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In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman. Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffe In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman. Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move. When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass. As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?


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In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman. Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffe In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman. Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move. When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass. As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?

30 review for The Highland Fling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars 
Scotland is a country that’s always been on my bucket list, so this was a lot of fun for me to read! It had the best small town vibes and I enjoyed the grumpy hero and Meghan Quinn’s signature humor a ton. Bonnie and her best friend Dakota decide to leave LA for a while and go to run a small coffee shop in Scotland for a few month. Bonnie especially needs some time away, to find herself and her purpose. She’s expects to spend some time with her best friend, sight see, and have fun runnin 4 stars 
Scotland is a country that’s always been on my bucket list, so this was a lot of fun for me to read! It had the best small town vibes and I enjoyed the grumpy hero and Meghan Quinn’s signature humor a ton. Bonnie and her best friend Dakota decide to leave LA for a while and go to run a small coffee shop in Scotland for a few month. Bonnie especially needs some time away, to find herself and her purpose. She’s expects to spend some time with her best friend, sight see, and have fun running the coffee shop together. What she’s not expecting is Rowan. Rowan’s parents own the coffee shop that Bonnie and Dakota are going to be running, and while they’re out of time Rowan is sort of keeping an eye on things. Bonnie and Rowan do not hit it off right away. It’s almost like they clash a bit at first, but you can tell with some time they’ve got it bad for each other. I loved the banter these two had! Bonnie and Rowan have things going on in their life, and this book isn’t as light as some of MQ’s other books, but it was still so much fun! If you’re looking for a rom-com that’s got some emotion, a grumpy hero and enemies to lovers romance, you need to pick up The Highland Fling Audio book source: Audible Story Rating: 4 stars Narrators: Paula Nederhorst & Antony Ferguson Narration Rating: 4 stars Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: 10h 57m

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    WHO DOESN’T LOVE A HOT SCOTSMAN?! Imagine taking a 6 month trip to Scotland with your best friend. That's exactly what Bonnie and Dakota did. The only catch is they will be working for an older couple who are taking an extended vacation and need someone to run their coffee shop. Bonnie’s best friend, Dakota found this deal and the two knew they needed a reset button on their lives. Leaving behind their busy lives in Los Angeles to live in a small quiet town in Scotland was a culture shock especi WHO DOESN’T LOVE A HOT SCOTSMAN?! Imagine taking a 6 month trip to Scotland with your best friend. That's exactly what Bonnie and Dakota did. The only catch is they will be working for an older couple who are taking an extended vacation and need someone to run their coffee shop. Bonnie’s best friend, Dakota found this deal and the two knew they needed a reset button on their lives. Leaving behind their busy lives in Los Angeles to live in a small quiet town in Scotland was a culture shock especially for Bonnie. The charm of the town and where they were staying was a little much for Bonnie especially when she saw a toilet bucket. Bonnie's lack of purpose and wanting to find her passion made uprooting her life in America an easy decision. On the other hand, Dakota needed time away after a bad breakup with her girlfriend. So, the appeal of Scotland was calling to them. SCOTLAND, WATCH OUT HERE COMES TWO SINGLE LADIES! Rowen is the son of the elderly couple who is taking a 6-month vacation. Unknowingly, to him, there will be two women running the coffee shop while his parents are traveling. His first time meeting Bonnie was when she was coming out of the shower in a towel and he was in the kitchen. It was a surprise to both of them. Their little meet cute had Bonnie threatening him with a broom. Rowen is put off by these American women and their ways. On the first day of running the shop, they are late on opening it, and, at one point, Bonnie messes in a well trying to get water but instead disturbs a colony of bats. These incidents make Rowen feel like he has to babysit them so they don’t ruin his parent’s business. The ignorant American stereotype is strong at certain times with Bonnie. Not until Bonnie ends up being the third wheel on Dakota’s date does Rowen start to soften towards her. He recognizes his friend and Dakota are trying to have some alone time and that’s when he convinces Bonnie to join him so Dakota and her date can be alone. After Rowen hangs out with Bonnie while Dakota is on her date that starts the turning point for these two who were more enemies than friends. Even though, they are able to get along and work towards a common purpose of rejuvenating the coffee shop they still have hardships ahead of them. There are moments that challenge their relationship. Bonnie finding her passion in redoing the coffee shop for when tourists visit was like bringing joy into Bonnie's life. Once that happened Bonnie's zest for life beings to fill the pages. ● enemies to lovers ● grumpy / sunshine ● Scotland ● 6-month vacation ● yummy cake ● dual narration ● dual pov ● standalone CW: a parent with cancerAudiobook source: Audible Narrator: Paula Nederhorst & Antony Ferguson Length: 10H 57M

