Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Perfect Bargain by Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams

The Perfect Bargain (How to Marry a Highlander, #1)
by: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Series: How to Marry a Highlander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled: Lovestruck

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?

Sloane Chatfield arrives in Gairloch, Scotland looking for her own Jamie Fraser, since her ex-fiancĂ© dumped her and she’s tired of her friends trying to set her up.  She needs a fake boyfriend and convinces Galen Buchanan he’s the man for the  job, in exchange for money.  With Galen’s pub bleeding him dry and not making any money, he takes Sloane up on her offer.

First of all, let me just put it out here..... I have no idea what Outlander is or who Jamie Fraser is.  If those are things you know about and like, this could be the perfect book for you.  The Perfect Bargain is only the second book I’ve read that is set in Scotland.  If I’m being honest, which I have to be, I struggled with the book early on.  I HATED the way the Scottish language was portrayed.  Every time I read the word “donna”, I heard Mario or Luigi from Super Mario.  It took me a minute to realize the characters were saying “don’t or don’t you”, or something along those lines.  I also struggled with the heroine a little.

Sloane seemed to be completely out of her element and not how I initially envisioned her.  Outwardly, she has the ultra prim and proper vibe, wearing only slacks, cardigans, and pearls.  She’s stuffy, definitely someone who seems older than her twenty-six years. But she swears (there’s nothing proper about that) and she’s consistently challenging and insulting Galen.  I actually found Galen to be likeable but I wasn’t in love with him.

I wanted to like The Perfect Bargain so I pushed myself to read it.  I finally got a funny scene about 37% into the book and was happy, only to be let down a little bit.  Around 50% I was able to say I started to really enjoy the book and wanted to see how this couple made it.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 3

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  1. I've heard about this one. I'd love to read it. I want to try this author as her books sound so good.

    1. Hi Yvonne.

      If you get the chance to read the book, please stop back by and let me know what you think.


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