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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.

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


 “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 next
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: mistaken identity, unrequited love

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By Cora March 07, 2019

5 Words: Family, duty, love, manipulation, pride.

Content warning: attempted rape

That was a lovely read, sweet and passionate. I'd definitely read more by the author. It wasn't without its problems, but it was exactly what I was after.

What I Liked:
• Alex. Can I have one please? *swoon*
• The Sinclairs ...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 a k ...more

By Berls March 10, 2018

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 ...more

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 and ...more

By The Word Nerd April 09, 2018

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 o ...more

By Carla May 30, 2018

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 ...more

By Donna February 28, 2018

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, L ...more

By Mia March 14, 2018

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 Lond ...more

By Kristy August 12, 2019

Lucy is in love. But her father, the Duke, has different plans for her. He has arranged her marriage to the son of his long time friend. A scotsman. She only met her betrothed, Alex, once when they were kids. He defended her against her older brother's teasing and became her knight. But that was whe ...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 got ...more

By April January 27, 2018

Fast paced, action packed with well written plot and intriguing characters. Highly recommended for fans of Medieval Romance, Scotland and wonderful characters. ...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 people o ...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 re ...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 Scottish c ...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, as ...more

By TheGeekyBlogger April 17, 2018

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 se ...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, and ...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 angst, ...more

By A February 11, 2019

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, ...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 the ...more

By Maggie January 03, 2018

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 ...more

By Kimmie June 09, 2018

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 ext ...more

By Lisa January 23, 2018

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 m ...more

By Bibliophagist December 31, 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 Lucy ...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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