The Perfect Bargain by Julia London

Posted June 29, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 2 Comments

The Perfect Bargain by Julia LondonThe Perfect Bargain by Julia London
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humorous, Romance, Small Town Romance
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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?

So it’s been a while since I read a good fake romance book, I kind of love the whole let’s pretend to be together thing, and then see what happens when the two people in question suddenly have to spend a lot of time together and put on a good show. I have to admit up front I have not exactly jumped on the highlander train, I mean it’s not that I don’t want to, but I don’t read historical romance (I’m super lame I know) and I’ve never read Outlander (again, I’m super lame, and I’ve never seen the show, don’t judge). So because this is a contemporary romance, I figured it would be a nice way to ease into it.

So Sloane is in Scotland to basically appease her friends. She had a bad breakup with her fiance, and instead of dealing with it she threw herself into work, and needless to say her friends are worried. So of course to avoid what can only be described as really bad dates, Sloane makes up a story about why she hasn’t meet the right guy, she’s obsessed with the guy from Outlander and wants one of her own. Enter Scotland. Of course when her friends decide to follow her to Scotland and meet this guy she claims to have met, she is in rush to find a guy who will pretend to be her boyfriend, enter Galen the bartender/owner of the only pup in town.

So I liked Sloane, yes Galen is right that she is a bit on the prim side. I don’t understand how someone could button so many buttons, I mean it seems uncomfortable, but whatever. I liked that she definitely evolved throughout the course of the book, the book ended up being more than just finding a guy but more about finding out who she was and what she wanted from life. Some of her friends ended up bugging me, especially the one who invited someone on Sloane’s vacation, but overall I liked her.

Galen I liked more than Sloane, but only because he made me laugh a bit. He’s kind of rough around the edges, I think would be a good way to describe it, but not in a bad way. He isn’t exactly receptive to Sloane’s plan of pretending to be her boyfriend, but at the end of the day his pub is struggling, so it might be a good move for him. What I liked about him is that he actually tries to back out of this more than once, mostly because he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who wants to deceive people. He’s smart, hard working, and kinda funny, so I definitely liked him as the hero in this book.

Overall, I liked the book. It was a fast read, and the pacing stayed pretty good throughout the book. There were some enjoyable hot and heavy scenes, great chemistry with Galen and Sloane, and was just a good romance to read.
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About Julia London

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.

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