I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
Published by Montlake on August 24, 2021
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Source: the publisher
In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.
Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.
When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass.
As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?
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This book started out with making me laugh so hard while I was eating in a restaurant that I worried what the people around me were thinking. But that’s really no surprise with a story written by Meghan Quinn. I laughed so hard almost all the way through, well, really all the way through to be honest. Except for a few parts that I was crying because what was happening just really got me. I mean, I totally understood Rowan, although again I think at the bit at the end he was a bit over the top. But I was very upset with Dakota’s part in the final conflict scenes. However Quinn knows how to make the characters redeem themselves, as well as make you understand exactly why they do what they do.
This was actually my second book in a row set in Scotland. So it was kind of fun reading about this country that I’ve wanted to visit since I first discovered the show Outlander, and since my sister moved there in 2019 right before all the Covid stuff hit and messed up any chance of going to visit her. Maybe in 2022. We’ll see. But this book only made me want to go more! Plus, I’ve asked my sister to bring me back a Curly Wurly candy bar next time she visits us.
I loved that Bonnie’s name was Bonnie, because of how Scottish people call something “bonny” when it is pretty. It was also fun hearing all the Scottish slang, some I’d heard from my sister or other stuff like Outlander, others were new and I told my sister she had to ask her new Scottish friends about it! The word holibags amuses me so much. But when Bonnie said “holi-boobies” I was dying laughing.
And then there was all the food, cakes, etc. that they talked about! I need to try that stuff too! Oh Meghan Quinn, I adore you and your characters and stories soooooooooo much!
“I know you would have done the same for me.” I move my hands slowly across his chest. “Rowan?”
“Does this mean . . . we’re starting something?”
“Are you fishing for a date, lass?”
“Wouldn’t hurt you to ask, you know.”
And I wait . . . and wait . . . and wait.
“Uh, are you going to ask?”
“On my terms, Bonnie. Now just go to sleep.”
“On your terms—what does that even mean?”
“Means I’ll ask when I ask.”
“Well, I can’t wait around forever, you know. I’m fresh meat in a Scottish meat market. I might be asked out tomorrow, and because you never asked me out, I would take that date.”
“Then take it,” he says casually.
I pinch his side, and he barely flinches. “You’re not supposed to say that.”
“I know you wouldn’t take it. You’re too infatuated with me.”
“Oh, now you did it,” I exclaim. “Now I’m going to go ask Lieth out just to spite you.”
He chuckles. “Good luck. I heard he likes to lick necks on first dates.”
“Well, then he’s the perfect man for me.”
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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