Review Tour ~ My Highland Cowboy by Alexa Milne (Review + Giveaway)
Buy Links: Pride (Early Download) | Amazon US | Amazon UK (General Release Date: 6th June 2017)
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 69,000 words
Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends and he loves his home, but he’s lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.
Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothing brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, create individual dresses, while, on the side, Drew produces a line of men’s lingerie. He visits Scotland to design a bridal gown for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan’s best friend at Christmas.
Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives miles away from each other find a way to love?
Drew is back in the Scottish Highlands where he grew up, to design a bridal gown for his sister Jenna. He's slowly but surely gaining fame as a designer and his clothing brand is close to being noticed in the fashion industry. He's out and proud and makes no apologies for who he is.
Duncan owns a ranch in Scotland and is Jenna's groom-to-be's best friend. He's reserved and shy, almost the complete opposite to the outgoing Drew, however, the sparks fly when they meet. Drew lives and works in London, especially now that his line might be picked up by a big store and Duncan can't leave his ranch, though, so they're between a rock and a hard place. Can they make their relationship work against those odds?
I loved Duncan and I really wanted him to get his HEA, especially with all he'd lost already. His grandfather had really done a number with him, but it was nice seeing him come out of his shell eventually. I liked Drew, but it took me a while to warm up to him. He was too brash at first and that put me off. He did get better and there was no denying the sparks that flew when Duncan and Drew were together. I adored that there wasn't unnecessary angst in their relationship, aside from the long-distance thing. It was refreshing.
I loved the secondary characters and overall, the story was very enjoyable, fun, hot, with just enough angst to keep things interesting and very well-written. I do hope the author writes us Lachlan and Cormac's story next, because I'd love to read it!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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Drew is a clothing designer and lives in London. He grew up in the country and was happy to get away from there to the city. When his sister is getting married, he heads to her home in Scotland to get measurements and discuss ideas related to dresses for the wedding. His sister has him stay at the ranch of her husband's best friend. Duncan has turned the family ranch into a successful dude ranch. Duncan and Drew are attracted to each from their initial meeting but neither is what the other needs in their life.
Drew is out and proud. He is who he is, and makes no apology for it. He's never been in the closet, he's a flirt, doesn't blend in, calls attention to himself, and turns everything into innuendo. The complete opposite of Duncan. Duncan was raised by a hard grandfather. Duncan is quiet, reserved, private, isn't sure if he's straight or gay and is fine without finding out. Though he thinks no one around him suspects he's gay, he would be wrong and they're all pushing him and Drew together. But the men don't live close and they have to go on with their normal lives. Living a part isn't as easy as they thought it would be now that they've met, hard decisions will have to be made.
I enjoyed the characters in this story but felt bad for Duncan. He was pushed far out of his comfort zone by everyone. Once I got to know Drew, I liked him more than I did upon my initial introduction to him. This was a fairly long book (196 pages), so I was a little surprised by the almost instalove that was happening. In reality, Drew and Duncan only spent a few days together and were willing to change everything to be together.
Have you read a book set in a different country than where you're from and been surprised there's a glossary of terms? I really could have used a glossary for this one. I haven't ever read books set in the Scotland Highlands so some of the terminology I didn't understand. This story has a HEA and had a nice set-up for the start of a series.
Rating: 4 stars
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Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.
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