A Highlander Walks into a Bar A Highlander Walks into a Bar on July 30, 2019
Pages: 336
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four-stars

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same… 

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

With a title like that, how could I say no?

In this book, Isabel picks her mom up at the airport from a trip to Scotland, and she’s brought back a souvenir. An over 6 ft tall souvenir. Izzy isn’t exactly okay with her mom bringing a man home, but recognizing that it isn’t her choice, she grits her teeth and bears it.

The man her mom brought home to Georgia is actually an earl. But since he wanted someone who loves him for just who he is, he let her believe that he’s just the caretaker of the estate.

Well, Gareth’s nephew is in the States for business and after some prodding from his mom, he flies down to Georgia to save his uncle from the money-grubbing American woman who’s stolen his heart. Except he finds Isabel and her mom are nothing like anything he could have expected.

Isabel is funny, and sweet, and down to earth, and her mom and Gareth are absolutely in love. That changes everything. Then he realizes they have no clue who Gareth actually is. Before he knew that they were honest and their intentions were good, he’d called in a favor to dig into their financials. This bites him in the butt later on, but in the meantime, Gareth convinces Alasdair to join him in helping the town with their Highland Festival.

The premise of this book is cute. And the whole book reads as if it’s ready to be made into the latest Rom Com. It’s cute, funny, and fluffy. To be honest, I’d watch it.

This author has the extraordinary talent of switching between the hero and heroine’s points of view and changing their inner voice as authentically as if you were truly in Alasdair’s mind, and truly in Izzy’s mind. This is a series I’m looking forward to.

***ARC courtesy of the publisher St. Martin’s Press

four-stars