Scotland or Bust

Scotland or Bust

by Kira Archer

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ISBN-13: 9781720464167
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: Winning the Billionaire , #3
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments and break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. Most of her non-writing hours are spent hanging with her family and running her kids around because they are busy and she’s the taxi driver. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after. She also writes historical romances as Michelle McLean.

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CHAPTER 1

Harrison Troy stood staring down at the so-called seats on the plane. He'd had marginal hopes that he could at least fly in some comfort. However, this particular plane didn't have the new upgraded first-class pods that most airlines had. Instead, they had the larger seats — leather and fully reclining perhaps, but still side by side with one another. The last thing he wanted was to be saddled with a talkative seatmate all the way across the Atlantic. Or any kind of seatmate, really. What he wanted was to fly on his own private plane with its fully stocked bedroom from New York to London.

Unfortunately, his plane was having engine trouble. And, being summer and prime playtime, none of his friends' planes were available to borrow. The plane he currently stood in was the only one that would be leaving for London that day. So unless he wanted to completely derail all of his plans and give his family even more reason to act out, he was going to have to sit down, shut up, and deal with the flight as best he could. Kudos to him for being a big boy.

"Can I help you with anything, sir?" the flight attendant asked.

"No, thank you," Harrison said, snapping out of his funk long enough to take his seat.

He laid his head back with a sigh. At least the actual chair was comfortable, he'd give it that. Maybe he'd get lucky and the seat beside him would remain empty so he could just sleep the whole way there.

He held on to that hope for all of three minutes before a bouncing brunette with a high ponytail and dark-rimmed glasses perched on her nose flounced onto the plane. She handed the flight attendant her ticket and Harrison's dream of a peaceful flight went right out the window when the attendant pointed toward him. The brunette gave him a smile, thanked the attendant, and dragged her overstuffed carry-on toward him.

"Looks like we'll be seatmates," she said, her cheerfulness setting his teeth on edge.

Normally, he would have appreciated her a whole lot more. He enjoyed being around fun, happy people, as evidenced by his group of best friends. One, at least, of whom was a consummate jokester. And it would take a blind man to miss her appeal. She was beautiful in an understated librarian kind of way. But that smile of hers lit up the whole plane. He wasn't the only one staring.

When he realized what he was doing, he dropped his attention back to his phone. More than a few men, and a couple women, cast envious glances in his direction. But at that particular moment he wanted nothing more than to be left alone. He was in an overcrowded, overheated plane instead of his cushy private jet, on his way to spend two months with his family, which would probably spark another five years' worth of therapy; and he really hated to fly.

The woman opened the overhead compartment and started trying to shove her massive case into it. After a minute or two of struggling, he finally spoke up.

"That's not going to fit in there. You'll need to check it."

"I'll get it in. I've shoved in bigger ones than this." She stopped, her face going blank for a second, probably realizing what she'd just said.

"Ha!" she laughed. "That sounded dirty, didn't it? Sorry. My mind seems to wander into the gutter of its own accord."

He ignored that, mostly because he didn't want to admit his own mind had gone straight to the gutter with her comment. "It is clearly too big."

She grinned again and opened her mouth but he held up a finger. "Don't say it."

She rolled her eyes. "Fine, but the fact that you said that lets me know you were thinking it, too."

She went back to shoving at her case, and he looked down to try and control the sudden urge to smile. Cheeky little thing. Completely inappropriate. Of all the people he had to get stuck with ...

He sighed. "Just check the bag."

She ignored him and gave it a final shove. It popped into the compartment, and her momentum continued to carry her forward, nearly toppling her into his lap. His reflexes kicked in, and he put his hands up, both to stop her fall and to block her from crushing a few of his more tender bits. Unfortunately, her angle of trajectory was such that her breasts literally fell right into his hands.

She glanced down at his hands, back up to his eyes. Back down again.

He sucked in a breath, mortified that it had taken that long to register that he shouldn't be to second base with a woman whose name he didn't even know, and yanked his hands back. Which solved the whole accidental boob graze thing, but knocked her off kilter the rest of the way, leaving her to sprawl in his lap.

"Sorry," she said with a grin. She pushed her glasses back on her nose and jumped back up. "Told you it would fit."

He resisted the urge to point out that it only fit because she had nearly broken the plane to force it in, but that was really more conversation than he wanted to have with her, so he kept it to himself.

She flopped into her seat and held out her hand. "Nicole Franklin. My friends call me Nic."

