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.
In Tying the Scot (The Highlanders of Balforss #1) by Jennifer Trethewey, years ago Alex Sinclair vowed he would do whatever it takes to protect Lucy Fitzharris, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Chatham. But wanting to marry the duke's daughter just to honor the vow he made isn't going the way he thought it would, especially when convincing Lucy that he's not a vulgar Scot seems impossible. However, just when things seem to be going right for the pair, Lucy finds her heart breaking in two when she sees something she shouldn't. Will Alex be able to make things right with the woman he wants to marry more than anything, or will their chance at happy ever after fall apart?
What a captivating start to this series Ms. Trethewey has delivered in this book where the main characters thoroughly entertained me from start to finish because the heroine challenges the hero and it seems Alex can never do anything right by Lucy. How long will it take the heroine to forgive the hero's deception? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time that had me hooked, as this couple have intense chemistry that just keeps getting better and better with every moment they spend together whether they're getting along or the heroine is mad at the hero.
The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine, as her engagement comes as a shock as to the man she'll be marrying. Why did she have such high hopes of marrying someone she only thought she loved, instead of holding out for love with the right man? However, in saying that, I loved that she gave the hero a chance after a while, as he proves himself over and over in being able to handle her indignation when they first meet and then more when she discovers what he's been hiding from her.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main character back stories and everything they go through on their journey to happy ever after including someone plotting against their union and the fact that the hero must make things right between the pair. Will Alex be able to win Lucy over? Will Alex be able to protect Lucy from those plotting against their union? Will Lucy be able to eventually trust Alex, if he continues to prove himself a good guy to her? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous in dealing with everything she goes through and I liked that she challenged the hero. While the hero, he's a good guy despite the fact that he deceives the heroine in the moment they first meet. I also liked the tight relationship he shares with his family and that they would do anything for each other. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his determination to protect the heroine from hurt because of his past and someone determined to take her away from him. Will Alex be able to keep Lucy safe?
Overall, Ms. Trethewey has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong due to me feeling as though the heroine sees the hero as the enemy because she wants another man; and the ending had me liking the lengths the hero goes to for the heroine, as she means everything to him and he wants her in his life. I would recommend Tying the Scot by Jennifer Trethewey, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the enemy to lovers trope, or books by authors Alyssa Alexander, E. Elizabeth Watson, Tara Kingston and Vanessa Kelly.