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Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one's unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do? London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted "just" three things in life: 1. Acclaim as an artist. 2. A noble cause. 3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman. Why then does this O Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one's unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do? London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted "just" three things in life: 1. Acclaim as an artist. 2. A noble cause. 3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman. Why then does this Oxford scholar find herself at the altar with the darkly attractive financier Lucian Blackstone, whose murky past and ruthless business practices strike fear in the hearts of Britain's peerage? Trust Hattie to take an invigorating little adventure too far. Now she's stuck with a churlish Scot who just might be the end of her ambitions.... When the daughter of his business rival all but falls into his lap, Lucian sees opportunity. As a self-made man, he has vast wealth but holds little power, and Hattie might be the key to finally setting long-harbored political plans in motion. Driven by an old revenge, he has no room for his new wife's apprehensions or romantic notions, bewitching as he finds her. But a sudden journey to Scotland paints everything in a different light. Hattie slowly sees the real Lucian and realizes she could win everythingโ€”as long as she is prepared to lose her heart.


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Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one's unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do? London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted "just" three things in life: 1. Acclaim as an artist. 2. A noble cause. 3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman. Why then does this O Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one's unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do? London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted "just" three things in life: 1. Acclaim as an artist. 2. A noble cause. 3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman. Why then does this Oxford scholar find herself at the altar with the darkly attractive financier Lucian Blackstone, whose murky past and ruthless business practices strike fear in the hearts of Britain's peerage? Trust Hattie to take an invigorating little adventure too far. Now she's stuck with a churlish Scot who just might be the end of her ambitions.... When the daughter of his business rival all but falls into his lap, Lucian sees opportunity. As a self-made man, he has vast wealth but holds little power, and Hattie might be the key to finally setting long-harbored political plans in motion. Driven by an old revenge, he has no room for his new wife's apprehensions or romantic notions, bewitching as he finds her. But a sudden journey to Scotland paints everything in a different light. Hattie slowly sees the real Lucian and realizes she could win everythingโ€”as long as she is prepared to lose her heart.

30 review for Portrait of a Scotsman

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Ugh. So good. A Beauty & the Beast-esque love story that engages directly with all the complexities of that kind of power dynamic. I also always finish Dunmore's books having genuinely LEARNED something, without it ever feeling like the historical elements are bogging down the narrative or romance. Her books HAVE to take place within their context, rather than the era feeling incidental, and it's clear how much research goes into these books. I can't even understand how she's been publishing at Ugh. So good. A Beauty & the Beast-esque love story that engages directly with all the complexities of that kind of power dynamic. I also always finish Dunmore's books having genuinely LEARNED something, without it ever feeling like the historical elements are bogging down the narrative or romance. Her books HAVE to take place within their context, rather than the era feeling incidental, and it's clear how much research goes into these books. I can't even understand how she's been publishing at this pace. Nothing is sacrificed--the writing, the characters, the story itself. It's all just utterly intentional. LOVE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Approximately 14 seconds after finishing a "A Rogue of One's Own": P.S. How gorgeous is this cover???! *** Just requested ARC of this beauty - me @ whoever processes ARC applications at Penguin, you, the wonderful human being, you: Approximately 14 seconds after finishing a "A Rogue of One's Own": P.S. How gorgeous is this cover???! *** Just requested ARC of this beauty - me @ whoever processes ARC applications at Penguin, you, the wonderful human being, you:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiff at Mostly YA Lit

    Holy hell, based on the little excerpt at the end of A Rogue of One's Own, Hattie and Lucian (Blackstone?) are going to be ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Holy hell, based on the little excerpt at the end of A Rogue of One's Own, Hattie and Lucian (Blackstone?) are going to be ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Iโ€™m addicted to this series, including the powerful, independent, smart heroines, ultra charming, charismatic, respectful heroes and intriguing feminism vibes blended in historical journey! Well, second bookโ€™s MCs Lucie and Tristan are still my all time hottest couple but Harriet and Lucian may also have extra scandalous tricks up their sleeves to shake regency era to the core ! Harriet is introvert, quirky, talented artist finds herself compromised to Lord Blackstone who is cold blooded, busine Iโ€™m addicted to this series, including the powerful, independent, smart heroines, ultra charming, charismatic, respectful heroes and intriguing feminism vibes blended in historical journey! Well, second bookโ€™s MCs Lucie and Tristan are still my all time hottest couple but Harriet and Lucian may also have extra scandalous tricks up their sleeves to shake regency era to the core ! Harriet is introvert, quirky, talented artist finds herself compromised to Lord Blackstone who is cold blooded, business oriented, smart, sensible man and also a business rival of her father. Lucian seizes their bonding as an opportunity who has been waiting for so long. Heโ€™s a ruthless business man who has no mercy when thereโ€™s a tough competition. He can set his political scheme heโ€™s planned with the help of his little lady accompanied her at his new journey. I have to say, it took a little time for me to get into the story and connect with Hattie! It was too slow burn at the beginning and I got impatient a few times because MCs had so little connection nearly half of the book. When they were together, there was always some vagueness about their feelings about each other, because their were too stick to their hidden agendas and ambitions! Luckily things get steamier at the second half! Actually extremely fiery, spicy, blasting enough to widen my smile and enjoy the ride! And I loved the beginning! I think Hattie became one of my favorite characters the author created! This book earns your concentration and your patience because itโ€™s truly well written, thought provoking, entertaining and stimulating, tempting wild ride with remarkable characterization! So donโ€™t let your boredom take your control! The beginning was bumpy but after a few pages later youโ€™ll see how youโ€™re clicked with the entire story and you find yourself have so much quality time! Iโ€™m giving blazing four, artsy, sexy, witty, high chemistry, steamy, regency era stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    tiffany

