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Seduced by a Scot

(Highland Grooms #6)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  135 reviews
There’s no matchmaking an unruly heart

When a prominent Scottish family faces a major scandal weeks before their daughter’s wedding, they turn in desperation to the enigmatic fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. Remarkably skilled at making high-profile problems go away, Nichol understands the issue immediately. The family’s raven-haired ward, Maura Darby, has caught the
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by HQN
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin for a honest review.

Review to come closer to publication.

This was an average read. I had a difficult time with the heroine in this novel, she just didn't resinate with me and came across somewhat "flighty" and not much depth.

Hero I liked well enough.

Story line was lacking. First half wasn't much there, more dialogue then story in my opinion.

Nicholas Bain is closed off and guarded. He's protecting himself after being treated terribly by his horrible
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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SEDUCED BY A SCOT (The Highland Grooms #6) by Julie London is a historical romance set in 1758 Scotland. Even though this book is part of a series, it can be easily read as a standalone.

Nichol Bain is a “fixer” for the aristocracy. He prides himself on finding a solution for any problem or making it disappear for a price. When a prominent Scottish family is on the verge of having a lucrative business deal fall apart, which is also
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Jul 31, 2018 marked it as 0-wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karma♥Bites ^.~ by: Claire T.
Ummm… *squints*

Am I suffering from extreme Outlander withdrawal, or does the cover model look an awful lot like Sam Heughan??
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I’ve read a few of the other books in this series and I was all in for another story.

I liked Maura and Nichol. She’s sassy and stands up for herself. He’s a sweet marshmallow underneath his stand off-ish personality. Together they do have chemistry and some sweet banter, yet sometimes it felt like telling, instead of showing.

Plot wise, it had a bit more stubbornness than I wanted to see, even if I’ve come to expect it in this genre. I did like the character growth and the last couple
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75/5. Nichol Bain has been building up his reputation over many years as the go-to man for the aristocrats to fix any awkward situation they might find themselves in. His latest task is to situate an inconveniently beautiful young lady anywhere but at her guardian's house, as her allure has proven to be a mighty distraction to the fiancé of the guardian's daughter. He decides to neatly kill two birds with one stone by matching her up with an older earl who needs a wife to keep him in line. Of ...more
Lover of Romance
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Seduced By A Scot is the most recent installment in the Highland Grooms series and I have the first few books in this series and really enjoyed the first few books so I was expecting to really love this book as well. I will say that even though it was a likable read at times, I struggled with this one throughout the story. I think it just didn't click right for me and the heroine is one I really struggled with. Nothing specific about her
Tracy Emro
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Calum Garbett's ward, the lovely Miss Maura Danby is embroiled in a scandal that may cost him a lucrative business deal, the Duke of Montrose recommends that he summon Nichol Bain.

If you have been following the series, you will remember Nichol as the secretary of the Duke of Montrose - the man who tried his darnedest to keep Hamlin and Catriona apart. Nichol is a "fixer", he has an uncanny knack for finding solutions to the toughest problems and Garbett's problem seems like a walk in the
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Seduced by a Scot by Julia London is book 6 in the Highland Grooms series. This is the story of Maura Darby and Nichol Bain. This can be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Nichol is known as a fixer of problems and goes forward to help a prominent Scottish family whose family ward is tempting to ruin a future family marriage agreement. Maura has tried to stay in the background to keep please the mother and daughter of the family she is staying with but that isn't working. Nichol feels that
Highly recommend this novel!!!!! Especially since stayed up all night to finish while knowing I have a full week of work ahead of me! This says lot about how much I loved this novel!!!!! Loved our two main protagonists the author (Julia London) did a fabulous job crafting these characters!!!! Could feel the joy as well as the angst felt by these characters! Was escapism in a novel to a T! Even the minor characters had defined personalities that made them more fleshed it seemed! At times I can ...more
Joana V.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

I’ve received this eARC at no cost to the author.

Seduced by a Scot is the sixth book in the Highland Grooms series. After such a good fifth book, I thought it might be difficult to come back to that excellence. But Maura and Nichol came pretty close to it. Maybe because Maura (after leaving her house, of course) reminded me of Catriona? I don’t know. What I do know is that I really enjoyed this book.

Both Maura and Nichol have had a hard time in life and, in this book, both of them
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Seduced by a Scot is the sixth title in Ms. London’s entertaining Highland Grooms series. Although there is mention of previous characters and activities, the story is very much a standalone romance and enjoyable by its own rights. Readers briefly met Nichol, the man who fixes problems for others, in the previous book. He’s a bit of a vagabond, going from one job to the next and never settling down. Estranged from his family, he claims no name and no home. But he enjoys what he does and lives a ...more
3.5 Stars

Highly enjoyable. I very much recommend it on audio as the narrator did a fantastic job! Side note on the cover, I'm getting very Jamie from Outlander vibes with the cover model
... problem solved ... sort of!

A well to do Scottish family has a problem. Their ward has attracted the eye of their daughter's fiancé. Of course Maura Darby is to blame! Not! I fairly burned at the treatment this young woman had handed out to her by the Garbett family who was supposed to protect her. As for the weak willed groom who threw himself at Maura and was not man enough to own that it was he who made advances! Words fail me!
The family turns to Nichol Bain, a fixer of dilemmas the
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is book six and the final one in the fabulous Highland Groom series, I am saddened that there won’t be any more, I cannot tell you how much I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series.

