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Tying the Scot

(The Highlanders of Balforss #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  62 reviews
At age eleven, Alex Sinclair pledges an oath to the Duke of Chatham promising to serve and protect his illegitimate daughter, Lucy FitzHarris. Nine years later, the duke unexpectedly takes Alex up on his vow, offering the future Laird of Balforss his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Now a man, hotheaded Alex has difficulty convincing Lucy—who would rather starve to death than m
ebook, 387 pages
Published November 27th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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Tracy Emro
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Alex Sinclair and Lucy FitzHarris met as children, Alex was smitten with her and acted in her defense when her brother threw her ball in the pond. Alex retrieved her ball and punched her brother. Lucy's father asked 11 year old Alex to swear an oath to be 9 year old Lucy's protector.

Fast forward nine years, Lucy learns that the man she hoped to marry, the man with a title that would make the ton overlook her illegitimate birth, has gone and gotten engaged to another woman. And to make matters wo
Okay, the main character really annoyed me st the beginning. she's extremely proud and sensitive, which seems ridiculous since she grew up as an illegitimate child in England.i think not liking her contributed to the start being slow and more challenging for me to get into. But she grew on me as her character grew snd I got to see parts of her that are more attractive. I could never fully dislike someone who loves their dog so much- everything about her little Dog Hercules I enjoyed. I always lo ...more
Amanda Richardson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Tying the Scot" by Jennifer Tretheway was a satisfying read filled with love, angst and true villains. Lucy, the illegitimate daughter of an English peer, and Alex met when they were children. Alex wasn't happy to see young Lucy's brother take her toy and he rescued the toy, whooped the brother and promised Lucy's father that he would be her protector.
Lucy's father calls on Alex's father to agree to a betrothal. Lucy isn't well received by the ton due to her illegitimacy, and fell in love with
The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Tying the Scot is a historical romance, it is generally a light story with a few suspenseful or emotional moments, and is perfect as an escapism read. The world building is very well done, Ms Trethewey builds a very believable 19th Century Scotland, but like many historicals these days, with a bit of a modern twist. Although, not historically accurate, I enjoy the current pattern of showing females characters displaying the whole range of emotion and personality; from the more humble and meek, t ...more
Heather andrews
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well now, Alex has a jealous side, “that’s not what I meant. I— who?” Heat scorched the back of his neck as if someone had set him afire. He hadn’t considered that he might have a rival. “Who else wants you? What’s his name?” he demanded." Being inside Alex's mind was fun, "was it wrong to steal a kiss? Yes. He would apologize to her for being impulsive. Was he sorry? No. Not at all." Alex just can't win at times, “bloody hell, man, leave us!” he roared. The boy ran for his life. Lucy got to her ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I very much enjoyed this story. I read the second book in this series first, however that did not cause me any problem while listening to this one. The Sinclair family is full of huge, handsome and loyal men. When Alex Sinclair turns twenty, his father, Laird John, and his father's best-friend, The Duke of Chatham, arrange for the marriage of their children. Lucy is illegitimate and her father sees this as a great opportunity to get away from the snide comments in London, as well as to get a won ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Sinclair, son of Laird John Sinclair of Balforss, was 11 when he met 9-year-old Lady Lucy FitzHarris and rescued her ball from the pond at her father’s estate. Her father declared him her Protector. Their fathers, who had been friends for a long time, wanted a match between them.

Years later, Lucy was sent to Scotland to marry him. She wanted to marry an Englishman she had a crush on. Her father realized the English aristocracy would never accept her. Her brother, George, saw her to the shi
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
The heroine was not a character that I particularly cared for. She is childish, prideful and resorted to histrionics and daily tantrums to get what she wanted. Ashamed of her bastardy, she wanted to marry a viscount. Any viscount. Her heart had not been engaged with her brother’s friend, Lord Langley at all. She was seeking an opportunity to better her position.

The hero. Alex is extremely short tempered and even when attempting to reconcile with Lucy ends up in a rage for almost no justification
Mia Jo Celeste
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
When they were children, Alex Sinclair rescued Lucy Fitzharris from her brother’s pranks. He vowed to protect her always, so… when her father, an English peer and his father’s best friend, asks him to marry her, he accepts. Because she’s illegitimate, Lucy has little chance to marry well in the London Ton. To accept Alex’s offer of marriage, she’s sent to Balforss against her will with only her adorable lap dog, Hercules for comfort.

