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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: Scot of My Dreams by Janice Maynard / @pumpupyourbook @JaniceMaynard

Title: Scot of My Dreams
Series: Kilted Heroes, Book 2
Author: Janice Maynard
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

In USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard’s sweet and sexy new series, three childhood friends with a shared passion for the Outlander novels and TV show decide to travel to Scotland looking for adventure—and their very own Highland heroes…

Willow Ryman is as crazy about Scotland as her friends, but she’s on a tighter budget. So during their visit, she opts to stay at a shabby local hostel instead of a cozy B&B. When the owners abruptly decide to shut down for renovations, Willow is left out in the cold—until while exploring the countryside, Willow meets a handsome, friendly, kilt-clad fisherman. The Scotsman is everything she’s dreamed about. But he’s a blueblood, and she’s blue collar…

Bryce McBrae’s lineage as Laird McBrae has always been more of a burden than a blessing. Rarely does it spark such stimulating conversation as he enjoys with the pretty, refreshing American. Wanting more and unwilling to let Willow slip away, he invites her to stay at his castle. But as the two fall hard and fast for each other, they’ll have to decide whether this is just a vacation fling—or a sexy Cinderella story come true…

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Interesting. I didn't read the first book of this series but, honestly, felt I didn't need to. The purpose of Willow's trip to Scotland is mentioned in the synopsis and made clearer in the first part of the book. I've heard of die hard fans of shows wanting and willing to experience things related to the show but I've never read about it before.

On that note, I'm not an Outlander fan. I tried reading the books, tried watching the show, but I couldn't connect to either. The references to that show were a little lost on me as I read. Google and Bing became my best friends while I read, lol.

Willow and Bryce's story was sweet. In their everyday life, they had their obligations, things they needed to take care of and see to and mind. But that life suspended as they spent time together. Their differences didn't matter in the least as they got to know one another, fell in love with each other, and realized they needed someone from the other. Not money or status or sex. Connection. They may have felt alone at the beginning but they were far from being alone at the end.

I liked this story. It wasn't earth-shaking or revelation-making. It wasn't sex, sex, sex. It definitely wasn't angst filled. It was sweet. As a caution, this isn't a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am story. It definitely moves a tad slow for a vacation romance. If you can keep that in mind though, I think you'll like this one.

USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for a number of years, Janice turned in her lesson plan book and began writing full-time. Since then she has sold over thirty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin.

Her Men of Wolff Mountain books are fan favorites, and Janice is now deeply involved with her new cast of heroes in the long running Kavanaghs of Silver GlenSeries.

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