Yes I know it’s barely fall and I should be gearing up for all the spooky and mystery reads (don’t worry I am!) right now, but yes this is a Christmas book that you see here today!
Every year I always say to myself ‘I am going to wait until Nov 1 before reading any Christmas books’ and every year I manage to squeeze one or two in before all the horror and ghost stories.
This book sounded like it would be a quick, easy, and festive read that I could burn through in a day or two and it was exactly that and I finished it feeling satisfied and ready for the holiday season to kick off!
The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs…and highlanders!
You better watch out. . .
Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?
To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love? (summary from Goodreads)
This book is part of a series, though I was assured that I wouldn’t need to read the others in the series before this one and I would agree. New readers could easily pick this one up and not feel lost or anything as the story is uniquely it’ own. Having not read any of the other books before this one, I was relieved I wouldn’t need to go back and read the others before this one.
I read this one quickly (2 sittings) and found that it was easy and light reading and the story was full of a sweet holiday romance with a little bit of sizzle but I would say the romance is more of the sweet variety with a splash of hot sauce to surprise readers.
I don’t know that I loved Claire. She was a little too poor me and stand offish to really get a feel for, but what made this story for me was Holt. I really liked his consistency, charm, and ‘Mr Nice Guy’ attitude. I thought as a couple their romance was believable and I felt invested enough in both of them to keep reading but there were times when I was frustrated by Claire individually. She had a lot of issues that I just couldn’t relate to so I admittedly struggled with her. But I did think that her and Holt complimented one another and I enjoyed watching them come together and work out their ‘issues’.
I know that a lot of people feel that romances typically have a formula and thus are boring. While yes romances often rely on tried and true formulas within the genre, I have zero objections to that. I love romances and adding a little holiday spin on things helps to spice things up for me. I never tire of love and I especially love when couples overcome their issues together in the story which is one of the things I enjoyed about this one. This author is a new to me author and I am looking forward to more books by her especially if they involve Christmas, hot Highlanders, and small town charm just like this one!