Alex and his friends and cousins meet her at the docks to escor
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
First time I have read this author. I am sure I will read her again.

Typical Scot story with a sassenach and a wild Scottish highlander. Lucy got a tad on my nerves and Alex did the same. They were both very naive and didn’t believe in each other. Lucy’s back and forth was tiring, but she finally got it together. Alex very Jamie Fraser like in some ways. A true ginger with his temper and impulsiveness.

Not much hotness. So don’t look for that. There is adventure and betrayal. Overall good story.

Joy Zee
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Listened to audiobook on YouTube while working on a Shutterfly album. Simple entertainment and I’m happy to have tried an audiobook but I didn’t like the narrator’s voices for the MCs but I did love her various accents.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, action packed with well written plot and intriguing characters. Highly recommended for fans of Medieval Romance, Scotland and wonderful characters.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adventure, kidnapping, highway robbers, men in kilts, and a clever, headstrong heroine — who could ask for more!? Tying the Scot was deliciously satisfying escapism with just the right dash of spice. I loved the romance (of course), but the interactions between the future Laird Alex and the people of Balforss brought unexpected pleasure. Beyond the story of Lucy and Alex, I fell for Balforss, and I can’t wait to return! I’m already planning for a relaxing bubble bath and a lovely read when Book ...more
Amanda Weaver
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tying the Scot was delightful. I'm a sucker for characters who get off to a bumpy start and characters who have some growing to do, and I got both in this fantastic story.

Alex, in particular, had a wonderful character development. Swoony from the start, to be sure, he had a deep inner insecurity regarding the duties he'd one day inherit from his father. It was lovely to watch him grow into himself, and to come to realize he really would be up to the job when his time came.

This is a great debut
Christine Schimpf
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Jennifer Trethewey's "Tying the Scot" for a variety of reasons: the honest and outright boldness in both the hero and heroine, Alex and Lucy. Their bickering and eventual love attraction was genuine although the author did a wonderful job stringing us along in that endeavor! The Scottish countryside has always intrigued me and I loved how Lucy and Alex met - as children. Trethewey used a good dose of humor and intrigue to keep the story moving forward. Great read. I'll watch for more f ...more
Laura Larocca
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Scottish based stories and this one was a winning read.Well paced with drama,suspense and romance made for an entertaining book.The characters were true to life where Alex and Lucys bickering made the real.I read this book as an arc from netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved how the story opened, with the meeting of Alex and Lucy as children. I loved reading this story. Lucy is sent from her home to Northern Scotland, but instead of being a total brat about it, she makes the best of her situation. She finds herself falling in love with the area and the people, as well as her future husband.

Alex was a great match for her personality. Watching his reserves crumble around her was very fun. Very much recommend for any lovers of Highland romance.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Review: This was a book club read and one we all really enjoyed. It was fun, sexy, and kept us on our toes. I may already be stalking the next book in the series (in audio cause Ruth Urquhart did an excellent job with the narration). There is a longer review from Donna on the blog but I wanted to put in my two cents!

Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won’t go into all the various details of the story like other reviewers simply because they do such a fine job of it, much better than I could.

But what I will say is this:

I love historical romances that take place in Scotland. There’s nothing quite like a story amongst the dangerous and beautiful land of that country, fraught with danger from every direction. Having spent my childhood living off 488 acres in Indiana, relying upon the land and its animals for our sustenance and livelihood, I un
Carmella Siciliano
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Alex and Lucy's fathers had been friends for many years. The last time they had seen one another was when Alex was 11 and Lucy 9. At that meeting Lucy's brother was taunting her, as brothers will, and had thrown her ball into a pond. Alex retrieved her ball and defended her against her brother, bloodying his nose. When confronted by their fathers' over the altercation. Lucy now defends Alex/ In th
A Klue
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite the synopsis and the author at times giving away hints what was likely going to happen, I did enjoy seeing this verra handsome, hopeful, but hot tempered Scot and his feisty, pouty/a tad spoiled beauty of a leading lady find love together. Probably because I’m a lover of relationship angst, folks.

