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Peek Inside Betting the Scot

Winning at cards is one of the many things Declan does well. Unfortunately, the ability to court a woman—a talent he lacks—is the only skill he desperately needs to win Caya’s heart.

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When Declan Sinclair wins Caya Pendarvis in a wager with her brother, he knows he's met the woman of his dreams. There's just one problem: she's been promised to another to pay off her brother's debts. It seems her nasty brother isn't above gambling away his sister. Twice. But Declan's not giving up the beauty. He'll have to convince her he's worth more to her than just settling a debt. Time to run through his rusty, and albeit limited, flirting skills, because it's time to win his lady's heart.

Caya has no time for Declan and his ridiculous claims she's "the one." She has to settle her brother's gambling debts, even if that means marrying a terrible man. Being a woman means not having a choice in the matter, doesn't this big oaf get that? But the more time she spends with him, the more she wants to tell her brother to go to hell and follow her heart. But she's met the man her brother is indebted too, and one thing's for sure: he's not going to let her go without a fight.

Each book in The Highlanders of Balforss series is STANDALONE:
*Tying the Scot
*Betting the Scot
*Forgetting the Scot
* Saving the Scot


 “Declan is the sweetest hero I have read in a while! Recommended for readers who like sweet stories with sexy Scottish heroes.” – Amanda R., NetGalley

“With her second offering, Jennifer Trethewey has stepped up her game. This read has it all, great characters, family strive, a love triangle, & kidnappings! She has well developed her plot and the story moves along smoothly. It’s also great to revisit the Highlanders of Balforss again!” – Dawn H., Goodreads

“I would recommend this book for those who love historical romances that are fast paced with lots of love, humor, and desire.” –Cola B., Goodreads

“I quite enjoyed it, it's entertaining and thrilling. I loved the story as well as the characters. Also I thing the ending was just perfect.” – Fizza Y., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635166
Series: The Highlanders of Balforss, Book 2
Release Date: Apr 23, 2018
Page Count: 393
Imprint: amara next
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, mistaken identity, unrequited love

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By Elaine April 24, 2018

This is a highly entertaining read, a brilliant historical story with humour, suspense and romance, one that was a real page turner that I really enjoyed and have no hesitation in highly recommending. It is the second book in a series and I haven't read the first but still found this a superb read a ...more

By Barbee April 22, 2018

Book: Betting the Scot
By: Jennifer Trethewey

Series: The Highlanders of Balforss, Book #2

Release Date: 4/23/2018

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
Tartan Book Reviews
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Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: Sweet

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Autumn, 1816
County Caithness ...more

By Carla May 08, 2018

This is the second book in The Highlanders or Balforss series. I didn't read the first one, but had no trouble reading this book and following the story. I will go back and read the first story just because I enjoyed this one so much. It is the story of Declan Sinclair, the nephew of Laird John of B ...more

Betting the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey is book Two in The Highlanders of Balforss series. This is the story of Declan Sinclair and Caya Pendarvis. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Caya brother is a gambler and drinks a lot and not all that caring to his sister ...more

By Ayekah March 29, 2018

I'm new the this genre and this book just bowled me over. I loved the story. The plot wound and twisted it's way from a slimy brother selling is sister, only to lose her in a a game of cards to the Scot, Declan. Caya is an innocent. She knows her brother's got problems and not just with gambling.
De ...more

By Fizza April 09, 2018

It's a great story, which starts with a dream and ends with it coming true. I quite enjoyed it, it's entertaining and thrilling. I loved the story as well as the characters. Also I thing the ending was just perfect.
Declan's dreams often come true. So when he dreams about his wife he just starts prep ...more

By Chris June 05, 2018

Betting the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey is an historical romance, which takes place in the Scottish Highlands. The second of Trethewey's Highlanders of Balforss series, Betting the Scot can be read as a stand alone book, as well.

Declan Sinclair has a reputation for his dreams coming true. So when he ...more

By Barbee April 14, 2018


Book: Betting the Scot
By: Jennifer Trethewey aka Jennifer Rupp

Series: The Highlanders of Balforss, Book #2

Release Date: 4/23/2018

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
Tartan Book Reviews
Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: Sweet

Overal ...more

By Debbie May 02, 2018

Jennifer Trethewey's second book in the Highlanders of Balforss series, Betting the Scot is a fast paced Scottish romance that will have readers swooning. Main character Declan Sinclair has a way with dreams. When he sees the woman he's been dreaming about for three years in a public house, the adve ...more

By Tracy April 17, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, Declan Sinclair is one of the sweetest heroes I have read in a really long time - I just loved him! Caya was a good heroine, but I really questioned her intelligence on more than one occasion.

