What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston
Because who wouldn’t want to wake up next to a hot-hunka-chunka-burning-love Highlander with a kilt (but not in one)?
Georgette Thorold, otherwise a lady and a widow besides, wakes up one morning to find herself:
a) in Scotland
b) with a ring on her finger
c) naked next to a really hot guy
So she does what any girl in her position would do—she runs away!
Throughout the course of the day she discovers that she may have imbibed a wee bit much the night before, can’t remember a thing, and may have encountered all manner of whatevers and done all manner of things in this tiny Scottish town. Also, is she really married?
I will admit to asking for this ARC largely based on the pretty cover. It did not disappoint. Jennifer Mc Quiston’s debut novel is fresh and funny and kept me largely guessing. The first half of the book is devoted to Georgette and her Scotsman trying to figure out WTF happened the night before, like a romance version of The Hangover sans tigers. (Watch the movie!)
When they finally re-encounter each other, Georgette and James, with vague, fuzzy memories, go about trying to figure out how they got into this situation in the first place and how to make it right. The result is an entertaining romp, complete with unfulfilled sexual tension, interesting secondary characters (the vet needs his own book!) and a story that moves right along at a steady pace.
There are some eye-rolly moments—***MILD SPOILER WARNING*** Um, why did you escape from the castle? And is this highlander an action hero, because somehow he like gets up and moves right along even if he’s, like, attacked and stuff? ***END SPOILER***—but all in all I liked the book. Also, a warning for those of us who like to kill fairies—you are going to want to know if they’re married or not and it takes a fair while, and it can honestly go both ways. McQuiston you guessing and, in any case, as this is a romance novel, either way works.
Yay or nay?
I usually don’t give new authors a try without recommendations or reading a review or two, but I’m glad I got this one. It was a lively experience, and while I’m not too sure I’d like to have gone through all that Georgette did, waking up next to a hot-hunka-chunka-burning-love Highlander with a kilt (but not in one) might not be so bad. (Except I’d better be able to remember it all the next day!)
Who might enjoy it: Readers with a weakness for men in kilts
Who might not enjoy it: People who can’t stand the suspense but won’t kill fairies
An advance reading copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.