With Alex previously mistakenly thinking he had been in love with another woman and and Lucy in a similar situation, they finally get on the same page just to have lies, trickery, and manipulat
Josie Jaffrey
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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I read the second book in this series (accidentally starting in the middle), and liked it enough to come back and read the first. Sadly, I didn't enjoy this one as much.

It was fine as an escapist highlander romance, but I had a lot more problems with this one than I did with the second.

Firstly, the plot just wasn't as exciting. In addition, I found the male protagonist a little aggressive for my tastes. He follows the alpha template with no interesting deviations or commentary attempted, and tha
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wfwa
Tying the Scot is a light Highland romance that features Lucy, a young, illegitimate Englishwoman; Alex, an older (but still young) Highlander whose hot temper may prevent him from being laird after his father, and the typical, but very well crafted, ups and downs of their relationship following their betrothal by their fathers. Also featured are a couple of evil villains and several interesting secondary characters (John and Flora of Balforss, in particular, deserve a book of their own, as does ...more
Maggie Smith
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Scottish romance, welcome to your new guilty pleasure

Prideful Lucy FitzHarris, desperate to marry into English nobility, is instead promised to hot-headed Alex Sinclair, an old family friend and future Laird of Balforss in the Scottish Highlands. Though their initial meetings are fraught with animosity, nevertheless they are inexplicably drawn to each other and within days, realize not only their lust but their true affection for each other. Their almost-couplings before they take th
Kim O'Daniel
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God what a wonderful story! Which is a totally amazing book. This story is extremely well written thought out period and extremely accurate.
This is Declan and Caya's story. Now he has prophetic dreams in his dreams about his future wife. It when he sees her he knows he must have her. Being extremely good at Cards when her brother approaches to play a game of Napoleon he does not refuse. He is about to let him win when he does being speak on his sister as part of the prize. So when he wins
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hisorical
Charming and delightful debut novel, wonderfully done. As described, it’s a marriage meant to be in the best interest of all parties—the illegitimate daughter of a Duke will never be accepted in London society, so is given to her father’s good friend and business partner’s son. Unfortunately, Lucy must travel north, away from everything she’s loved and known. Fortunately, Alex has grown up into a fine man. Lucy learns quickly there is much to love about Balforss, Alex’s home, and Alex, too—tempe ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alex meets Lucy when he is a young boy and she is 9 years old. Lucy is the illegitimate daughter of an English duke and a French woman. Alex' father is a Scottish Highland Laird. The two fathers are friends. Alex goes with his father to England to visit the duke. During that visit, Alex defends Lucy when she is being taunted by her brother. Through a turn of events, Alex promises to always protect Lucy.
Years later, the fathers have arranged a marriage between Alex and Lucy. Can two strong perso
Anna Durbin
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feisty, headstrong Lucy FitzHarris is the illegitimate daughter of a duke. She desperately wants to marry into English nobility so that she will be accepted by society regardless of the circumstances of her birth, but her father the duke has made an arrangement with a Scottish laird and long-time friend for Lucy to marry the laird’s son, Alex Sinclair. As a boy, Alex promised the duke that he would forever champion and protect Lucy, and now he accepts it as his duty that he must marry the woman ...more
Lori D
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This is a story of two people Alex and Lucy who meet as children. with Alex vowing to always to protect Lucy. Nine years later, when they have not seen each other, a match is made between their fathers for them to be married. Lucy Fitzharris, the illegitimate daughter of a Duke is furious to be forced to marry. Scottish Alex has had his share of disappointments and wants to meet Lucy again without her knowing who he is yet. Traveling the long journey to Scotland, they face all kind of danger and ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
As a young boy Alex Sinclair pledged an oath to the Duke of Chatham promising to serve and protect his illegitimate daughter, Lucy FitzHarris. Nine years later, the Duke unexpectedly takes Alex up on his vow, offering the future Laird of Balforss his daughter’s hand in marriage. After Lucy is rejected by a young lord. However Lucy doesn’t want to marry a Highlander.
An easy reading book with misunderstandings galore, most are simple misunderstandings but an event before the wedding resul
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Jennifer Trethewey is an actor-turned-writer who has moved her performances from the stage to the page. In 2013 she traveled to Scotland for the first time, where she instantly fell for the language, humor, intense sense of pride, and breathtaking landscape. Her love for Scotland was translated into her first series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The sexy, adventurous f ...more

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