ARC Review: The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn

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ARC Review: The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
The Highland Fling

4 Stars


Book Info

Released: August 24th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
 

“The Highland Fling had a wonderful setting and characters that made good use of the grumpy/sunshine trope.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

Bonnie has fallen on hard times. She’s trapped in a rut; newly single, newly unemployed, and she and her best friend, Dakota, are being evicted from their apartment. All Bonnie wants to do is find her passion in life and prove to her parents she’s not a complete failure. But clearly life has other plans for her. So when Dakota finds an online Help Wanted ad, seeking two friends who are willing to run a coffee shop in Corsekelly, Scotland for six months, the friends see this as their chance to start over. But Bonnie wasn’t planning on the culture shock. She wasn’t planning on finding a purpose in Corsekelly. And she definitely wasn’t planning on the grumpy Rowan MacGregor and his muscles, his accent, his tattoos, and his grip on her heart.

The Highland Fling was such a fun contemporary romance. The whole premise of the plot just felt freeing and, honestly, enviable. Who wouldn’t take up the chance to leave the hard times behind and move across the world to find your passion? And Quinn has a wonderful way of painting the idyllic Corsekelly. Everywhere from the cottages, to the coffee shop, to the market and pub were easy to envision because of how well Quinn described the town.

Bonnie was well-written and very relatable, feeling lost while simultaneously believing she is better than her bouts of bad luck. She was the perfect foil to the quiet, grumpy Rowan. Though as fun as Bonnie was, I have to say that Rowan was my favorite character, and not just because of his physical description and accent. Rowan had his own history of family issues, and as Bonnie peeled back his layers, we were able to see why Rowan was such a grump to Bonnie’s sunshine. Rowan was just as dynamic as Bonnie, which I absolutely loved. When Bonnie meets Rowan, he is stoic and quiet; by the end of The Highland Fling, we see emotion and vulnerability. As much as I loved and envied Bonnie’s character, it was Rowan’s character growth that really moved me the most. Quinn also created a multifaceted cast of supporting characters with their own personalities, strengths, and back stories. While this was Bonnie and Rowan’s story, I loved that they weren’t the only ones to work through their issues to find their passion.

The Highland Fling had a wonderful setting and characters that made good use of the grumpy/sunshine trope. Quinn’s descriptions of the town and its denizens draw readers in, but they will keep turning the page for Bonnie and Rowan’s journey. With minimal amounts of steamy scenes but plenty of character, fans of contemporary romance as well as rom-coms will want to check out Bonnie and Rowan’s relationship in The Highland Fling.



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About Meghan Quinn

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn’t take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, besides “The Notebook” I made time to read the heartbreaking novel.
It wasn’t until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books, I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven’t turned back since.
You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.
I am currently residing in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

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K. A Bylsma

So glad to hear this so well t! “Mother Road” was genius!
Thank you.

Amy R

I listened to the audiobook for this release and ended up giving it 3 stars because Bonnie annoyed me in the beginning.