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Devil in Tartan

(Highland Grooms #4)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Peril and passion on enemy seas…

Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now hol
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by HQN Books
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really look forward to Julia London's books. Her books are well written with strong characters and good story lines. But I have to say lately I've been finding her books to be more average. I'm finding the characters not as likable, weak with not much depth or character. Her last book story line was too jumbled but I regre
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A for narration and a C for content at AudioGals - the excellent narration bumps up the grade as a whole, but the story is pretty lacklustre.

The estimable Derek Perkins returns to Julia London’s Highland Grooms series to narrate book four, Devil in Tartan, which features Aulay, the middle son of the Mackenzie brood, and the one least often to be found at the family estate of Balhaire. With his elder brother Cailean living mostly in England with his wife and stepson, and hi
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Opinion:
I enjoyed this scottish tale. I could almost feel myself at sea with Aulay and Lottie at certain points in the story. I found it adorable how she was with her father and brother. I didn't like how she second guessed herself on several occasion, as we might have all done ourselves, but I thought it was overdone in this book. I didn't like how much Lottie would go back and forth with any decision she made. It seemed to be to much of a tug of war. I can understand the second guessing but
Karen Mc
It had been five years since I’d read a historical romance, ones by Sylvia Day and Maya Banks. With an enticing blurb, hot Scottish hero, Scotland setting, and allure of the rich history, I was excited to read new-to-me author Julia London’s romance. Devil in Tartan looked like a good fit.

However, I struggled with Devil in Tartan, a story I tried to read for three days. Unfortunately, I could not finish more than fifteen percent of this story, one that did not resonate nor connect with me. I was
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Devil in Tartan is a tale of adventure that takes us to the seas with much at stake for both hero and heroine. Lottie Livingstone has no choice but to take the illegal whisky and try and sell it in Denmark in order to earn the money to pay the rent for her clan. Aulay Mackenzie is also on a mission himself to set sail and deliver goods he's been commissioned to do. When his ship is taken over by this maiden turned pirate, he finds himself in uncharted waters between desire for her and revenge fo
Joana V.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an eARC at no cost from the author.

Devil in Tartan is the fourth book on the Highland Grooms series, by Julia London.

Having read the first three books, it’s impossible not to make comparisons between them. Sadly, for me, this was my least favourite book.

It had an interesting premise, and I liked Aulay, but I just couldn’t connect with Lottie.

Lottie is described as strong, courageous, fearsome woman, but even if she was trying to do her best to save the (illegal) family business, sh
Mandi Schreiner
This was cute - I wish it had a little more emphasis on the romance. But I liked H/H. I haven't read Julia London in so long

Review coming
Minerva Spencer
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw a book by Julia London available on Netgalley I was thrilled. London wrote one of my top ten favorite historical romances, The Devil Takes a Bride. She is one of the few authors whose books I frequently re-read.

This is my first book in this series, although I've read most of London's other series. For whatever reason, I haven't read many historical romances set in Scotland and this made for a nice change of pace for me. This is not your typical ballroom historical romance and it is an
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devil in Tartan is my first Julia London book and I have to say it's defiantly not going to be my last.

Aulay MacKenzie is the captain of his families only ship. He's on a mission to prove to them that this ship can provide the much needed income to help the clan. Hired to deliver cargo he sets off to Amsterdam to deliver it and make the paycheck his family needs.

Lottie Livingston, the wild child from Lismore island, sets off in a too small boat full of illegal whisky to Denmark. She desperatel
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lismore Island, The Highlands,
Scotland, 1752

The hero of this novel is Aulay Mackenzie and the heroine is Lottie Livingstone. The Highland Grooms centers around The Mackenzie brothers. This one centers on Aulay Mackenzie. This brother has been quietly mentioned I the previous
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 2018reads
3.75 stars

An adventure romance that takes place in the high seas. Aulay MacKenzie comfort zone is being on his ship sailing the seas on board the Reulag Balhaire. Seeing no role in the clan and at home. By chance he came across Lottie Livingston in need of assistance when her ship went down. Alas it was a ploy to get another ship so a reluctant pirate. Aulay was mesmerized by the beauty so he succumb to her plan. Oh the heated battling of captive and captor the tension is there but not in a bad
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Aulay Mackenzie has only ever felt himself when at sea. In an effort to save his family’s shipping business, Aulay decides to make his first commissioned trip, taking on cargo for another, despite his family’s concerns over the risk. Barely away from port, Aulay comes across a distressed ship and offers assistance to its beautiful passenger, Ms. Lottie Livingstone.

Lottie’s clan is at the end of its rope, hoping to sell their illegal whiskey overseas, when their ship is attacked, leaving her fath
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable and well written adventure. What makes it stand out from other historical romances that feature Scottish highlanders is the fact that the Devil in Tartan referenced in the title is both a skilled sea captain and a painter. This fourth book of the Highland Grooms series can be read as a standalone, although readers familiar with the previous books will better appreciate the large cast of characters returning from earlier in the series. This one took me several chapters to get ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devil in Tartan was truly an adventure to read. With drama, battles, death, intrigue, lust, passion, and ultimately the healing power of true love, Julia London shows that the nature of man hasn’t changed through the years, leaving us still seeking those same needs today that have always made life worth living. Aulay has always looked for his place in the world. A middle son, one not known for his ferocity or any other particularly marketable skill, his ability to command the seas is what has al ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
On come on! Lots of plot (rather good) but too little kissin' and stuff for this genre.
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*** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***

How far would you go to ensure the stability of your family legend? That is what happens in Devil in Tartan by Julia London.