    OMG I LOVE THE COVER !! IT'S SO FREAKING PERFECT !!! *squeals shamelessly* honestly, i think this just might be my favorite out of the series. after all, i've been shipping hattie and blackstone since they've met ๐Ÿ˜‰ CWJHVCLWYCVLWIVCWI !!!!! okay, now i'll just retreat under my rock until september (*looks at the clocks and tries some weird shit to somehow get it to move faster*). OMG I LOVE THE COVER !! IT'S SO FREAKING PERFECT !!! *squeals shamelessly* honestly, i think this just might be my favorite out of the series. after all, i've been shipping hattie and blackstone since they've met ๐Ÿ˜‰ CWJHVCLWYCVLWIVCWI !!!!! okay, now i'll just retreat under my rock until september (*looks at the clocks and tries some weird shit to somehow get it to move faster*).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ilhaam

    I think this was my most anticipated romance release of 2021 and it definitely did not disappoint. It actually blew my expectations to smithereens- it was better than anything I could have expected. Evie really didn't have to go this hard. The sheer levels of unhinged shared between Hattie and Lucian was literally the best thing in the world. it was 10/10, monumental, an experience. I was ascending. Not only their dynamic, but the way Hattie grew into herself, her development and the way she put I think this was my most anticipated romance release of 2021 and it definitely did not disappoint. It actually blew my expectations to smithereens- it was better than anything I could have expected. Evie really didn't have to go this hard. The sheer levels of unhinged shared between Hattie and Lucian was literally the best thing in the world. it was 10/10, monumental, an experience. I was ascending. Not only their dynamic, but the way Hattie grew into herself, her development and the way she put herself first was absolutely perfect. I think out of all three of the books so far, Hattie is my favorite protagonist. There were so many aspects of her personality that reminded me of myself, I adored her. The social and political storyline enhanced my reading experience by 182737282. They were perfect because it only served to accentuate Lucianโ€™s motivations and allowed, in a way, for a flexible moral compass, which was 10/10. This is definitely one of my favorite romances of all time, and I will not hesitate to make it my entire personality when it releases in sept. POAS is out on September 17th!! go preorder besties

  7. 5 out of 5

    Francine

    This has to be Hattieโ€™s and Blackstoneโ€™s book ๐Ÿค”

  8. 4 out of 5

    farwaโ‹†

    if a cover could blind me with itโ€™s immense prettiness and cuteness, it would be this cover. also, the synopsis? im sold yall.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valkyrie โœจ

    Now the wait begins...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    Loved loved loved - once again found myself googling things as I read - that seems to happen a lot with Evie Dunmore books! Full review to come but get this preordered ASAP!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paige โ™ 

    HOLY SHIT, THIS COVER! And then that description + the excerpt from the last book... I think Hattie and Blackstone's story will be my favorite one yet HOLY SHIT, THIS COVER! And then that description + the excerpt from the last book... I think Hattie and Blackstone's story will be my favorite one yet

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Bree

    Unwilling marriage, you say? ๐Ÿ˜ Itโ€™s cool. Iโ€™ll just camp out here in my lawn chair with my grubby hands extended until September 2021 then. Unwilling marriage, you say? ๐Ÿ˜ Itโ€™s cool. Iโ€™ll just camp out here in my lawn chair with my grubby hands extended until September 2021 then.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review My Rating: 4.5 Stars Something that not many people know about me is that I am extremely picky with my historical romance reads. I have had the same few favorite authors for years now and rarely stray. I fell in love with their writing early on and few authors in the genre have struck my fancy in the same way. Literally there are four historical romance authors on my autobuy/pre-order listโ€ฆand now there are five. Evie Dunmore has ver I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review My Rating: 4.5 Stars Something that not many people know about me is that I am extremely picky with my historical romance reads. I have had the same few favorite authors for years now and rarely stray. I fell in love with their writing early on and few authors in the genre have struck my fancy in the same way. Literally there are four historical romance authors on my autobuy/pre-order listโ€ฆand now there are five. Evie Dunmore has very rapidly moved to the top of my list of favorite romance authors. Not just favorite historical romance authors โ€“ romance authors, period. I have to say, I think my favorite book in this series will always be A Rogue of Oneโ€™s Own purely because Iโ€™m mildly infatuated with Ballentine. That being said, Lucian came very close to usurping Ballentineโ€™s throne. I love a sexy, brooding Scotsman and Lucian certainly fit the bill. His backstory and the way that it impacted the relationships in his adult life made me all kinds of emotional and I think that overall his story and character growth were so well done. While most of my reviews talk about the swoony male lead, the real star of this book for me was Hattie. Thatโ€™s the point of the series though, right? The series is literally titled A League of Extraordinary Women and every woman in the series thus far has indeed been extraordinary. I related to Hattie in a lot of ways and was thrilled with the way she matured and came into her own over the course of this book. Every single woman that Evie Dunmore has written in this series has been one that I both admire and would love to befriend. Basically, I canโ€™t recommend this series enough. If I didnโ€™t think I would get pepper sprayed, I would spend my weekend shoving these books into the hands of unsuspecting New Yorkers. (How else is a girl supposed to spend Memorial Day Weekend?) Since I canโ€™t do that, please do me the favor of falling in love with this series so that we can gush over it together.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela Reads Romance

    This is one of my top favorite reads of the entire year. YEAH, I SAID IT! When I pick up an Evie Dunmore book I know right away Iโ€™m going to be immersed in feminist history, beautiful Victorian scenery, and great romance. This book did not disappoint. Itโ€™s my favorite of the entire series. Yeah, I said it again! When I read Bringing Down the Duke I stayed up till 3am, blurry eyed and twitching, knowing full well the book hangover I was going to have to endure the next morning was going to be atro This is one of my top favorite reads of the entire year. YEAH, I SAID IT! When I pick up an Evie Dunmore book I know right away Iโ€™m going to be immersed in feminist history, beautiful Victorian scenery, and great romance. This book did not disappoint. Itโ€™s my favorite of the entire series. Yeah, I said it again! When I read Bringing Down the Duke I stayed up till 3am, blurry eyed and twitching, knowing full well the book hangover I was going to have to endure the next morning was going to be atrocious and battling on anyway with 100% no regrets. When reading Portrait of a Scotsman, I hired a sitter and finished the book well within normal business hours, and it was worth every penny. This book has so many things I love with so much unexpected angst right in the middle that had me maniacally laughing for more. I love a good falling out and this romance had some wonderful falling out and force proximity goodness in Scotland. The ending was unexpected for me but it just made sense for the characters and I loved it all the more for it. Thank you, Evie Dunmore and Berkley for the ARC! Review is my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cindy โœฉโ˜ฝโ™”

    12/9/2020 Ooo I see there shall be an unwilling marriage, just my cup to tea! =D --- Excited to see Hattie in her own whirlwind romance!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    โ€œThe truth is loving you took me by surprise. The way love feels ambushed me. It feels brutal.โ€ Steamy, Bewitching and feminist, Portrait of a Scotsman marries all of the wonderful traits and tropes of the previous two books in the series and sets them all on perfect fire! With a marriage of convenience twist and an enemies-to-loversโ€™ flavour, the heart of the story is in Lucian and Harrietโ€™s off-the-charts chemistry. Dunmore already asserted herself as the thinking womanโ€™s swoon read with the โ€œThe truth is loving you took me by surprise. The way love feels ambushed me. It feels brutal.โ€ Steamy, Bewitching and feminist, Portrait of a Scotsman marries all of the wonderful traits and tropes of the previous two books in the series and sets them all on perfect fire! With a marriage of convenience twist and an enemies-to-loversโ€™ flavour, the heart of the story is in Lucian and Harrietโ€™s off-the-charts chemistry. Dunmore already asserted herself as the thinking womanโ€™s swoon read with the first two instalments and yet the trilogyโ€™s ongoing theses are made perfectly manifest in this offering. Itโ€™s almost as if the previous heroines were a warm up for the lesson we learn with Hattie who is VERY determined to find fulfilment in love, yes, but also assert her own agency. Donโ€™t get me wrong, Dunmore is not anachronistic, nor does she implant her romance stories with high levels of โ€œissue fictionโ€ tendencies that pull you out of the pages. Rather, she balances a woman who is talented and smart but also vulnerable and a hero who has to learn that to love her completely means to love a woman who is progressive and strong. Theyโ€™re a flawed and perfect balance and their surprising love story unfurls against a canvas of gorgeous research and gorgeous locales. And I applaud Dunmore for recognizing that there is more than one path to Happily Ever After. And that when it is fulfilled in terms of romantic attachment, it doesnโ€™t usurp or shove off deep-seated romantic dreams. There is a part in the book that rekindled a flame I have for a moment in Villette when Lucy realizes she has felt love and felt freedom and often they are wonderful bedfellows. But so is there a human need to keep finding ways to prove and seek love: in Hattieโ€™s case for it to be wooed and earned and in Lucianโ€™s in the proof that she is irrevocably his. Their journey will frustrate you in the best way โ€” for what is this genre if not made for moments of missed communication?โ€” but youโ€™ll keep falling for them in small gestures and large as they skip across the continent and Dunmoreโ€™s fast-flipping pages and find friendship and art and adventure and tragedy. This series is a world and it makes me believe that there is love out there for we stubbornly independent folks. Oh! and if you like a hero who has read some Austenโ€ฆ well have I got a book for you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Hattie and Lucian really just wasted NO time. More Lucian than Hattie to be honest, but overall, Portrait of a Scotsman throws the reader right into a little scandal and from there it is almost impossible to not feel hooked onto the story. After being found in a compromising position, Lucian and Hattie find themselves promised to one another though neither of them is all too eager to be in their current predicament. Hattie is a sheltered young woman and Lucian is a smart, calculated man and quic Hattie and Lucian really just wasted NO time. More Lucian than Hattie to be honest, but overall, Portrait of a Scotsman throws the reader right into a little scandal and from there it is almost impossible to not feel hooked onto the story. After being found in a compromising position, Lucian and Hattie find themselves promised to one another though neither of them is all too eager to be in their current predicament. Hattie is a sheltered young woman and Lucian is a smart, calculated man and quickly the two learn how difficult this arrangement is likely to be. I'll be honest, this took me a while to get into. Hattie and Lucian were just so at ends with one another and I was growing tired of a burn with no understanding of what was happening around them. It felt like there were little moments littered around us but I just couldn't connect the dots. Maybe that was me and my missing the point? I'm not sure. HOWEVER, once we get into the latter half of the story we see it come together. (view spoiler)[And that's not the only thing coming together. Yes, this is a sex joke. (hide spoiler)] Hattie and Lucian, after spending a great deal of time together on the road, grow closer as the days go by and they understand the other more. Lucian is not this mannerless pirate man that Hattie thought, and Hattie is more than just the family she comes from. They both see the world in the same way and are better as a joint force than they are apart. I will say, I did not see the ending coming at all and for that, this book took a huge leap from 3 stars to 4. I'd argue 4.5 but I will still stand by my point that I felt like it took a while for this to get going for me. THIS BOOK IS SPICY THOUGH. LET'S BE CLEAR. HATTIE.... WOW. I did not expect this at all but that gave this a whole other level of entertaining for me. We love a little spice. As far as Hattie and Lucian go on an individual level, I enjoyed them. I feel like I didn't get to spend much time with either of them enough to KNOW them but anyways. They were opposites but both fighting for the people. This give and take between them was an exciting game of cat and mouse on both parts. Hattie isn't naive, she just hasn't been given the opportunity to be herself... ever. She has had her arts as her own but she has always lived under the hand of another. Lucian can say the same almost. There has always been a larger person or practice that was bigger than him. So his goal was to become the biggest and change that for himself, but still... there is something ruling over him. It is interesting to watch this unfold in a 2021 POV while this takes place in 1880. I don't typically read historical romances... ever. But Evie Dunmore has made me a changed woman. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karolina Moczyล„ska

    Okey - are you thinking what I'm thinking? The 4th book is going to be about Montgomery's brother and Cartiona for sure! And, as Dunmore is going through different "love types" (forbidden love, haters-to-lovers) maybe we should expect some love triangles now? let me know what you think!! Okey - are you thinking what I'm thinking? The 4th book is going to be about Montgomery's brother and Cartiona for sure! And, as Dunmore is going through different "love types" (forbidden love, haters-to-lovers) maybe we should expect some love triangles now? let me know what you think!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daisyness

    I was a woman possessed. I spent about 80% of my time talking about Evie Dunmore, and the other 20% of the time, I was praying for someone else to bring her up so I could talk about her more. I could hear people getting bored with me, but I couldn't stop. I was a woman possessed. I spent about 80% of my time talking about Evie Dunmore, and the other 20% of the time, I was praying for someone else to bring her up so I could talk about her more. I could hear people getting bored with me, but I couldn't stop.

  20. 4 out of 5

    _naouress

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. JJโ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’‰๐’๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’‘๐’‰ ๐’š๐’๐’–,โ€ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’–๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’“๐’๐’๐’Š๐’„ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’†. โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’Œ๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•, ๐’‚๐’š๐’†?โ€ โ€œ๐‘ต๐’,โ€ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’…, ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’š. โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’„๐’๐’•๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’.โ€ - ๐„๐ฏ๐ข๐ž ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ง. โญโญโญโญโญ I would give this book an infinite number of stars if I could and it wouldn't be enough. Grumpy Scot meets Sunshine Sassenach in a marriage of (in)convinience. What could possibly go wrong? A year ago I read my first Evie Dunmore book and immediately knew I will read anything and every JJโ€œ๐‘ฐ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’‰๐’๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’‘๐’‰ ๐’š๐’๐’–,โ€ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’… ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’–๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’“๐’๐’๐’Š๐’„ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’†. โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’”๐’•๐’–๐’…๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’Œ๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•, ๐’‚๐’š๐’†?โ€ โ€œ๐‘ต๐’,โ€ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Š๐’…, ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’š. โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’„๐’๐’•๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’.โ€ - ๐„๐ฏ๐ข๐ž ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ง. โญโญโญโญโญ I would give this book an infinite number of stars if I could and it wouldn't be enough. Grumpy Scot meets Sunshine Sassenach in a marriage of (in)convinience. What could possibly go wrong? A year ago I read my first Evie Dunmore book and immediately knew I will read anything and everything she'd write. Her books are so well-written, it's impossible not to get lost in her stories. Portrait of a Scotsman is the third book of "A League of Extraordinary Women" series, though every book could be read as a standalone, it's a much greater experience to read all of them. Each book was a complete banger and this one is no difference, this one might take the cake for me ๐Ÿ™ˆ The book completely consumed me, it took me a week to be able to put my thoughts and intense feeling about it into words and I am still not sure I can be coherent ๐Ÿ˜‚ โœฐThe Characters: I'm amazed by Evie's ability to write characters so different and so complex within each book that you can't help but fall in love with. Reading about Hattie has been truly a blast, her character is much deeper and complex than the heiress we met in the first book through Annabelle's eyes. Her joining the suffrage movement as a "noble cause" has turned to be more than that, she might not be in the heart of it as Lucie is but she's just as involved. It might seem like she is looking to the world through rose tinted glasses but in this book we see that she's just showcasing what every women in Britain at the time is expected to be like โ€œ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’…๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’†, ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’†, ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’š, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’–๐’”๐’–๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’“๐’. ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’‡๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’˜๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’, ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’–๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’†๐’…, ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’‚๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‹๐’๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’…๐’–๐’๐’..โ€ her character's development in this book is just marvelous ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ she's grown, matured and came into her own as the story progressed and it was fascinating to read ๐Ÿ’œ Lucian (ngl evie had me at grumpy scotsman ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™ˆ) we met the mysterious ruthless Mr. Blackstone in ARoOO, and it was obvious his character is gonna be so much more than meets the eye. He is flawed, broken, but resilient. And (not) surprisingly he had a sweet tender side that he rarely unlocks and hides behind his brooding exterior. His character's development is, also, incredibly awesome. โœฐThe story/plot It is clear from all her books that Evie has done her research and she's done it thoroughly, the historical references are amazing and very educational. Very rarely a book has me googling stuff but I've done so with her books quite a few times. โ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’†,โ€ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’… โ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’๐’„๐’„๐’–๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’–๐’Š๐’•.โ€ In this book, we dive deeper than just into the suffrage cause. The characters are seeing and trying to fight more injustices and Evie's ability to bring this to light through her thought-provoking writing will have you involved and engrossed in everything you read. It was really great to see what was happening at the time in Scotland and just how incredibly amazing women throughout history are. โœฐ The Romance โ€œ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž, ๐’‹๐’๐’š๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ. ๐‘ต๐’๐’˜ ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’• ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’”, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’๐’ ๐’–๐’๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‘ ๐’๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’Š๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ-๐’…๐’๐’˜๐’.โ€ Each chapter of this book is filled with so much emotions, the attarction betweem Hattie and Lucian is as potent as it is combustible. I loved the slow burn romance between them, how they slowly built their trust in each other and learned to love themselves and each other. Discovered more about themselves through discovering the other. Evie had captured every stuble hint of emotions between her characters, making this a thoroughly captivating story and a definite must-read. It was hot, it was steamy, it was swoony, and it just beyond amazing. This book had me going through a rollercoaster of emotions. I loved the literally references in this book soo much. One of my favourite parts has been the ending. I found it perfect and so well done, this one might be my favourite so far and I more than LOVED the other two. Another thing I really loved in this book is Lucie's take on Beauty and The Beast. I can't wait for this book to be out this September so everyone will be able to read it ๐Ÿ’œ The whole series is an absolute gem and everyone needs to experience reading it. Thank you Evie, Berkley and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Cusworth

