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.Through the Glen by Samantha Young
Series: The Highlands #2
Published by Samantha Young on February 1, 2024
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Romantic Suspense
Source: the author
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He’s a cynical, world-weary Londoner. She’s a shy Scot. They might seem like opposites, but a few weeks in the Highlands will bring them together in ways they can’t imagine…
Theo Cavendish is the second son of a British viscount, and he’s spent years running from the aristocratic world he grew up in. Betrayal and loss taught him lessons he’s not quick to forget. As an award-winning screenwriter and creator, Theo prefers to throw himself into the world of film and television. He moves from one project to another, never really letting anyone truly know him.
As a housekeeper at the exclusive Ardnoch Estate, shy Sarah McCulloch feels invisible most days. No one really knows her, and they definitely don’t know she’s a bestselling crime writer. She dreams of seeing her series on screen and believes only one person can develop it for television. On the day she quits the estate for good, she shares her secret with club member, Theo, and asks him to consider her books.
Sarah never expected him to say yes or to show up on her doorstep ready to write with her. Or that weeks spent locked up in her cottage would lead them to form an intense but undeniable connection. A bond that Theo is not sure he’s ready to accept, even though he can’t bear to be without her.
However, when they finally venture out of their bubble, Theo finds he’ll have to battle more than his own demons to protect Sarah from hurt. For he has another fan, one intent on bringing the darkest elements of his most famous script to life. And unless he can figure out this real-life antagonist’s next move, Theo could be in danger of losing Sarah forever.
I was worried I might not be able to get into this one since I wasn’t able to read the last one, but as usual these are all standalones and I was able to read and enjoy this one on its own.
The beginning of this was perfect though. I loved how Sarah tried to get Theo to collaborate, and when he refused, she just threw her book and left. Of course when he read it, he had to change his mind. At first he was a bit unlikable as we saw him deal with another woman, but that woman was enough to totally make you not like her, especially later in the book when she came back to make trouble. And when Theo showed up for Sarah in her time of need, unbeknownst to him when he did, that was wonderful as well.
Their relationship was built perfectly through working, and when they took the next step, it flowed just the way you’d expect. The big issue that gave them their moment apart was one that Sarah kind of predicted, but it still sucked. Theo’s begging to get her back also was well deserved in order to get another chance. And I think holding out on him the way she did, and taking it slower that second time made a lot of sense.
Even though I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, other than when favorite authors like Young write it, I do like that it often makes it so the story doesn’t have that last act of a break up. I like having something else that kind of tests their relationship, but not in that kind of way. The bad guy in this book was scary, and also perfect for the type of people and world that both Theo and Sarah lived in.
Another great story from Samantha Young!