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The Bridegroom Wore Plaid

MacGregor Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Roger Hampton
Series: MacGregor Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

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 intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.

©2012 Grace Burrowes (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Burrowes is superb at creating connections that feel honest and real, and the side romances for Ian's siblings, treated with the same tenderness and care as her central pair, makes this tale even sweeter." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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Loved It - awesome!

I am absolutely in love with Ian McGregor! What a wonderful character and premise for another of Grace Burrowes impeccable and exciting books. This Victorian era Scottish Highland adventure is just the ticket for 10 hours of a sensual romance and high adventure to listen to.

Ian MacGregor as the acting laird of his clan and Earl of Balfour. Ian has the duty of saving his clan from complete ruin by marrying an heiress in order to keep the clan afloat. To that end he invites a wealthy English family to his castle so he can woo the eldest daughter Genie, a rather bored young miss. However, Ian can’t help but notice Genie’s penniless cousin Augusta Merrick whose wit, intelligence and understanding of his situation quite endears her to him.

Try as he might Ian seems to be getting no where in his wooing of Genie and in the meantime he is growing more and more fonder of Augusta. However, after several accidents start befalling Augusta, it spurs Ian’s protective instincts and force him to take notice of what really seems to be going on.

Right from the very beginning one sees that Ian is more deserving of love from someone like Augusta than have to spend the rest of his life with another who cold care less for him or his clan. When Genie begins to avoid Ian as much as possible, Augusta is the one who tries to help Ian, even though it was breaking her own heart in trying to hook him up with her cousin.

Lots of hijinks go on in this deeply involved tale and with characters you will love and those you’s like gone! Ms. Burrowes fills the pages with so many characters, each having a little bit of a story of their own. Ian’s brothers, sister, and precocious niece are a total delight and make perfect use of filling the pages with such depth the reader will feel like part of this family and drama. No doubt about it - this is one more series by the estimable author Grace Burrowes I will be following. Only one word describes Ms. Burrowes - AWESOME!!

Marilyn Rondeau

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Eeny meeny miny moe...

I liked The Bridegroom Wore Plaid and found the narrator very easy to listen to. I am a sucker for a Scottish accent but sometimes find it hard to understand. I'm not sure why but in this case I had no problems at all.

What do you call a key party in the olden days? Ok, it wasn't really a swingers party it was more a party where you were allocated an intended and decided to swap her out for a better option. Ok, ok, that sounds worse than what it really was but it wasn't that far off. The MacGregor boys were given a bunch of ladies to entertain and it was a bit of eeny meeny miny moe, lift their skirts and find a...toe???

If I was to complain about one thing, it was the delay in Ian and Augusta finding their HEA. Sure, it didn't stop them from amusing themselves but I hate that duty came before love. I know, it's more realistic and historically accurate, but I'm a sucker for love. Bugger duty.

Another story from my extensive to read pile crossed off thanks to the Romance Package. I will have it whittled down to nothing...soon...ish.

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Changed Everything

What made the experience of listening to The Bridegroom Wore Plaid the most enjoyable?

This is the first audible book I purchased , so I didn't know what to expect. Hoped for different voices and such. I got everything I wanted and more. It made the book so much more enjoyable. I read/heard the book in two nights. Didn't read without voice, which curtailed reading at work. My boss was probably thrilled. : ). It is great, try it.

What does Roger Hampton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His own voice is so smooth, all the others are so interesting and believable. It also made the characters more real and easier to follow. Too many characters and you start to wonder "who is this again?" Loved it.

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SORRY BUT IT NEVER REALLY WARMED UP

Well, despite the promising cover, I have finally found a Highlander book that didn't wow me - it was soooo s l o w - and I was listening on double time!!

The story just progressed at such a slow tempo that I was thinking about skipping parts to get to the good bits but even if I had done that there were such few good bits to find I may have missed them altogether. There was sex but it left out most of the action, there were too many romances going on at the same time (4) which detracted from the main one which was sweet, tender but rolled on and on. GN used too many words to describe just one thing that I thought "just get there already".

