He’s a disgraced actor. She’s the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Both are hiding in the Scottish Highlands, but despite their antagonistic attraction, they can’t seem to hide from each other…
North Hunter has worked hard to step out of the shadows of his orphaned upbringing into the limelight of Hollywood. He never imagined a dark moment from his childhood returning to destroy everything he’d built. Devastated, he finds comfort in the isolation of an exclusive members-only club in the Scottish Highlands, even if the club comes with a prickly estate manager who sets his blood on fire.
As the eldest daughter of a Hollywood legend, Aria Howard has learned the hard way that people will use her to get to her father. When her last relationship ended badly, Aria fled to Scotland. Running Ardnoch Estate provides distance from a life that has never fit comfortably. But when defamed Scottish actor North Hunter disrupts her sanctuary, Aria is on the defense. The cocky actor is the last thing she needs, and despite their searing attraction, Aria is determined to dislike him.
But one night of drunken forced proximity with North leads Aria to share insecurities seeded by her horrible ex. When North offers to prove her ex wrong by taking Aria to his bed for a no-strings distraction, they begin an affair neither expected. However, their fiery liaison leads to a deep emotional connection that unsettles them both, and North will have to break down more than Aria’s trust issues if they’re ever to have a future together. He’ll need to protect her from a past that just doesn’t want to stay buried… or lose something far more essential to his existence than his career.
I always enjoy titles by Samantha Young, and I particularly enjoy the titles set in Scotland. Maybe it's the castle, the setting, and all of the characters that make it work, but there is just something about these books.
North and Aria meet and both form instant opinions of one another. The issue, is that North is immediately attracted to her and she thinks he is a jerk. So, that's an issue as he is a guest and she is in charge of guest relations.
It takes her a while to figure out that she is attracted to North, after some delightful moments of intense bickering, and then we get to see them as a couple, which works really, really well and had me incredibly engaged with the story from the beginning.
I liked both of the main characters and I really wanted them to get together. I also really enjoyed getting to know them and their backstories. As always with one of this author's titles, there is a dark element and there is a subplot in this, but it adds to the story and I didn't feel that it pulled from the story, as it was a part of it, just not the focus, throughout the book.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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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.
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