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Lucy Fitzharris’s betrothed betrays her and she runs away. Alex Sinclair must rescue his lady and Lucy must swallow her pride if she hopes to wed the Highlander she has come to love.

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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 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.

Praise

 “Tying the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey is a sexy yet irresistible tale. I couldn't stop reading it. The characters...were out of this world good. A strong hero and a strong heroine. Feisty yet smart heroine and a strong yet sexy hero that engages readers in many ways. Their arguing and playful banter teases me. Funny, sweet, and intoxicating...Jennifer Trethewey definitely knows how to write a heated romance.” – Danielle U., Goodreads

“Wonderful debut for Jennifer Trethewey!  She grabs you by the scruff of your neck from page one, and keeps you reading through the story's twists and turns until the the very last page.  It's a great story filled with all manner of characters, beautifully drawn, with intrigue, danger, heart and humor.  It's a mystery and a love story, and oh, yes, forgot to mention the sex!  It's a great read!” – Linda S., NetGalley

Sexy, intriguing, and everything love in historical romance!” – Eriak C., NetGalley

Tying the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey is a thrilling romp through the Highlands. Alex and Lucy’s romance is achingly sweet yet a roller coaster ride to the altar.  Ms. Trethewey incorporates a true historical villain to add to the depth of her story.  A fun, fast read that will having laughing one second and in tears the next. Spend a few hours at Balforss; you won’t regret the visit!” – Dawn H., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633469
Series: The Highlanders of Balforss, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
Page Count: 387
Imprint: amara
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: mistaken identity, unrequited love

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By Amanda November 19, 2017

"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... ...more

By The Word Nerd November 12, 2017

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 bi... ...more

By Pam December 06, 2017

Admittedly, I gravitate to literary fiction and creative nonfiction -- and I've learned I've been limiting myself by snobbishly avoiding "genre" fiction. Tying the Scot is a debut novel by an author to be reckoned with -- Tretheway presents a lovely tale of Lucy Fitzharris and Alex Sinclair in Re... ...more

By Heather October 21, 2017

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... ...more

By Maria11 November 21, 2017

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... ...more

By Rhonda November 27, 2017

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 peopl... ...more

By Amanda November 27, 2017

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... ...more

By Christine November 25, 2017

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 Scottis... ...more

By Laura November 27, 2017

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. ...more

By Kim November 23, 2017

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,... ...more

By Carmella November 18, 2017

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,... ...more

By A November 27, 2017

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 angs... ...more

By Goodlittlewitch November 27, 2017

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... ...more

By Maggie November 27, 2017

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 frau... ...more

By Lisa November 30, 2017

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, Luc... ...more

By Sue October 26, 2017

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 L... ...more

By Anna November 27, 2017

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... ...more

By Lori November 25, 2017

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 f... ...more

By Janet November 22, 2017

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 Lu... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review November 23, 2017

Tying the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey is the story of Alex Sinclair and Lucy FitzHarris.
When Alex and Lucy were young Alex stepped in to take up for Lucy when her brother took a toy. Alex had told her father that he would protect Lucy. Lucy is the illegitimate daughter to the Duke of Chatham. Now... ...more

By Petula November 23, 2017

Lady Lucy FitzHarris has her heart set on marrying a certain man. When her father calls her into his office to give her some news she is really pleased.
Unfortunately for our heroine ( and everybody around her) it's not the news she wanted.
Our heroine is a spoiled brat with a tendency toward tan... ...more

By Michele November 26, 2017

This is a most enjoyable book! The story and characters grabbed me from the very beginning, which is something that is very important to me (I don't stay with a book if I'm not fully engaged after the first chapter.) The author paints a very clear and picturesque landscape in which the reader can... ...more

By Miriam November 26, 2017

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

What a fun book with lots of romance, some humor, intrigue, drama, and betrayal. Alex and Lucy met as children but as adults are interested in other people when their fathers arrange their marriage.

I liked that while they both had areas in their lif... ...more

By SH November 11, 2017

When Alex first meets Lucy, he defends her and promises to honour and protect her. The sweet aspect of this is that Alex is 11 and Lucy only 9. However, this oath leads to her father, the Duke of Chatham and Alex’s father, a laird, arranging a marriage between them. Romance will not be an easy un... ...more

By Rochelle November 27, 2017

When Lucy FitzHarris’s father tells her he’s pledged her hand in marriage to Alex Sinclair, the future Laird of Balforss, she’s devastated. She’d planned to marry Viscount Langley, and enjoy London society. She decides to try life with Alex…and then the fun begins. Because the two young lovers ar... ...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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