Everything seemed to happen in the last 2/3 chapters so, if you are tempted, do yourselves a favor - listen to the first 2 chapters then skip to the last 3 chapters and you won't have missed much.

However, finishing on a 'positive' I loved RG's Scottish brogue which saved the book for me and awarded it a 3 star listen.

Worth a credit? No and I must try not to buy any of her next ones in the series.

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Pretty good start to the series :)

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story. I liked Augusta and Ian and their story was enjoyable and although I guessed the ultimate outcomes of the story, there were some unexpected twist along the way that kept things interesting. This is the first book I've read by this author and based on this I would be willing to try more of her work in the future.

Augusta is a spinster and very poor. She lives in the country with an ailing aunt with very little to get by on. She was very well off while growing up but when her parents died she somehow ended up penniless. She was to be engaged to a man but when her dowry was gone he suddenly was gone too. Augusta has been invited to Scotland with her family to act as a chaperon for her cousins and she agreed because she needs her Uncle's support to live.

Ian is the second son of the family and wasn't raised to the the Earl, nor does he want the title. Unfortunately, Ian's older brother, Asher, disappeared in to the wilds of Canada and hasn't been heard from in almost 7 years. The legal proceedings have been started to have his brother declared dead and Ian is forced to take the title. His clan is poor and they're getting by but barely. The only way Ian can figure get the money to secure his clan's future is to marry a woman with a big dowry that wants his title.

When the story begins, Augusta is arriving with her family at Ian's estate. It happens to be "next door" to the Queen's property and Ian and his family rent out rooms to English visitors that want the chance to be near and possibly glimpse the Queen. Augusta's family is paying for their visit but also using it as an opportunity to attempt to get an engagement for their daughter, Genie, to Ian as they have money and want a title in the family. Ian and Augusta don't have an instant attraction and at first he sees her as a possible ally in his attempts to get Genie to like him and agree to the engagement. Genie has no interest in Ian. Genie wants to marry for love not for a title and (because of her father's cruelty) fears the intended marriage with Ian because she's convinced he won’t be a kind husband so she avoids him as much as possible. As Ian attempts to find a way to talk to her, he talks to Augusta to try to get some insight. Augusta talks to Ian and realizes he's a good man and that Genie could do much worse. Augusta wants to help Ian but Genie is hard to persuade against her ideas. Things get complicated for both Augusta and Ian as they spend more time together and start to feel an attraction for each other. Ian knows he has to marry money and Augusta has none. Augusta understands Ian’s reasons and doesn't fault him, knowing he has to marry Genie and there’s no way they could end up together.

Baron Altsax, Genie’s father, is in a hurry to get the marriage pushed through and it makes Ian suspicious, especially when he finds out some weird information about Augusta’s inheritances and thinks that maybe Altsax's finances aren't on the up and up. He starts investigating and in the mean time there are a number of things going on to keep everyone busy. The other chaperon is Aunt Julia who is a widow and she and Ian’s brother, Con, have something going on. Also it appears there are feelings between Genie and Ian’s other younger brother, Gil. And Genie’s brother, Matthew, seems to be in to something with Ian’s sister (a widow), Mary Frances. Ian tries to deal with the Baron’s machinations and everything else that’s going on, meanwhile he’s wanting Augusta but can’t get anywhere with Genie who he’s supposed to be wooing. Ian and Augusta do end up alone a few times and they keep respectable distances for a while but eventually (after a rock slide almost kills them) they give in to their attraction. They both feel badly about their slip but since Ian has gotten no closer to getting Genie to talk to him, Augusta figures they can grasp a little happiness until the engagement gets set in motion and then she’ll at least have some happiness to remember. Ian see so much in Augusta and thinks she’d make him the perfect wife but he feels too much responsibility to his clan to marry for love rather than money. There are many ups and downs and some lethal threats that almost bring an end to Augusta. Fortunately, with some effort and some creative thinking things get worked out in the end and Ian and Augusta get their HEA.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Ian and Augusta very much. I also liked the secondary characters (excluding the Baron of course) and was happy with how things turned out for the various couples. The story was pretty good and had some unexpected twists that I liked even though the ultimate ending wasn't hard to figure out. I will admit that some of the descriptions in the conclusion got a little flowery (cheesy?) in its language but that was just at the very end and the rest of the story was actually pretty good at not going overboard with that type of writing. The next book in the series looks interesting and I’ll plan to read it when I get time. I’d recommend this story. :D

