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Tall, Dark and Kilted: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of Scotland [Kindle Edition]

Lizzie Lamb
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Book Description

Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen

Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it her dream of becoming her own boss. When she’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, she grabs it with both hands. But there's a catch - the centre lies five hundred miles away - in Wester Ross, Scotland.

Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by hunky Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and very personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate - starting with Fliss. Faced with the dole queue once more, Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out the dysfunctional Urquharts.

Will Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?
Read Tall, Dark and Kilted to find out . . .

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About the Author

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted. She’s had enormous fun researching men in kilts, falling in love with brooding hero Ruairi Urquhart, and rooting for heroine Fliss Bagshawe - and hopes you will, too. Born in Scotland, Lizzie has always wanted to write a romantic novel set in the Highlands and Islands and with Tall, Dark and Kilted she has done just that. She has a well developed sense of humour and hopes this comes across in her novel. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted she has completed her second novel: Boot Camp Bride and has embarked upon a third. Boot Camp Bride has an element of intrigue and suspense and is set in the atmospheric Norfolk marshes where Lizzie has spent much of her time. Lizzie is a founding member of an indie publishing group: The New Romantics 4. Her fellow New Romantics are June Kearns, Mags Cullingford and Adrienne Vaughan. The New Romantics 4’s watch cry is: all for one and one for all. All four New Romantics will be e-publishing their second novels in November 2013 and have organised 'red carpet events' where they will share their experiences as writers and talk about their novels to readers. Follow The New Romantics 4 on Twitter - @newromantics4

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Romantics Press (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SG3EQY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Life is not a rehearsal
If you have a dream - go for it.

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writers' Scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hopes this love of dialogue comes across in her writing. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride, she has published a third novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS and started research for number four. Lizzie is a founding member of indie publishing group - New Romantics Press. In November 2014 they held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, London the icing on the cake as far as they are concerned - and a fitting way to celebrate their achievements. As for the years Lizzie spent as a teacher, they haven't quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on the subject of self-publishing.

With Scottish, Irish, and Brazilian blood in her veins, it's hardly surprising that Lizzie Lamb is a writer. She even wrote extra scenes for the films she watched as a child and acted out in the playground with her friends. She is ashamed to admit that she kept all the good lines for herself. Luckily, she saves them for her readers these days. Check out her reviews, they speak for themselves.

Jane Little
* Lizzie Lamb's latest, is a perfect follow-up to her brilliant Tall, Dark and Kilted - with added suspense and mystery for good measure. It's that perfect blend of excitement, romance and humor, that she seems to do so effortlessly, but so well. The relationship between Charlee, a trainee intern, and the mysterious but irresistible Rafael Ffinch is cleverly paced, and the twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing and page-turning. Loved the funny, quirky chapter headings, and Lizzie Lamb paints as beguiling a picture of the magical Norfolk marshes,as she did of the Scottish Highlands

* This book reminded me of . . . Romancing the Stone. The writing in this book is equally as good as the script to that film and the characters as likable. I really enjoyed the story line . . . this book is going in my top ten reads. Reviewer Nikki Bywater

Take an up-for-anything reporter. Add a world-weary photo-journalist. Put them together . . . light the blue touch paper and stand well back! Posing as a bride-to-be, Charlee Montague goes undercover at a boot camp for brides in order to photograph supermodel Anastasia Markova. At Charlee's side and posing as her fiancé, is Rafael Ffinch award winning photographer and survivor of a kidnap attempt in Columbia. He's in no mood to cut inexperienced Charlee any slack and has made it plain that once the investigation is over, their partnership - and fake engagement - will be terminated, too. Soon Charlee has more questions than answers. What's the real reason behind Ffinch's interest in the boot camp? How is it connected to his kidnap in Columbia? In setting out to uncover the truth, Charlee puts herself in danger ... As the investigation draws to a close, she wonders if she'll be able to hand back the engagement ring and walk away from Rafa without a backward glance.

* "as the author says in her blurb, '... light the blue touch paper and stand well back!' Some of the pages almost burnt my fingers as I turned them!"
* It's impossible not to love the main characters and to dream you could live their story!
* Keep them coming Ms Lamb
* A roller-coaster ride . . . Highly recommended
* well-woven plot, atmospheric settings, and a strong, brilliantly created secondary cast of characters
* "The language in this book is snappy and at the same time beautiful. How does Ms. Lamb do it? Thank you for a fun read."

