This little gem released yestarday on my birthday, so that fact alone made it special to me. But reading it was so much fun. I could seriously smell the Hightlands in it. Read on for my 5-star review of The Perfect Bargain, all the book details, a wonderful excerpt and how to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a whopping $100 Amazon Gift Card and 5 #GOKILT mugs! This tour was brought to you by Tasty Book Tours.
The Perfect Bargain
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Heat Level: 2 (explicit but not frequent)
Sloane was dumped by her fiance. And she makes a bad call. To throw her pushy, meddling friends off, she hops on a plane and goes from Chicago to the Highlands, claiming that she’s off to find her own perfect Highlander. The last thing she expects is her friends hopping on a plane as well to see that she actually does.
Now she has to proposition–for crying out loud–the sexy pub owner to be her pretend boyfriend.
A prim country-club-member type of American girl in a backwater Highland village? Guaranteed fun. Especially when said girl has to deal with the cows’ “calling cards” smearing the pub’s entrance, dirty water pumps to have a simple bath and learning how to mend a fence. But a pushover she is not. She voices her opinion all too often, and the receiving end is almost exclusively the fake boyfriend.
Poor Galen. He doesn’t know what hit him, but his finances are tight, and the bonny lass offers him the perfect bargain. If one thing bumped me about this vibrant love story was the business side of the deal. Money come up a bit too often, but then the story’s conflict lies in exactly how practical Galen is when Sloan lives in kilt fantasy land. Seeing how determined she was to prove him wrong was delightful.
I had so much fun reading The Perfect Bargain. The banter was awesome, the setting so authentic I could smell it, the couple’s chemistry sizzling, but what I liked the most was how well the characters were developed. I loved how they both didn’t internalize forever without openly expressing themselves right after. They knew where the other stood every step of the way, and the charm in the story was how they both tried to convince each other how right they were. I found this approach very refreshing.
5 kilted stars to this uplifting story, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the How to Marry a Highlander series.
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 happen to be quite good at sizing people up, and you, lass, are spoiled. Donna take it personally—it’s an American thing,” he said casually, as if that were a foregone conclusion.
Now Sloane was indignant.“Watch yourself, Braveheart,” she said, poking him in the arm. “And anyway, how is that even remotely an American thing?”
“It’s the way Americans view the rest of the world,” he said. “Americans think the Loch Ness monster exists, and that we all live in the Highlands in a Braveheart movie. Or, you all read Trainspotting in school and think we’re all on drugs. You think Scots believe in unicorns and our national pastime is the caber toss, and our calendars are manly men in kilts holding kittens.”
“Is there really a calendar like that?” she asked, perking up. If there was, she’d be picking one up before she headed back to the States.
All she got in response to that was an I-told-you-so look.
About the Author
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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