A Highlander in a Pickup (Highland, Georgia)

A Highlander in a Pickup
by Laura Trentham
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Book #2 in the Highland, Georgia series
Number of pages:  320
Source: Warren Public Library
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating: NC-17
Read 10/4/20 to 10/7/20

Iain Connors is the poster boy for the strong and silent type. Growing up a loner at Cairndow Castle in Scotland with only the cliffs and moors for company, it’s understood Iain will assume the mantle of Cairndow groundskeeper when his father is ready to relinquish it. But his stint in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces has opened up a whole new world—and now, rather than settle down, he accepts an invitation to travel to the States to take charge of the Highland Games. After all, he’s led men into battle, how hard can planning a party be?

Anna Maitland is ready to step up for her best friend Isabel Blackmoor, who can’t run the Games in their hometown this year. Surely Anna, a dance instructor with boundless energy, spirit, and charm, is up for the challenge? What she doesn’t anticipate is a man in a kilt who turns up claiming he’s the one in charge. What’s worse about this Iain? He’s so infuriatingly handsome that she can’t help but fantasize about him whispering sweet-nothings in her ear in his rumbly, sexy brogue. . .

The first book in this series, A Highlander Walks into a Bar, had its ups and downs for me. I wasn’t 100% sold on it, but I loved the characters and writing so decided I would continue the series. Especially after the end of the last book when we get a peek at Iain. Since this story didn’t seem like it would center around a bunch of secret-keeping (my main issue with book #1) I thought I’d be safe. And boy, am I glad I read this story. I loved it!

There is just something about Iain that spoke to me. He’s such a great guy. His shyness and imposing build really give many the wrong impression, which only makes him even more reserved…and the cycle goes around and around. Those that take the time to get to know the man are rewarded with the most loyal and thoughtful friend one could have.

I wanted Anna to have a fairy tale HEA from the moment I met her in the previous book. Her mom upset me, and I knew this woman needed some fun and love in her life. The story of Anna and Iain may not have started as a fairy tale, but they do find their HEA.

This book called to me and wanted to be read. Since I was reading a paperback copy from my library, I wasn’t able to read it in bed (having to use reading glasses now makes that almost impossible) and didn’t carry it with me to read on my lunch break due to the bulk. But each evening, between dinner and bed, I made sure to carve out some time to visit Highland and this sweet couple.

Once again, there were times here and there where the world building fell a bit flat. Not between Iain and Anna and the festival, but with the other people in town and the dance studio. I felt like things were started and went down paths they weren’t intended. Nothing that took me out of the story or left me bereft. So, overall, I enjoyed this read immensely.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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