ARC Review – The Perfect Bargain (How to Marry a Highlander) by Jessa McAdams

I loved the way these two riled each other up, I loved their banter and crazy pet names and most of all I loved how they fell in love by realizing the other one is truly special. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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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?

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I enjoy a good fish out of water story and when it’s combined with a love story between two very different people and set in rural Scotland, well that makes it a pretty damn find romance. In Jessa McAdam’s The Perfect Bargain a society princess who is trying to get her friend’s off her back about dating heads to Scotland to kind her own “Jamie Fraser” but when her friend’s decide to come visit she has to produce a man and she turns to the owner/bartended of a small failing pup to help her. I loved the way these two riled each other up, I loved their banter and crazy pet names and most of all I loved how they fell in love by realizing the other one is truly special.

After her fiancé dumps her, Sloane Chatfield throws herself into her work as a fundraiser for her family’s philanthropy division and after several bad dates set up by her friends she tells them she is going to Scotland on vacation to find herself a Highlander. What she doesn’t expect is for them to agree to meet her there and join her on her vacation especially when they decide to show up two weeks early.

All Galen Buchanan is trying to do is save the pub that he feels is his family’s legacy. Every day it becomes a little harder to remember why he gave up his career as an agricultural solicitor and with profits at zero and equipment failing when the crazy American offers him money to play her boyfriend for a short while he agrees but he gets way more than he ever expected.

These two start out like oil and water and end up like gasoline and matches; I swear the verbal sparring at the beginning was not friendly at all and while there was a bit of sexual chemistry it didn’t leap off the page but as Galen pushes Sloane past her buttoned up boundaries he begins to see a whole different person and as Sloane peels back Galen’s prickly layers she begins to admire the man underneath.

From beginning to end I was caught up in their story and I loved watching them go from frenemies, to friends, to lovers and more. This is the perfect romance for summer; it is charming, it is sexy, and it is pretty damn wonderful.

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