Book Review: The Perfect Bargain by Julia London

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I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: The Perfect Bargain by Julia LondonThe Perfect Bargain by Julia London
Series: How to Marry a Highlander #1
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on June 30, 2015
Cover Design: Liz Pelletier
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220
Source: Entangled Publishing
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American lass seeks brawny Scot...

As if being newly single isn't brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She'd rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to "break her heart" before her friends arrive...

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he's running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It's only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?

Adult, Contemporary Romance

Third person; dual-POV

Book #1 of the How to Marry a Highlander Series

“My girlfriends cook. They can dig a ditch and they donna fear getting dirty. They donna worry about fingernails and hair. My girlfriends desire only to please me.”

“Well, that certainly answers the mystery of why you don’t have one.”

by Galen & Sloane

Addictiveness: 3.5/5 I struggle a bit with the pace at the beginning, but about 30% on my kindle the story started to hook me and kept me wondering until the end.

Cover: art 4/5, title 4/5, color-font 3/5, buy 3.5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I don’t find this art work gorgeous, but it doesn’t feel generic. I can see the couple (red hair guy with the blond girl), and I can see he is Scot by wearing a kilt. The title fits the story and the subtitle also gives hints to the story. I don’t really like the all white background and the font with all the writing is a bit confusing. I would probably buy this book, but I would need to read the blurb.

Freshness3.5/5 This book is not unique, but it has enough creativity to hook the reader from most part of the story.

Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 3/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 3/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 3.5/5, twists 4/5  Not a very good opening, but with a great ending. A fun plot, with lots of LOL moments. Dialogues were good and the pace was ok. I’ve really liked the subplots and the twists added quality to the story. I’ve enjoy this reading. Good level of satisfaction!!!

Romance: believable 3/5, chemistry 3.5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5  This was insta-love but the romance was good. There was good smut permeated with good love growth. The chemistry was believable and the romance was interesting. Playful Love

Writing Style: 3.5/5 I’ve enjoyed the setting and the concept of the plot. I’m curious enough to want to read Sloane friends’ stories. I will read the series!

Character: hero 3.5/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 2/5 Both hero and heroine were ok. Did I love them? Not really. But they presented personal growth throughout the book.

Galen was a jerk at the beginning, it really took me a while to like him. He also had a huge complex about Scots versus Americans. He evolved throughout the story and at the end I liked him and understood why Sloane was in love. (I mean, the kilt really helped, but sorry, he was no Jamie)

Sloane was a bit of a pain at the beginning, but I really liked the turn she took throughout the story. She was in Scotland to discover herself and she really proved to be a fighter.

I like Sloane with her friends and I’m looking forward to read their books.

The villains… ok, they are not villains, more the antagonists… not really major antagonists, I believe the couple fears were their biggest hurdle.

They had good personal growth even though IMO, they were hard to love and connect . I did understand them!

I’ve enjoyed the concept of the book and I am looking forward to read the series.

I love small town settings and this tiny village in Scotland sounds beautiful and exotic.

Usually, I’m a character reader, so I’ve missed a connection with the characters.

If I only could choose one thing to say about this series: wonderful setting!!!

25.5/35 STARS –  3.5STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)

Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 3.5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 3.5  Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 3.5

Action 0/5

Angst 0/5

Darkness 0/5

Humor 4/5

Romance 5/5

Suspense/Mystery 0/5

Would I recommend? Sure. For anyone that enjoys a fun romance in exotic lands.

Would I re-read this book/series? I don’t know. I will follow the series, but I don’t think I would re-read the book.

Would I read more from the author? I would like to read the series.

You MAY read this because you like small town romance; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy men wearing kilt; you MUST read this for some fun, sexy time!!!

About Julia London

ulia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.