  3. 5 out of 5

    TJ *Book Twins Reviews*

    A great travel romance read (listen)! If you’re in the mood for a quirky kilt loving heroine and a sexy, yet touching romance check this one out. I’m a big fan of this author, so this was a no brainer for me. Here’s what you get: Two friends traveling abroad who gain more than just an adventure. A quirky and sometimes ridiculous heroine (said with love and affection) who says the darndest things. Slowburn but spicy! Great emotional moments! I was just as caught up in the secondary love story as I w A great travel romance read (listen)! If you’re in the mood for a quirky kilt loving heroine and a sexy, yet touching romance check this one out. I’m a big fan of this author, so this was a no brainer for me. Here’s what you get: Two friends traveling abroad who gain more than just an adventure. A quirky and sometimes ridiculous heroine (said with love and affection) who says the darndest things. Slowburn but spicy! Great emotional moments! I was just as caught up in the secondary love story as I was the main event. 4 Solid Stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms reads a lot

    Very cute! I really enjoyed this! I’m a sucker for anything to do with Scotland, so this book was perfect. It was hilarious to the point where I couldn’t read it in public because I would laugh like a loon and people would give me the stink eye. The love story between Bonnie and Rowan was really cute. I love the whole enemies to lovers trope. I would highly recommend this if you’re in the mood for a light and fun read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel | What’s Rachel Reading

    *adds Scotland to bucket list* The Highland Fling is the perfect rom-com. Broody hero. Excellent banter. Slow burn. Interesting side characters. I truly loved this book. The Highland Fling follows Bonnie and her best friend, Dakota as they travel to Scotland to find themselves while working at coffee shop in a small town. Bonnie meets Rowan, a local who helps Bonnie and Dakota at his parents’ coffee shop. The relationship development between Bonnie and Rowan is slow and organic. Their banter is h *adds Scotland to bucket list* The Highland Fling is the perfect rom-com. Broody hero. Excellent banter. Slow burn. Interesting side characters. I truly loved this book. The Highland Fling follows Bonnie and her best friend, Dakota as they travel to Scotland to find themselves while working at coffee shop in a small town. Bonnie meets Rowan, a local who helps Bonnie and Dakota at his parents’ coffee shop. The relationship development between Bonnie and Rowan is slow and organic. Their banter is hilarious and relatable. This opposites attract, romantic comedy has side characters that leaves you wanting more and a setting that has you adding Scotland to your bucket list. The Highland Fling checked all the boxes for a perfect rom-com. It has wit and banter but also has relatable drama. The character development is perfect and refreshing. I read The Highland Fling in one sitting as I didn’t want to put it down and leave Scotland and the coffee shop. Thanks to Montlake, NetGalley, and Meghan Quinn for the advanced copy to review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bec (booktineus)

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    his parents left their business which is very important to them to strangers to take care of instead of their son + point fo that one joke at the beginning for making me laugh + point for accurate representation of small-town community and tourist coming in his parents left their business which is very important to them to strangers to take care of instead of their son + point fo that one joke at the beginning for making me laugh + point for accurate representation of small-town community and tourist coming in

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele McMullen

    Oh my heavens sign me up for a Scottish holibag. This was such a fun adventure with Bonnie and Dakota, two gals that need a change of pace and scenery. When two friends become disgusted with their humdrum life in the states Dakota takes the ad she sees in the paper to heart. She decides for both of them to apply for a six month stint in Scotland. How hard can it be to run a coffee shop in a small town, drive on the wrong side of the road and learn to understand and navigate the dialect and also Oh my heavens sign me up for a Scottish holibag. This was such a fun adventure with Bonnie and Dakota, two gals that need a change of pace and scenery. When two friends become disgusted with their humdrum life in the states Dakota takes the ad she sees in the paper to heart. She decides for both of them to apply for a six month stint in Scotland. How hard can it be to run a coffee shop in a small town, drive on the wrong side of the road and learn to understand and navigate the dialect and also develop a taste for the savory food specialties!! Who realized that they would learn so much more than coffee in this small town filled with wonderfully funny characters, heartwarming situations, a bit of tears and confidence building in one another that they never saw coming. Now let's also throw a bit of a love interest in for the two of them and we have a wonderful tale for these lovely lasses! Get ready for a sassy independent Bonnie, a growly Scotsman named Rowan and just a whole lot of laughs. ~~Michele McMullen ~~

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    My favorite part is that this is set in a small town in Scotland. It was so well described I felt like I was there. Also the great thing about small town romances is the many side characters you get. I thought this was a very cute story. I liked all the characters and the slightly enemies-to-lovers trope. It wasn't overdone and it was mostly funny. Bonnie was slightly crazy and maybe a bit immature, but I still liked her and she was a big reason I laughed a lot in this book. Rowan was majorly gru My favorite part is that this is set in a small town in Scotland. It was so well described I felt like I was there. Also the great thing about small town romances is the many side characters you get. I thought this was a very cute story. I liked all the characters and the slightly enemies-to-lovers trope. It wasn't overdone and it was mostly funny. Bonnie was slightly crazy and maybe a bit immature, but I still liked her and she was a big reason I laughed a lot in this book. Rowan was majorly grumpy and I do adore a grumpy hero. He did have a few actions that made it harder for me to believe he was falling for Bonnie, but then he would prove me wrong. While I liked him, he did have a few disappointing moments. I thought it was fun the the author gave us a secondary romance in Dakota and Isla. The twins though...I would love to see them get a book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rox

