The Perfect Bargain: How to Marry a Highlander #1 by Julia London

The Perfect Bargain: How to Marry a Highlander #1 by Julia London

Welcome to my review of the first in the new How to Marry a Highlander series,written by Julia London  Please read on for the excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought about this book and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be the winner of a $100.00 Amazon eGift Card or one of Five Runners up to receive a #GOKILT Mug.

The Perfect Bargain

Going in, I expected this to be a light and fun story, and that is exactly what happened.  Julia London has brought the ‘pretend boyfriend’ trope to this story of rebounding girl seeking a new connection based on her dream man.  While the premise is a familiar one, the quality of the writing helped to keep me intrigued. Not that there weren’t some issues, but more on that later.

Sloane has been dumped by her fiancé and decides that her friends’ sympathies are just too much. For a while she has dreamed of her very own Scotsman, so she hops a flight to Scotland from Chicago to do just that.  I found Sloane a bit difficult to embrace: city girl, a bit dismissive of the differences between urban Chicago and rural Scotland, she just didn’t make me want to know her more.  Yes, her friends (mostly all well-meaning but more than a touch annoying) do care for her and want to see her happy, so they follow close on her heels to make sure she is ‘making an effort.

Galen owns a pub in the rural town: and he’s the closest version of her idea of the ‘perfect James Frasier” of her own.  He’s a bit of a flirt, handsome and completely at home, even when he does stick his foot in it. Repeatedly.  I’m not certain that I bought into their chemistry, although some of their interactions were cute and clever, and Sloane’s discomfiture at hiring Galen to pose as the boyfriend does lead them into some cleverly set situations.

Now, it wasn’t a bad book at all, just not entirely hitting every box for me to love it.  Dialectic writing is something I have difficulty with: I can imagine an accent, I don’t need it spelled out for me.  Repeated references to Jamie Frasier just became annoying- even if that was the impetus for Sloane’s fantasy man.  There was a bit too much cliché overall despite the moments that rose above, for me to love this unconditionally.  But as a quick summer read with little angst or conflict, this is a good choice.


The Perfect Bargain: How to Marry a Highlander #1 by Julia London

Title: The Perfect Bargain
Series: How to Marry a Highlander #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
ISBN: 1943336458
Published on: 30 June, 2015
Pages: 280
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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?

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.

Tasty Excerpt


“I happen to be quite good at sizing people up, and you, lass, are spoiled. Donna take it personally—it’s an American thing,” he said casually, as if that were a foregone conclusion.

Now Sloane was indignant.“Watch yourself, Braveheart,” she said, poking him in the arm. “And anyway, how is that even remotely an American thing?”

“It’s the way Americans view the rest of the world,” he said. “Americans think the Loch Ness monster exists, and that we all live in the Highlands in a Braveheart movie. Or, you all read Trainspotting in school and think we’re all on drugs. You think Scots believe in unicorns and our national pastime is the caber toss, and our calendars are manly men in kilts holding kittens.”

“Is there really a calendar like that?” she asked, perking up. If there was, she’d be picking one up before she headed back to the States.

All she got in response to that was an I-told-you-so look.




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About Julia London

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.

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