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Friday, August 9, 2013

Once Upon A Tartan and Giveaway Extravaganza

securedownload Title: Once Upon a Tartan

Author: Grace Burrowes

ISBN: 978-1-4022-6869

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Formats: Mass-Market Paperback and E-book $7.99

How I read It: Mass-Market Arc from Publisher

Rating: 4.5 Crowns


Tiberius Flynn travels to Scotland with orders to snatch his young niece away from her Highland relations. He thinks it’s going to be an easy task, until he meets the feisty little girl and her fiercely protective step-aunt. A smart, headstrong beauty, Hester Daniels has no use for an English lord with high-handed ways, no matter how handsome or beguiling he may be…

Tye sets out to seduce Hester and win over Fiona, only to discover that he’s losing his heart to a woman who’s as untamable as Scotland itself… (from the back of the arc)

My Thoughts:

Grace Burrowes excels when she mixes family sagas and tender, heartwarming romance.

In Once Upon a Tartan

Tye arrives in Scotland with the intentions of kidnapping his deceased brother’s only child and bringing her back to be raised by his father. Yet when he finds his young niece, Fiona, singing in a tree, he realizes it isn’t going to be as easy as he planned. To further complicate the matter, Tye seems to be falling for Hester Daniels, Fiona’s step aunt.

Torn between what he has promised his father and what his heart wants, Tye finds himself in a complicated situation.

Having read The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, I was eager to read the next installment of The MacGregor Trilogy. If you have The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, some of the characters will be familiar to you, although if you haven’t read it, Once Upon a Tartan reads as a standalone and all that you need to know will be revealed.

Even though Tye came with the intentions of snatching his niece, I found him endearing. You could see that he was fighting an inner war between what was right to do and he was bound by honor to do. Some of his actions were shocking, and while I knew that it was going to happen, I was a hoping it wouldn’t.

Hester was likable. She was also relatable. She found herself being attracted to Tye yet she fought it because in her eyes he was the enemy for wanting to take Fiona away from the only home she ever knew. Events in Hester’s past also made me like her.

While this was Tye and Hester’s story, Grace Burrowes’ intertwined updates from Lord and Lady Balfour, which I loved considering that they were the hero and heroine from the The Bridegroom Wore Plaid. I know that I have said it many times before, but the novel comes alive when the author adds a child to the story, and Fiona truly brightened up this book.

The plot was brilliantly paced with twists and turns in just the right spots to make the book one that you do not want to put down.

Overall, this was a very sensual read laced with chemistry and charisma.

Want to win both Print books in the MacGregor series?

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US and Canada only

Giveaway ends August 29

Read below for more giveaways from Grace Burrowes

Burrowes Book Giveaway


For the first two weeks of August, Grace Burrowes is giving away one brand new eReader per day! That’s 10 eReaders, 10 Blogs, a different giveaway each day during the work week, August 5-9 and 12-16! Grace is giving away:

· Four Kindle Paperwhite 3Gs

· Four Nook HDs

· One Nook Color

· One iPad

Check the full schedule below to find out where you can enter to win your very own eReader (Open to US and Canada only)!

8/5 RTBookReviews.com: Kindle Paperwhite

8/6 All About Romance: Nook HD

8/7 Delighted Reader: Kindle Paperwhite

8/8 Night Owl Reviews: Nook HD

8/9 Book Lovers Inc.: Kindle Paperwhite


8/12 Discover a New Love: Nook Color

8/13 Book Savvy Babe: Nook HD

8/14 Jaunty Quills: Kindle Paperwhite

8/15 Fresh Fiction: Nook HD

8/16 Her Grace Notes: iPad


Digital Reading not your thing? For the entire MONTH of August, each day (during the work week) a different blog will host a giveaway of print copies of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid and Once Upon a Tartan! This is a great opportunity for a chance to start the series from the beginning, and win two books (open to US and Canada only). The full schedule is below!

We are so looking forward to celebrating the release of this New York Times and USA Today bestselling author’s new book—we hope to see you along the way!

