Melonie Johnson comes to the blog with the first in a 3 book contemporary romance series, Sometimes in Love
Getting Hot with the Scot
My first introduction to this author and series, and it starts with the first book, with our characters both making their living as they work in media: she as an entertainment reporter and he as a web sensation with his series of off the wall jokes and scenes (think Jackass without the danger). Both are successful and content, if half a world apart. But Cassie has been itching for ‘more’ of late, she wants to be a real reporter talking about more than the next divorce or shocking outfit. Cassie is more than I expected when I first met her – a sucker for historic romance, sharp intellect, a good listener and always looking for the ‘story behind the story’. And ready to experience something different from her ‘usual’ days, she and her four friends have planned the trip of a lifetime through Europe -each has a leg of the trip – and each has a goal. Cassie, as one might expect from a younger ‘heroine’ has decided that a fling with a hot guy is just what she is looking for.
Logan lives in Scotland – a bit of an immature outlook where relationships are concerned, and his web series is based on outrageous practical jokes, some funnier than others. At heart, Logan is just living life and enjoying himself, and with plenty of hard work and a few uncommitted encounters as well as plenty of friends, his life is good. It gets markedly better when he encounters Cassie and her friends at a local (to him) pub. It’s not long before the two are flirting outrageously and Cassie gets her ‘fling’. Yet it is so much more – there is a chemistry here that neither can deny, and they actually enjoy one another on their way to something more.
Now, there were problems with the story and writing. Written in 3rd person POV, the switches between his and her perspective were frequent, not indicated and until a clear ‘voice’ for each character is recognizable – difficult to follow. No indications of scene breaks, as well as a fairly hefty dose of Scottish slang that could easily confuse and frustrate readers who had to constantly stop to look up the words as most didn’t intuit from sentence placement. And the lagging and dragging – several moments where nothing relevant happened, or was expended in making it clear who the ‘next couple’ would be with plenty of ‘dreamy’ moments, and not quite enough action had me wanting to skim, and the immaturity of BOTH Logan and Cassie had me frustrated with them frequently. It’s a lighthearted story that perhaps takes itself a bit too seriously, with characters that are easy to know despite their less-than-wonderful traits that both display. I’ve got the second and third to read and can only hope that the stories flow a bit more consistently.
Title: Getting Hot with the Scot
Author: Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #1
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published on: 30 April, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 42 minutes
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IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT
Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .
Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.