Thursday, July 9, 2015

ARC Book review: The Perfect Bargain (How to Marry a Highlander #1) by Julia London

Available July 1st
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

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?

This is a debut book of Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams. Sloane Chatfield's life took a painful turn when her fiance dumped her out of the blue. He also said some mean and hurtful things to her about her character. Her friends insist on helping her past her heartbreak and move on to someone new. After setting her up with several duds and not letting up, Sloan decides to tell a fib. She tells her friends she is going to Scotland to find her own sexy highlander just like the guy from the show Outlander.  She takes off to Scotland to get away from her crazy friends and hatches a plan to find a local guy to pose as her new boyfriend. At first she is going to pretend to meet someone and break up but then her friends decide to join her her on her vacation early. That's when she is forced to enlist Galen Buchanan. Galen is a proprietor of a local slightly run down pub.  Desperate he accepts Sloan's offer of money to pretend he's her boyfriend while her friends are there. What could happen right? Apparently everything. I liked the idea of this story and i love my stories that have highlanders in them. That was a plus right away for me. The way Galen speaks is swoon worthy. He's got a funny personality and easy way about him most of the time. Even though it seems he can see right through Sloane he ignore's his own issues with relationship. Even though his heart is engaged he wants to back peddle really fast when Sloane falls for him. Coming to Scotland Sloane actually starts to find her real self and when she starts spending more and more time with Galen she starts to think she might have finally found the place she belongs. I loved the interaction between these two characters they just seem to click for me. Sloane's friends left a little to be desired but since they aren't the main attraction in the book i didn't let it bother me to much. Excited to see where the author goes with this series next.

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