Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of publication: July 30th, 2019
Series: Highland, Georgia
A Highlander in a Pickup—Book 2 (expected publication date: February 25th, 2020)
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?
“I brought home a surprise!”A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham
What got me interested in this book was the title. It sounded like the beginning of a bad joke. Of course, I needed to read it. I am glad I did because this was a sweet romance.
Isabel is thrown for a loop when her mother comes home from a trip to Scotland with a large Highlander. With Highland’s annual Highland Games fast approaching, Isabel doesn’t need any distractions. Then Alasdair shows up. Isabel starts to fall for Alasdair, but she doesn’t know that he has secrets. The secrets that he has could end their relationship before it takes off.
I didn’t like Isabel when she was first introduced in the book. I thought that she was immature. Then I started thinking about how she was acting. If my mother came home with a strange guy and started acting flighty, then I would have acted the same way. So, my dislike of her lessened within the first few chapters. By the middle of the book, I started to like her. Mainly after her talk with Anna and the whole girl bud conversation. I did think she overacted a little when she found out about Alasdair and Gareth. But, at the same time, I felt that her reaction was justified.
I liked Alasdair. I liked that he cared enough about Gareth to track him down. I liked that he agreed to keep Gareth’s title and wealth a secret. I liked that he was willing to apologize for things he said when he was eighteen. I liked that he was going to fight his boss when his research into Rose and Isabel’s property became public. But there were things that I didn’t like. I didn’t like that he told Isabel half-truths’ right from the beginning. He lied to Isabel about something silly. He lied about his relationship with Gareth. I understood why, but still.
Rose and Gareth were adorable. I saw hearts every time they interacted. I wouldn’t quite classify Alasdair and Isabel’s romance as cute. It was more on the steamy, sultry side.
Speaking of sex scenes, I can’t say that I even remotely giggled at one sex scene ever. But Isabel brought out the giggler in me. Stealing Alasdair’s clothing, getting bit by fire ants and then getting her band-aids stuck on his junk. I was dying.
The end of the book was terrific. I loved the confrontation that Alasdair had with George. I loved the town coming to helps Alasdair win Isabel back. But more importantly, I liked that Isabel came up with a kick-ass solution to a big problem. And the epilogue!! I loved it!! I also liked seeing who the next book was going to be about. I can’t wait to read it!!
I would give A Highlander Walks into a Bar an Adult rating. There is sex. There is mild language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread A Highlander Walks into a Bar. I would recommend it to family and friends.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**