    An okay, fast paced enemies-to-lover(-ish) romance to get you to daydream about Scottish countryside Why the 3 stars: 1) although funny, it was the type that got annoying pretty fast since it kept repeating itself; 2) a LOT of telling and not showing; 3) the characters feel too shallow; 4) heroine gave me a headache with how QuIRky she was being. Like girl, we get it! Chill, please!! 5) this is a me thing, but I really hate when there’s family drama (rightfully so) but we are encouraged to forgive an An okay, fast paced enemies-to-lover(-ish) romance to get you to daydream about Scottish countryside Why the 3 stars: 1) although funny, it was the type that got annoying pretty fast since it kept repeating itself; 2) a LOT of telling and not showing; 3) the characters feel too shallow; 4) heroine gave me a headache with how QuIRky she was being. Like girl, we get it! Chill, please!! 5) this is a me thing, but I really hate when there’s family drama (rightfully so) but we are encouraged to forgive and forget without any good reason. If you want me to forgive a parent for being exceptionally shitty, then I need five hundred pages of them redeeming themselves. Sorry not sorry - I’m a petty gal🔪 🌶🌶/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mizz Latte

    This was trying too hard to be a comedy: Forced jokes Blathering heroine Trying to break the 4th wall It was more annoying than funny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    After losing her job, getting dumped & evicted, Bonnie feels lost in life. Her best friend, Dakota, stumbles upon an opportunity abroad—2 people needed to man a coffee shop in a small Scottish town for 6 months. Sounds crazy, but just crazy enough for Bonnie & Dakota to jump on the opportunity. The owners of the coffee shop are leaving for several months and tell the girls that their son, Rowan, will be overseeing things while they’re away. Rowan & Bonnie immediately dislike one another. Rowan i After losing her job, getting dumped & evicted, Bonnie feels lost in life. Her best friend, Dakota, stumbles upon an opportunity abroad—2 people needed to man a coffee shop in a small Scottish town for 6 months. Sounds crazy, but just crazy enough for Bonnie & Dakota to jump on the opportunity. The owners of the coffee shop are leaving for several months and tell the girls that their son, Rowan, will be overseeing things while they’re away. Rowan & Bonnie immediately dislike one another. Rowan is beyond grumpy, Bonnie is outspoken and outgoing. They are like oil & water—they just don’t mix. But there’s an attraction between them that before long, they can’t deny… The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn is a grumpy/sunshine enemies to lovers romance with a traveling abroad aspect. If you enjoyed The Wedding Game that Meghan released earlier this year, I think you’d enjoy this, as the writing style of the two books was very similar. I love a lot of Meghan’s books, but her latest two with these particular type of covers kinda missed the mark for me. I found Bonnie to not be likable and she repeatedly made questionable decisions. I enjoyed Rowan’s grumpy character more, especially once I learned about his backstory. This was funny enough and cute, but it didn’t meet my expectations. 3.5/5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake & Meghan Quinn for my review copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    Reading The Highland Fling makes me want to go to vacation to Ireland and hopefully meeting a very grumpy handsome handyman. That would be a delicious fantasy considering living in the pandemic era. Aside from Ireland, I found this book OK. Not much to be expected from Miss Quinn aside from her signature humor. The plot feels flat for me. Not so much adding bonus on the plot. OK read. 3 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nyah ☾

    Because of this book I spent an hour trying to practice my Scottish accent, i think it’s perfect if i do say so myself. Overall an anticipated read that ended up being very underwhelming a lot of dramatics and Bonnie was slightly annoying throughout the entirety of the book. I had to pause a bunch just to assess what the fuck i’m reading. BUT if you did enjoy this it really reminded me of It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    This was... ok.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ambriehl Khalil

    Maybe it’s because I’ve read so many subpar books lately that this was a breath of fresh air for me, but I loved every minute of this. I had so much fun reading it and from what I’ve read from Meghan Quinn so far, this one is my favourite.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (Romance Reviewed)

    (ARC Review) I mostly enjoyed this book by the end, but the beginning was rough for me. If I were just rating the first half it would get two stars, but then the end gets at least four. The beginning was hard for me to read, if I hadn’t received an ARC I would have stopped reading during the first chapter. I can’t remember the last time I disliked a character so quickly and completely as Bonnie. She’s over the top, immature, and acts like Scotland is from the middle ages. She felt like a caricatur (ARC Review) I mostly enjoyed this book by the end, but the beginning was rough for me. If I were just rating the first half it would get two stars, but then the end gets at least four. The beginning was hard for me to read, if I hadn’t received an ARC I would have stopped reading during the first chapter. I can’t remember the last time I disliked a character so quickly and completely as Bonnie. She’s over the top, immature, and acts like Scotland is from the middle ages. She felt like a caricature of "ugly American tourist" rather than an actual character. I understand how character arcs work but there has to be some redeeming quality about the character to begin with to want to see them grow and change and Bonnie only had bad qualities. Somewhere along the way she stopped being such a brat and I loved it once she settled down. The book took a total tone change somewhere along the way and it became a lovely small town romance. I loved Rowan, he’s had a hard go of things and doesn’t let people in very easily. I loved his grumbly but caring nature. He’s a protector and a provider, a good baker and a proud Scot. What’s not to love? His storyline with his family was heartbreaking but beautiful. The second half had lots of steam, lots of swoons, and lots of heart. I really enjoyed all the secondary characters and was rooting for Dakota. I was left with a mostly good impression by the end, it just took a while to get over how off-putting Bonnie was at the beginning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Sassy but slow I can't say that this is one of my favorites from MQ, but it still has plenty of her signature humor - and that made it a pretty fun read. This has got the same "mainstream," toned down feel as The Wedding Game, though The Highland Fling kicks the steam up a notch. I'd ALMOST call it women's fiction at times, because the romance is VERY slow-moving (and ultimately felt like instalove towards the end). It's filled with humor, remaining exceedingly light except for one or two minor s Sassy but slow I can't say that this is one of my favorites from MQ, but it still has plenty of her signature humor - and that made it a pretty fun read. This has got the same "mainstream," toned down feel as The Wedding Game, though The Highland Fling kicks the steam up a notch. I'd ALMOST call it women's fiction at times, because the romance is VERY slow-moving (and ultimately felt like instalove towards the end). It's filled with humor, remaining exceedingly light except for one or two minor subplots that add an extra dose of heart. I loved the hero, and wish we got to know him better - Rowan is a grumpy Scot with a heart of gold, a guy who didn't stand a chance against our bubbly and bold heroine. The two have a great opposites attract connection, and the moments when they were together were, without a doubt, the best parts of the book. They were just too few and far apart. The story follows Bonnie, a 24-year-old American who isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. When an intriguing job opportunity presents itself, Bonnie and her best friend decide to take the adventure of a lifetime and run a coffee shop in Scotland for six months. But upon arrival in Scotland, things do not go as planned. There's culture shock, the coffee shop is not what they expected, and there's a surly Scot who catches Bonnie's eye. Rowan has no interest in getting involved with the outgoing American, but Bonnie is persistent - and he can't seem to stay away. As the two grow closer, Bonnie discovers that she might've found herself in the place she least expected. I'll one-click anything that MQ writes, because her humor always brings a smile to my face, and her heroes are always swoonworthy. This definitely DID and DIDN'T feel like an MQ book. Yes, it's funny - there's plenty of offbeat humor that makes this feel fresh and light. Yes, I loved Rowan - I wanted more of him. But it's also a lot slower moving and more sedate than her usual. The first half just felt plain slow to me, and it takes a long, long time before the romance gets going. Only a small portion of the book is actually devoted to Rowan and Bonnie together, so their relationship also feels a bit like instalove in that way. I didn't love the beginning, I didn't love the ending - but I did sincerely enjoy the middle. That's where I'm at with this one. Fans of her bolder books (Earn Your Extra Credit, The Perfect Catch, etc) might find this too slow-paced for them, but newer fans may love this Highland adventure. Audio note: Not a fan of the audiobook, lol. A lot of this story is told from Bonnie's perspective, and her narrator did a good job - I had no trouble telling the characters apart, and her voice is easy to listen to. However, Rowan's character has a thick Scottish accent. The female narrator handles that pretty well, no major complaints there. But I just couldn't take the male narrator's voice seriously. Every time Rowan had a chapter, it just reminded me of the duke from The Bromance Book Club - an over-the-top, humorous voice with a strong Scottish accent. I didn't find it sexy at all, it was more laughable than anything (ESPECIALLY when he voices Bonnie's character). That made the romantic (and steamy) scenes awkward to listen to, and I actually switched back to the Kindle edition once the focus shifted to Rowan and Bonnie's relationship. In terms of the story itself, it does lend itself well to listening, though it might get awkward at the workplace. There's plenty of inappropriate humor at the start of the book, so even though this is very much a slow burn romance, there is some sexual content throughout. The runtime is good for the workday though - just a bit longer than a day at the office, with no need to carry over to a second day. I would've liked the audiobook with a different male narrator.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    5 Kilty McGrumpyshire Stars! Meghan Quinn blows it out of the park again with an absolutely outstanding read, set in the Highlands of Scotland. If you are looking for laugh out loud escapades, screaming goats, hairy coo's, swoony Scottish heroes, and sassy American girls then this one's for you. "I think you're trouble..." "...I think you might be right." Rowan and Bonnie's story had it all and then some in spades. I loved the locale, the secondary characters and the fact that both our leads are 5 Kilty McGrumpyshire Stars! Meghan Quinn blows it out of the park again with an absolutely outstanding read, set in the Highlands of Scotland. If you are looking for laugh out loud escapades, screaming goats, hairy coo's, swoony Scottish heroes, and sassy American girls then this one's for you. "I think you're trouble..." "...I think you might be right." Rowan and Bonnie's story had it all and then some in spades. I loved the locale, the secondary characters and the fact that both our leads are a little battered and bruised from their pasts and the hand that life has dealt them so far. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, Megan always delivers and I always kick myself for waiting so long to start something of hers because as soon as I do I am hooked! ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    *4.5 Stars*! I went into The Highland Fling laughing my ass off and came out of it a blubbering mess. The audiobook is an absolute experience and I highly recommend giving it a listen. CW: Death of a sibling, Death of a parent (due to cancer) *4.5 Stars*! I went into The Highland Fling laughing my ass off and came out of it a blubbering mess. The audiobook is an absolute experience and I highly recommend giving it a listen. CW: Death of a sibling, Death of a parent (due to cancer)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    This book started out with making me laugh so hard while I was eating in a restaurant that I worried what the people around me were thinking. But that’s really no surprise with a story written by Meghan Quinn. I laughed so hard almost all the way through, well, really all the way through to be honest. Except for a few parts that I was crying because what was happening just really got me. I mean, I totally understood Rowan, although again I think at the bit at the end he was a bit over the top. B This book started out with making me laugh so hard while I was eating in a restaurant that I worried what the people around me were thinking. But that’s really no surprise with a story written by Meghan Quinn. I laughed so hard almost all the way through, well, really all the way through to be honest. Except for a few parts that I was crying because what was happening just really got me. I mean, I totally understood Rowan, although again I think at the bit at the end he was a bit over the top. But I was very upset with Dakota’s part in the final conflict scenes. However Quinn knows how to make the characters redeem themselves, as well as make you understand exactly why they do what they do. This was actually my second book in a row set in Scotland. So it was kind of fun reading about this country that I’ve wanted to visit since I first discovered the show Outlander, and since my sister moved there in 2019 right before all the Covid stuff hit and messed up any chance of going to visit her. Maybe in 2022. We’ll see. But this book only made me want to go more! Plus, I’ve asked my sister to bring me back a Curly Wurly candy bar next time she visits us. I loved that Bonnie’s name was Bonnie, because of how Scottish people call something “bonny” when it is pretty. It was also fun hearing all the Scottish slang, some I’d heard from my sister or other stuff like Outlander, others were new and I told my sister she had to ask her new Scottish friends about it! The word holibags amuses me so much. But when Bonnie said “holi-boobies” I was dying laughing. And then there was all the food, cakes, etc. that they talked about! I need to try that stuff too! Oh Meghan Quinn, I adore you and your characters and stories soooooooooo much! Review first posted on Lisa Loves Literature.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Cute enemies to lovers story that is set in beautiful Scotland.This book was light, fun overall summer read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (AndKellyReads)