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Fantastic narrator makes great book better

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love the author and this narration made the book even better. Roger Hampton read all Scottish and English characters beautifully and even though the narration was great it only served to make listening to Grace Burrowes' wonderful prose that much better. I'll look for him on other books.

I'm finding that I enjoy a male narrator better for romance novels.

What other book might you compare The Bridegroom Wore Plaid to and why?

Maybe Outlander because of the Scottish/English romance and great reading, not the time period or time travel genre.

Have you listened to any of Roger Hampton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I will

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And one I'll listen to again and again like Davina Porter's of the Outlander series.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 03-08-19

Entertaining

Setting: Scotland Victorian era
Genre: Romance, minor suspense

Ian MacGregor is a Scottish Laird is in need of a wealthy wife. His older brother, the Earl, went missing in Canada and is to be declared legally dead, thus elevating Ian to the title. Willard Daniels, Baron of Alsats and Gribonney (I honestly am not sure of the spelling) brings his daughter Eugenie to Balfour for consideration. He expects Ian to marry Eugenie, making her his Countess. Accompanying the Baron, aside from Eugenie, are his son Matthew and younger daughter Hester, and 2 chaperones. One of the chaperones is cousin Augusta Merrick. She is a spinster who, upon the death of her parents, became a poor relation of her mother’s younger brother (Willard Daniels) despite her parents’ wealth. Eugenie has no interest in being courted, and Ian finds Augusta much more to his liking. The plot is about the development of Ian and Augusta’s relationship and how they attempt to resolve the issue of love vs financial need. There are several subplots involving Ian’s brothers. The number of characters and subplots require close attention, and they slow the action of the main storyline. I believe the book would have been better without 2 of the 3 subplots. The secondary characters are not fully developed, so it is difficult to care about them, and they just get in the way of the main characters’ story.
Aside from the sheer number of characters and subplots that detract from the main plot, I have a few little problems with the book. For instance, Augusta is supposedly Scottish on her mother’s side, yet that lady would have been a Daniels (she was Willard’s older sister) and that is not a Scottish name. I was also not clear on the titles, especially the Baron’s. Perhaps this would have been clearer in print than in audio.
Roger Hampton gives a good performance. The accents are excellent (British, Scottish, and a bit of German), but as with many male narrators, Mr. Hampton's vocal range doesn't pick up the feminine voices as well as good female narrators do with masculine ones. I got used to it, though.
This is the first of a trilogy and from this it is hard to know where Burrowes intends to go from here, given that the subplots in this book wrapped up any possibilities of books focusing on secondary characters.
This review is based on my second listen.

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Good Characters But Too Slow

I love highlander stories and this could have been a good one but it was too slow. It was as if some of the chapters were just fillers. However, I liked the characters of Ian and Augusta, but it took to long for them to really come together. You will also meet Ian's brothers, sister, their niece and future in-laws. This book was not a total waste for me, but I hope the next one is better.

Roger Hampton was great.

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Intrigue and passion

The development of the story was fascinating. The inclusion of the siblings helped the story unfold, but I wanted to see more of their lives too.

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Enjoyable

I do not like a lot of angst or silly refusals to admit love or agree to marry and so this was pleasant and fun for me. Characters were likable and narrator was fine, although not my favorite. No complaints and I will listen to more of this series.