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Chapter Two
The Devil Wears Primark

Charlee stepped out of the taxi around about eight o'clock and pulled her pashmina around her, warding off the wind that came straight off the Thames. Sharp and cutting, it whistled round her exposed legs and ankles and she wished now that she'd worn a coat. But, she was young and reckless and not even the threat of double pneumonia could dampen her enthusiasm for tonight's event. In fact, learning to suffer the cold without complaint would stand her in good stead when she worked on a serious newspaper and not a celebrity-driven magazine. Slipping into one of her customary daydreams, she imagined herself in Afghanistan where the wind scoured through the Khyber Pass. She'd suffer it all without complaint as she hunkered down in her fatigues, staking out the Taliban with a platoon of soldiers. Ready to report what the living conditions were like for our Heroes out there.
No privation was too great for Charlee Montague, the pundits would say, her dedication to the job is legendary.
Totally wired, Charlee skipped up the marble steps of the art gallery where the event was being held. Christmas was just around the corner and if that meant a groan-inducing stay at her family home, at least she was free from the dungeon of the photo archive. As she waited for Poppy to pay the driver and give him a generous tip, she determined to make the most of this God-given opportunity. Tonight she would make her mark or die in the attempt. Journalism was as much about luck as talent; about being in the right place at the right time and getting the scoop. This could be her chance to mingle with people who would spot her potential and offer her a place on a team of talented young writers. Editors and subs who would give their eye teeth to -
'Charlee, snap out of it. While you're dreaming of winning the Pulitzer Prize - again - I'm freezing my assets off,' Poppy complained, teetering on heels guaranteed to wreak havoc on the natural wood flooring in the art gallery. 'Come on, let's pard-ee, girlfriend.'
The huge glass doors swung and as Charlee crossed the threshold, she gave a little shiver that had nothing to do with the cold. Squaring her shoulders she stepped into the overheated atrium which was filled with the hum of voices and a hundred clashing perfumes.

I must also mention all the readers/writers/friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter who spurred me on to finish Boot Camp Bride by demanding - in the nicest way possible - a date when they could download it off Amazon. See - I've done it!
Next, I need to come clean and admit that I don't speak Russian, Spanish or Portuguese - but I know people who do. So many thanks to RNA member Maureen Stenning who put me in touch with her Russian daughter-in-law Vera Stenning who double-checked everything. And to Penny Brindle (RNA/NWS) who helped with the Russian translation, too. Another RNA member, Sarah Callejo corrected all the Spanish and Suzy Turner (of the Famous Five Plus writers' group) verified my Portuguese. You are the best - thank you!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL CORKER OF A NOVEL 4 Jan. 2015
By Jenny
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Lizzie Lamb has written a real corker in Tall, Dark and Kilted. All the ingredients for a great book are here; exhilarating plot, wonderful characters, an abundance of humour, all set against the beautiful backdrop of gloriously scenic Scotland. It is a book you can’t put down in a hurry because it is so absorbing and you just have to find out how things turn out for the heroine, feisty Fliss Bagshawe and the difficult, arrogant Laird, Ruairi, who clash spectacularly throughout the novel. It is frequently hilarious with great dialogue, particularly between Fliss and Ruairi. The ‘will they, won’t they?’ debate runs through the book and the reader is kept guessing right until the very end. A thoroughly entertaining read to warm your heart and is to be highly recommended, particular for lovers of romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Tall Dark and Kilted' by Lizzie Lamb 21 Mar. 2013
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When Fliss Bagshawe loses her job as an holistic therapist after attending a party in Notting Hill that gets out of control, she thinks that her chance of running her own therapy business are over, until she is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to run a therapy centre, five hundred miles away in Scotland. Happy to leave her life behind in Pimlico she heads for the Scottish Highlands.

However after a chance meeting with the handsome but brooding Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart, Fliss finds that her dreams and plans could be over. Ruairi takes his responsibilities as Laird very seriously and thanks to an earlier misunderstanding when they first met Ruairi thinks that Fliss is no more than a scheming opportunist out for all she can get.

Fliss must take on the Laird and his eccentric family to convince them that she is passionate and determined and committed to make the therapy centre a success, before Ruairi puts a stop to her dreams before she can turn them into reality and she finds herself unemployed and back in London; two people from completely different backgrounds. The Laird is set in his ways and stubborn. Will Fliss be able to convince him that she is not what he thinks she is?

