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Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
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Portrait of a Scotsman

by Evie Dunmore

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Great Scott! This tale of an ambitious odd duck couple has it all: romance, big fortunes, and Victorian hijinks.

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    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Feminist

    Feminist

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SalaciousPeach

    Salacious

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_3rdSeries

    Third in series

Why I love it

Harper St. George
Author, The Heiress Gets a Duke

From glittering ballrooms to the grit of the rookery, history provides the perfect backdrop for compelling stories that highlight the injustices and triumphs of the human spirit. Combined with romance, it demonstrates that love truly can overcome all obstacles. Evie Dunmore is that rare author who can blend the best of these elements together perfectly. Her talent is on display once again in Portrait of a Scotsman, the latest installment in her fabulous series, A League of Extraordinary Women.

Hattie Greenfield, banking heiress and suffragist, wants to marry a respectable and proper gentleman who will support her dream of becoming an artist. She doesn’t count on her improper fascination with the wholly unsuitable Lucian Blackstone, self-made man and her father’s business rival, thwarting her plans. When that fascination sends her unexpectedly to the altar with the brooding Scot, she believes that her carefully planned life is over. But as she slowly peels back Lucian’s gruff exterior, she finds there is more to him than meets the eye, and she just might lose her heart if she isn’t careful.

I’ve loved every book in this series, and this one is no exception. Evie’s meticulous research into the era shines with every word, and her lush worldbuilding is spellbinding. But it’s her characterization that always keeps me turning the pages. Hattie evolves from an inexperienced woman who doesn’t fully realize her privilege to someone determined to make the world a better place. Lucian is ruthless and adept at getting what he wants, but it’s his affection for Hattie that draws out his sensitive nature. It’s simply beautiful to watch their romance play out on the page.

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Synopsis

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 everything—as long as she is prepared to lose her heart.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of Portrait of a Scotsman.

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556 ratings
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  • Manhattan, KS

    If you love Outlander, Pride & Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights, you will DEVOUR this book. I swear Evie’s stories just keep getting better. Can’t rave about this one enough in 200 characters! 7/5 ⭐️

  • Santa Monica, CA

    Another amazing addition to the series by Evie Dunmore with possibly my favorite leading man to date - brooding, dark, and tragic. With strong themes similar to that of Outlander, I can’t get enough.

  • Carbondale, IL

    I legitimately contemplated restarting the book right after finishing it! I did not want it to end!! Instead I’m writing this review. I loved watching the main characters grow right in front of me! XO

  • Clarksville , TN

    Her best novel yet! Love her writing style and her character development is fantastic. I had moments I was frustrated with the characters but they came around ❤️ overall a great addition to your TBR

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Evil Dunmore does it again! I adore this series. Such fun romances, and I love the history lessons at the end of each book. This one might be my fave of hers, Lucian’s delicious and Hattie’s brave!

  • Vineland, NJ

    I love Evie Dunmore! The third of her series is just as riveting as the first two. This time shifting focus on labor issues with the right amount of steamy romance. I hope for more extraordinary women

  • Mount Rainier, MD

    Swoon. This series brings me such joy. A perfect blend of corny romance, societal criticisms, sex, and examples of strong women defying the grips of the patriarchy. Can’t wait for the next one.

  • Fort Worth, TX

    While not up to the brilliant heights as the last two books, I am an unabashed fan of this series and will buy whatever Dunmore writes. I’m interested to see how Catriona’s story unfolds next!

  • Lexington, KY

    I am an unabashed fan of this series. Each book has such a different emotional undertone than the last. Though had issues with liking the characters in parts their redemption arcs are perfection.

  • Salt Lake City , UT

    Evie Dunmore has done it again. As in, she left me on the edge of my seat until the last page. Loved every page of this book. If you love Jane Austen, but want a modern twist, this is for you.

  • RALEIGH, NC

    Evie is back and as great as ever! Poor Hattie is really put through the wringer trying to be a women and activist when those two ideals collide. Brilliantly written! Couldn't put tis one down.

  • Eagle River, AK

    I love Dunmore and she did it again. Portrait of a Scotsman is a deliciously decadent, fast-paced read that left me wanting more. On a different note, I did find Hattie slightly un-relatable.

  • Tallahassee, FL

    This League of Extraordinary Women series has been wonderful to read! I love the characters, I love the romance, and I love in this story how Hattie was given the space to grow into herself.

  • Jersey Shore, PA

    This. This right here is the standard against which I judge historical romances. I don't know how she does it, but every book in this series improves on the one before. I loved everything.

  • Davenport, FL

    I’ve read each book in this series and they never disappoint. I loved Hattie’s journey in this book and couldn’t put it down. Evie Dunmore has easily become one of my favorite authors

  • South Plainfield, NJ

    I love everything by Evie Dunmore. I had to stop to cry while reading this, which I've been waiting for the whole year. It is SO funny, hot, wholesome, and tackles so many relevant issues.

  • Beverly, MA

    Hattie and Lucian gave me such Hades/Persephone vibes and I LOVED IT. I liked that their story had ups and downs. I loved that they took time to make sure they wanted to be with each other.

  • Pontotoc, MS

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a good thing I started it on a Friday evening, because I couldn't put it down. I spent every free minute I had over the weekend curled up reading it.

  • Rancho Santa Margarita , CA

    I loved this book so much! I finished reading in 2 days, I could hardly put it down. Hettie’s character was frustrating at times to say the least, but that was my only complaint.

  • Duluth, GA

    Hattie and Lucian are electric! My favorite story so far and this book has it all — romance, historical backdrop, and plot! Hattie is one of my favorite heroines!

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