Jul 06

His Millionaire Maid by Coleen Kwan

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His Millionaire Maid by Coleen KwanHis Millionaire Maid by Coleen Kwan
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Small Town Romance
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As far as Nina Beaumont is concerned, money ruins everything. Leave it to her wealthy family to screw up her professional life and her personal life. When she crashes and her car sinks, sending her identification and all her belongings spiraling into the watery abyss, Nina sees her chance to escape.

And stumbles into a job with the hottest man she’s ever met…as his maid.

Between running an inn, caring for his grandmother, and trying to keep the dirty-dealing Beaumont Corporation from stealing his land, Joe Farina's plate is full. He doesn't have time for romantic entanglements—especially not with the suspiciously bad maid he just hired, no matter how much he needs her…both in and out of his bed.

Screwing with her life is one thing, but Nina’s not about to let her family screw with Joe. That is, if she doesn’t lose him when he finds out who she really is.

 photo synopsisgraphic.pngStarting your life over as someone else, I have to say that is what appealed to me about this book. I mean I think everyone at one time or another has thought about what their lives would be like if they were someone else or doing something else. Although not everyone drives their car into a lake and then takes that as a sign to just be someone else. Needless to say I was intrigued.

So Nina is the daughter of a very shrewd businessman, who is super rich, and she is basically humored throughout her life, and her recent promotion at work wasn’t one she earned. Nina wants to be her own person. She wants people to like her for who she is and not the amount of money that she has in her bank account. I can understand that. This book could have gone either way for me. Nina shows up at the inn and goes to work as a maid, and lets face it, she was either going to be a hard worker or she was going to fold under doing actual labor (after all she is a rich girl). Thankfully Nina worked her butt off. I loved how sincere she was in her desire to do well, I mean she worked so hard. And more than that she was nice to everyone, she worked hard to get the respect of everyone there, and she advocated for her new friends when she could. I couldn’t help but love her.

Joe is totally just a nice guy, with way too much on his shoulders. I liked him from the beginning. He took Nina in, helped her out when he really didn’t have to, he went above and beyond. I loved how good he is to his friends, his community, and also to his grandmother. I felt like he has so much responsibility on his shoulders, and his dream of turning the run down mansion into a high end B&B was only going to add more. Of course, he’s battling with Nina’s father to keep his run down mansion, which only means when he finds out who Nina is, things are gonna implode (and I couldn’t wait to see how it unfolded).

I liked Nina and Joe, they had fantastic chemistry and they totally couldn’t keep their hands off of each other, even if it meant they pretty much never got a good nights sleep. I think part of what I liked about these two is that both of them really figured out what they wanted out of their lives during the course of this book, I like when characters really find themselves. I loved the element of being someone else to find out who you really are. I enjoyed this book, the pacing was good, and it was a fun read for me.

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About Coleen Kwan

Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.

Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.

Jul 05

Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

Just Okay, Review 0 ★★★½

Generation 18 by Keri ArthurGeneration 18 by Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #2
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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three-half-stars
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COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
 
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?


The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.

 photo synopsisgraphic.pngI’ve loved Keri Arthur for a long time now, I think I read her entire Riley Jenson series in like a week and a half, I was kind of obsessed. I’ve read a couple of her other books outside of the Riley series, and I really do enjoy her writing style. So when I saw this book, I knew I was going to give it a try. I know this is a rerelease of the series, which was originally published a while ago, but I figured I love her writing style, so chances are I was going to like this book as well.

First off I want to mention that I didn’t read the first book in this series, which I think really threw off my enjoyment of this book in the beginning. I felt like I was playing a lot of catchup in the beginning, like I was missing out on some of the interpersonal relationship backgrounds. That being said, I was really intrigued by a couple of things right off the bat, the relationship between Sam and Gabriel and the whole Kite mystery.

One of the things that I love about Keri Arthur is that she creates the great paranormal worlds that are complex but fun to follow. She makes the creatures in these world complex and so interesting. I liked her world building in this book, and like in her other books this is also a mystery based book, which I think just add to the enjoyment of the world.

Like I mentioned, this book is all about the mystery. I actually really like the law enforcement angle that she uses in this book, and I like how the relationship dynamic played out with Sam and Gabriel. They have this great kind of power struggle going on between them, with Gabriel hoping Sam with all for a transfer, and Sam just being super stubborn and refusing to give Gabriel his way. I have to admit Sam made me laugh more than once during her quest for one-up-manship. I liked how Sam’s powers are expanding and she is trying to get a handle on them all, it makes for an interesting story.

As always I loved the pacing and the length of this book, Keri Arthur is good at giving me what I want in that regard. I liked that so much of this book is based on the story and not the romance, which for me just makes the romance better in the end. I also liked how Keri is good at mixing in humor to the book, nothing better than a book that makes me laugh out loud. If you like Keri Arthur I think you will probably like this book.  photo synopsisgraphic.png

About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

Jul 04

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth Everyone!

I’ve always loved fireworks, they are just so much fun when you are a kid, it’s a big deal here where we are (we live right next door to a military base). So needless to say, Happy Fourth, I hope you all enjoy your holiday, I know we will!

