Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance, Time Travel
Source: NetGalley, publisher
When Ashley Miller sees a Craigslist ad for an all-expense paid vacation to Scotland with a handsome Highland “escort”, she’s all over it. Worn out from working two jobs to pay off the debts her scam artist ex-husband left her with, she just needs a friggin’ break already. Rolling, misty mountains of the Scottish Highlands, here she comes!
But one minute she’s sipping a latte and the next she’s zapped to the 2nd century and promptly informed she’s managed to wed her handsome Highlander without even an “I do.” Oh, hell no.
After a devastating tragedy, Connall’s tribe is left with few marriageable women. When his Druid priest suggests a place filled with bonnie lasses, he of course agrees to go fetch one for himself. But nothing prepared Connall for his sassy new wife, nor his tribe for a woman determined to see equal rights for all women.
Now the men are threatening revolt if he can’t rein his young wife in, but it might be too late. The women are demanding the men get “woke”—which of course makes no sense because they already woke that morn—and give women “the vote,” whatever the bloody hell that is. Despite all that, Connall can’t stop wanting to convince his wife to get naked, and he’s starting to wonder if he’s been bewitched.
Only the more he gets to know her, the more he starts to think she’s just what they needed. If only he survives her next demand…
*Note: This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review.
What is a Highlander to do when he needs a wife? Well, the obvious answer is to use magic to travel to another time and find one. That’s the premise for this sweet, fun read. Connall’s clan needs him and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to give them a better future. Ashley is having a terrible time in her life. She’s been left with a lot of debt thanks to her ex-husband and she’s wishing she could get away from it all. And so begins the misunderstanding that has her going back in time for what she though was a job and turned out to be a marriage.
Angela Quarles is a new author for me. I was looking for a light-hearted read and, when I came across this book on Net Galley, I though I’d found just that. And I did. But, I also found a sweet love story, a bit of adventure, and characters who I fell in love with immediately. Ashley was smart and fierce. She adapted to her new world quickly but she also saw opportunities for change and she wasn’t willing to back down. Connall lives in a difficult time, a time where he needs to be brave and strong – and he is. But, lucky for us, he’s also sweet and caring. He’s so much more than just a hot Highlander! Once he discovers his feeling for Ashley, he’s willing to play by her rules in order to get her to fall in love with him as well. These two had great chemistry and wonderful banter. I loved how overcame their huge differences to ultimately understand each other’s priorities and ways of life.
I really enjoyed the level of detail the author included about the time period and, unlike some books I’ve read, it wasn’t overwhelming. She seems to know exactly how much the reader needs to feel like they’re experiencing the situation without overdoing the descriptions. Although this was my first book by Ms. Quarles it definitely won’t be my last. I look forward to seeing what other worlds she can take me to and what other characters I can fall in love with! If you haven’t read a book by this author, give this one a go…I’m sure you’ll be enchanted by it just as I was.
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