Review: The Perfect Bargain by Julia London (aka Jessa McAdams)
Release Date: 06/30/2015
Series: How to Marry a Highlander #1
Aside from the teaser, I was really attracted to The Perfect Bargain because BRAWNY SCOT, GALEN...DUH. Scots and Irishmen always make my heart go pitter patter. The Perfect Bargain was ultimately the perfect (get it?) mix of banter, temperament, and sweet moments (with some steam, of course).
Sloane Chatfield is coming off of a bad break-up. In an effort to avoid her friends' constant badgering for her to get back in the game, she plans a girl trip with them. A trip to Gairloch, Scotland where the men sometimes wear kilts and the cows are prone to stand outside of the pub annoying "innocent" American lasses. Sloane knows that her friends have good intentions, but when they decide to surprise her by meeting her in Scotland two weeks early, she panics because she just told them that she found her new highland boyfriend--her new highland boyfriend who happens to be fictional.
To save face, Sloane propositions pub owner Galen Buchanan. She's willing to pay Galen to be her fake boyfriend, but Galen isn't exactly dying to help the American who insults his pub and monopolizes his best table. But what can he do? The pub is falling apart around him, and he wants to do his grandfather proud.
Cue the sexual tension! In an effort to make their relationship appear real, Sloane travels with Galen to his brothers cottage for an overnight visit. Two individuals that secretly find each other attractive in close quarters? BOW CHICKA WOW WOW. But really, I love the visit to the cottage because it's a pivotal point in their relationship. Sloane starts to loosen up and become more confident in herself when she proves to herself that she has what it takes to build a fence. I appreciate her stubbornness--especially with that epically hilarious bathroom scene. Girl, I would have done the same thing!
As much as Galen says he is just a job, he really is a good guy! I'm a fan of playful relationships, and Sloane and Galen are definitely playful. The goodnatured bantering about the state of the pub is present all the way until the end. Tea and sandwiches for the win! Family scenes are some of my favorite scenes, too. I love siblings giving each other a hard time, which is why I liked the dinner at the Buchanans, but it was too short for my liking! Or at least, I would have liked a little more interaction with the Buchanans.
Did Sloane and Galen's relationship progress fast? Yes. But sometimes you need a read that cuts the bullshit where everything hits the fan. I'm SO SUPER GLAD that Sloane didn't let anything change when the super douche ex came crawling back, but I'm glad he did come back because you need some outside tension every now and again.
Bottom line: Would I recommend The Perfect Bargain? Yeah, I would. It's a nice and simple summer read! AND KILTS. If Kilts get you hot, you might want to check this out! (; I'm thinking this series is only going to get better.