    Okay, so here's the thing. At its core, this book wasn't bad. It was fun, it was whimsical, and it was a solid idea. I loved the premise that two girls looking to kickstart a change in their lives take off to Scotland for six months. It's very Eat, Pray, Love, and I had no issue getting behind any of that. I also really liked most of the characters. Rowan is one of her best heroes to date, honestly. He's burly, he's grumpy, he's protective, and he's just absolutely charming with a dash of snarky Okay, so here's the thing. At its core, this book wasn't bad. It was fun, it was whimsical, and it was a solid idea. I loved the premise that two girls looking to kickstart a change in their lives take off to Scotland for six months. It's very Eat, Pray, Love, and I had no issue getting behind any of that. I also really liked most of the characters. Rowan is one of her best heroes to date, honestly. He's burly, he's grumpy, he's protective, and he's just absolutely charming with a dash of snarky humor. I loved every bit of him with my entire being, and I loved loved loved his chapters. He was everything I want from a Meghan Quinn hero and I had a great time getting in his head. In fact, I even kind of miss him. I also loved the rest of the crew, Dakota, Isla, the twins, and the rest of the townsfolk. They were charming, they were silly, and they brought a bit of joy and levity to a story that had some depth and sadness to it. So overall, most of this story was designed for me. I was excited. And then I met the heroine. I don't know what it was about Bonnie, but I did not jive with her. At all. Actually, I know exactly what it was. She was rude, she was self-centered, she was kind of an asshole, she had absolutely no boundaries, and I honestly wonder how she caught Rowan's attention or managed to keep Dakota as a friend. She was inherently flawed, but it was too much. I love a flawed character because it makes them authentic and real, but the combination of faults we found in Bonnie made it hard to empathize with her or even cheer for her. In fact, I skimmed most of her internal monologue after a while because I just found it unbearable and whiny. I have some more thoughts about how her story worked out but, for the sake of spoilers, I'll keep my mouth shut. But just know I think how things played out was unfair in the long run and I'm still fuming about it. Bonnie made me hate this book. Not even Rowan's playful comments, or the twins running around in kilts made up for it. I just, I couldn't get beyond my distaste for Bonnie. And what sucked the most was that there were these moments in which you saw how sweet and caring and vulnerable she could be and I would just scream YES THIS. I WANT THIS BONNIE. But it was so fleeting that it didn't feel honest, and then you'd turn the page, she'd do something absolutely cringey, and forget she even had that moment. I also wish this story didn't have such a rushed resolution. I felt like we finally got to a number of more serious topics and kind of just wrapped them all up with a little bow. We were getting to the core of Rowan's issues, learning more about Dakota and her fears, and then within the span of a chapter or two? Maybe? Everything was finished. The pacing just felt off and I kind of wish we had spent more time resolving all of those things, not just a quick convo with Bonnie for each thing and then *bam* done. I don't know, that might just also be because I was finally getting invested and then it was ripped from me. Who knows. One last thing, and then I promise I'm done! The reuse of the same few Scottish words (is that the right phrase?) also left a sour taste in my mouth. It kind of felt like Meghan didn't really have any Scottish beta readers? To go through and check her usage of certain words or just things in general? I don't know, maybe I'm overthinking it, but I felt like I saw the same few phrases and words over and over and over and it was kind of grating. You could tell she did her research, absolutely, but I just wonder if she had that final look through before hitting publish by someone with more knowledge. Anyway, long story short, I wanted to love this one so badly, but the heroine made me want to throw my kindle off a bridge. This story had everything I wanted, but it tried too hard to be funny and quirky, and I just, it didn't hit for me. I almost DNF'd it, but I couldn't do that to Rowan. Many thanks to Netgalley and Montlake for my review copy of The Highland Fling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Love & Lavender Book Review