    3.75 stars Iโ€™m just going to start off by saying that this was absolutely a 4.5 star until the very, very end and Iโ€™m really trying to not let the hatred i have for the end of this book ruin the rest of the book that I so much loved.... but Iโ€™m failing. I obviously wonโ€™t go into detail but just know that this book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. Hattie and Mr Blackstone are forced into a marriage together. There were many different intentions from all parties, including her brother 3.75 stars Iโ€™m just going to start off by saying that this was absolutely a 4.5 star until the very, very end and Iโ€™m really trying to not let the hatred i have for the end of this book ruin the rest of the book that I so much loved.... but Iโ€™m failing. I obviously wonโ€™t go into detail but just know that this book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. Hattie and Mr Blackstone are forced into a marriage together. There were many different intentions from all parties, including her brother and father and her and Mr Blackstone, but needless to say, the marriage does not start off great. But something I loved so much was the intricate and slow development of love and trust and care between our unwilling spouses. They eventually take the time to learn of each other and why they are the way they areโ€”itโ€™s a beautiful thing to watch. Some of the moments they shared were so incredibly special, I was constantly smiling or on the verge of happy tears. In the beginning, I had an extremely hard time with Hattie. Her character was immensely unrelatable, even to the women of her times but especially to the modern day reader. But I was very impressed by the development of her character and her willingness to grow and learn. She grew up extremely privileged in the posh etiquette-obsessed high society in London. Not only are the values that the people from that society share way outdated, but itโ€™s also immeasurably hard to even try to put yourself in their shoes to understand. But Hattie eventually outgrew those values and watching her learn and grow and become a woman in her own right was a beautiful sight. I adored blackstoneโ€™s character. He was an unconventional hero with occasional dodgy intentions but he was someone i was insanely intrigued by and also saw myself relating to. The love between her and blackstone was so palpable, their chemistry was off the charts. Which is why I was SO MAD by the ending. I feel itโ€™s important to note that there is a happy ending to this story. This is a romance book after all, the hero and heroine do end up together. I cannot go into detail as to what happened, but I feel many readers will either love Hattieโ€™s decision in the end or HATE it immensely. I, obviously, feel the latter emotion. All in all, I do think this was a very good book. My disappointments aside, I enjoyed almost every other part of it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I told myself to wait to read this. "You have other ARCs," I said. "There is plenty of time to read this later." ...I couldn't wait. Evie Dunmore's Bringing Down the Duke was my introduction to historical romances (look what you did, Dina), and I have been chasing the high of that book ever since. Portrait of a Scotsman was what I was waiting for. Our delightful Hattie has been forced to pair off with a brooding, dark, pirate-y, wealthy, bastard-born Scotsman. So, obviously, they butt heads in wa I told myself to wait to read this. "You have other ARCs," I said. "There is plenty of time to read this later." ...I couldn't wait. Evie Dunmore's Bringing Down the Duke was my introduction to historical romances (look what you did, Dina), and I have been chasing the high of that book ever since. Portrait of a Scotsman was what I was waiting for. Our delightful Hattie has been forced to pair off with a brooding, dark, pirate-y, wealthy, bastard-born Scotsman. So, obviously, they butt heads in ways that had me cackling. And their chemistry is just absolutely off the charts. But I think, more than the spiciness, and more than the will they/won't they of it all, is the fact that Dunmore clearly loves history. It's woven so smoothly into the plot, and the contextual notes at the back of the book really show how much she cares. Anyone can write about a generic castle in a generic moor with a fake Lord and call it a day, but the author of this book has taken the next step, and it allows you to connect on a deeper level with the characters because of it. Hattie goes on a real journey in this book--her struggles with her perception of society, both as a woman, and as a wealthy member of the ton were the added bit of detail that made this more than just a clever romance. I was slightly confused by the route Hattie took at the end of the book-- I felt as blind-sided as our man Lucian did. However, not enough that this title needs to be anything less than 5 stars. Definitely a recommended read for any romance fans (especially if you enjoyed Dunmore's first two titles in this series). ARC provided by NetGalley & Edelweiss

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hillary Scholz

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this new addition to the League of Extraordinary Women series!!! It had a different feel from the other two, as this one was about working women and children in the 1800s and the disparity between classes and communities. Let's talk main characters. Hattie is so sweet and determined. I loved her growth as she experiences the mining community and interacts with the women who work in the mines and in the homes. I appreciat Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this new addition to the League of Extraordinary Women series!!! It had a different feel from the other two, as this one was about working women and children in the 1800s and the disparity between classes and communities. Let's talk main characters. Hattie is so sweet and determined. I loved her growth as she experiences the mining community and interacts with the women who work in the mines and in the homes. I appreciated that she learned a new side of what the suffragist movement could be. She no longer agrees with the "natural order of things" and is working to reconcile those differences within the movement. I also really loved seeing her struggles and achievements with dyslexia. I loved seeing her rise above expectations and come into her own as an artist. On the surface, Lucian is your typical bad boy. He's risen to power and status by raking in money - a true self-made man. He is cold, gruff, and determined. He also has a lot of elite men under his thumb by buying their debts. As he and Hattie spend time in Scotland, we see a different side of him. He cares for the mining community and genuinely wants to improve their lives. Lucien is my favorite man in this series so far. I love his adoration of Hattie and how they both grew as character together and apart. This book had a lot of my favorite tropes: forced proximity, one bed, marriage of convenience, bad boy redemption - and it delivered on all of them!! Definitely recommend.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dayle (the literary llama)

    4.5 Stars. Evie Dunmore has become a must-read for me. Her League series has remained smart and sexy all the way through. And Portrait of a Scotsman has slotted nicely into her oeuvre while bringing a new perspective to her collection of blue-stocking characters. Hattie is more of a burgeoning feminist, one who still wants the romantic storybook romance, but is discovering how to balance that with the suffragette agenda and other human and labor rights (which also get great moments in the plot). 4.5 Stars. Evie Dunmore has become a must-read for me. Her League series has remained smart and sexy all the way through. And Portrait of a Scotsman has slotted nicely into her oeuvre while bringing a new perspective to her collection of blue-stocking characters. Hattie is more of a burgeoning feminist, one who still wants the romantic storybook romance, but is discovering how to balance that with the suffragette agenda and other human and labor rights (which also get great moments in the plot). As always, itโ€™s thoughtful and entertaining along with brilliant social commentary mixed in but in Scotsman I feel that the romance took a more central role. Hattie and Lucian fall together in one of the classic tropes of Historical Romance and thus the romance takes center stage, in all the right ways. And even though Lucian has a complex backstory, I think itโ€™s Hattieโ€™s experience and discovery that really drives the plot and anchors everything. Again, Dummore gives us strong characters with well-developed backstories and perfect visuals surrounding their lives. They feel individual from her previous characters, continuing to give us unique and new adventures while maintaining all the charm and heat that we hope to get. I had a few minor quibbles, which knocked it down to 4.5 Stars, but really, itโ€™s just splitting hairs. Itโ€™s brilliant and I definitely recommend Portrait of a Scotsman, as well as the entire series if you havenโ€™t already read it. * I received a free ecopy from the publisher via netgalley.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    I've wanted to read this book since turning the last page of A Rogue of One'S Own and it was so worth the wait ๐Ÿ˜ค I think this is my favorite of the series so far. I LOVED the Hades & Persephone vibes, the writing is the strongest, the chemistry between Hattie and Lucian is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ And we go to Scotland ๐Ÿ˜ The romance is the main focus of the book, but Scotsman is also the coming of age story of a young woman and a social commentary on the working poor in Victorian Britain. I'll re-read this one A LOT. I've wanted to read this book since turning the last page of A Rogue of One'S Own and it was so worth the wait ๐Ÿ˜ค I think this is my favorite of the series so far. I LOVED the Hades & Persephone vibes, the writing is the strongest, the chemistry between Hattie and Lucian is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ And we go to Scotland ๐Ÿ˜ The romance is the main focus of the book, but Scotsman is also the coming of age story of a young woman and a social commentary on the working poor in Victorian Britain. I'll re-read this one A LOT. Thank you to the author and publisher for an advanced copy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Heiress Hattie has accomplished many things that would have been impossible a generation earlier, in this Victorian romance. She is enrolled at Oxford as an art student, and campaigns for suffrage with her powerful friends. If she marries, it'll be to a true gentleman, a lord who will enjoy quietly reading by the fire with her of an evening. But somehow she finds herself engaged to Lucian Blackstone, a ruthless businessman and professional rival of her father. He's too much--too handsome, too ou Heiress Hattie has accomplished many things that would have been impossible a generation earlier, in this Victorian romance. She is enrolled at Oxford as an art student, and campaigns for suffrage with her powerful friends. If she marries, it'll be to a true gentleman, a lord who will enjoy quietly reading by the fire with her of an evening. But somehow she finds herself engaged to Lucian Blackstone, a ruthless businessman and professional rival of her father. He's too much--too handsome, too outspoken, and much too perceptive. If she agrees to marry him, she'll be giving up too much. Won't she? I love a good marriage of convenience story. Watching Lucian attempt to woo his wife was delightful, and their journey to Scotland mining country was eye-opening. Dunmore does a good job of mixing in social issues of the time period with her romance. She definitely does her research, but it doesn't feel academic. This was a charming book, with some genuine emotional depth. Thanks to Edelweiss, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Thornton

    Featuring an artist-suffragette heroine and a complicated leading man, PORTRAIT OF A SCOTSMAN crackles with passion, both in the bedroom and when it comes to righting social ills. This is why Evie Dunmore is my favorite historical romance author!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    I think l already love this couple, just from the excerpt alone. I think l already love this couple, just from the excerpt alone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie Seifert

    This book was such a joy to read. I read the whole thing in one day, which should tell you something. Like the previous books, it was rich with detail and well-researched. I loved the setting in Scotland and the fact that -- and I don't think this is too much of a spoiler -- the couple end up stuck at an inn together. It was such a great set-up. It was also interesting to me how the two main characters truly grappled with the power dynamics between them and in the larger world. However, I someti This book was such a joy to read. I read the whole thing in one day, which should tell you something. Like the previous books, it was rich with detail and well-researched. I loved the setting in Scotland and the fact that -- and I don't think this is too much of a spoiler -- the couple end up stuck at an inn together. It was such a great set-up. It was also interesting to me how the two main characters truly grappled with the power dynamics between them and in the larger world. However, I sometimes felt like there was too much going on in the story, and the love story and the mining/political story didn't always meld seamlessly together (To summarize, Lucian is trying to make improvements to mining conditions.) For example, (and again, I don't think this is too much of a spoiler), there are many chapters where there isn't much romance and the story is focused on the mining plot and the two main characters individual projects, and then all of the sudden there are several chapters where it's nothing BUT romance, and then again it's back to the mining stuff. I wish it had been interwoven more, but I can also see how the seriousness of the mining story would make it difficult to do so. I was also thrown off by the ending, and I thought it felt a little rushed, but I did like that it dealt with the forced-marriage plot in a realistic way. Overall, I would highly recommend this book. I love how this series is progressing, and I can't way to see its conclusion (I think?) in the next book. PS. Also, I have to say, I think the fact that I read it all in one day maybe did effect my experience of reading it. I'd like to read it again at some point, and more slowly...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma Elizabeth

    Yes. Yes. A million times, yes. Another brilliant & beautiful Dunmore book I was physically unable to put down. (Iโ€™m not kidding; I stayed in bed for 6 hours this morning, skipping breakfast entirely, just to finish this gem). This book gave me serious Beauty and the Beast vibes, but through a fresh, intelligent and fiercely feminist lens. I walked into this expecting a ruthlessly cold-hearted Hero and was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the unexpected depth and dimension of his character. And did I me Yes. Yes. A million times, yes. Another brilliant & beautiful Dunmore book I was physically unable to put down. (Iโ€™m not kidding; I stayed in bed for 6 hours this morning, skipping breakfast entirely, just to finish this gem). This book gave me serious Beauty and the Beast vibes, but through a fresh, intelligent and fiercely feminist lens. I walked into this expecting a ruthlessly cold-hearted Hero and was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the unexpected depth and dimension of his character. And did I mention thereโ€™s blissful tension building pining?! SO MUCH PINING?! After the hints of Lucian that weโ€™d received in the previous book, I was really unsure. I thought heโ€™d be a bastard beyond reproach (and I love the asshole heroes)! But oh my goodness, I loved him to pieces. Hattie, too. Watching her grow and evolve and come into herself was pure magic. My favorite thing about Dunmoreโ€™s books is her ability to balance a beautiful, fresh, love story (with a host of multi-dimensional โ€œbackgroundโ€ characters as well) and the most thoroughly researched work of historical fiction. I always walk away knowing so much more than when I began, but without it ever feeling like Iโ€™m actually being โ€œtaught.โ€ She just *effortlessly* weaves in this foundation of historically accurate storyline and subplot, but wraps it so magically with the overall characters and arc. Itโ€™s so much MORE than any other historical romance Iโ€™ve ever read. (And Iโ€™ve read a lot)! 11/10. This book was every bit as good as I wanted it to be and Iโ€™m already chomping at the bit for book 4! *I received an advanced copy of this book but this review is entirely my own.

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