An American romance in Scotland!
My title is a bit of a teaser, it is only the heroine Jocelyn that is American and actually her mother was from Scotland which was why she decided to move there, but I really liked a few scenes in this book hat played up her American heritage because in the romance genre we see a lot of book’s written by British authors and they have the British words for certain things and I kind of liked it that this heroine called out the differences and made a few jokes about them.
“Hannah!” Elodie spun around to glare down at her. “Young ladies don’t use bad language.”
Hannah shrugged. “It’s just arse, mum.”
“I was calling Adam an arse,” Ellie explained to her little sister. “Because he is an arse.”
Elodie looked like she was about to explode. “Would everyone stop saying arse!”
“I know,” I blew out an exaggerated breath of exasperation. “It’s called an ass, people. Ass.”
Jocelyn (a.k.a Joss) moved to Scotland at age eighteen to go to college and now four years later and done with college, she plans to become a writer. She is looking for a new place to live and a new roommate because her college roommate moved to London with her boyfriend. Joss put all her efforts into school and hasn’t dated in the four years she has been in school.
She ends up finding a nice place on Dublin street and likes the girl who she will be roommates with very much. On her first day the girl leaves for her job and Joss unpacks all her belongings and takes a long soak in the tub, but forgets to bring a towel. When she runs out to get one she runs right into the girls brother, Braden.
Braden has a girlfriend but it isn’t long before they find they are very attracted to each other. However Joss keeps a lot of secrets about herself and doesn’t open herself up to people very easily at all. The last thing she wants is any kind of relationship. So they agree to an arrangement of sorts. Friends with benefits. The chemistry between Braden and Jocelyn is explosive and I really enjoyed how Jocelyn is dealing with her mental health issues throughout the book. She sees a psychologist but she also starts to open herself up to both Braden and his sister Ellie, as well as their entire family.
The book is very well written and deals with some intense subjects very well. It is a terrific romance and it was very romantic and steamy as well. There were also some pretty funny situations at times that came out of the blue. I really enjoyed it.