After the death of her father Maura became the ward of the Garbett family, over the years as she grew into a beautiful young woman and began to out shine their own daughter Sorcha, the Garbett’s begin to treat worse and worse as the years wore on until finally when the man who was intended for Sorcha takes a
Lori D
An enchanting story that will pull at the heart and engage your emotions. Maura Darby had lost her parents and relied upon others to take care of her. When the family's daughter was about to be married, disaster was about to happen when she caught the eye of the groom. So they turn to Nichol Bain, the "fixer" of the aristocracy to take hold of Maura and gain a solution.
His solution is to marry Maura off to an older bachelor who she has never seen. Maura of course has no desire to marry a
Rosemary K
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nichol Bain is a fixer for the influential members of society. He's made his own way ever since his father banished him when he was a child. He doesn't need anyone. No one can touch his heart until he meets Maura Darby. She's mistreated by the family who are her guardians. When she is turned out he arranges a marriage for her. She doesn't want to become the wife of a man that she's never met. Nicol realizes that he can't let her go. It touched me how life has drawn these two together. The ...more
She's a Lip Biter
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again this author takes you back in time on a journey through Scotland this time where marriage is the key factor for mergers in family businesses.

Maura Darby, the ward of Calum Garbutt, is swiftly taken away before she can cause a scandal in the family and a solution sought by the fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. However, things don’t go quite as he planned.

Very descriptive language makes it extremely easy to visualise each setting and scene, especially the fashions of that era. You
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially drawn to want to read this book by it's beautiful cover and it's blurb but I really do feel that they were both very misleading of what the story was going to be about. I was expecting to read about hot highlander but what I found was Nichol who is a nice enough character but nothing like a scottish warrior as portrayed by the book cover model. He was more of a scholar type of man and it kind of put me off him a little as he wasn't what I'd normally like to read about as a ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book tho it sometimes dragged a bit. Maura was a fabulous character, she was brave and strong and protected herself as much as a woman alone in the world could. I doodle love the secondary characters, they all seemed mean and petty and a little one dimensional.
Cathleen Ross
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great story with interesting characters. Lovely heroine who stood up for what she beloved it. Well worth reading. Can’t recommend it enough.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Debra Martin
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed books by Ms. London, but this one wasn't one of my favorites. Nichol Bain is someone you call when you need a "fix" to a situation. He's the ultimate fixer and has built a career for himself. Treated horribly by his father, Nichol has kept himself aloof most of his life because of his scarred childhood. When he's called to fix another situation, he meets Miss Maura Darby, another lost soul treated horribly by those who are supposed to care for her. These two are drawn to each other, ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book: “Seduced by a Scot”
By Julia London

Series: Highland Grooms, Book#6

Release Date: October 30, 2018

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Stirling, Scotland 1758

Maura Darby had been an orphan these 12 years, treated horribly by her guardian, Calum Garbett’s Family. This only got worse, the more beautiful child Maura became, to a gorgeous breathtaking woman! His daughter Sorcha also seemed to became more
Romance Rehab
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guest Review by mom, romance fanatic, and (someday) published author Summer Raines!

I used to be a historical romance addict with a penchant for consuming several novels of that subgenre alone per week. In the last few years, I’ve had to try five or so at a time before I found one I liked. I was beginning to think I’d outgrown historicals altogether until this adorable adventure fell in my lap. (Thanks Jennifer!)
Maura Darby is an impressive heroine. As a ward of the family, she does everything
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***Received a gifted copy during a Blog Tour with TLCBookTours in exchange for an honest review***

Holy moly, fried chicken nuggets that was amazing! I mean, amazing! I love a good historical fiction, especially in the romance world. It is something about the world the author creates, whether a little off, a smidge more, or even rather captivates the essence of that time frame, historical fiction is one of my favorites. Seduced by a Scot really had me just with the synopsis, I drool for that
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I like Julia London in general, but this plot was kind of a mess. Maura Darby is the lovely but penniless ward of a wealthy family with a slightly younger, less pleasant daughter that needs to be married off. Daughter Sorcha learns that her future fiance was found kissing Maura in the hallway and demands her dismissal and her necklace-- a family heirloom that is the only thing of value she owns. She is sent away.

Nicol Bain is a fixer of uncomfortable situations. He repairs the engagement between
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I always go into a Julia London book with a smile on my face. Her characters always have incredible depth and are interesting with just enough sexual tension to keep the reader invested, and this gem was no different.

I have to admit to almost having trouble loving Maura at first, and then as the story of her treatment unfolded I started to see she’s almost like this kicked puppy, constantly unloved,
Robyn Corcoran
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again this author takes you back in time on a journey through Scotland this time where marriage is the key factor for mergers in family businesses.

Maura Darby, the ward of Calum Garbutt, is swiftly taken away before she can cause a scandal in the family and a solution sought by the fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. However things don’t go quite as he planned.

Very descriptive language makes it extremely easy to visualise each setting and scene, especially the fashions of that era. You
Michelle the Romance Witch
Seduced by a Scot is an amazing story, though I honestly cannot place which of the characters was truly the one seducing the other, but I was definitely seduced by the story itself and will enjoy reading more than once. Maura and Nichol were interesting characters on a fun adventure together with twists and turns that led them right into one another’s arms and I loved experiencing it along with them. Nichol is a sexy Scot with a penchant for solving problems for those that should know better ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seduced by a Scot is the 6th book in the Highland Groom series. I loved this entire series. The Mackenzies are warm, funny and a very exciting family. Seduced by a Scot is different from all the other books in that it only mentions the Mackenzie family briefly. The heroine, Maura, begins as a Cinderella complete with ugly stepsister – not really a stepsister but close enough. The hero, Nichol, comes in when he rescues Maura as Rapunzel from a tower. The falling in love comes later as he escorts ...more
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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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