The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn (2021)
Two American friends, Bonnie and Dakota, answer an ad to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands. Will Bonnie's run-ins with the local handyman, Rowan, lead to love or make her flee the country? I really loved this book! First, the Scottish Highlands setting was amazing and now I want to book a trip ASAP. The story was the perfect mix of rom-com and deeper topics. Bonnie was just hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud at her no-filter antics. But, she was also facing some tough issues, especially feelings of unworthiness and lack of purpose. I thought these things made her very relatable. Rowan was the quintessential grumpy hot guy. His family issues, particularly near the end, shed a lot of light on his character. Rowan and Bonnie together were just fire - so much chemistry! Add in their amazing circle of friends (Bonnie's relationship with Dakota was particularly inspiring) and it all made for a winning story! 4.5 stars
Wild Card by Lila Monroe (2018)
Olivia is a matchmaker - the kind that fixes up billionaires with "dates" to events (basically, fake relationships). Her newest client, Ryan, needs someone to accompany him to business venture meetings, and it turns out she's the perfect fit - as long as he'll pretend to be her boyfriend at her father's wedding to a much younger woman. Business turns to pleasure as they realize they're actually pretty perfect together. I really enjoyed both of these characters - Olivia is a hard-working straight shooter, and Ryan is a former football player trying to launch a new business. There was so much chemistry between them that I couldn't wait for them to get together. Although I wasn't crazy about the events that nearly broke them up (Ryan was totally immature about the whole thing), there were so many other things to enjoy about this book. The antics surrounding the wedding added a lot of humor, and Monroe's trademark steam was in abundance. 4 stars
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