineering side as he struggles to keep his two wayward half sisters in check as well as his scatter-brained stepmother and her half baked plans. When Fliss is invited to the Scottish pile to set up a beauty treatment centre, ...more
Violet Fields
Jan 24, 2013 Violet Fields rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable debut novel from Lizzie Lamb which I recommend to readers that enjoy the work of Jenny Colgan and Sue Welfare. It has all the ingredients you desire in a romantic romp: a feisty heroine, a brooding handsome hero and all set against the evocatively portrayed background of the Scottish highlands. Oh and it's a lot of fun too. Looking forward to seeing more of this author's work in future.
Joanna Gawn
Feb 13, 2013 Joanna Gawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feisty Fliss takes a risk and ends up in Scotland on the Laird's estate. But the course of true love never does run smooth ... brooding, kilted Ruairi Urquhart certainly doesn't make it easy either for Fliss or for his step-family.

I loved the contrast between London and the magical, misty Highlands with the heather and the loch and the gingerbread sand. It made me long for another holiday there!
Valerie Jaafari
May 18, 2013 Valerie Jaafari rated it it was amazing
great book where i enjoy meeting the characters especially ruairi and fliss ..i love their love hate relationship and passion reason one it grows up and how all could change in one minute ..
i also get attached to cat ruairi stepsister as she only wants to do what she wish in her life despite what her step brother wants ..
it's a gread and easy to read book ..can't wait for the next one
Jan 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this was film it would definitely be classed as a chick flick, and that's fine by me!

This had the ideal combo of a predictable outcome with enough "will they, won't they" twists in the meantime to keep things interesting.

A lovely easy - but fun - read, well written and with the satisfying ending we'd all hope for.

Right, I'm off to the Scottish Highlands...
Feb 21, 2013 Katina rated it really liked it
Loved this book despite the fact that there were several British/Scottish references that I didn't get. Would have liked to have a glossary included at the end for clarification purposes. That aside, I will defiantly keep this one on my quick grab shelf to re--read bits an pieces during small downtime. Will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Talli Roland
Nov 14, 2012 Talli Roland rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully fun read by a new author. Londoner Fliss takes on a very commanding Scottish Laird in the battle to open her own therapy centre, and to use that old cliché... sparks fly! I loved the 'will they, won't they' and without adding any spoilers, I'll just say this: phwoar!

The sparky dialogue and wit kept me turning the pages for more.
Toni Sands
Sep 19, 2013 Toni Sands rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
A book that matures, rather like Scotch whiskey. The hero is arguably The Mr McRochester of the Highlands and is a compelling figure. It's great to see Himself lowering his defences. Good sense of place. Characters sometimes annoying but that's what people are about! Fliss is lovely and deserves all she gets in one hunky, dark 'n kilted package.
A.G. Lindsay
Apr 02, 2013 A.G. Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-reads, romance
Quick fun romantic read set in the modern day in Scotland. The characters are fun, thought the secondary characters and be a bit too annoying and quirky. The "will they" or "won't they" almost got old, but everything was resolved just before then. On the whole, a great beach read-type with an easily followed plot and expected resolution.
Cathy Ryan
May 29, 2016 Cathy Ryan rated it really liked it
Fliss Bagshawe, determined and independent, has worked hard and struggled to support herself since her parents died. A qualified holistic therapist, she works at a salon in Pimlico, doing a little moonlighting in the evenings to supplement her income. When Fliss is offered the chance to manage a salon on an estate in the Highlands by the self-centred and rebellious, Isla Urquhart and her sister, Cat, she is both excited and apprehensive. Having lost her job, without references, ostensibly th
Aug 23, 2015 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one.

It started off a little rocky for me since I'm not a fan of the smug and spoiled part girl set, but that was just setting the scene for a heroine with the grit and the determination to make something solid of her life despite a hard luck beginning.

The characters, both main and supporting, villains and heroes, were allowed to grow into multifaceted three dimensional people with proper motivations for their actions even when the despicable ones. This makes for an overall bet
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With Scottish, Irish, and Brazilian blood in her veins, it's hardly surprising that Lizzie Lamb is a writer. She even wrote extra scenes for the films she watched as a child and acted out in the playground with her friends. She is ashamed to admit that she kept all the good lines for herself. Luckily, she saves them for her readers these days.

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