Centuries of well-bred manners had him reacting before he even thought about it. He took her hand, noticing the soft warmth behind her firm handshake.

"Nicole," he said with a nod. He would not call her such an obviously unsuitable nickname. Nikki, maybe. Not that they would be on nickname terms anytime soon. "Harrison."

"Do your friends call you Harry?"

"No."

"Never?"

"Not to my face."

"Can I?"

His lips twitched. The woman was insufferable. "Not to my face."

She shrugged. "Too bad. You look like a Harry."

He had no response for that so he just kept silent.

The stream of passengers getting onto the plane had slowed and the flight attendants were walking around making their last checks of the compartments. Nicole's eyes kept straying to the door. And when a last-minute passenger barreled his way onto the plane she sat forward with a slight gasp before sitting back with a disappointed sigh.

"Waiting for someone?" he asked.

She shook her head. "Not really. I thought ..." She leaned toward him and tucked her feet under her on the chair like she was lounging at home. "Okay, so here's the deal. My boyfriend and I broke up a couple months ago. We've been together a while, but it wasn't going anywhere, you know? And I got tired of him making all these promises that he was never keeping. Like this trip. He's been promising to take me to Europe since the day I met him, but he wouldn't ever make any actual plan. And then finally, one day, I'm sitting there thinking, life is too short to not go for what you want, right?"

Harrison wondered if she expected a response. But apparently, it was just a rhetorical question mixed in with the floodgate that he had inadvertently opened because she kept right on going without pausing long enough for him to speak.

"So I went to him and said, 'we always say we're going to go, and now is the time to be doing this kind of stuff. We're young, we have no kids, nothing to stop us. So let's go.' I mean seize the day, and all that, right? He didn't see it that way. He said he couldn't take time off from his job. But it's not like his job is even all that important. He's an accountant. In a firm with fifty other accountants. I'm sure somebody could have covered him for a week. I work at the same firm. I probably could have gotten time off."

She took a breath. "Anyhow, that's when I decided we wanted different things out of life. I mean I loved him, but I don't think I was ever really in love with him. You know what I mean? I wasn't even that upset to walk away and I should have been if I'd really loved him. Right?"

Harrison thought about trying to interrupt her, both amused and horrified by the entire life story that flowed from her. He didn't know his own mother as well as he knew her and he had been sitting next to her for all of five minutes. An entire transatlantic plane ride was going to kill him. However, he didn't think interrupting was a possibility as she was still rambling on about the merits of true love and how she hadn't had it.

"And everybody should have that, don't you think?"

He opened his mouth to speak but she continued on.

"Anyway, I figured if I really wanted to go to Europe, then I should go. Why sit around waiting for some guy to take me? And not just for a visit. Why work at a job I'm miserable at, living in a city I hate, saving money for a future I don't know I'll even have, making plans that might not ever happen? I've always wanted to live in Europe. I'm young, childfree. No time like the present, right? So I quit my job, cashed in my 401k, and here I am. And I'm never going back. I already feel so free."

He stared at her for a moment waiting to see if she had anything else to say before he dared try to speak. But she seemed to have come to the end of her diatribe and sat waiting patiently for a response.

"What does any of that have to do with you waiting for someone?"

"What?"

"I'd asked if you were waiting for someone."

"Oh, right. Well, for a second there I thought maybe he changed his mind. That he'd come rushing onto the plane to beg my forgiveness and pledge his undying love and ask me to take him back, and that he wanted to whisk me away to Europe and give me my dream life. You know, like in all those movies."

"Sorry, don't think I've seen any movies like that."

"Really?" She blinked up at him. "Then you're definitely not seeing the right kind of movies. There's nothing like a good romantic comedy. Loves, laughs, and a happily ever after. Can't beat it."

"I'll have to take your word for it."

"Suit yourself."

She paused long enough to take a few good breaths, and Harrison knew he was courting disaster to ask this, but his curiosity got the better of him. "Are you disappointed that he didn't come bursting onto the plane?"

"No." She shook her head. "I mean, don't get me wrong, it would have been pretty cool. But mostly I think it would have been kind of awkward. Like I said, I cared about him, but I was never in love with him. Not that it wouldn't be nice to have someone to traipse around Europe with. I've never traveled by myself. The idea is a little bit scary. I don't have any plans, and don't have much money left since I cleared out my bank account to buy this first-class ticket. But I figured if I'm going to do something, I should do it right. I'm only flying one way, so might as well fly in comfort and all that."

