Review: Here With Me by Samantha Young

Posted May 9, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  Here With Me by Samantha YoungHere With Me by Samantha Young
Series: Adair Family #1
Published by Samantha Young on May 11, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 506
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars
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Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner —ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair—and it’s poised on the edge of a dark scandal.

After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father. 

Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path.
While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first. 

My Review:

This story had me hooked from the beginning. And I fell in love with the characters quickly, as I remember doing back when I first started reading books by this author. There were a lot of different characters, but they all filled into the story very nicely. Another thing I loved was being in Scotland and getting a lot of Scottish names and words, and when the meaning or pronunciation of the word was given.

Starting off as a police story with the heroine, Robyn, in the line of duty made me wonder just where the story was going to go. And then when we got to Scotland, to meet her father, Mac, it made sense. But it wasn’t just Robyn’s family that we got to know, it was also Lachlan Adair, movie star/celebrity and his family and friends as well.

The mystery was one that I had a tiny inkling as we first met the characters on who was behind it all. And I ended up being right. One thing I love though, is when an author can keep me guessing, making me think, no, that’s too easy, this makes more sense, but then in the end, gets me right where I expected.

The only issue, a very tiny one that I had, was that the book was a little bit long. I don’t know what could actually be cut, because it pretty much all was needed, but it did feel a little long to me, so that’s why on my blog I only rated as 4.5 stars instead of a full 5 stars.

So this is going to be a series I guess, yay! And the series is the Adair Family, so what happens at the end that I assume will lead into the second book was definitely a surprise! I did not see that character becoming a big part or maybe getting their own book. And actually it was a good surprise, it was a loose end that I kept wondering where it was going throughout the story, and I’m pleased that we will get some answers!

Another wonderful story by Samantha Young!

About the Author:

Because I miss getting to meet authors at book conventions this past year, I thought I’d share a photo of the first time I got to meet Samantha Young!

Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Fight or Flight. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young. 

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5 responses to “Review: Here With Me by Samantha Young

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ve met her twice now, and she is so sweet and will always be one of my favorites! I’m debating sending a copy of the book to my sister who moved to Scotland in 2019 and we haven’t got to visit yet because of the pandemic. Thanks for visiting!

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