A Highlander Walks into a Bar
by Laura Trentham
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Book #1 in the Highland, Georgia series
Number of pages: 311
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 7/26/20 to 7/29/20
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 discovered something about myself while reading this book. I don’t remember which story sometime in the last year had me realizing I don’t enjoy stories with huge lies between the hero and heroine anymore. This story helped me to understand why. There is something Alasdair is keeping from Izzy which has the potential to explode like an atomic bomb. Every time it came up in this story, I would get butterflies…the bad kind. The dread kind. And I just don’t enjoy that feeling at all.
There is a lot about this story that I like. Izzy and Alasdair are both wonderful characters, as are her mom and his uncle. Nobody is malicious in any way. But it’s obvious pretty early on where the biggest conflict will be and it was an annoyance for me. I enjoyed the awkward flirting and sweet relationship Alasdair and Isabel had between them. Then that pesky secret would rear its head and upset me. On one hand, I know there has to be some sort of conflict. On the other hand, I thought there was enough conflict with the smaller secret Alasdair was keeping for his uncle, and the potential of any relationship having to be long distance.
The townspeople are just the right blend of fun, quirky, and nosy. At times I found the world building to be spot on, at others I was wondering if more information would have been a good thing. While I would fall into the story every time I picked up the book, I was drawn to pick up the book when I was doing other things. Yet, overall, I did like this story.