After dumping her boyfriend, Nicole Franklin impulsively jumps on a plane and heads to Europe. Sure, money and a job would have been nice to line up first. Even a visa, for that matter. So now she has to play tour guide at an Outlander experience for the most obnoxious man on the planet. Until she stumbles into the wrong bed in the middle of the night and wakes up in Harrison’s arms. Now his family thinks they’re engaged, and the entire village is betting on how long before she’ll be running for the hills.
Harrison Troy has a reputation in the town for burning through assistants. And the bubbly new one he’s just hired is likely no different. But his family quickly has them “engaged.” He should be upset, but she’s the perfect buffer for his interfering family. She says she doesn’t need another man in her life–even if he comes with a castle–and that’s fine with him. So why can’t he stop thinking about the woman who is charming everyone in the town, and maybe even him?
I think this is the first time I’ve finished a book and not had a rating in mind. Some parts I loved, and other parts had me shaking my head and chuckling at the absurdity.
So I think for this one I will start at the beginning and take you all along on my process. We’ll see where the numbers land at the end.
But, before we do, let’s take a few minutes to appreciate some men in kilts. You’re very welcome.
Take all the time you need, but please try not to drool.
Title:Scotland or Bust who doesn’t love Scotland? My favorite restaurant in the world is in Edinburgh which is in Scotland. Plus, the mere mention of Scotland brings about visions of kilts – men in kilts. Thinking about men in kilts leads to recollections of a certain rumor/ myth/ legend about what’s worn or not worn underneath. +1 because well, I like the mystery.
Cover: I don’t love the male cover model. I have no real desire to find out what’s under his kilt. Speaking of which, why isn’t he wearing a kilt? This book is full of firsts for me. I picked it for the girl – with a wink like that I’m sure she will end up being my best friend. The background is beautiful, and pink text is a favorite of mine. +1
Beginning: This book is about Nikki and Harrison. They’re on a plane Harrison is anxious about flying, to take his mind off of the situation, Nikki kisses him. The author handled this so well. I appreciated the consent part of it. Everyone knows how much I appreciate good book sex, but when push comes to shove, it’s the consent that makes or breaks the scene for me. +2
Character Development:Nikki (AKA my new book-bestie)- She’s witty and funny just like me (well how I like to think of myself). We would get into so much trouble together. If you’ve ever read this blog and thought Randi seems pretty awesome, you’ll love her. However, I have a feeling I ended up filling in a lot of the blanks because our actions were so similar – she must have the same feelings and motivations as I do. The was one huge problem though, she had no friends and she should because she’s a fun person to be around and doesn’t have a problem meeting people (Harrison for example) it didn’t fit. -.5
Harrison – I couldn’t figure the guy out. He’s stuffy and uptight, yet he has such a zany family and group of friends. I felt he was one-dimensional and I couldn’t see what Nikki saw in him. -1
Grandma – I loved Harrison’s grandmother. She made the book for me. She was such a character, nothing like my grandmother but an absolute treat to read. Everything she did made me smile. +1
There were a lot of Outlander references in this book that went right over my head. -1
Kira Archer provided a unique amalgamation of the tried and true fake fiancee and work place relationships tropes.+1
The writing was enjoyable, engaging and flowed well. +1
Harrison wasn’t an alpha. +1 Because it’s been one of those days and it’s so unique to find a down-to-earth non-alpha billionaire.
There were A LOT of liberties taken in this story:
Nikki leaves the US for the UK with a one-way ticket and what sounds like no tangible means to support herself. As a general rule, countries like to see that the people visiting have the means to support themselves for the duration of their stay and that they’re planning on leaving…
The ending hinges on Harrison buying a ticket for “every flight to America” at the counter and paying for the tickets of the people waiting behind him. It’s such a romantic gesture in movies but it doesn’t work in real life. Who goes to the airport to buy their flight tickets for a flight that leaves in less than an hour? What airline would even sell that ticket? Good luck getting through security in time… -1
So unless my math sucks, which it very well might, I’m giving this book 4.5/5.
Overall, Scotland or Bust made a fun and engaging pool read.
If you’re in the market for a book-vacation you may also be interested in Total Bravery which takes place in Hawaii.