She had no idea what true comfort was if she thought this pile of junk was comfortable.

The flight attendants had finished seating everyone and were going through their pre-flight check while the plane pushed away from the gate. Harrison grabbed his briefcase from under the chair and rummaged through it.

"English?" she asked.

"Pardon?"

"You're English."

"Yes, thank you for pointing that out. I might not have realized otherwise."

She stared at him, and he bit back a curse. He knew he was being unforgivably rude, but the plane was almost to the runway and he couldn't find his Xanax. Had he been on his own plane he would have had a fully stocked medicine cabinet. He could have popped a few pills, crawled into bed, and woken up in London. Instead, he had to sit in the massive metal death trap crammed to the gills with people next to a chatterbox — hot though she was — who probably had enough luggage in the hold to tank the whole thing. If they made it to London in one piece, it would be a miracle.

The plane taxied to the end of the runway, and the engines revved up. He shoved his case back under the seat and gripped the armrests.

"Hey, are you okay?"

"Fine," he said through gritted teeth. The engine noise reached almost screeching level. "Bollocks," he muttered.

"Why don't I believe you?"

He didn't bother to answer her.

"Harrison."

"Shhh," he muttered.

He closed his eyes and tried to conjure up an image, any image, that would take his mind off the plane revving up. The first image to hit his mind was the irritatingly perky woman next to him climbing into his lap and doing unspeakable things to him. So wrong. His only excuse was that she was the last person he'd laid eyes on, and with her chattering away next to him, she was hard to ignore. He fought to think of something else, but failed. He'd feel bad about it later. Right then he was enjoying what imaginary her was doing to him.

"Harrison," she said again.

Ignore, ignore, ignore.

"Yo! Harry," she said, loud enough that it startled him.

He turned to her and she leaned in, her eyes roving over his face until they focused on his lips. She bit her own and let out a little breath that had the blood rushing south so quickly he had to resist the urge to cover his lap with his notebook like he'd done back in his early teen years.

"Ever make out with a total stranger, Harry?" she asked in a low, sultry voice that had him imagining all sorts of new things he'd like to do.

"Not lately, no."

Those full lips of hers turned up, and she leaned in even more, her fingers winding into his tie. "You should try it sometime. It's extremely liberating. Not to mention just flat-out hot."

She gave it a little tug and he obliged by moving closer. He had no idea why. This was beyond inappropriate, but she was right there. Acting out what he'd just been fantasizing about like some sort of magic genie in a bottle who'd been created to bring his every wish to life.

Her lips parted in invitation. The vanilla scent of her tantalized him.

Her eyes locked with his again. "I'm available for your kissing pleasure if you were so inclined."

Her lips were only a breath away from his now.

He felt like he was being hurtled through space ... though whether that was her or the plane screaming down the runway, he wasn't sure.

Oh God. The plane ...

"Harry," she whispered. He refocused on her. "Kiss me."

His head swam. He wasn't sure if it was in arousal or terror, but if he had to choose, he was going to go for arousal.

He cupped the back of her neck. "Don't call me Harry." Then he yanked her to him and crushed her mouth to his.

Their lips met just as the force of the plane taking off slammed him back in his seat. His heart pounded so hard it definitely caused some internal bruising. Still impossible to tell if it was due to his imminent demise in a fiery ball of death or the incredibly attractive woman who had him pinned to his seat while her tongue explored every inch of his mouth. Though at this point, he was willing to bet it was the woman, because holy fuck.

He had a million questions, but his body shut them all down so it could focus on the main attraction. Her hands gripped his short hair, and her arms wrapped around his neck as best she could while being belted into her own seat. Bloody hell. No one had ever, ever kissed him the way she was kissing him. Like she was throwing her whole body, heart, and soul into it even though she was kissing a complete stranger.

His head buzzed, and the heat she was generating rapidly wiped out his awareness of anything else going on around him. His fingers tangled in her hair and drew her in closer, giving in to the total madness.

The seat belts buzzer dinged, allowing passengers to get up and move around the cabin again. Nicole pulled back from him with a big smile about the same time that a flash from a cell phone went off from the next aisle.

"There you go," she said, sitting back in her own seat.

Harrison frowned at her, his head spinning from the sudden downshift.

She grinned again. "Made it all the way through a takeoff without needing a Xanax. You let me know if you need help with the landing."

CHAPTER 2

Harrison glared first at the person who snapped his picture and then at Nicole. Well, that wasn't the reaction she expected. Even from a stodgy Brit.

