I can’t say that this is one of my favorites from MQ, but it still has plenty of her signature humor – and that made it a pretty fun read. This has got the same “mainstream,” toned down feel as The Wedding Game, though The Highland Fling kicks the steam up a notch. I’d ALMOST call it women’s fiction at times, because the romance is VERY slow-moving (and ultimately felt like instalove towards the end). It’s filled with humor, remaining exceedingly light except for one or two minor subplots that add an extra dose of heart. I loved the hero, and wish we got to know him better – Rowan is a grumpy Scot with a heart of gold, a guy who didn’t stand a chance against our bubbly and bold heroine. The two have a great opposites attract connection, and the moments when they were together were, without a doubt, the best parts of the book. They were just too few and far apart.
The story follows Bonnie, a 24-year-old American who isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. When an intriguing job opportunity presents itself, Bonnie and her best friend decide to take the adventure of a lifetime and run a coffee shop in Scotland for six months. But upon arrival in Scotland, things do not go as planned. There’s culture shock, the coffee shop is not what they expected, and there’s a surly Scot who catches Bonnie’s eye. Rowan has no interest in getting involved with the outgoing American, but Bonnie is persistent – and he can’t seem to stay away. As the two grow closer, Bonnie discovers that she might’ve found herself in the place she least expected.
I’ll one-click anything that MQ writes, because her humor always brings a smile to my face, and her heroes are always swoonworthy. This definitely DID and DIDN’T feel like an MQ book. Yes, it’s funny – there’s plenty of offbeat humor that makes this feel fresh and light. Yes, I loved Rowan – I wanted more of him. But it’s also a lot slower moving and more sedate than her usual. The first half just felt plain slow to me, and it takes a long, long time before the romance gets going. Only a small portion of the book is actually devoted to Rowan and Bonnie together, so their relationship also feels a bit like instalove in that way. I didn’t love the beginning, I didn’t love the ending – but I did sincerely enjoy the middle. That’s where I’m at with this one. Fans of her bolder books (Earn Your Extra Credit, The Perfect Catch, etc) might find this too slow-paced for them, but newer fans may love this Highland adventure.
🎧 Audio note: Not a fan of the audiobook, lol. A lot of this story is told from Bonnie’s perspective, and her narrator did a good job – I had no trouble telling the characters apart, and her voice is easy to listen to. However, Rowan’s character has a thick Scottish accent. The female narrator handles that pretty well, no major complaints there. But I just couldn’t take the male narrator’s voice seriously. Every time Rowan had a chapter, it just reminded me of the duke from The Bromance Book Club – an over-the-top, humorous voice with a strong Scottish accent. I didn’t find it sexy at all, it was more laughable than anything (ESPECIALLY when he voices Bonnie’s character). That made the romantic (and steamy) scenes awkward to listen to, and I actually switched back to the Kindle edition once the focus shifted to Rowan and Bonnie’s relationship. In terms of the story itself, it does lend itself well to listening, though it might get awkward at the workplace. There’s plenty of inappropriate humor at the start of the book, so even though this is very much a slow burn romance, there is some sexual content throughout. The runtime is good for the workday though – just a bit longer than a day at the office, with no need to carry over to a second day. I would’ve liked the audiobook with a different male narrator.
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?
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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