ARC Review: Not Quite a Scot by Janice Maynard

29092831Title: Not Quite a Scot (Kilted Heroes, #3)

Author: Janice Maynard

Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Books

Expected Publishing Date: November 8, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 250

Rating: 2.75 Stars



In USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard’s sweet and sexy 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…

McKenzie Taylor is high maintenance when it comes to fashion, but when it comes to travel, the socialite prefers privacy to parties, and her own space to hotels. After she and her friends arrive in Scotland and split up to pursue their own adventures, she rents a small cottage on the Isle of Skye. On day two, she crashes her rental car. But a hero emerges from the mist to rescue her. He’s handsome, earthy, funny, and before long is making her feel desirable, not mention desirous. There’s just one problem: McKenzie’s Highland dreamboat is a motorcycle riding American.

Finley Craig knows his cute new tourist friend is stubbornly set on falling for a Scotsman. But he’s just as set on her falling for him. So he plans to give her a taste of what she thinks she wants. Because Finley suspects McKenzie isn’t as shallow as she appears. And in the process of surrounding her with his hand-picked suitors, she may just decide that American-made is best—especially when she and Finley are rained in together over one long, delicious, and very adventurous weekend…


♦ Personal Thought ♦

I’m no different to the heroine in this book: fell prey to the blurb and – DUH!- the words “Scot” in the title and “kilted”on the name of the series. And of course, the blurb got to me!

Not Quite a Scot is the third installment of Kilted Heroes trilogy that followed three best friends taking a month long vacation in Scotland, hoping to meet Mr. Right of the kilted kind – as in the Scotsman. While being part of a series, this book could be read as a standalone. At least I did not find difficulty following the heroine’s adventure even though I haven’t read the previous two books.

The heroine, one McKenzie Taylor, did met an enigmatic man on her first night at the Isle of Skye …only Finley Craig was no Scots. He was as much an American as Mac herself. And thus began the reluctant attraction – the push and pull between them.

Similar to previous books, the story was told in first person; in this case, from Mac’s POV. Now, I usually don’t have problem with this sort of story telling. However, as much as I liked the story, I couldn’t warm up to the voice telling it. It’s like there was some sort of barrier, that I felt detached the whole time I’m reading her accounts. Also, her background and self-proclaimed gullibility just contrasting one another.

There was a mutt in the picture by the name of Cinnamon. Initially I was confident with her appearance because nothing would go wrong when there’s a puppy in a story. Alas, Cinnamon failed to spice up the ambiance. But Finley and his personal drama made up for it, helped by the Scotland setting where the book took place.

As an introduction to Janice Maynard‘s works, this book didn’t leave quite an impression to me. But nor was it a total fail. I might consider reading Ms. Maynard’s other books in the future.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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