The Perfect Bargain by Julia LondonThe Perfect Bargain by Julia London

The Perfect Bargain

byJulia London

Mass Market Paperback | August 4, 2015

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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?

Jessa McAdams (also known as Julia London) is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly best-selling author of more forty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical romance series, including The Trouble With Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante, as well ...
Title:The Perfect BargainFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 6.73 × 4.42 × 0.74 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pubs and Accents and Kilts, Oh My. I have a thing for Scotland and Scottish accents that started with Sean Connery and has continued with Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, and James McKidd, just to name a few. (Okay, yes the kilts play into it too!) Combined Scotland with a boyfriend for hire scheme, this looked like a fun read. Sloane Chatfield struck me as the overly responsible good girl, the one who always follows the rules and never does anything crazy that might end in embarrassment. After her fiance dumps her for being to rigid and controlled, her friends try to find her someone new. But Sloane's not really ready to move on. It's while watching Outlander, that she comes up with a plan to find herself a "Jamie". After several months of no luck finding him, not that she was looking, she tells her friends she is heading to Scotland to find one "at the source". She has everything all planned out. Stay a few weeks, "find" her Jamie, then after a brief but intense courtship, be "dumped" by him. Thus diverting her friends from setting her up again. When her friends show up way ahead of schedule, she has to find someone to play "Jamie" quickly or risk being found out. Of course the small town she means limited choices, but the owner of the pub she has been visiting daily for wifi access and cell reception fits the bill nicely. Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the pub that was his late uncle's going. It's been one repair after another. When the prim and proper American propositions him about being her pretend boyfriend, he first thought is to say no. But with the refrigerator needing to be replaced and another dozen repair projects that needed doing and very little in the way of funds, Galen reluctantly accepts her offer. These two were striking sparks off each other from the beginning and it was fun to watch. From his goads about what a "real" girlfriend would do, to her constant suggestions on how to spruce things up - they kept each other riled up. Another thing that I liked was that they didn't have the "big misunderstanding" completely wreck them. There were some bumps, of course, but you could see the trust was there and they waited for explanations instead of jumping to conclusions... mostly. Overall I did enjoy the book, and gave it 4 sexy accented stars.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and sexy! Funny and sexy, a little predictable, but I loved it! Galen and Sloane get off on the wrong foot, but as they get to know each other and give into their mutual attraction, they get more than they originally bargained for. Galen is super yummy and I loved the gesture he makes towards the end for her. This is a light and fun read that has be wondering who the next one to find her highlander will be. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! If you've seen or read Outlander you know any woman would be on a mission to find her own Jamie Fraser. Well that's exactly what Sloane decides to do. Taking a vacation to Scotland to "find" a man to put her friends off their matchmaking. She thinks she has the brilliant plan all sorted out, but she doesn't count on Galen. These two are very opposite, but once they're together sparks fly. A bargain is made, but what happens when pretend starts to feel real? Loved this book. The humor elements just made this one just perfect. I really enjoyed the different characters. Being a fan of Outlander I could appreciate the references. I would definitely recommend reading this one you'll really enjoy it.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entangled in Scotland The Perfect Bargain is the first contemporary romance I have read by Julia London, but I have read several of her historical romances. The story is the start of a fresh and fun new series for Julia writing as Jessa McAdams. It doesn't hurt that the theme of the novel is about a woman looking for her personal Jamie Fraser, the hero of the Outlander series. Sloane Chatfield finds a small town in Scotland to spend her vacation as a way to pretend to find the Highlander of her dreams and break up with him before her friends come to join her. The only place she can find a Wi-Fi signal is in Galen Buchanan's bar. When her friends change their plans and decide to come early, Sloane is desperate to find a ruggedly handsome Scot to play her boyfriend for a few days. The brusque solicitor turned bar owner scoffs at the "prim" American lass when she suggests he pretend to be her boyfriend. The need for a new refrigerator for the bar forces him to take her up on her offer, not knowing how much the arrangement will change his life. Sloane and Galen are a couple not one person would ever see together. Sloane is a bit uptight, and lacking confidence since her ex completely obliterated her personal self-worth. Galen is a hometown boy just trying to keep his grandfather's bar afloat. The two end up bickering like an old married couple, which I found sinfully delightful. This story twists and turns like some of the bumpy, dirt roads of the Highlands. I know in a murder mystery the reader wants to guess the ending before the last page. In a romance novel, the best part for me is to be left wondering what will happen next at every turn. This book had me laughing, crying, and waiting with anticipation of the next spectacular moment. The book ended on a fabulous note, and I can not wait to see what is in store for the next book in the How to Marry a Highlander series. Thank you to Julia London-Jessa McAdams and Entangled Lovestruck for granting me with a copy of The Perfect Bargain in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet and light hearted read Someone described this book to me as a sweet and light hearted read, perfect for when you are tired of all the angst … and boy was she right. Now, I knew going in that this book would be great – I absolutely adore Julia London, doesn’t matter if it is contemporary or historical or even what name is on the cover  Her characters are gripping and the stories are always page-turners, and The Perfect Bargain is no different. I was totally enthralled by Sloane and Galen as they bickered and sniped and slowly fell in love – because you know all of that snark was hiding things that involved the heart. A definite case of opposites attract, as they got to know each other more they started to realize (of course) that they have a lot more in common than they thought. And that what they believed about themselves and what they truly want may not be right. I have to say that my only complaint is that the books focused on them and we really didn’t get a chance to get to know anyone else in the little village. I think that there was definitely a chance to show that small town Scottish quirkiness, but I’m hoping this is the start of a series so we can see that more down the road. If you are looking for fun and romance, humor and heart, look no further. Once again London delivers all of that in spades and gives you a little of Highland flair … because who doesn’t love a man who speaks with a brogue and looks great in a kilt! (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read A fun read filled with witty banter, hilarious situations, and a hunky Scotsman. Sloane and Galen are great characters and when their pretend relationship turns into more, I found myself cheering that they find a way to make it work! A wonderfully written story with a brilliant Scottish twist on a familiar trope. I definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2015-06-30

Editorial Reviews

"...this is a quick, entertaining beach read packed with delightful dialogue and plenty of laughs. - Kirkus Reviews

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