Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes + Featured Freebie

Once Upon a Tartan (MacGregor Trilogy, #2)

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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

My new favorite book by Grace Burrowes! Once Upon a Tartan was a fabulous read, full of deep romance and family secrets. Loved it!

Hester was a very likable heroine. She was very devoted to Fiona, focusing her life on the little girl ever since her disastrous engagement. I appreciated that, though she was understandably suspicious of Tye's presence, she gave him the benefit of the doubt even after she found out the truth. She was strong, determined, loyal. A great heroine that I truly liked.

Tye was wonderful. He was a truly good man and a total gentleman. Though he was sent by his father and his brother's dying wish to get Fiona, he wanted to do what was best for the little girl. He was torn between familial duty and his desire for his niece to be happy. He honestly just wanted to do that right thing. Which is what made him such a fantastic hero. He was very sweet, loyal to his family, and determined to do what was right. He was utterly adorable, a perfect hero.

The romance was well built. There were some sparks flying between Hester and Tye immediately and that heat gradually grew. And, when it ignited, it was fan-your-face hot. They were also very sweet together and I felt their feeling for each other throughout the book.

And Fiona, the little girl who started it all. I liked that she wasn't just an afterthought. She was her own character and played a role greater than just a plot tool. She was so adorable and utterly lovable.

The plot moved steadily. It wasn't particularly fast paced, but it moved quickly enough to hold my attention. The family secrets that come out about Tye's family were a huge surprise and added a touch of drama. I was completely hooked throughout the entire book. And the ending was lovely.

Once Upon a Tartan was an excellent historical romance. If you love historical romance, you'll want to read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it. 

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Or can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

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