American lass seeks brawny Scot...
As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive.
In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?
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The Perfect Bargain is the first contemporary romance I have read by Julia London, but I have read several of her historical romances. The story is the start of a fresh and fun new series for Julia writing as Jessa McAdams. It doesn't hurt that the theme of the novel is about a woman looking for her personal Jamie Fraser, the hero of the Outlander series.
Sloane Chatfield finds a small town in Scotland to spend her vacation as a way to pretend to find the Highlander of her dreams and break up with him before her friends come to join her. The only place she can find a Wi-Fi signal is in Galen Buchanan's bar. When her friends change their plans and decide to come early, Sloane is desperate to find a ruggedly handsome Scot to play her boyfriend for a few days. The brusque solicitor turned bar owner scoffs at the "prim" American lass when she suggests he pretend to be her boyfriend. The need for a new refrigerator for the bar forces him to take her up on her offer, not knowing how much the arrangement will change his life.
Sloane and Galen are a couple not one person would ever see together. Sloane is a bit uptight, and lacking confidence since her ex completely obliterated her personal self-worth. Galen is a hometown boy just trying to keep his grandfather's bar afloat. The two end up bickering like an old married couple, which I found sinfully delightful.
This story twists and turns like some of the bumpy, dirt roads of the Highlands. I know in a murder mystery the reader wants to guess the ending before the last page. In a romance novel, the best part for me is to be left wondering what will happen next at every turn. This book had me laughing, crying, and waiting with anticipation of the next spectacular moment. The book ended on a fabulous note, and I can not wait to see what is in store for the next book in the How to Marry a Highlander series.
Thank you to Julia London/Jessa McAdams and Entangled Lovestruck for granting me with a copy of The Perfect Bargain in exchange for an honest review.
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, as well as the new Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Fall of Grace, and The Perils of Prudence. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch and Return to Homecoming Ranch.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and six-time RITA award finalist for excellence in romantic fiction.