HOT FOR THE SCOT is Book 1 in Janice Maynard's Kilted
Heroes series. Hayley Smith and her two close friends
head to Scotland looking for romance after being inspired
by the books of Diana Gabaldon. I like the spin Janice
Maynard puts on this series by having the friends split
up once they get to Scotland, so they get to have
their own adventure without guidance or well-meant
interference from each other. I also like the "no
technology" ban the three women impose on themselves for
their adventures. HOT FOR THE SCOT is a story about the
romantic spirit and hope put together in a whimsical
Hayley Smith meets her Scottish dream man in dramatic
fashion when he rescues her from death-by-drowning, but
the man she gets to know is very real. There are sparks
between Hayley and former soccer star Angus Monroe almost
from the moment they first meet. I like the slow and
steamy, if unorthodox, courtship Hayley and Angus go
through before things get physical. Although Hayley and
Angus haven't known each other for very long, the romance
never feels rushed or artificial.
HOT FOR THE SCOT is very much a character-driven story in
which the main characters can be their own worst enemy.
This story is told completely from Hayley's perspective.
Not getting the hero's perspective reinforces how Hayley
is on a solo adventure without a lot of outside feedback
to influence her choices. Hayley makes a charming and
amusing narrator, and I enjoyed reading about her triumphs
as well as her awkward flubs.
HOT FOR THE SCOT has the right amount of Scottish charm,
sexiness, and fun characters to equal sublime brain
candy. The little bit of family drama near the end of the
story propelled the characters to make a decision about
their relationship and didn't detract in any way from the
romance. I can't wait to read the next book in this
Kilted Heroes series by Janice Maynard to see what's
store for Hayley's friends.
In Janice Maynard's sweet and sexy new series, three
childhood friends with a shared passion for the Outlander
novels and TV show decide to travel to Scotland looking for
adventure-and their very own Highland heroes...
It's a dream come true for schoolteacher Hayley Smith. No
homework to grade, no students to corral, no social media,
Internet or cell phone...just a month amid the heather and
rolling hills around Inverness. A brawny alpha male in a
kilt is probably too much to ask for. But Hayley is in
heaven ambling around Loch Ness, gazing and then...falling
into the icy water, before being rescued by a strong,
chivalrous local hero...
Retired soccer star Angus Munro, aka Angus the Angler, is a
little insulted and a whole lot intrigued when Hayley
doesn't recognize him. How long has it been since anyone
beyond his wealth and fame? And how long before the macho
athlete and his modern-day American damsel in distress act
on an attraction that could make even the misty Scottish
moors sizzle with heat? Long enough, maybe, for both to
figure out if this is an affair to remember...or the start
of something everlasting...