PS Don’t forget to read a good book 😉

Jul 03

Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor

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Right Next Door by A.J. PryorRight Next Door by A.J. Pryor
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Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Love Triangle, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Romance
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My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . .

Addison Peacock has been stuck in the same seaside town her entire life. When her college boyfriend proposes the night before graduation, she can finally see the future she’d always dreamt about. But the sudden illness of her father causes her to put that future on hold, and her soon-to-be husband leaves, with nothing but a promise that one day he’ll return.

Now, five years later, he’s kept that promise. There’s only one problem . . . he’s already married. Crushed twice by the same man, Addison needs a distraction, someone to get her back on her feet and mend her broken heart. As luck would have it, Damian Walker has just moved in next door.

Having rebuilt his own life after a drunk driver stole his career, his heart . . . everything, Damian knows what it’s going to take to get Addison’s life back on track. But he’s not going to be anyone’s rebound. His life is complicated . . . there’s no room for one-night stands. Until Addison knows what she’s looking for, neighbors are all they’ll ever be.

One shared wall, two sun-kissed balconies, and a chance at love...a twist of fate. Could the possibility of a future be right next door?

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Jul 02

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

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Riding Dirty by Jill SorensonRiding Dirty by Jill Sorenson
Series: Dirty Eleven #1
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Genres: Alpha Guy, Erotica, Law Enforcement, Motorcycles, Revenge, Romance
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He's her weapon of choice...

Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole "Shank" Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late.…

Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body… until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real.

 photo synopsisgraphic.pngI really love MC books, I blame Madeline Sheehan for that, so anytime there is an MC book out there with a good description I’m all for it. A couple of things stood out for me in the synopsis, the first was that Mia is working as a psychologist with the police and she has big plans for Cole, using him to get back at the people who killed her husband and changed her life forever. I liked the whole elements of Cole being stuck between his loyalty to the MC and the cops who want him to be an informant.

So first up I will start with Mia. I really felt for her, she went through a horrible ordeal with the event that took the life of her husband and landed her with a new identity and being in the witness protection program. I mean talk about losing everything in one fell swoop. I had a lot of respect for the fact that she had picked up her life and started over and has a career as a forensic psychologist. I also really liked that she had a revenge plan because of love books about revenge, they always make things interesting and heighten the drama in the book.

Cole was definitely not what I was expecting, yes he has that whole alpha guy thing going for him, but he wasn’t really like a lot of the MC guys I have read before. I think that’s probably because he didn’t interact much with the club, I mean he avoids it because he has a tracking anklet on and his uncle is super paranoid that there is some kind of listening device on it. So needless to say he interacts only with his uncle (the MC pres and a super jack weasel) and that’s pretty much it. Most of Cole is him on his own thinking about how to get out the rock and hard place he is in, I mean he has to betray someone either the cops or his uncle, and either way is pretty much a death sentence.

I loved the chemistry between Mia and Cole, it was hot, and it made for some pretty nice steamy between the sheets (and sometimes picnic table) scenes. There are some skeezy secondary characters in this book, Cole’s Uncle Bill for one, and then there is also the cop who is suppose to be handling Cole and has some seriously unhealthy interest in Mia. It all makes for a heightened drama experience. The pacing is really good, and it was a quick and enjoyable read for me. If you are looking for a hardcore MC read with all the antics of the MC this may not be the book for you as this one while still dealing with the MC is more about a member on the outside, but regardless if you like MC romances you might want to check out this book out.

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About Jill Sorenson

ill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen novels, including the Aftershock series with HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughters.

Jul 01

Lucky’s Choice Cover Reveal

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by Jamie Begley
Ask and You Shall Receive…
LUCKY’S CHOICE
The Last Riders #7
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 29th, 2015
Young Ink Press
Life dealt him a dead man’s hand.
 
Lucky had always led a life of service, always putting his life on the line for someone else, managing to survive by pure luck and skill. After bringing an end to a multi-state drug ring, he was finally able to live the life he had wanted as a Last Rider.
A good man would walk away and not touch the curvy woman who had been tugging on his heartstrings. Lucky wasn’t a good man. Therefore, the bad-ass biker in him had a choice: once again become the man he had pretended to be and stake his claim or take the devil’s highway.
 
Some girls had all the luck.
 
Willa wasn’t one of them. All she wanted to do was give a home to the children she had made orphans. Instead, she found herself needing help from the man who had left the pulpit behind to embrace a life of sin.
Painfully shy and withdrawn, she wanted a quiet life, a simple man, and well-behaved children. The last thing she had ever expected was for Lucky to want her size twenty body and show her a passion that would lead her straight to hell. 
 
 

About Jamie Begley

I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls. All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.

Jul 01

Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

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Searching for Always by Jennifer ProbstSearching for Always by Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #4
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Source: Netgalley
Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Love to Hate, Romance, Small Town Romance
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She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.
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I have to say I was looking forward to this book quite a bit because I really loved the previous book with Gen and Wolfe. And honestly that book really was a great set up for Arilyn and Stone, you could tell that the two of them had some serious chemistry going on between them, if only they could get past the fast that they seem to annoy each other by simply breathing. Needless to say I was totally looking forward to their story.

So Arilyn is coming out of a bad relationship when this book starts, and it’s kind of a sad situation. I mean she had been with this guy for like ever, but never called him by name to his friend, and she never introduced him to anyone, she was basically a mistress except he wasn’t married. I can’t imagine what that would do to someone, being shoved aside and hidden like that. I really wanted her to find happiness with someone who wasn’t afraid to put the two of them out there. You can tell early on in the book that she is really just a good person, and anyone who rescues dogs is good in my book (after all that’s how I ended up with my six dogs). But that’s not saying that she doesn’t have traits that kind of annoy me, she’s a little to hippie for me with the chakras and vegan agenda and crystals and all that. Sorry just not my thing. I could see how she would be slightly annoying, so when Stone shows up eating fried foods just to annoy her, I was all for it and laughed out loud. That being said, I still wanted good things for her.

I liked Stone. He’s a bit of a hard a$$, and I get why. He sees a lot of hard things in his job as a cop, and after getting his backstory I can understand why domestic abuse calls, especially when children are involved, would be a trigger for him to have some serious anger issues. I liked his sense of humor, or should I say sarcasm in this book. A lot of what he says and thinks in the book is what I would be saying or thinking, I have to admit I loved the drawing her did instead of a journal at his anger management class of the cop practicing the breathing techniques. You have to admit the guy does have a point, although I get her’s as well.

The chemistry with these two is really good, they have that who we annoy each other so much that we don’t even like each other but I’m so attracted to you I just can’t help myself thing going for them, and it really works. I will admit that I wish the book was a teeny bit faster paced in the beginning, I think I could have gotten into quicker if it was, but other than that I think it’s a great addition to the series and I really did like it.

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About Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers

Jun 30

Longing by Jamie K. Schmidt

Just Okay, Review 0 ★★★½

Longing by Jamie K. SchmidtLonging by Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Club Inferno #2
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Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Humorous, Romance
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Reeling from a disastrous love affair, model and budding fashion designer Anya Litton needs a temporary refuge, a place to lick her wounds and plan her next career move. At Club Inferno, where seductively chic men and women indulge their most intimate fantasies, she can mix business with unimaginable pleasure. Anya quickly connects with club Dom Clint Reyes, who unleashes Anya’s deepest longings over nights of burning passion.

Clint is a master at taking submissives to the heights of pleasure in Club Inferno’s opulent private dungeons. But it’s Anya who has Clint begging for more when the woman of his dreams becomes his eager partner in exploring the limits of desire. As their relationship ignites into an erotic contest of wills—and a jealous rival plots against them both—Clint prepares to fight for a future with Anya. In this complicated dance, the wrong move could end it all . . . and taking control means total surrender.
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I am sometimes on the fence about books with BDSM, I generally like the mild to moderate, and only like the whole hardcore picture when it is really well written and more character driven then just focused on the sex. I would say this falls probably into the moderate category. I think what made me mostly interested in this book was that there was that there was a line in the synopsis about there being rivals in the mix, and I love when a good ex pops up and makes trouble.

So Anya and Clint are the main characters in this story and the thing I don’t like the most about them is the same thing in both their cases. I really, sincerely have issues with people who are that self-conscious about things. I mean it wasn’t too over the top or anything, but both of them having self-conscious issues just didn’t work for me. And while I don’t mind a plus size woman in a romance book (truth be told I don’t mind any type of woman or man in a romance book) it bothers me when the main character talks about it or thinks about it all the time. But then again it’s a pretty authentic representation for I’m sure a lot of people, it just isn’t my total cup of tea.

That being said I really liked the chemistry between the between Anya and Clint, they seriously had some great steamy sessions with each other. I loved their game of truth or dare, and how Clint recognizes that truth is way more dangerous than dare is. They have a great scene together during one of Clint’s stripping classes, and I also really loved how Clint is a skilled videographer and how he uses those particular talents in the book.

I know this book is the second in a series, and I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, so I will admit that in the beginning there were a lot of characters to learn in a short amount of time, but I wasn’t confused and I caught on pretty quick to the whose who. I really liked Colleen, and Tee, easily my favorite two secondary characters. The ex storyline was kind of interesting, although he was more like an annoying bug you just want to swat at, but the whole rival thing with Anya and Rita was much more compelling to me, women really can be catty and horrible, and I totally know people in real life like Rita.

Overall this was a pretty quick read, the story went pretty quick and the pacing was enjoyable. I liked the romance and the character (not the name dropping designers as much, but that seemed to be more in the beginning). All in all if you like a little bit of light BDSM in your romances then this might be a book you should check out.

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About Jamie K. Schmidt

USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon's top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble's top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen's Wings.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn't pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.

Jun 30

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How to Marry a Highlander
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By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
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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?

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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, as well as the new Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Fall of Grace, and The Perils of Prudence. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch and Return to Homecoming Ranch.

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.

Jun 29

The Perfect Bargain by Julia London

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The Perfect Bargain by Julia LondonThe Perfect Bargain by Julia London
Format: eARC
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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humorous, Romance, Small Town Romance
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three-half-stars
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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?

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