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If you read Scotland or Bust, you’ll learn one should probably think twice before kissing random men on airplanes. You never know, you might just end up falling in love with them.
SCOTLAND OR BUST by Kira Archer
Publication Date: June 11, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Entangled Indulgence Story Rating: 4.5/ 5
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.
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 Sawyer 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 fiance 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 or Where the River Bends which is set in South Africa.