With enough sparks to set off fireworks, this is a fabulous romance story from author Lizzie Lamb. A fun and entertaining read from page one, engaging the reader straight away into the story that is written with excellent wit and humour that will make you smile. A cast of lively and thoroughly good fun characters that are so likable that some could have their own spin off stories. I loved everything about this book from the beautiful colour purple of the cover and the catchy title, to the escapism of getting lost in this great book for a few hours. I look forward to reading more books by Lizzie Lamb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A keeper 18 Jan. 2015
By Jackie
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Tall Dark and Kilted is a beautifully written story, and has strong main characters in Ruairi Urquhart and Fliss Bagshawe. Ms. Lamb's cast of secondary characters cannot be described as wishy-washy, they are as vibrant and essential to the plot as Fliss and Ruairi.
Who could predict that being arrested in London would lead Fliss to meet the man of her dreams? For Ruairi his step-sisters' latest friend, Fliss, is just another problem to deal with and get rid off as if he didn't have enough trouble on his hands, such as saving his inheritance, without taking on any more. But for both, things don't go as expected and certainly not as planned.
Change is said to fuel progress and Fliss's arrival at Kinlock Mara is a catalyst no one predicted - or did they? It is also said that change is not welcomed by those who let tradition rule - and Ruairi is all for tradition.
The scene setting is amazing and had me longing to go back home. The detail and depth of all the characters takes Tall Dark and Kilted beyond the `also-ran to' a book this reviewer considers a keeper. Add the powerful emotions, the inter-family conflicts and the individual dreams, beliefs and cynicism, plus the humour, between them all, and it makes Tall Dark and Kilted a powerful story that carries the romance between Ruairi and Fliss from start to finish.
For this reviewer, Tall Dark and Kilted is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance in the Scottish Highlands 19 April 2014
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This book is a wonderful modern romance. Fliss is hard working and independent, when a party gets broken up by the police and Fliss needs a good reference from her employer it becomes the last thing she gets, before the sack. Faced with the need to find a new job quickly, she jumps at the chance to manage a Therapy centre in the Scottish Highlands.

Ruairi is the Laird of Kinlock Mara who is forced to keep tight reins on his step sisters and their mother. Isla and Cat lead a wild life spending money from Trust funds with little care for anyone but themselves. Ruairi believes they've brought Fliss with them as a decoy for their overspending and bad behaviour. But Fliss is determined to make a go of the business despite constantly fighting Ruairi and his dis-trust.

Full of hot and cold blasts of tension between the pair, this story is full of romantic Scottish themes; Kilts, bagpipes, scenery, Gaelic whisperings, Clan Urquhart tartans and Strathspey reels. Definitely an enjoyable read.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thre's a new hero on the block 17 Feb. 2015
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Forget Heathcliff or Mr Rochester – there’s a new dark, brooding hero on the block by the name of Ruairi, a Highland laird. Lizzie Lamb captures the beauty and mystery of the Highlands perfectly while delivering us a hero to die for. At first we see his brusque, arrogant, domineering side as he struggles to keep his two wayward half sisters in check as well as his scatter-brained stepmother and her half baked plans. When Fliss is invited to the Scottish pile to set up a beauty treatment centre, Ruairi puts her in the same category as his sisters, scheming and manipulative and thinks she’s only there to bag herself a rich husband. Fliss is determined to keep him at arm’s length and to prove that she has a good business head. Will the two of them ever overcome the obstacles? You’ll have to read this gorgeous romantic tale to find out. What more could you ask for, a tall dark kilted hero set amidst the most dramatic Scottish scenery? This book left me feeling just a little in lurve – with Scotland and with Ruairi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful Story
I absolutely loved this book. It is a lovely love story set in stunning scenery. The descriptive writing transports you to the Highlands, whilst the brilliant character building... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra J Niven
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite writer
Lovely characters and setting. I really enjoyed Lizzie's style of writing,too,and have since bought a second of her books and looking forward to more!
Published 3 months ago by Kit
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Highland romance
I enjoyed Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb and was looking forward to reading Tall, Dark and Kilted as well. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more research
As someone who has lived in Scotland, the lack of native Scottish knowledge annoyed me. A lot of the information was obviously garnered from a tourists point of view which resulted... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Escape
Tall, Dark and Kilted is a classic romance, well plotted and a pacey, entertaining read. It has a darkly sexy hero and a strong but vulnerable heroine you want to root for, plus a... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars When posh meets Pimlico, readers have all the fun
Satisfies with everything you could possibly want in a romance. The hero is everything promised by the title, the tough-talking, snarky heroine is not about to give in to any of... Read more
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Usually when I read the first couple of chapters I know whether I am going to buy the rest of the book or not bother as it hasn't caught my interest. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Characters and Setting - A must read!
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