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Tall, Dark and Kilted

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  75 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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Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
A fun read, but something felt slightly off. I felt the story had potential, but the protagonists just didn't connect. They seemed to talk past each other and rarely spent anytime together. Consequently, the HEA felt more like lust than love.

I enjoyed the antics of family and friends, and it definitely "upped" the game for me. The storytelling was fun. The secondary characters without doubt added texture to the overall story.

The disappointment came from the romantic elements of the story. When I
Shani Struthers
Mar 28, 2013 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 03, 2013 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 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.
Oct 28, 2013 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
Nikki Bywater
Mar 05, 2013 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
Nov 25, 2012 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 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 myself ...more
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. ...more
Dec 02, 2012 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 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
Michelle Connor
Jul 26, 2015 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
Apr 24, 2013 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
Rosie Amber
Apr 16, 2014 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
Mar 01, 2016 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
Nov 28, 2012 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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lovely! I don't like romance novels. Full stop. Fortunately, this book is more than that. Lizzie Lamb's maiden voyage turns out to be funny, heat warming, and poignant. Characters you love and a few you love to hate. Fliss has some troubles and trists a few of the wrong people. Goodness knows that never happens in real life. Enter Ruairy, charged with a tradition of keeping the family lands and the family together. A delightful read, it draws you in and holds you there. Well written, and conside ...more
Adrienne Vaughan
Dec 19, 2012 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
Violet Fields
Jan 15, 2013 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. ...more
Joanna Gawn
Feb 13, 2013 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!
June Kearns
Mar 04, 2013 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.
Talli Roland
Nov 14, 2012 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.
Feb 20, 2013 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. ...more
Mar 03, 2013 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...
A.G. Lindsay
Apr 02, 2013 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. ...more
valerie QUICHAUD
May 05, 2013 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
Toni Sands
Sep 08, 2013 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. ...more
Margaret Kaine
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I found this a lovely read. I was totally absorbed, it was lighthearted and funny, and I was rooting for Fliss all the way. Intensely romantic scenes with an intriguing and kilted hero were interspersed with well drawn cameos of colourful characters. An excellent debut novel.
Rachel Lyndhurst
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delicious page-turner from a debut author. Really enjoyed it!
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
easy read couldn't put down

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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken promoting her novels she published Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best ...more

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