Saturday, October 10, 2020

Review - A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham

A Highlander is Coming to Town
by Laura Trentham
Series: Highland, Georgia, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2020

You better watch out. . .

Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?

To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love?

Laura Trentham delivers another happily ever after that features the quirky town of Highlands, Georgia and a romance between a real Highlander and a local that brings heart and some heat, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow!

Holt Pierson is about as steady as they come. He’s everyone’s friend and always reliable. The only thing missing for him is finding the right person to spend the rest of his life with. Claire Smythe has been running from her family obligations. She’s traveled with her band and never put down any roots. She’s at a crossroads and knows it’s time to make some decisions, but what she didn’t count on was Holt being part of the equation. The romance between these two was a bit of a slow-burn. Holt was all-in, and it was easy to see why Claire ended up not being able to resist getting involved with him - even though the arrangement was temporary. It was clear that Claire’s family life was a bit dysfunctional, but I really wanted her to confide in Holt. Her behavior at times was a bit frustrating, but then again, after meeting her family it really wasn’t a surprise that she avoided trusting people and getting involved with anyone.

I absolutely loved Ms. Meadows and don’t think this book would have been half as good without her! She was such a hoot and she played the role of the crochety old woman so well…but underneath that was such a caring woman who has suffered some real tragedy. I loved the way she looked after Claire - even though it was Claire that was supposed to be looking after Ms. Meadows, and I loved her spirit.
“Do you really think Holt Pierson would hurt me?” Claire glanced over her shoulder at the truck.

Ms. Meadows roller her eyes and sighed. “No. He was a hell raiser when he was young, but no worse than most young men, I suppose. You do know what to do if he gets handsy, don’t you?”

Claire blinked at the turn in the conversation. She had handled her fair share of handsy men while playing gigs all over the UK and America, but couldn’t help but be curious as to what Ms. Meadows thought was appropriate. “What would you suggest?”

“Punch him right in the balls.” Ms. Meadows nodded sagely. “Works every time.”
It was great to catch up with other characters from the previous books. I loved spending more time with Iain and Anna and getting to see how their lives were playing out. Just like the previous books, each supporting character really helped shape Holt and Claire’s story and added such color to the town of Highlands.

This is the third book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone. It was an easy read that had a good balance between the humor, the heart, and the heat, all while keeping the angst to a minimum. This is one for the TBR!

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

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