Review: The Perfect Bargain by Julia London

Posted August 20, 2017 by Tiffany in 5 Stars, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Highlanders / 1 Comment


Review: The Perfect Bargain by Julia LondonThe Perfect Bargain
by Julia London

Series: How to Marry a Highlander #1
Published by Entangled Lovestruck on August 4, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Highlanders
Format: Print
Source: The Publisher

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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?

The Perfect Bargain by Julia London, writing as Jessa McAdams, is a fun, sexy, swoony read that I greatly enjoyed. It takes the fake boyfriend trope and combines it with the city mouse/country mouse theme that I’m a sucker for.

Sloane Chatfield thought she had it all: a privileged upbringing, a successful fiancé, a squad of BFFs, and a career working for her family’s charitable foundation. Sloane’s perfect life crumbles when her not-so-wonderful fiancé dumps her just before their wedding. Adding insult to injury, he tells her that she’s too cold–causing Sloane’s self-esteem to take a serious hit.

Sloane’s best friends want the best for her, but their efforts to set her up with a new guy are to no avail. Desperate to thwart their matchmaking efforts, diehard Outlander fan Sloane concocts a plan to take a trip to Scotland in search of her very own Jamie Fraser. The girls invite themselves along, but not until Sloane can travel ahead of them and scope out the small village of Gairloch.

There’s not much to the small fishing village other than the local pub, the Black Thistle. Sloane frequents the pub regularly while she tries to figure out how she’s going to throw her friends off the matchmaker scent. Then she has a eureka moment: she’ll ask someone to play her fake boyfriend, just long enough to distract her well-meaning friends. Except there’s a shortage of eligible men in Gairloch. Luckily, the pub’s sexy owner, Galen Buchanan, will suit just fine.

Galen loves running the family pub, but it’s in financial straits and he’s not sure what to do. When the American lass approaches him with the perfect bargain, he agrees to go along with the farce–for a price. They’ll both get what they want: Sloane will get her friends off her back and Galen will get enough funds to buy new equipment for the pub.

No one planned on falling in love along the way.

Sloane and Galen have wonderful chemistry. They frequently spar verbally, her citified American ways clashing with his small-town Highland traditions. She’s prim and proper, while he’s simple and unpretentious. Over time, though, it becomes clear that despite their differences, they have a real connection that’s worth exploring.

Sloane and Galen have a fling, but they also begin a real friendship that opens each other’s eyes and hearts. By nature, their arrangement is temporary…but can it become something more?

I just loved this story: the idyllic setting, the easy-to-love characters, and the swoony romance between Sloane and Galen. Fans of Outlander will enjoy all the references to the story and TV show. This is a feel-good read that I heartily recommend.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Rating: 5 stars


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