Title: A Highlander Walks into a Bar
Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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?
What a cute story. I was hooked from the title of this one. I mean what isn’t there to love about a man in a kilt.
This is the story of Isabel and Alasdair, both trying to protect their loved ones from being taken advantage of. I was hooked by this story from the start. I loved how fiercly Isabel wanted to protect her mother and how much she didn’t trust Gareth’s intentions. I also loved how much Alasdair was protective of Gareth not trusting Rose and Isabel’s intentions. Right from the start neither Isabel nor Alasdair trusted the other. But little by little that trust turned into something more. Gareth and Alasdair show up before the Scottish Games that Isabel and her mother Rose put on for their town of Highland Georgia. I think a great part of this whole story was seeing Alasdair compare Highland to Glasgow.
One thing I really liked about this story was that there was no instant love between Alasdair and Isabel, it was truly something that grew with time. I even liked the little twist that “seperated” them for a bit. I knew it was coming, and I think that the author did an amazing job of not blowing it over. We actually got to see Isabel and Alasdair work it out.
All in a all a good read, from the start. A great story with romance, comedy and of course love and a great start to a new series.
Laura Trentham is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, including Then He Kissed Me and The Military Wife. She is a member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.