Once Upon a Tartan

Once Upon a Tartan

by Grace Burrowes
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Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes

"Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality." —Publishers Weekly

Honor or happiness—he can't have both.

Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways--no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.

Tiberius's haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester's fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.

Praise for The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year:

The MacGregor Series
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (Book 1)
Mary Fran and Matthew (Novella)
Once Upon a Tartan (Book 2)
The MacGregor's Lady (Book 3)
What a Lady Needs for Christmas (Book 4)

"As always, Burrowes creates a character driven novel...The slowly simmering sensuality and the strong bonds of family hold readers' interest and hearts."—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Will engage readers with emotion and sensuality...Burrowes has a talent for filling traditional romance situations with depth and the unexpected." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402268694
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 273,871
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Grace Burrowes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lonely Lords series and the extensive Windham series. Her debut, The Heir, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, and its follow-up, The Soldier, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011.

Roger Hampton trained as an actor in Scotland. He has performed on stage, radio, television, and film and is a busy audiobook narrator and voice-over artist.

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Once Upon a Tartan 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Hester and Tye was entertaining, if a bit slow in spots. I enjoyed how it all came together in the end.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Last June, I had the opportunity to read an ARC of ONCE UPON A TARTAN by Grace Burrowes, Book #2 in the "MacGregor" trilogy. I won her book on Ella Quinn's blog and gave her book 5 stars. "Lady Eve's indiscretion" was the first book I have read that was written by this author! Again, Ms. Burrowes has written a beautiful historical romance of family relationships filled with intrigues. The first one in this series was THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID, which I did not get the chance to read. It's an exciting Scottish-Victorian romance that I think Grace Burrowes's fans will love. It's the story of Hester who is a headstrong woman and the guardian of Fiona, who she loves very much and Tiberius, who believes that the child should be with him instead. This story is also about family bonds! Will he try to seduce her or will she? Will sparks flare between the two? You will need to read this story to know more details. Ms. Burrowes has written a romantic story filled with emotions, it's charming and funny! She is a very descriptive writer! I enjoyed her book very much! I like the style of writing of this author for her high drama in her stories. Revised review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Grace Burrowes words, Tiberius Flynn was luscious!
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book As with most Grace Burrowes’ books (and I’ve literally been on a reading frenzy with her titles) I was totally captivated… Tye is probably one of my favorite historical heroes—EVER! The beginning chapters had me laughing out loud. His dry sense of humor is killer and really draws the reader into his no nonsense personality. It set up the story beautifully with his relationship with the little girl, Fiona. He always said what was on his mind and his sarcasm always hit it’s mark. Brilliantly done. I could understand, as a reader, where there would be a conflict with him wanting to bring Fiona back to his father. You could tell he was honor bound by duty, and I actually appreciated that he didn’t let that cloud his judgement when it came to Hester. Hester, okay, I have to be honest. I’m not a huge fan of her name. When I hear Hester I think spinster, and maybe that’s what Miss Burrowes was trying to convey. Hester’s saving grace was her sharp wit and ability to keep Tye on his toes. Her love for her niece is amazing and I loved seeing how the niece was clever enough to bring them together. Stupid adults…sometimes they ned a little pushing. The story itself was a bit slow, but as most Burrowes’ books there is always a reason she lays the plot the way she does, she is a brilliant mastermind at the way she works her stories, so I knew it would end up being okay as long as I just kept reading. All in all it was a very satisfying, heartfelt read. I think my only complaint is that there was no epilogue. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disagree with previous review in that having intimate relations after becoming engaged was seemingly more accepted by society during the Regency period while breaking an engagement was not especially to a titled man. Women and men alike with an aristocratic heritage were often used to enhance an estate or their lineage wirhout mercy. An almost unbelievable double, hypocritical standard in a supposedly Christian society that called itself civilized. This series explains exactly what I am trying to relate. It is why reading Regency is fascinaring and Grace Burows does an excellent portrayal to my way of thinking. LORRAINE