When her father squanders the family money, Lottie Livingstone must come up with a plan that will keep her family afloat. And so they set sail in order to sell the illegal whisky that the clan has been making.

Aulay Mackenzie and his men save the Livingstone clan from certain death. But captain and crew, stunned by the
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. This is Aulay MacKenzie’s HEA that doesn’t start out that way. Aulay is the sea captain of his family, now down to one ship. Not long after leaving port for Amsterdam, he comes across a sinking ship and rescues the survivors and some of their cargo. Who then attack him and his crew.

Lottie Livingstone from Lismore island is trying to save her family by taking their illegal whisky to Denmark to sell so they can pay their back rent. Her father has been severely injured, and her
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Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
3 stars. This was an okay read for me. It has been awhile since I read a historical romance, but the blurb of this one sounded good so I gave it a shot. This is Lottie and Aulay's story. Aulay is a ship captain who carries cargo from port to port. Lottie's family, the Livingstones, make and sell illegal Scottish whiskey. When their laird finds out, they hatch a plan to take their whiskey by boat to sell it across the sea. But their ship runs into trouble and they have to be rescued by the neares ...more
Liz F
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.


Over the last year, I've gotten more and more interested in historical romances about Highlanders. I had always stayed away from them for whatever reason and once I read one, I was hooked! There haven't been any that I can recall that I didn't at least like. Unfortunately, this book is the first one that not only did I not care for it, I couldn't even finish it.

As usual when I can't finish a book, it all boils down to th
Nancy Ku
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devil in Tartan (Highland Grooms #4) by Julia London.... I've loved this series and this one was great...Aulay..the youngest son...not a warrior like his two older brothers...he loves the sea and to paint... Lottie...the daughter ...and caretaker of her father and brothers since her mothers death. I enjoyed reading about her brother Drustan who was born with disabilities and it was great seeing him come into his own. There is plenty of adventure, laughs, love and some tears...Thank you Julia for ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read! Great characters, Lottie and Auley had sparks fly from the first. Great fun opening scene! I loved the amount of spunk and strength in Lottie she's so fun to read about. A truly great story.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly exciting and energetic story. Unusual and wonderful. I loved the
Characters and the dialogue. Held my attention throughout. Well written.
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Inkslinger PR and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are however my own.

It’s been a long while since I have read Historical Fiction/Romance, so when the chance came up to be in this blog tour; I took it up, especially considering that I have heard a whole lot about Julia London but have never read her books. 

But I do believe that my expectations about Julia London and her books were unre
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars above the salty sea for DEVIL IN TARTAN.

It's 1752, and Lottie Livingstone's clan needs to get their illegal whisky off of their island before they lose everything. She knows exactly where she can sell it, swiftly setting out in the open seas. Unprepared and fired on by another ship, Lottie makes the decision to board a third ship that comes to help, putting herself and her crew squarely in the path of Aulay Mackenzie. Aulay is in his own dire straights, needing to get his own wares sold
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
Devil in Tartan, the 4th book in the Highland Grooms series, took a while for me to really get into. Lottie, the heroine, is pretty prickly from the start, and Aulay, the hero, has a massive chip on his shoulder due to what he sees his place in his family as. The romance is slooooooow moving--mostly due to everything else that is going on in the book--and that "everything else" is, at times, pretty complicated and involved.


I'm not even sure at what point I was in the book--30%? 40%--but I
Sofia Lazaridou
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I have to be honest here. I wanted to love the book. I wanted to love the characters and I begun reading it with high expectations. Unfortunately, the book wasn't for me and I didn't like it much. Lottie wasn't the best heroine or even a good one. I didn't like her and I believe that Aulay could do better. I don't understand how she stole his ship while hers was sinking. Aulay was a mediocre character with some good qualities. He was the best thing that happened in this book. He is supp
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lorrie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under the threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior...for survival, she sieged a rival's ship and now holds Scottish Captain Aulay MacKenzie under her command. Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the MacKenzie ship. Aulay had resigned himself to a so ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Devil in Tartan by Julia London is book Four in the "Highland Grooms" series. This is the story of Lottie Livingstone and Aulay Mackenzie. I have not yet read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book.
Lottie is trying to keep things going and when she takes to the sea to help gather money for the family whiskey she ends up taken over Aulay ship after he comes to help her out when her smaller boats gets into trouble.
Aulay knew better than to try to help someone now he is finding th
Whiskey and piracy--a troubling mixture! ____ 3.5 stars

Lively story with a quirky young highland girl left to do the hard thinking and planning as her dreamer Laird father whittles away the family purse.
Aulay Mackenzie never suspected that his new trade venture and his clan's livelihood would be rudely interrupted by a beguiling white haired young woman with a head full of mad schemes.
When Lottie Livingston turns to piracy and captures the darkly handsome Auley she didn't know the fate that awai
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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