    Oh lordie! I'm packing up for a Scottish holibag. This book gave me all the feels, from the tears, to the giggles, to some serious heat, I LOVED every moment! I've always wondered what it would be like to take a 6 month sabbatical from life and escape to run a coffee shop in a foreign land. Now I know it would be FREAKING FANTASTIC! Dakota and Bonnie are on the run from their disaster of a real life. They've come to a breaking point where a change of pace is necessary. One drunken click later, D Oh lordie! I'm packing up for a Scottish holibag. This book gave me all the feels, from the tears, to the giggles, to some serious heat, I LOVED every moment! I've always wondered what it would be like to take a 6 month sabbatical from life and escape to run a coffee shop in a foreign land. Now I know it would be FREAKING FANTASTIC! Dakota and Bonnie are on the run from their disaster of a real life. They've come to a breaking point where a change of pace is necessary. One drunken click later, Dakota has applied them for a 6 month stay in Scotland running a coffee shop. There's so much of this story that I relate to personally and I think that's what really hit the cord for me. A change of pace, a change of scenery, and a chance to re-invent yourself and find inner peace is at the hear to of this story. Add the beautiful Isla and the rough and tumble Rowan and we've got a hot romance on our hands. Bonnie and Rowan's chemistry starts out hot and heavy with plenty of banter, heated exchanges and a sense of pure distain for each other. Out of that hate comes the chance for a once in a lifetime kind of love. The way this story blossoms had me in all the feels, the tears were free flowing and my heart was so full. In true Meghan Quinn fashion, The Highland Fling is sexy, funny, and totally unexpected. Her writing is fantastic, her characters layered and relatable. There's something here for everyone and definitely a MUST READ! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! THE HIGHLAND FLING by Meghan Quinn was just the right amount of everything. I wish I had met a man like Rowan when I was in Scotland. Unfortunately, the handsome men were in hiding when I was there. I enjoyed the plot, the sexual tension, the quick come back, and the passionate discoveries. I did not like Rowan’s reaction when Bonnie discovered his secret. That was over the top and, if this happened to me, there would not have been a relationship afterward. A less intense e 📚 Hello Book Friends! THE HIGHLAND FLING by Meghan Quinn was just the right amount of everything. I wish I had met a man like Rowan when I was in Scotland. Unfortunately, the handsome men were in hiding when I was there. I enjoyed the plot, the sexual tension, the quick come back, and the passionate discoveries. I did not like Rowan’s reaction when Bonnie discovered his secret. That was over the top and, if this happened to me, there would not have been a relationship afterward. A less intense event would have sufficed to create that tension. Otherwise, this book is fun and offers many LOL moments… especially the one with the power-washer! This is a perfect book for the beach or the cottage. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #thehighlandfling #meghanquinn #thomasallen #montlakepublishing #bookreview

