Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Beyond the Thistles - ARC Review & Release Blitz

A grumpy vs sunshine, age-gap, romantic suspense set in the Scottish Highlands.

Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young is now live!

It's been a long time since Walker Ironside left behind Scotland and the memories that haunt him. Yet after years of traveling the world as a bodyguard, Walker misses his homeland enough to return. To a village in the Scottish Highlands that plays host to an exclusive members-only club, Ardnoch Estate. If not happy, Walker is content working with the elite security at the club and maintaining his bachelor lifestyle. What he doesn't need is distraction in the form of the enticing but too-young newcomer, single mother Sloane Harrow.

Sloane never imagined she'd get pregnant at sixteen. Or that a decade later she'd escape from California with her daughter, Callie, to start over in the Scottish Highlands. Hidden and safe from Callie's dangerous father, Sloane is satisfied with their new lives. Her daughter is happy. Sloane has a stable job, a quaint cottage, a passion for baking that might just be turning into a business, and a huge crush on brooding security guard Walker Ironside. Unfortunately, the grumpy Scot seems immune to Sloane's charm, but she can't help but try to seduce him with cupcakes and baked treats whenever the opportunity arises.

However, when someone arrives in Ardnoch intent on destroying Sloane's life, Walker is the first to step forward to protect her and Callie. Even if it means giving into temptation and awakening his own demons. Because in doing so, Walker faces failing not only to shield Sloane from her past, but to safeguard her against his own.

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I can't lie. I wasn't ready to give up the Adairs and the Scottish Highlands so I was thrilled to get ahold of this title, set in the same world with characters from the previous books making an appearance.

This title is a standalone and while you don't need to have read the Adair titles I definitely recommend them, but that's not the point of this review.

Walker and Sloane are attracted to one another from their first meeting, something that Walker resists until Sloane suggests a no strings fling.

Well, by the time this is suggested, the reader has gotten to know Walker and Soane so it's clear they are destined for one another and there's no way this isn't going to become something more.

And wow does it. Their connection and seeing Walker as he starts to fall for Sloane (even before he admits how he feels to himself) was fantastic. I love a strong hero who knows what he wants work through the reasons he doesn't feel he deserves it.

While not.a focus of the story, I also really loved that Walker has a therapist. There's nothing sexier than a strong man who knows that he can be strong and vulnerable.

Add in a few suspenseful elements and it's a story that's a great read and an amazing beginning to a new series.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.


Meet Samantha

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She's been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.

She resides in Scotland.

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