The Highland fling

Meghan Quinn

Book - 2021

"A single woman and her best friend move to the Scottish Highlands to manage a local coffee shop. They encounter friendly townspeople, and sparks fly with the rugged local handyman."

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
Seattle : Montlake [2021
Language
English
Physical Description
338 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781542025225
1542025222
Main Author
Meghan Quinn (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This raunchy and raucous rom-com from Quinn (The Wedding Game) finds 24-year-old Bonnie floundering after being dumped, fired, and evicted. Her best friend, Dakota, is also struggling, having recently ended her first relationship with a woman. So, naturally, the friends drunkenly respond to a viral job posting seeking two people to work at a café in tiny Corsekelly, Scotland, while the owners are away. The culture shock is intense and the accents often unintelligible, but there's no denying the bekilted local lads are strapping, especially Rowan, the café owners' son, with whom Bonnie strikes up a flirtatiously combative relationship. Meanwhile, Dakota falls for local baker Isla. Though their relationship is secondary, it feels more realistic than the romance between Bonnie and Rowan, whose bickering reads as immature. Bonnie's comically horny narration, while amusing, undermines more serious moments, as when Rowan opens up about his strained familial relationships. Better handled is Bonnie's inspiring discovery of an entrepreneurial passion for running the café. And, refreshingly, the emotional climax is centered as much on Bonnie's friendship with Dakota, and Rowan's relationship with his parents, as it is on the romance. The strong female friendship and gorgeous descriptions of Scotland are the highlight here, sure to appeal to anyone looking for an armchair getaway. Agent: Aimee Ashcraft, Brower Literary.(Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A single woman and her best friend move to the Scottish Highlands to manage a local coffee shop. They encounter friendly townspeople, and sparks fly with the rugged local handyman."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James stumbles upon a "help wanted" post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands. Bonnie and her friend Dakota apply on a whim-- and get the job. When they arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan is in no mood to deal with the quirky American. Path cross, insults fly ... and sparks ignite. Can Bonnie and Rowan build on their similarities to help each other, or will their passionate tempers fling them apart? -- adapted from back cover

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a 'help wanted' post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan's in no mood to deal with the quirky American'even if she is a bonny lass.As Bonnie and Rowan's paths inevitably cross, insults'and sparks'fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction'and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?