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Betting the Scot (The Highlanders of Balforss #2) by Jennifer Trethewey. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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 Declan Sinclair is a Highlander who believes his dreams never lie. When he spots Caya at a public house, he knows instantly she is the woman in his dreams—his future wife. Though her brother had promised never to gamble again, he engages Declan in a card game—and the prize is the lovely Caya. 

Caya Pendarvis has no time for childish things like dreams or fairy-tales or love. She’s the sacrificial lamb on her way to the far north of Scotland to wed a wealthy merchant in exchange for settling her brother’s gambling debts.

Winning at cards is one of the many things Declan Sinclair does well. Unfortunately, the ability to court a woman—a talent he lacks—is the only skill he desperately needs to win Caya’s heart.


Declan Sinclair has had a dream , and can't wait for it to come true.  When he finally sees the woman of his dreams he thinks everything has to work out the way he wants.  Nothing in life is ever that easy. 
Caya Pendarvis has agreed to marriage to a man she has never met just to save her brother from a debtors prison.  He has promised to stop drinking and gambling.  Unfortunately a leopard can't change his spots. 
This story is jam packed with adventure,  tears and laughter.  Our hero is a brave and organised man but so very innocent in his outlook.   Because he knows something should happen he thinks he doesn't need to do anything to make it so.  He gets very frustrated when others get in the way. 
Our heroine has been betrayed by her brother,  but still makes excuses for the boy he once was. 
This is part of a series,  but each book can be read on it's own.  I look forward to reading the next one which I think might be Magnus'  story. 
Great fun and great characters. 


Jennifer Trethewey is an actor-turned-writer who has moved her performances from the stage to the page. In 2013 she traveled to Scotland for the first time, where she instantly fell for the language, humor, intense sense of pride, and breathtaking landscape. Her love for Scotland was translated into her first series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The sexy, adventurous first book of the series, TYING THE SCOT, was released in November 2017. Trethewey’s primary experience in bringing the imaginary to life was working for one of the oldest women’s theaters in the nation, where she was the co-founder and co-artistic director. Today she continues to act, but writes contemporary and historical fiction full-time. Her other loves include dogs, movies, music and good wine. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband.

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