8/1 Book Hounds

8/2 RomFan Reviews


8/5 In the Hammock

8/6 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

8/7 Manga Maniac Café

8/8 What's on the Bookshelf

8/9 The Royal Reviews


8/12 Joan Swan's Blog

8/13 Cocktails and Books

8/14 Romancing the Book

8/15 Ramblings from this Chick

8/16 Books-n-Kisses


8/19 Anna's Book Blog

8/20 The Book Girl

8/21 The Reading Café

8/22 Seductive Musings

8/23 Peeking Between the Pages


8/26 Love Romance Passion

8/27 So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

8/28 Thoughts in Progress

8/29 Debbie's Book Bag

8/30 Linus' Blanket


Meljprincess said...

I wid loove tae win these books. Ah loove Scotland! Thanks.

Mel K.
Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

lindalou said...

Thanks for the contest!

Linda Townsend
lindalou (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com

Anonymous said...

If you want to really enjoy this Scottish trilogy pick up the Audible versions. OMG the narrator is the best! Luvvv Grace Burrowes books. And there are so many of them.

Mary D said...

I love all of grace Burrowes books!!!

Mary Doherty

Betty Hamilton said...

I would LOVE to win these books! Grace is one of my favorite authors!!
Betty Hamilton

Joanne said...

I love Grace's books! This series sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Joanne B

cheryl c said...

I love to read historical romances. Thanks for a chance to win these!
castings at mindspring dot com

Linda said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! I would love to win these books. Thank you!

Krysten Michelsen said...

I love all her books!! Definitely one of my favorite series. Can't wait to read the latest one!

LSUReader said...

Thanks for the post and giveaway. I enjoy Grace's books and look forward to reading this one. (Email in profile.)

Dot salvagin said...

I'd love to win these books.

Jess1 said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway contest!

strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

Johanna said...

I have yet to read the Virtuoso, but it is in my TBR pile. I love your books I started with the Heir and been hook since then.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Rhiannon said...

Can't wait for Once Upon A Tartan and Hester's story!

Kitchen Witch of the West said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the related short story featuring Fiona's mom and step-dad. Highly recommend them!
larisa.labrant (at)gmail.c0m

mrsshukra said...

I want to read Grace Burrowes' novels!!!!

Na said...

I've read a few of Grace's books and they don't disappoint. They remind me a little of the older historicals in that the couple and the world is so filling.


Barbara E. said...

I really enjoy Grace Burrows' books and I know I'm going to love this latest one.

Barbara E.
Barbed1951 at aol dot com

sheryl said...

I love this series. I loved the first one and I was excited that this one was out. Grace writes some awesome stories

Crystal Benedict said...

This sounds like a fun series.

MinDaf @ Aol.com

BookLady said...

I love historical romance and would love to win these books. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

Janice Hougland said...

A reader who loves historical romance can't ever go wrong with a story by Grace Burrowes. Her stories are the very best, per moi. Her giveaway extravaganza is wonderful. jdh2690@gmail.com

jmcgaugh said...

I'm really looking forward to Once Upon a Tartan.
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

AquarianDancer said...

Thank you for this opportunity!

Karin Anderson
AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

June M. said...

I have read and really loved many of Grace's books. I love Highlanders, they are strong, have lovely accents, wear kilts...so sexy :) Can't wait to read ONCE UPON A TARTAN!
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

Ada said...

Thanks for having a giveaway, I'd love to be entered!!

ahui89 at hotmail dot com

Anita H. said...

I love Scottish historical romances, I can't wait to read these books!!


chey said...

i like the sound of these books!

Sandy Xiong said...

I am just starting to love Grace's books. I read some of the books in her Windham series and I love them. I even love all the covers for her books! Very gorgeous! This book in now on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

Maureen said...

Thanks for the information about this great giveaway.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Stacie Bell said...

Just finished The Bridgegroom Wore Plaid and I can't wait to read more of this series!

May said...

Love her books! Can't wait to read more!

maybe31 at yahoo.com

Diane D - Florida said...

I've read almost all of Grace's books, and loved every one of them. I really do enjoy reading stories set in Scotland. I can close my eyes and see the beautiful highlands, and imagine myself being transported there it he story.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win these books.

dpd333 at aol.com

wanda f said...

I love Grace's books thank you for the chance to win.Hope you have a great day.
wanda f


Di said...

I love a good Scottish series! Looking forward to these ones!

sallans d at yahoo dot com