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Tying the Scot

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Series: The Highlanders of Balforss, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

At age 11, 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 marry a vulgar Scot - to go through with the arranged marriage. Once Lucy arrives in Scotland, she cannot resist the magic of Balforss or the allure of her handsome Highland warrior.

But when Alex seemingly betrays Lucy right before their wedding, she is tricked into running away. Alex must rein in his temper to rescue his lady from unforeseen danger and Lucy must swallow her pride if she hopes to wed the Highlander she has come to love.

©2017 Jennifer Trethewey (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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  • sarah R
  • 29-12-18

Story is great, but the narrator AWESOME!

Great story with good twists. The narrator really would the characters together!!!! Thank you Ruth!!!

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  • Grateful Grandma
  • 30-05-18

Meet the Sinclairs

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 wonderful husband. Unfortunately, Lucy does not agree. She does not want to marry this man she met once when she was just a young child, but agrees to go to Scotland and meet him. Of course there are many trials along the way to their love and marriage.

At the beginning of the story, I did not like Lucy very much. She was rather spoiled and a bit haughty. I quickly saw that she was frightened and was actually a very nice person. She cared about others very much, but her ingrained sense of propriety tended to come across as her thinking she was too good for the Scots. She was also not sure what to expect due to what she had heard from others over the years about the "Dirty Scots". Alex was also a great character; strong, handsome, a fierce warrior, and a determined protector of his people and those he loved. It was a good story learning how they dealt with the trials they came across in their travel to love. They do have chemistry and they work well together, when they actually talk and listen, and they both become not only resigned to the marriage, but look forward to it as well. When the villains show up to derail the burgeoning love affair, there are some battles and gallantry with good triumphing over evil. I loved the ending, simple yet sweet. There are a couple of sex scenes, mildly sexy, but not overdone. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series to see who Magnus ends up with and what the rest of his story brings. The narration in the book was not bad. All the men sounded the same but I did enjoy the accents and the language. I would definitely listen to another book using this Ruth Urquhart as narrator.

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  • Sandra Sena
  • 13-01-18

Charming Highland romance

Characters with depth, charm and personality - a great find in a lovely escape in this Scottish romance. These are people I enjoyed spending time with.

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  • AmazonReviewer
  • 05-06-20

Rushed narration

The narrator didn’t seem to realize there’s a pause at the end of a sentence. Is that how she speaks normally? It would stress me out having a conversation with someone who spoke that rushed. It certainly didn’t make for pleasant listening. I feel out of breath just remembering how it sounded. No way could I listen to the whole book to find out if the story was any good. The part I did manage to get through didn’t impress me much though so I don’t think I’m missing much by just returning it for a different one.

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  • Lily S. Thomas
  • 05-05-20

Well-written Scottish Romance

I really enjoyed the backstory/meeting of the two main characters. It was cute to watch Alex defend Lucy. Although they have a few heated moments together, it wasn't a book dripping with sex or sexual intent. I think there could have been a bit more for me.

A slight love triangle. Lucy really prefers to marry an English man rather than a horrible Scot, but her English man doesn't seem interested in proposing to her. The connections between all the characters kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what they would do.

Overall, fantastic read!

Lily S. Thomas - Author of the Ice Age Alphas series

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  • Snowy-71
  • 17-05-19

Delightful

A coming of age tale without a saccharine after taste. It has adventure, twists and turns, bad guys, horses and carts, and her little dog too! It has left me smiling. Enjoy this one.

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  • claykeeper
  • 27-04-19

Loved it !

TYING THE SCOT is the best audible book I’ve listened to. Good story, excellent reading, believable characters.

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  • M. Hebnes
  • 18-03-19

Enjoyed this verra much!

This book is very well written and the narrator is very good as well. The characters are sweet and the story is gripping. I couldn’t stop listening! Enjoy!

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  • Priscilla Ann Williams
  • 26-02-19

Interesting story

The story was good, it could have been a bit more juicier but in all it was good. The reader did a wonderful job taking me in the story.

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  • Vanessa
  • 14-03-18

A good start as a first attempt book !!!

yer ... just a bit to ridiculous. just to mills and boonie. to simplistic. cant recommend. Story needs more depth and characters too. Try again authors ...😁