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    3.5 stars I picked up The Highland Fling because it was set in Scotland and as my 2020 trip to Scotland was cancelled and now rescheduled for 2022, I find myself attracted to books set there. I’ve loved a lot of what Meghan Quinn has written and I enjoyed this one but not as much as others. Lately there seems to be a trend of writing immature “sunshiny” heroines and pairing them with grumpy men and that’s what this book is. That being said, I also felt like the couple in this book got a bit lost 3.5 stars I picked up The Highland Fling because it was set in Scotland and as my 2020 trip to Scotland was cancelled and now rescheduled for 2022, I find myself attracted to books set there. I’ve loved a lot of what Meghan Quinn has written and I enjoyed this one but not as much as others. Lately there seems to be a trend of writing immature “sunshiny” heroines and pairing them with grumpy men and that’s what this book is. That being said, I also felt like the couple in this book got a bit lost in all the other things going on it in this story. Bonnie has just been fired from her third executive assistant job since moving to L.A., dumped by her boyfriend, and she and her best friend and roommate Dakota are about to be evicted for turning their one bedroom apartments into a two bedroom. Dakota is also nursing a broken heart after finding her first lesbian lover with another woman. Down and out Dakota sees a listing looking for two friends to manage a small town coffee shop in Corsekelly, Scotland for six months. Against Bonnie’s wishes she applies, they are hired, and off they go to Scotland where they meet the couple they are working for and eventually their son Rowan who dislikes Bonnie immediately. There were a lot of comical moments in this book, some a bit overboard but I did love the people of Corsekelly. This is a teeny tiny town whose claim to fame is a stone in which a protruding part of the male anatomy was cut off on in a widely popular show (think Game of Thrones in Scotland) and Fergus a goat who rules the town because of a legend. There are tour buses that come through several times a week to visit the sites but mainly it’s the locals and not much else. Honestly, I loved the description of the town and the countryside around it and like I said the people were unique and interesting. The coffee shop is failing and after a week of hardly any customers, Bonnie figures out that they have horrible reviews on the bus tour sites and with encouragement from Dakota (who is working remotely) she begins to remodel the shop. Bonnie got on my nerves a lot I couldn’t decide if she was trying to be funny all the time, if she just didn’t pick up on social cues, or if she was just naïve. I did enjoy the way she and Rowan egged each other on, but the thing was he knew when to stop and she didn’t and she never seemed to learn. As they are circling each other Dakota meets the local bakery owner Isla and they begin dating. Then there are the twins Leith and Lachlan that round out their group of friends who are quite famous on YouTube for their fitness training videos they do in kilts. To top things off Rowan wasn’t aware his parents were going on vacation and while he thinks there’s something wrong with his dad, they deny it. It was just a really busy book, a lot going on all the time and the romance got lost. Rowan has baggage that he doesn’t want to talk about and Bonnie can’t keep her mouth shut, they go back and forth between arguing and lusting and when they do get together and they both seem happier because of it, but things just don’t go smoothly. I think for me, I needed more time with them together and enjoying each other instead of antagonizing one another or hurting each other. When they were working on the coffee shop to get it fixed up, I loved that part as you got a sense they both were working together well and enjoying it, the rest of the time they just often seemed at odds. In addition to that the blow up between Dakota and Bonnie made me angry on a couple of fronts. Yes Bonnie overstepped sharing some things with Isla that she should have let Bonnie handle. However, Dakota pushed Bonnie into fixing up the coffee shop and then throws it in her face when she succeeds at it because she’s mad at her about other things, telling her she’s not a good friend even though she’s encouraged her the whole time they were there to open up her heart and let someone else in. Not cool girlfriend, not cool. The Highland Fling was entertaining but the romance got lost in the multitude of other storylines. This book is being added to what seems my never-ending list of books that should have been labeled Women’s Fiction with romantic elements instead of romance or romantic comedy, yes it was funny but even that got old after awhile. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    This was a delight! Leaving Los Angeles behind, Bonnie and her friend accept a job position in Corsekelly, Scotland for six months to manage an outdated coffee shop. Not only was Corsekelly a charming setting, but the grumpy-vs-sunshine banter between Bonnie and Rowan—the local repairman and son of the coffee shop owners—was hilarious. Beginning as enemies, I loved seeing them slowly reveal their attraction while completely annoying each other along the way. I’ll admit that Bonnie was a very obno This was a delight! Leaving Los Angeles behind, Bonnie and her friend accept a job position in Corsekelly, Scotland for six months to manage an outdated coffee shop. Not only was Corsekelly a charming setting, but the grumpy-vs-sunshine banter between Bonnie and Rowan—the local repairman and son of the coffee shop owners—was hilarious. Beginning as enemies, I loved seeing them slowly reveal their attraction while completely annoying each other along the way. I’ll admit that Bonnie was a very obnoxious heroine, but her attempt to hide the vulnerability of feeling lost in life, like she has no purpose, really hit me. Her diehard love of cake and tendency to overshare her thoughts made me laugh on more than one occasion, too. With his own insecurities, including a damaged relationship with his father, Rowan was a grump with a broken spirit—my weakness! This was a romantic comedy at its core, but it also had a lot of touching moments. Another win for me from Meghan Quinn! I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    At this point, if Meghan Quinn writes it, I will read it. The Highland Fling was such a sexy, Scottish delight that I didn’t want to end! This story had me laughing right from the start. I guess you could call this story kind of an enemies to lovers slow burn. Meghan has excelled at writing broody, grumpy men in her stories. This book also includes some entertaining side characters, the twins!... that I couldn’t get enough of. Bonnie and Rowan have an interesting meet cute right from the start wh At this point, if Meghan Quinn writes it, I will read it. The Highland Fling was such a sexy, Scottish delight that I didn’t want to end! This story had me laughing right from the start. I guess you could call this story kind of an enemies to lovers slow burn. Meghan has excelled at writing broody, grumpy men in her stories. This book also includes some entertaining side characters, the twins!... that I couldn’t get enough of. Bonnie and Rowan have an interesting meet cute right from the start when she arrives in Corsekelly, Scotland. Rowan doesn’t want to have anything to do with Bonnie, but Bonnie can be very persistent. I love Bonnie’s character and how well she grows and changes over the course of the story to truly find her purpose on her and Dakota’s Scotland adventure. Rowan is an alpha, grumpy hero that you can’t help but love. He has some major weight on his shoulders that really shapes his character. The setting of this story truly makes this story unique, and also makes me want to visit Scotland. It's on my bucket list. I love the whole idea of the Boaby Stone and Coreskelly’s mascot Fergus! These fun little details are some of my favorite parts of the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story, and was so happy with the journey and adventure these characters took to find their HEA.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Oh, Ms. Quinn has done it again!!! I want to start this review by saying this: I was a little unsure of my feelings for Bonnie; but, as the story progressed, I started to see why she was the way she is. I have to talk about Rowan now; I adored him!!! His snarky-ness, combined with Bonnie’s wit and her own snarky responses were brilliant! All the supporting characters brought their own feelings/personalities to the story that just enhanced it. And I’m going to bring out my tear rating, because….I Oh, Ms. Quinn has done it again!!! I want to start this review by saying this: I was a little unsure of my feelings for Bonnie; but, as the story progressed, I started to see why she was the way she is. I have to talk about Rowan now; I adored him!!! His snarky-ness, combined with Bonnie’s wit and her own snarky responses were brilliant! All the supporting characters brought their own feelings/personalities to the story that just enhanced it. And I’m going to bring out my tear rating, because….I teared up! Tear rating: 💧💧💧

