Format: epub (provided by NetGalley)
Release Date: December 4, 2012
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In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money.
When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her.
When he meets Genie's poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie's heart.
But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he's willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name...
Wow, I just cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. Much more than I thought. It is such a romantic story all around but it doesn't get so sugary sweet that the reader will get cavities. It was so full of surprises in terms of the characters, and they were pleasant surprises too! Can I also say how beautiful the cover is? The colors are soft but not too soft to downplay the masculinity of the male model. Looking back on previous covers, they're all quite beautiful and colorful aren't they?
Ian MacGregor is at first unremarkable as far as heroes go. He doesn't make a grand entrance, isn't flashy, isn't particularly witty with his speech but if you hold on a bit, he slowly starts to show what an amazing man he is. He is a family man, who's first loyalty is to his two younger brothers, sister, niece and countless family scattered across the globe.
This is why he must sacrifice his wish for love and marry instead for money. He is a gentleman through and through, even as he falls in love with Augusta. He is never cruel to her in an attempt to gain her hatred and enable her to move on with her life. He is tender, caring, polite and oh so romantic. I fell in love with not only him, but his brothers Con and Gil and little Fiona as well.
Augusta Merrick is very similar to Ian in the sense that at first, she doesn't seem all that interesting. She came off as stuffy and uncaring in the beginning but just like Ian, as time went on I found her to be intelligent, caring, funny and sadly resigned to her life as a serious spinster and chaperone for her more marriageable cousins.
I expected a bit of a Cinderella type story with The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, including the evil step-sister roles being filled by Hester and Eugenia but happily that wasn't the case either. Hester is charming and Eugenia (Genie) was definitely a surprise. She isn't just a rich, pretty face and even though she's a secondary character, she is interesting, sweet, strong willed and terrified at the prospect of marrying Ian.
There are quite a few love stories going on in this book and while each was enjoyable, I felt that each couple deserved their own book or at least not to have so many relationships happening in one book. I really loved the MacGregor siblings Connor, Gilgallon and Mary Francis as well as Augusta's cousin Michael Daniels that I felt robbed not being able to see each couple's relationship develop and grow like Ian and Augusta's did.
All in all, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid is a delightfully romantic story infused with humor and brought to life by a lively group of characters. I can't wait to read more from Grace Burrowes in the future so I'm adding this book and her others to my wishlist.
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