Declan has dreams that predict future events, so when he had a dream of a woman ...more

By Bec April 27, 2018

Declan Sinclair recognizes the woman from his dreams the moment he sees her. However, finding a way to convince her to give him a chance seems impossible until her brother offers her as the prize in a card game. Will Declan be able to win Caya Pendarvis over or will she walk away from the one man sh ...more

By Josie April 29, 2018

I love a good highlander romance. I've not read anything by this author before, but the book entirely lived up to my expectations: it's an entertaining, escapist love story.

As usual for this genre, there are a series of misunderstandings (some of which are a little too far-fetched for my tastes), wh ...more

By Lisa May 11, 2018

Trethewey’s Balforss house books are a delight to those who adore hunky historical bawdy but fun and fairly clean romance. I know, I needed to hide the cover from my hubs, too. There’s just no comparison. As mentioned in the description, it’s a family saga of stand-alones, tied by setting and charac ...more

By Amanda March 27, 2018

Declan Sinclair is Scottish and believes his dreams are prophetic. He has seen a woman with blond hair in his dreams and believes she will be his future wife. While enjoying a drink with his two cousins, he spies a beautiful blond woman who he is sure is his mate. Imagine his surprise when the woman ...more

By Lori April 23, 2018

The Highlands of Scotland, 1817 Can a man really see his future bride in a dream? He can if he is Declan Sinclair whose dreams always come true and his clansmen know it. Declan has been dreaming of a lass that will be his bride for three years but the dreams have started to come closer together. Sit ...more

By Kristy August 12, 2019

Declan has dreams of the future. And when he dreams they always come true. He has finally had a dream of his wife. Now he just needs to meet her.

He finally sees her across a tavern with her brother. And what starts out as a fun card game, gets serious when her brother gambles his sister in order to ...more

By Janet April 18, 2018

Declan Sinclair is a Highlander who believes his dreams never lie. When he spots Caya at a public house, he knows instantly she is the woman in his dreams & his future wife. Though her brother, Jack had promised never to gamble again, he engages Declan in a card game and the prize is the lovely Caya ...more

By Petula April 22, 2018

Declan Sinclair has had a dream , and can't wait for it to come true. When he finally sees the woman of his dreams he thinks everything has to work out the way he wants. Nothing in life is ever that easy.
Caya Pendarvis has agreed to marriage to a man she has never met just to save her brother from ...more

By Boosmummy July 03, 2018

I got this book free from the author via Voracious Readers and so glad I did because I've found a new author to read :-)

I really liked this book following the story of Caya and Declan Sinclair. The book is set in Scotland and they see each other at at Inn. Declan has dreamed of his future wife and w ...more

By Samantha April 01, 2018

What do you do when a dream you had years ago about finding the woman who would be your wife is across the tavern from you? Declan Sinclair will risk it all when her future is wagered in a game of cards.

Caya has not had it easy. From losing her parents and everything she holds dear to her brother d ...more

By Sofia April 26, 2018

Betting the Scot was mostly a good book. I loved the hero because he was so dedicated to the heroine and even when he was awkwardly trying to convince Caya to give him I chance by telling her all the wrong things I couldn't help but love him. I didn't get frustrated when he did all that. Instead, I ...more

By Denise April 25, 2018

First time in reading this author which she provided the perfect escape. The story that is used here is one that would not be so easy to do today so it makes for one that picks the interest. This centers around Declan and Caya who when their paths cross they are on opposite sides thanks to his broth ...more

By Christine July 29, 2018

I received this book from Voracious Readers for an honest review. This book was FUN!!! I love Declan! His awkwardness was enduring and sweet. I loved to see the hero as more flawed and real rather then the dashing hero with the experience with women who knows exactly what to say. In his awkwardness ...more

By Tammy April 23, 2018

I really liked this historical read. Declan Sinclair believes his dreams never lie, therefore when he sees Caya he knows that she is his future wife. He ends up winning her in a card game with her brother. He gives her the choice of coming with him or staying and marring another man her brother owes ...more

By Caitlin July 21, 2018

Absolutely love this book! Had lots of romance, complications, thrill and intrigue. I love reading historical romances plus I've always wanted to visit Scotland.
I like the family dynamics in this book and the relationship between Caya and Declan.

I'd recommend to anyone who loves romance and has a so ...more

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Jennifer Trethewey

About the author

Jennifer Trethewey

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 first book of the series, TYING THE SCOT, is set to be released in November 2017. Trethewey’s primary experience in bringing the imaginary to life was working for one of the oldest women’s theaters in the nation, where she was the co-founder and co-artistic director. Today she continues to act, but writes contemporary and historical fiction full-time. Her other loves include dogs, movies, music and good wine. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband.

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