Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review - A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham

A Highland Walks Into a Bar
by Laura Trentham
Series: Highland, Georgia, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2019

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 quirky heroine and a couple of sexy Scots, this was a fun read that had a whole lot of laughs wrapped up in a bunch of heart.

I really loved Isabel and all of her quirkiness. She’s never been able to fully engage her filter and is prone to saying exactly what she is thinking, which at times can be quite embarrassing for her. She is still saddled with the insecurities from her youth and has a hard time seeing herself as the competent, smart, and beautiful woman that she is. Alasdair is a bit uptight and all business – until he meets Isabel and begins to see all things that have been missing from his life. He is her perfect complement, and I loved how these to were perfect for each other – accepting each other as they are but also allowing each other to see things in themselves with a new light and helping each other realize what they truly want out of life.
“Are you tryin’ to discover what’s under my kilt, lassie?” His Scottish brogue was an octave lower and rough, sending a shiver through her.

“I could feel what was under it pressed against me on the stairs. I want more.”

Alasdair mutter a curse tinged with awe. “I didn’t peg you for a dirty talker.”

“You think that’s dirty? You’d be shocked to hear what kind of foolishness goes on in my head then.”

“I can’t wait to be scandalized.” His hand crawled up her back to fiddle with her industrial-strength bra strap. “Jesus. You’re not wearing a chastity belt requiring a key too, are you?

No embarrassment, only urgency surfaced. “No chastity belt. But I should warn you, it’s been so long I might have been re-virginized.”
I think my favorite part of the book was the relationship between Isabel and her mother, Rose, and Alasdair and his uncle, Gareth. Isabel has never really established an adult relationship with her mother and I loved watching that happen over the course of the book. And I loved Rose’s outlook on life and her ability to accept and move on as events unfolded. Alasdair and Gareth have been estranged, and it was nice to see them rekindle their close relationship from Alasdair’s youth, and I especially loved how Gareth helped Alasdair come to terms with his past.

Highlands, Georgia looks to be the setting for some fun books. The epilogue gave a hint to the next story and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Anna. There are many other characters that were introduced in this first book and I can only imagine the fun backdrop that Highland and its Scottish festival will play as this series unfolds.

Laura Trentham has a wonderful writing style that is easy to read and contains heart, heat, and humor. Her dialogue between characters and the scenes she creates for them are always entertaining and keep the stories interesting and the plot moving forward. This book moved a little slow in the beginning, mostly since it was setting up the background for not just the story but the series, but once the backdrop was sent, the characters took over and the story really came to life.

I would definitely recommend this one since it had a bit of everything that I love in a romance.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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