  30. 5 out of 5

    RateTheRomance

    A grumpy Scot makes me hot! THE HIGHLAND FLING will make you swoon over the epically grumpy Rowan and adore the wonderfully quirky Bonnie! I legit snort-laughed so many times while the Enemies-to-Lovers hate banter was flying between these two. Both Rowan and Bonnie are fabulously written characters that are likable, but flawed, and grow as the story progresses! Complex characters for the WIN!! And the side characters are also wonderful. This story is sweet and swoony, hilarious in parts, and als A grumpy Scot makes me hot! THE HIGHLAND FLING will make you swoon over the epically grumpy Rowan and adore the wonderfully quirky Bonnie! I legit snort-laughed so many times while the Enemies-to-Lovers hate banter was flying between these two. Both Rowan and Bonnie are fabulously written characters that are likable, but flawed, and grow as the story progresses! Complex characters for the WIN!! And the side characters are also wonderful. This story is sweet and swoony, hilarious in parts, and also includes some great friendships. But what's really important is how freaking hot this book is. Geez. THR HIGHLAND FLING dishes out steamy scene to curl your toes and overheat your Kindle and I'm👏🏻HERE👏🏻FOR👏🏻IT. You need to read THE HIGHLAND FLING. Fair warning: This will make you want to move to a ridiculously small Scottish town and start chasing kilts. RATING:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ STEAM LEVEL: Rated R TRIGGERS: Cancer, past death of sibling, past toxic relationship, estranged parents FEELS-O-METER: 3/5 - You might tear up a little. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. BUY IT HERE: https://amzn.to/3y5mxQ5 (aff.) 👇🏻HANG OUT WITH ME HERE!👇🏻 INSTAGRAM | YEAR OF SMUT CHALLENGE

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