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(How to Marry a Highlander, #1)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Blurb:

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?

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Contemporary romances aren’t my usual fare but Julia London’s pairing of a prim American heroine, a hunky Scottish hero, a charming Scottish setting, some great secondary characters, plenty of humour and a sexy romance made this most enjoyable.

It’s impossible not to like Galen. He’s handsome, sexy and funny…a winning combination. He’d given up an unsatisfying career in agricultural law to return home to the small village of Gairloch to run the Black Thistle, the local pub. When his grandfather died, the family had wanted to sell the pub but it was where he had grown up and it represented everything that had been good about his life. He sees it as the family legacy and I like his determination to keep the pub going. He obviously cares about the village and the villagers. So when he doesn’t have the necessary funds for repairs that are desperately needed to the pub, Galen finds himself accepting a strange proposition from the prim and opinionated American woman who has been frequenting his pub recently.

Sloane’s self-worth takes a real blow when she is jilted by her fiancé who accuses her of being a “cold fish”. She has all sorts of insecurities about herself and the last thing she wants is her well-meaning friends trying to fix her up with a new man. She has the perfect plan to derail their schemes…a fictitious holiday in Scotland…only to find it becomes a reality when her friends insist on going too! Sloane reverts to plan B – fly to Scotland earlier; announce she has found her own highland “hottie”; break up with said boyfriend; cue one broken heart…no more meddling friends. Great plan or it would be if her friends weren’t going to arrive earlier than expected. Sloane is desperate to find a temporary Scottish boyfriend and the only possible candidate seems to be the shaggy-haired, local pub owner.

I do love an opposites attract theme because it generally leads to some witty dialogue and amusing scenes as the hero and heroine each try to get the upper hand. The initial bickering between Galen and Sloane is delightful…

“Can you cook?”
“Cook? I’m not going as your slave.”
“You’re going as my girlfriend, aye? My girlfriends cook. They can dig a ditch and they donna fear getting dirty.They donna worry about fingernails and hair. My girlfriends desire only to please me.”
“Well, that certainly answers the mystery of why you don’t have one,” she said, and folded her arms.

It was fun watching city girl Sloane coping with life in the Scottish Highlands. I had to laugh when she and Galen are riding out to repair a fence on Galen’s brother’s place and Sloane appears wearing jodhpurs and an equestrian shirt. Then there’s the bath scene which is hilarious.

I enjoyed the slow building romance between them. They actually talk and begin to enjoy each other’s company and Galen is surprised to realise he actually likes Sloane.

He liked her. How was that possible? He was a practical man, a no-nonsense man. But he liked her grit and good cheer when he made her work on the fence. He liked her determination to live up to her part of the bargain. He liked her smile and her bum and the way her eyes shone with delight at the strangest things.

It’s also a journey of self-discovery for Sloane from which she emerges a much stronger and more emotionally stable person. It was satisfying to see her enjoying life again and falling in love with not only Galen but also with everything around her.

It was all so delicious. All of it. The sea, the scenery, the man.

The secondary characters – Sloane’s interfering friends, the assorted regulars at the Black Thistle and Galen’s family – all add vibrancy to the story.

My only gripe was Galen’s Scottish dialect. I found myself concentrating on the actual words rather than what was being said and, at times, this pulled me out of the story. It’s a personal preference but I would rather the speech were written with just the hint of an accent. However, this is only a minor point and overall it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.

My Verdict: Fun, entertaining and romantic. The perfect holiday read.

REVIEW RATING: 4/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

Read July 2015

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Entangled Publishing: Lovestruck, in return for an honest review.**

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Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Renegade Royals, #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Only one woman is worthy of his secrets…

They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society—and the woman destined to be his perfect match…

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

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Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Ladies and Scoundrels, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

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Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-eighteenth century English aristocracy. But when first her mother and then her father die, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and….. not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her travel to his plantation where she must remain for at least two years when she will come of age.

With the help of Lady Grace and Lady Sarah, Lady Amelia gets her uncle to agree to give her four weeks to settle her affairs and unbeknownst to him…find an English lord to marry so she can remain in her beloved England. Despite her mourning period she endeavors to trap one of London’s eligible bachelors in matrimony.

Lord Goldstone, Lady Grace’s nephew is devilishly handsome, but a Scottish Duke and so entirely unacceptable as a possible husband. After all Scotland is not her beloved London and environs. He also has a nasty habit of showing up at all the wrong moments and thwarting her carefully laid plans to ensnare a suitable husband. Sparks fly as the pair find themselves at odds with each other and drawn to each other at the same time. Can they find a way to stop arguing long enough to explore their growing passion? Is it strong enough to make Lady Amelia give up her English home after all? Or will Lady Amelia find a suitable English lord and avoid social exile in America? Time is running out.

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Source: FREE from Amazon Kindle

(The Haberdashers, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Loving Lord Lucifer…

An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

Jacqueline “Jack” Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.

Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancée.

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Source: Complimentary copy received from the publisher in return for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Blurb:

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?

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Source: Prize in a Giveaway

(The Marriage Game, #6)

Genre: Historic Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Ella Quinn’s bachelors do as they like and take what they want. But when the objects of their desire are bold, beautiful women, the rules of the game always seem to change…

Handsome, charming, and heir to a powerful Viscount, Christopher “Kit” Featherton is everything a woman could want—except interested in marriage. So when he hears that someone on his estate near the Scottish border is claiming to be his wife, Kit sets off to investigate.

Since her parents’ death, Lady Mary Tolliver has been hounded by her cousin, a fortune-hunting fool after her inheritance. Refusing to settle for anything less than love, Mary escapes to the isolated estate of rakish bachelor, Kit Featherton. Knowing he prefers Court to the country, she believes she will be safe. But when Kit unexpectedly returns, her pretend marriage begins to feel seductively real…

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