In the Bridegroom Wore Plaid, NYT bestselling author Grace Burrowes weaves a fun fast paced tale for romance lovers and fans of the historical genre alike. Moving her attention North to Scotland, and away from her favorite Regency stories, we enter a castle decorated in different shades of plaid, inhabited by three strapping Scots, and two red heads looking for trouble.
The MacGregor estate abuts Balmoral, Queen Victoria’s summer retreat, giving the impoverished family a chance to earn some bucks by turning their castle into a paying establishment, or hotel. Ian is the Earl in waiting, waiting because he believes his older absconding brother will return any day to reclaim his title. A greedy Baron visits with his daughter, son and two chaperones, hunting for the topmost title for his daughter. Daughter Genie hates the thought of arranged marriage. Widowed aunt Julia is pining away, crying over her wasted youth. Poor cousin Augusta wants to spread her wings but will only do so secretly. Augusta has a knack for getting into accidents.
Genie refuses to be polite to her intended husband. The mercury rises as tempers flare, and the most unlikely people consort with each other. The wild landscape and heather elicit uncharacteristic behavior from everyone. There is a conspiracy afoot that Ian must thwart in time. The Queen is invited to the great ball, just to be neighborly.
A good romance must be a tad unrealistic to have that magical quality around it. And the story must be deep enough, the characters interesting enough to sustain the pace. Of course, a few steamy kisses or more is also appreciated. A historic era adds some charm. So what if it is all fantasy? For a few hours, the reader can forget the price of gas and ride horses in the Scottish Highlands. And wear Plaid! Just as the Bridegroom Wore Plaid!