"Why did you do that?" he asked.

Her smile faded, and her forehead creased in a frown. "You were afraid of the takeoff. Didn't have your pills. I thought I'd take your mind off of it. Seems like it worked pretty well, too."

A little better than she'd planned. She very nearly forgot why she'd been kissing him in the first place, and her body still tingled all over.

"I was not afraid."

She raised an eyebrow at him, and he scowled. Good grief. "Oh stop glaring at me. Are you mad because we kissed or because we stopped?" "That was ... inappropriate."

"Well, you didn't have to say yes when I asked." His forehead crinkled again, and she sighed. "Yeah, I'd kind of figured you for a prude, but let's not go overboard with it." She sat back and folded her arms.

His eyes widened. "Did you just call me a prude?"

"Um, yeah. Kissing me didn't seem to bother you when your tongue was halfway down my throat."

(Continues…)


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Scotland or Bust 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fun, beach read this summer than Scotland or Bust would be the perfect book for you. It is a light, fun read that will definitely make you laugh from the very start. The characters are super funny, catching and will definitely bring a smile to your face. I loved Nicole's character as she is the girl next door - the one who would you hangout with, the one you would laugh with and maybe even take a plane with to Scotland. Harrison is the brooding billionaire who is hiding from everything in his life. Until he meets Nicole on the plane and she changes his life forever. I love how they are thrown together and how destiny brings them together. Nicole fits seemingly well into Harrison's eccentric family, maybe a little too well .... for his liking. I loved the romance factor in this book as Nicole Franklin is a gifted writer, who will definitely make you laugh throughout this fun read. If you are planning a vacation that includes a lake, beach or even a beautiful outdoor campsite, then this is the book for you. It is a light, fun read that will make you laugh and help you relax. Nicole Franklin is a great writer, who knows how to keep her audience captivated with her great story line. Make sure you add Scotland or Bust to your To-Be-Read Shelf this summer!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely cute story. I loved Nicole from the very first scene until the last one. She was quirky, intuitive, made others around her feel comfortable, and fell in love quickly. She was a great match for Harrison and brought out his fun side. There was one scene when they were alone together that I was like, "Hold on sister, what are you thinking? Now is not the time to stop what you are doing!!!" But overall, this story had quite a few laugh out loud parts along with making the reader love Harrison's grandma. You will love Harrison too, but he may take a little longer to like as he needs to be a little more optimistic and fun. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely cute story. I loved Nicole from the very first scene until the last one. She was quirky, intuitive, made others around her feel comfortable, and fell in love quickly. She was a great match for Harrison and brought out his fun side. There was one scene when they were alone together that I was like, "Hold on sister, what are you thinking? Now is not the time to stop what you are doing!!!" But overall, this story had quite a few laugh out loud parts along with making the reader love Harrison's grandma. You will love Harrison too, but he may take a little longer to like as he needs to be a little more optimistic and fun. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - Sweet and sexy read, though it didn't totally click for me “This guy was totally her ideal wet dream waiting to happen. Until he opened his mouth. Even the accent couldn’t save him then” Scotland or Bust was full of things I loved and it had me laughing and smiling like a fool. At the same time, something about it didn’t totally work for me although I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. Harrison is flying back home to lend a hand to his family’s business. The mere fact that he has to go to the mostly run-down castle that his parents won’t just let him fix and stay with his crazy relatives drives him crazy. Add to it that their new idea to save their travel agency is giving people a true “Outlander experience” which includes him trampling around their estates wearing a kilt. Almost at his breaking point, he ends up hiring the obnoxiously happy woman who sat next to him on the flight after his assistant quits on him at the very last possible second. Even when the woman in question drove him crazy in the few hours they’ve known each other. Nikki needs a plan stat. Jumping on a plane with no preparations or clue as to what she was going to do once she landed was probably not the best idea ever. Now she’ll have to accept Harrison’s offer not only because it’s too good to pass, but well… it’s actually the only one she has right that moment. With incredible chemistry the more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to fight their attraction. And though at first it seems as if they are complete opposites and wouldn’t ever get along, soon they realize that that’s not entirely true. I liked both Harrison and Nikki. Harrison comes off as a bit of a butthead at first, all moody and grumbly, but as he relaxes more and more around Nicole, we get glimpses of a sweeter, caring guy. The accent and the occasional kilt wearing do not hurt his sexiness in the least. I had a bit of a harder time connecting to Nikki, and while I did like her and found her funny, quirky and sweet I felt her issues weren’t as… issue-y as she found them. While I can’t say I loved Scotland or Bust as much as the two previous stories in this series, I still had a great time reading it and I enjoyed their banter and their sexy shenanigans. I think Outlander fans especially, will totally get a kick out of it too. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This was a funny cute book with a whole of things going on. Harrison and Nikki seem like they are total opposites so what could they have in common right? Well it is sure fun to find out and while we are doing this we are having a good time and laughing. This is truly the thing we need at times. Also a thing I enjoy is reading from previous characters even though yes, it can be read as a standalone but why would you want to? Enjoy!
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
This was a quick, verra entertaining romantic read. Featuring Nicole, a sassy Polly Anna type heroine, who is looking to find herself after impulsively deciding to buy a one way ticket to Europe. A chance encounter and smoking hot, Good Samaritan kiss with Harrison Troy, a gorgeous hot but cool headed Brit, lands her in a temporary unique situation to live out a life long fantasy. Surrounded by Harrison’s best friends, eccentric at times family, and nosy but well meaning village pub posse of lads and lasses, Nicole seems to not only fit right in but manages to help fix some of the chaos that hounds Harrison whenever he steps foot in his family’s travel destination castle. Fans of the Outlander series will surely appreciate the occasional references to that particular series, as well. With undeniable chemistry, witty back and forth banter, smoking hot, passionate kisses complete with sparks of attraction that can’t be ignored, these two destined to be together love birds dance around each other until nearly 70%. It takes quite awhile for their stubborn heads to reconcile with what their hearts already know, that they are meant to be together. The writing flowed, and I stayed fully engaged. Kira Archer is definitely an author I hope to read more of in the near future. Her natural, relaxed characterization of this main couple made their romantic connection feel genuine. Title: Scotland or Bust, Author: Kira Archer, Pages: 220, stand-alone, a couple graphic steamy scenes late in the book, sassy Polly Anne type heroine, good guy hero, no OM/OW drama, no love triangle, no cheating, romance safe. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of the fake fiancé trope and the Scotland setting was an added bonus. I liked Nicole and Harrison well enough. They have more in common then they think and it was fun reading them figure it out. The chemistry and button pushing didn’t hurt either. There are a lot of secondary characters, but Granny stole the show. And I’m pretty sure every scene in the pub was my favorite. Plot wise, it was okay. For me, everything felt rushed and there didn’t seem to be any concept of time. Within a couple of pages, it’s been months and that was a bit of a struggle. I’m all for love at first sight, but besides a few kisses and a couple of generic slash semi fade to black sex scenes, it didn’t come across that their relationship was changing. Overall, it was the characters that kept me reading. I’m not sure what the page count is, but I think this is a story that would benefit from just a bit more. **Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing the arc free of charge**
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! This was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a very long time! Nikki has lived her life always in a relationship, never dependent on herself. After her last break up she quits her job, cashes in her retirement fund and heads to Europe where she has absolutely no plans except to live a life of adventure. When the handsome stuck up brit next to her begins to panic as the plane takes off, she does a typical Nicole thing and kisses him. The last thing Harrison wants is to spend the long plane trip trapped next to a stranger. When an exuberant beauty takes the seat next to him and begins telling him her life story he is not amused, not in the least. This is the most inappropriate behavior and the kiss she lands on him is even more so. Just because he returns it with gusto doesn’t change that fact. Now he’s in need of an assistant and his only hope is the wacky Nicole who has no solid plans, needs a job, and hasn’t left the airport yet. This book was so much fun! I laughed and grinned through the whole thing until my cheeks were sore. Nikki is forthright and quirky and fits right in with Harrison’s wack-a-doodle family. I loved that she always saw the positive side of things even in the most dire of circumstances. Harrison is uptight and grumpy, always scowling and completely tired of the craziness that is his life when he returns home for the summer to help his family’s business. The last thing he wants in a woman is someone who fits in with his family. The fact that he couldn’t help but fall for her in spite of his assertions to himself made me love him all the more. (I do love a grumbly hero!) This is a fast paced read that I whizzed through in one sitting, mostly because it was just so dang good. The secondary characters are extreme and thoroughly humorous, especially Granny. After all, when you’re her age you’re free to say and do whatever you like. Senility, you know? Along with Harrison’s friends and family, there is a group of villagers that add