Getting Hot with the Scot
Author: Melonie Johnson
What I’m Talking About:
Cassie and her closest friends are finishing up their three-week European vacation, and while she’s been collecting charms for her bracelet, she hasn’t used any of the condoms she packed in hopes of having a hot European affair. That all changes after getting lost at a whiskey tasting in a historical Scottish castle, where she finds herself part of a hidden camera/prank tv show. The host, Logan, pretends to be an out-of-time highlander and she gets sucked in. She kisses him before realizing she knows he’s the host of the show. After she realizes what happened, she refuses to sign the release waivers, and Logan, determined to make his internet show a reality TV show in America, goes after her.
Getting Hot with the Scot is a fun romantic comedy with a frienemy-to-lovers undertone. Logan and Cassie share an intense attraction that leads to several steamy encounters before she heads home to Chicago. And while the need for Cassie to sign the waiver plays in Logan’s mind, he can’t bring himself to ask her to do it, finding himself having too much fun with her. Of course, the truth eventually comes out, leading to the first conflict split, but then, through a complete twist of fate, the pair find themselves together in the States when Logan’s program gets picked up for a television show.
Though predictable at times, I enjoyed the story and found genuine sentiment written into the characters. The conflict that caused a significant wedge near the climatic scenes of the book was heartfelt and tugged on my emotions. I liked that the characters worked out their issues, even with off-the-handle initial reactions.
With that said, I felt both characters were immature, and it rubbed me the wrong way at times. It is partially due to the volume of alcohol they each consume, which at times, leads to some stupid decisions. But other times, each just reacts immaturely to situations. One example that really highlights this is the morning after their first sexual encounter, Cassie runs and hides in the bathroom, leaving a naked Logan to deal with her roommate Bonnie. By the end of the book, the characters did undergo some growth, but I feel like each is more a work-in-progress than reaching a new level of maturity.
Overall, Hot with the Scot is a quick, easy read. I liked Cassie and Logan together as a couple, even though I had a few issues with the characters as individuals. The book does a good job setting up the next romance, Smitten with the Brit, coming out at the end of May 2019.
My Rating: B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues
About the Book:
Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .
Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Sometimes in Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley