Review: Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes

Posted August 6, 2013 by Ginny in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes
Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes
Series: MacGregor Trilogy #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 6, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Hester MacDaniel is recovering from an engagement gone awry by summering at her brother's holding in the Highlands, and looking after her brother's young step-daughter, Fiona. Tiberius Flynn, heir to the English Marquis of Quinworth, appears on Hester's doorstep claiming he's Fee's paternal uncle, and he's been sent by her English relations to make the girl's acquaintance. Tye believes his brother's dying wishes compel him to take Fee south with him, but he doesn't plan on Hester capturing his heart, even as she fights him tooth and nail for custody of Fiona.

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Ginny’s Review:
Phew! –fans hand over face–

Well this was a pretty awesome book. Honestly, as I’m thinking about what to write here, the song “Whatta Man” by Salt’n’Peppa comes to mind, and though we’re talking about a Scottish/English man here, instead of “a real smooth brotha with a body like Arnold and a Denzel face…” all I can think is, “he takes his time and does everything right.”

This book, as a whole, takes its time. It builds slowly, and though there are parts that seem to drag, it’s worth it.

Hester is hiding out away from society and an engagement gone wrong, due to some jerk that thought he could get away with a great many awful things… Tye has come up with mostly un-honorable intentions to use his niece as a bargaining chip.. but both women, his niece and Hester, win him over…

I found this book refreshing in that he really DOES speak like a titled Englishman — big words, intelligent conversations, and stiff-upper lip! I loved that there were words I had to look up, or words that I haven’t seen or heard used since a vocabulary lesson in grade school.  As an English Lit person, this was challenging and my brain welcomed it! I like that Fiona, Tye’s niece, is a bit of a tomboy and runs roughshod over everyone that will let her. She’s a force of nature and I love her. I hope I see more of her in another book.

I’ve mentioned my love for all things Scottish on this site before, and I will emphasize that again, along with the possibility that I’m a bit biased towards books like this, but the book will speak for itself. It’s very well written, the characters are real and the language is refreshingly high-brow.

Very well done, indeed!

Great Quote: 
“Any further kissing between us is ill-advised in the extreme.” He stood up, and Hester knew the urge to scream, to drag him back to her side by the hair, to rage and cry out and destroy the entire peace of the night around her.
Then he turned and stalked toward the bench. He kept coming, until to her shock, he knelt over her, one knee by each hip, so the great bulk of him was straddling her lap. “Very ill-advised.”
He framed her face in his hands and paused, his mouth just a whisper from her. “You will regret this, Hester. I will regret this.”