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review 2019-08-01 22:33
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar - Laura Trentham

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Izzy and Alasdair both lost their fathers at a young age but while Izzy adored her father, Alasdair didn't have the best relationship with his. Now the uncle Alasdair adored but let anger keep him away, has run off to America with a woman he barely knows and Alasdair wants to make sure he's not being taken advantage of.

Izzy has been her mother's companion and partner in keeping their family tradition alive ever since her father died and she can't believe her mom is bringing a stranger into the mix.

Izzy and Alasdair both want to protect the ones they love but are also learning they might need to live their own lives and take a chance on secretly held dreams.

 

Lord have mercy, her mother had brought back a six-foot, two-hundred-pound-plus souvenir from Scotland.

 

First in the Highland, Georgia series, I was entertained with how the author shook things up a bit with transporting the Highlands to Georgia, USA. Izzy and her mother organize the Highland Games every year for their Scottish obsessed town and consider it their honor and Izzy's birthright as it has been passed down through her father's family. I liked how the author showed how even though Izzy considered it her birthright, she also lost a bit of herself when she gave up certain dreams to help her mom and began to ignore her own wants and needs. I think this helped to explain why she was so wary of the man her mother brought home; the pain of thinking of her dad replaced but also her spot in her mother's life.

 

Alasdair had a whole slew of background baggage to unpack, the secrets about his dad he was still keeping from his mother, trying to live the life he thought his mother wanted for him to makeup for any pain she experienced in her marriage, and the guilt of not still having a relationship with his uncle. Since he traveled to America to keep track of his uncle, this was dealt with and worked through while I felt the issues with his mom needed more flushing out, it kind of gets rushed through at the end.

 

Alasdair and Izzy had an instant physical attraction that was followed with some cute moments brought on by Izzy's clumsiness and Alasdair's teasing. Their emotional connection wasn't as deep and strong as I typically like but they were flirty cute and transitioned well enough to sexy hot. Alasdair was put in a position by his uncle to omit some truths from Izzy which I thought was mild enough to not be too emotionally damaging but added angst to the storyline. The added plot of his work going behind his back, therefore making it seem like he was going behind Izzy's back, wasn't given enough pressure to add too much of an impact. The development, hiding, finding out by Izzy, and then resolution all happened in the background enough and was wrapped up quick enough to feel more like it clogged the story with unnecessary filler than add any hefty angst.

 

I thought the town and some it's characters could have actually been fleshed out more, I'm not sure I did feel the spirit of the town but I did think I understood our main characters enough, if not their friends. A Highlander Walks Into a Bar had cute moments and a pinch of angst, it works as an afternoon read but probably won't be a particularly memorable one. The epilogue hints at another highlander venturing into this southern Scottish town and I have a feeling Izzy's free spirit friend Anna is up next for some Scottish loving.

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review 2019-07-31 13:44
Great Story and Characters
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar - Laura Trentham

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

 

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

 

I have a love-hate relationship with contemporaries, especially if it’s an author I haven’t heard of. Throw in the word Highlander and I have to give it a try. I’m glad I did with this one. While some might think Izzy was acting irrationally, being in the same type of dynamic, I could actually see my son acting the same way (if not worse) if I were to actually start dating someone again. This also made me happy that Izzy’s mother was able to find a second chance at happiness even though she’s a secondary character. I really liked both Izzy and Alasdair as the fell in love regardless of their original intentions. I also felt that this book was more than just about the romance between Izzy and Alasdair, it was also about Izzy’s relationship with her mother. It also gave Alasdair an opportunity to find himself. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend.   

 

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-07-30 21:52
Fun Read!
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar - Laura Trentham

Totally love this book, but then, what woman doesn't love sexy Highlanders? A Highlander Walks Into A Bar by Laura Trentham is a fabulous contemporary romance. I think this may be my favorite of the Laura Trentham books I've read. Ms. Trentham has given readers a well-written book and filled it with lovable, fun characters. Isabel was shocked when her mother brings Gareth, a Highlander, home with her from her trip to Scotland. Alasdair arrives soon after to make sure Gareth isn't being conned by golddiggers. Alasdair and Isabel's story is loaded with humor, drama, smokin' hot sexy bits, misunderstandings and an evil boss. I enjoyed every single page of this book and look forward to the next book in this series. A Highlander Walks Into A Bar is book 1 of the Highland, Georgia Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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review 2019-07-30 14:31
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar - Laura Trentham

Isabel "Izzy" Buchanan is a strong, sassy girl who still lives with her mom in Highland, GA. It's been 10 years since she lost her dad but together they still host the annual Highland Games, honoring their Scottish tradition. When Izzy's mom goes to Scotland for a vacation and some research, Izzy is completely surprised to find that her mom brought back a souvenir in the form of a tall, Scottish older man! Enter Gareth Connors. What is really strange is that for the first time since her father died, her mom actually looks happy. While Izzy is trying to wrap her head around their new house guest, she is even more surprised when another Scot shows up in the form of a tall, dark, sexy Alasdair Blackmoor, who actually lives in London.

Alasdair is in Highland at the request of his mother to track Gareth down, who is actually his uncle. Alasdair spent his youth with Gareth at the family home....it seems that Gareth is an Earl back in Scotland. When Alasdair meets Izzy he is instantly smitten. He does love a sassy woman! As Izzy and Alasdair spend more time together feelings start to develop and quickly they start up a friends with benefits type of relationship. When Alasdair decides to stay in Highland a little longer than he was expecting, things at his work start to explode. Alasdair finds himself at a crossroad between Izzy, work and his yearning for Scotland. He needs to make some big decisions in order to find his true happiness and be able to keep the woman of his dreams.

I really enjoyed Izzy and Alasdair's story. It was fun learning about things from Scotland and overall this was an enjoyable read.

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text 2019-07-28 19:39
Reading Update: Page 1
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar - Laura Trentham

Sunday reading, a Highlander in Georgia :)

 

A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham preorder (July 30) link

 

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing recipe

Great tasting, easy to make. Do suggest stirring in sauce w/ quinoa first.

 

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