Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Skies Over Caledonia by Samantha Young - ARC Review & Release Blitz

He’s a down-to-earth highland farmer. She’s the rebellious daughter of Hollywood royalty. They might seem like they’re from different worlds, but that won’t stop them from engaging in a marriage of convenience…

It’s been five years since Jared McCulloch’s grandfather Collum passed away and he inherited his farm in the Scottish Highlands. After his grandad saved him from his past life, Jared is determined to honor Collum’s legacy. But not only has a series of bad luck put him in danger of losing the farm, his estranged father is disputing the will. In a desperate situation, Jared realizes he’ll do just about anything to save the land.

Even marrying Allegra Howard, a woman he’s avoided at all costs.

A woman who tempts him beyond reason.

There’s only one place that makes Allegra Howard feel safe; one place that feeds her artist’s soul. Allegra wants to settle down in Scotland and expand her business. But there’s a hitch: immigration intends to return her to US soil.

Panicked, Allegra finds the one person just as desperate as she is. The same person she’s lusted after for years. In exchange for marrying her, she’ll invest financially in Jared McCulloch’s farm.

However, living together only forces them to acknowledge their searing mutual attraction. And with it comes an undeniable emotional connection Jared’s not sure he’s ready for.

Yet, blurring the lines of their arrangement is the least of his concerns when someone begins terrorizing the farm.

Allegra and Jared came together to save what matters most and now that might just be each other. And unless they can figure out which of their pasts has returned to torment them, they could lose their chance at a real future together...

I enjoy marriage of convenience stories, and I really liked the reason they had for being together.

I really related to finding the place in the world where you feel like you belong and being willing to do what it takes in order to stay there, and this was true for both Jared and Allegra, so getting married so he could use her money to keep the farm, and she could remain in Scotland, made sense as they both were trying to find a way to stay where they belonged.

The chemistry is real from the initial kiss at their courthouse wedding, but it takes both of them a while to get past the reasons they have to believe their relationship isn't real.

There is the element of a stalker to this book, as there often are in this author's titles, but for some reason, even though I am expecting it to happen, it always seems to work and feel fresh and believable.

The connection between Jared and Allegra is intense and I definitely both believed it and was really looking forward to them becoming a full fledged couple.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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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.

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