krazymama_98 More than 1 year ago
I love Grace Burrowes writing and story telling. Its always good. But there is no better way than listening to her story. Oh my, fabulous narrating. Fabulous. Loved it all. And only made the story even better. A sweet love story. With family love. And characters learning about love. Learning about begging forgiveness, giving a second chance and how sometimes fate plays such a big part in the final story. Loved this story. I am sure reading it would be great as well. But if you want a special treat while in your car, doing your housework or working out, try the audio version.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I love this book better than the 1st, Grace Burrows is becoming one of my favorite authors. Her heroines are never dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this third title of the series. Be sure to read the first book and novella which establish the characters for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awful! would not recomend
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
As posted at The Reading Cafe 24 Aug 13 ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review COMBINED REVIEW with The Bridegroom wore Plaid 5 out of 5 for this reader folks!  I have to say, I REALLY REALLY love Grace Burrowes writing.  She is quickly becoming on of my ABSOLUTE FAVE authors.  I am currently on summer vacay and it is killing me that I have to put my book down as often as I am, because she writes page turning stories.  These two books are the first two books of her MacGregor Trilogy (note .. there is a novella in between book 1 and 2 but I have yet to read it).  Our genre is regency/historical/Victorian romance with a serious dash of yummy "trying to be proper, but serious are so much yummier when they aren't" highlanders. The stories revolve around the MacGregor family and the English folk that they seem to hate in one second and take a fancy to the next.  These families all seem to link into one another and create hilarious, action packed, angsty, HEA stories full of lust, bad guys, traditions and LOTS OF WIT! Let's meet them shall we?? BOOK 1 - THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID DESCRIPTION New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes keeps winning reader awards for her gorgeously imagined books. If you're already a fan, you'll devour her new characters and if you haven't yet discovered the richly drawn worlds of Grace Burrowes, you're in for a treat.... "Memorable heroes. Intelligent, sensual love stories. This author knows what romance readers adore."-RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars His Family or His Heart - One of Them Will Be Betrayed... Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes. But in his intends penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife. "Historical details enrich Burrowes's intimate and erotic story, but the real stars are her vibrant characters and her masterful ear for dialogue. Burrowes is superb at creating connections that feel honest and real."-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review REVIEW I swear this book should of been called "The Highland Hookup"!  LOL  While we do have a main love story, there are quite a few other love stories that are going on that keep it exciting.  This is definitely a case of two families made for each other!   Our main character is Ian MacGregor.  He is an assumed Earl as his oldest brother has gone MIA and thus declared deceased.  With this comes the responsibility of being the head and provider of his family.  He is also assuming responsibility of removing the MacGragor family from ruin by agreeing to marry an English heiress.   Enter the Daniels family.  Eager to marry his daughter Genie to a titled man, Baron Atstax (AKA CREEPOID) moves his entire family in for a long visit with the MacGregor family.  Part of this family is Augusta who is the Baron's niece and chaperon to Genie.  It is Augusta who Ian takes a shine too though.  Don't feel bad for Genie though, she has her eyes set on Ian's brother Gill.  Ian's other brother is hooking up with another Daniels member as well, and Ian's sister is falling in love with the Baron's son.  Have you processed all that??  LOL A slow simmering relationship (which comes to a serious hot, steamy boil), between Augusta and Ian begins.  These two are clearly made for each other.  They embark in a physical and emotional relationship believing that they only have this short time to treasure before saying goodbye.  In the midst of this budding relationship, the ugly Baron Alstax is plotting Augusta's murder as he is a devious, selfish and harbouring a secret that could land him in some serious hot water.  Ian begins to slowly put the pieces together and between his family members, some of the Daniels family and his smart, beautiful  Augusta, weave together a terrific climax of this story. The bad guys NEVER win in a Grace Burrowes novel, but she can seriously make you sweat!  LOL BOOK 2  - ONCE UPON A TARTAN 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. REVIEW This was a fantastic continuation of this trilogy.  In the first book we met our heroine of this book.  Hester Daniels in book one was a easy going, full of life young lady coming into her own.  Between these books, Hester is involved in a scandalous affair that she has taken to heart and has come back to Scotland to take care of her niece and properly hide from society.  My heart really broke for Hester in this book. One day, in trots this English, arrogant, aristocratic, pompous man named Tiberius Flynn (Tye), Earl of Srathroy and future Marquis of Quinworth who is claiming to be a paternal uncle to Hester niece Fiona.  Fiona just adores this man from the beginning while Tye is a little taken back by the little girl who one minute has impeccable manners and the next minute can be found singing in tree branches and mucking around horses.  However, little Fiona is known to take her Uncles hearts and wrap them around her finger, and soon Uncle Tye is in this position. Hester and Tye really dislike each other at first and go at it with their words, bantering back and forth.  Soon enough though they begin a friendship which develops into a fierce lusty and loving affair. They are stuck between a rock and a hard place though as they stand across from each other on opposite sides of a dilemma. Tye is very much a mutli-layered character and I loved seeing some of these layers peeled back.  He is put into a horrible position by his family, to claim custody of a niece the family took no interest in.  He is also finding a much needed peace in this country and in Hester's arms.  Hester has issues she is working out and it's wonderful to see her come back into the strong beautiful woman she is.  She is extremely loyal to her niece and she was just overall an easy leading lady to adore. Like all of Grace Burrowes stories, she develops situations that you know will work out, but shock you with the amount of thought and creativity it takes to get there.  I was so happy with this book and while there are some similarities to the first book, there was so much more to be had here!  Sorry .. no spoilers .. WINK!  LOL You can read these as stand alones but you would enjoy the second book so much more with the first book read.  We see many of the characters return and get a continuation of their story.  If you love the highland settings and a good regency romance, I highly recommend this series.  Grace Burrowes always delivers a thorough well thought out stories with some depth to her characters.  She writes the steamy classy but hot too!  LOL HAPPY READING! :)
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celestedillongordon More than 1 year ago
Lovey, touching, sexy, just perfect. I love Ms Burrowes' Scottish-themed novels. 'The Bridegroom Wore Plaid' is one of my all-time favorites. Just start reading her books. All of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! One of her best!
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Schemar More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! Engaging characters, great dialogue, and a plot with a bit of a different twist. Grace Burrowes keeps getting better and better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book in a very good new series bu a bery good author. Liked the cast of characters, liked the storyline. Cant wait for the next Grace Burrowes nook!
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zeeba More than 1 year ago
Great story
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
ONCE UPON A TARTAN by Grace Burrowes is another exciting Regency Historical Romance set in Scotland and England. #2 in the "MacGregor" Trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. See,"The Bridegroom Wore Plaid", Also, see, "Mary Fran and Matthew" a novella. Join Hester MacDaniel and Tiberius Flynn Earl of Spathfoy,(Tye) on a journey of discovery, passion, healing, trust,deception,seduction,loving a child and finding true love along the way. Filled with passion,a secret or two, and love. Oh and I have to say who wouldn't love the feisty,vivacious little Fiona(Fee, to her loved ones),who is what the story is mostly about. Although, Hester has her own issues, so does Tye,together they find their way to each other and hope to save little Fee, from a life away from her beloved mother. Fast paced and passion filled. You will delight in this pair of half Scottish and half English lovers as well as the vivacious little Fee. A compelling story with a bit of humor along the way. I enjoyed the story of Hester and Tye and of course little Fee as well. Who doesn't love a child in the mix. I can hardly wait to see the next installment of the "MacGregor" trilogy. It is sure to be a wonder. I also hope to learn more of these characters along the way. An exciting Trilogy! Take a romp through Regency Scotland as well as a quick romp through England with "Once Upon a Tartan", I dare you too. You will not regret reading this story. Ms. Burrowes is a true storyteller. Her characters are enduring, exciting, and engaging. Her storyline is fast paced, interesting and stimulating. Well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hester was a bimbo................................................ Tiberius kept telling her that she shouldn't keep asking him to kiss her or make love to her because after all she was a lady.  Wake up Tiberius a woman that you know less then a week that keeps throwing herself at you is no lady no matter what her title.   She had her reasons of course.  She had been sexually assaulted earlier in the year by her fiancee and wanted to make sure she could still feel things.  So she throws herself at the first hunky title she sees  Really?  What a sorry commentary on  true rape victims. This was a DNF for me.    Hester was way to brazen for a woman of her era and background.  Threw the whole story off kilter.  First and last grace burrows book for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy this author and her stories