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Tall, Dark and Kilted: a light hearted rom com where Notting Hill meets Outlander Kindle Edition
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Fliss Bagshawe, determined and independent, has worked hard and struggled to support herself since her parents died. A qualified holistic therapist, she works at a salon in Pimlico, doing a little moonlighting in the evenings to supplement her income. When Fliss is offered the chance to manage a salon on an estate in the Highlands by the self-centred and rebellious, Isla Urquhart and her sister, Cat, she is both excited and apprehensive. Having lost her job, without references, ostensibly through her association with the Urquhart sisters, Fliss feels she has nothing to lose by accepting.
Fliss’ romantic notion of life in the Highlands suffers a blow when she meets Ruairi, the gorgeous Laird of Kinlock Mara, half-brother to Isla and Cat. Ruairi considers the therapy centre another of his stepmother’s half baked schemes, and believes Fliss is an opportunist and there under false pretences.
An entertaining and fun contemporary romance with engaging characters, a stunning location and a broodingly sexy hero – the ‘tall, dark and kilted’ of the title. Fliss’ determination to prove Ruairi wrong about her motives and show him she has the capability to make a success of the therapy centre results in some spirited and humorous conversations and clashes, with hints of an attraction they both refuse to accept or admit to.
All the characters are well-rounded and believable. Fliss, feisty and likeable and Ruairi, weighed down by the responsibility of the estate and the antics of his family, are both strong main protagonists. The secondary characters are also well developed, so much so that I could cheerfully have swung for Isla. I love the evocatively described scenery and the way traditions and beliefs are woven into the story.
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.
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.
...and if you like this one, Lizzie's written more! I read them end-to-end - and I'm now going round a second time - yes they are that good.
The scene-setting with descriptive passages of the rugged Scottish landscape – in all weathers – gives a great sense of place and atmosphere.
If you like a good rom-com, well told, you’ll enjoy this.
Ms Lamb provides us with a glorious backdrop of the highlands, a loch, and a country estate, in all its wonder Think Monarch of the Glen (and there are a great many similarities). It doesn't, however, detract from the story. Yes, we can probably predict the ending, but it's the getting there which is so entertaining. I giggled throughout, and laughed out loud at one scene.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you want an entertaining read, this is the book for you.
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