The Perfect Bargain
How to Marry a Highlander, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Date of Publication: June 30, 2015
Number of pages: 279
Cover Artist: Liz Pelletier
American lass seeks brawny Scot...
As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…
In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?
I have a thing for Scotland and Scottish accents that started with Sean Connery and has continued with Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, and James McKidd, just to name a few. (Okay, yes the kilts play into it too!) Combined Scotland with a boyfriend for hire scheme, this looked like a fun read.
Sloane Chatfield struck me as the overly responsible good girl, the one who always follows the rules and never does anything crazy that might end in embarrassment. After her fiance dumps her for being to rigid and controlled, her friends try to find her someone new. But Sloane's not really ready to move on. It's while watching Outlander, that she comes up with a plan to find herself a "Jamie". After several months of no luck finding him, not that she was looking, she tells her friends she is heading to Scotland to find one "at the source". She has everything all planned out. Stay a few weeks, "find" her Jamie, then after a brief but intense courtship, be "dumped" by him. Thus diverting her friends from setting her up again. When her friends show up way ahead of schedule, she has to find someone to play "Jamie" quickly or risk being found out. Of course the small town she means limited choices, but the owner of the pub she has been visiting daily for wifi access and cell reception fits the bill nicely.
Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the pub that was his late uncle's going. It's been one repair after another. When the prim and proper American propositions him about being her pretend boyfriend, he first thought is to say no. But with the refrigerator needing to be replaced and another dozen repair projects that needed doing and very little in the way of funds, Galen reluctantly accepts her offer.
These two were striking sparks off each other from the beginning and it was fun to watch. From his goads about what a "real" girlfriend would do, to her constant suggestions on how to spruce things up - they kept each other riled up. Another thing that I liked was that they didn't have the "big misunderstanding" completely wreck them. There were some bumps, of course, but you could see the trust was there and they waited for explanations instead of jumping to conclusions... mostly. Overall I did enjoy the book, and gave it 4 sexy accented stars.
Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon
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