to the hilarity. Immature humor is not my thing, and I’m not sure this would be labeled as such. It was, however, so freaking cute I just gobbled up every bit of it. Just a little advice, read the dedication. Then when you’ve reached about the 25% mark, go back and read the dedication again. I, personally, found it to be much more relevant at that point which caused me to laugh again. And I continued to laugh as I fell more in love with this couple and Harrison’s aversion to The Book That Must Not Be Named. P.S. Like Nikki, I loved that book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book from Kira Archer. Oh how I love her books and she knocked this one right out of the park! Uptight Harrison who is forced to fly commercial home to England for the summer meets his seat mate Nicole. The lively, beautiful and ever optimistic chatty Nicole who managed to figure out Harrison didn't do take offs well as he was rifling through his brief case looking for his Xanax all the while bemoaning that his private jet was being worked on... clever Nicole distracts Harrison in the best possible way by laying one on him and then some. She fell into the kiss and he followed her right down that path. Harrison hated going home for the summer, hated the thoughts of what was ahead of him, his crazy (delightful) family and the castle they lived in that was falling down around them and he oversaw the work. His very strong dislike for Outlander which you must read this book to appreciate the full impact of why. Nicole is a fan. Nicole tells all, that she's left a bad realtionship, one with no future, quit her job, cashed in her 401 and has decided to move to Europe. Sure she has no job or plan, but she'll wing it. Harrison manages to piss on her parade a couple times but when he gets to the airport and a text from his assistant that she's quit, he quickly seeks out Nicole offering her the job, and a place to stay, the castle. Once there she is quickly taken in by his family especially is ultra quirky Scottish Gran who is half crazed, but really isn't. She makes a dang lot of sense and doesn't miss much. They're preparing to launch an Outlander tour which is so popular it's booked 2 seasons ahead and Nicole really proves herself worth her salt and keeps Harrison is check. She's quick on her feet and one step ahead. Clearly these two are attracted and everyone else sees it, even his friends who come in from NY as part of a trial run pre opening the castle for the tour, but after being caught in bed and Gran planning their wedding and giving him her ring to put on Nicole's finger, the two of them still play it pretty cool. When the first tour guests arrive all goes well, until the end and man I didn't see that coming. Nicole has a heart to heart with Gran. Meanwhile Harrison doesn't know what to make of what's just happened nor does he talk about it either. Better to sit at the Pub with the family and friends and get sauced. Feel sorry for himself. Until he snaps out of it. I loved these two and all of the crazy family. His Gran was hysterical and smart as a whip. Nicole brought out the best in Harrison and she enjoyed being herself. Truthfully. She was perfect as she was. I couldn't have wanted any more from two great lead characters in a book. The best I've read in a long, long time. Don't pass this one up! Well deserving of more than 5 stars! *advanced reader copy from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Can't see how many pages, but feels like a novella. Harrison Troy is flying home from New York to spend the Summer with his family, it wasn't entirely clear to me whether 'home' was Scotland or England, he wears a kilt (for Outlander purposes) but is repeatedly referred to as English - whether that is the author not understanding the nuances of being English, Scottish or British I don't know. His private plane is out of action, none of his friends can lend him a plane and the airline he has chosen to fly with doesn't have the modern first class pods so he is forced to sit next to a total stranger (first world problems encapsulated). His seat mate is Nicole (Nikki) Franklin, an unlucky-in-love accountant who has thrown up everything in order to realise her dreams of travelling Europe. The start of the book reminded me of Managed, Harrison is terrified of flying and Nikki takes his mind off take-off with a steamy kiss. When they land in Scotland/England Harrison discovers that his assistant has quit and so he offers Nikki eight weeks work at his family's castle. What follows is a madcap/ slapstick caper in which Harrison's zany family frustrate his attempts to get the family travel business into the black by running Outlander-themed holidays. I'm not a fan of the zany and Harrison's grandmother in particular (talk of fornication outside wedlock and entering jousting competitions) was (in my opinion) unfunny and unnecessary, indeed most of Harrison's family appeared merely there for the zany and had no real interactions with Harrison or Nikki. I did enjoy this but I have to say, as an Englishwoman, the idea that you could half the time taken to drive from the Scottish border (assume for the sake of argument, although I believe Outlander is set in the Highlands) to London Heathrow is frankly ludicrous. It's 313 miles from Gretna Green to London Heathrow which would take just under 5 hours via motorway, the idea that you could drive a minibus at 120 miles an hour constantly is simply ridiculous. Also, has no-one pointed out to Kira Archer that there are five terminals at Heathrow, some of them quite some distance apart? Nevertheless, if you can overlook the geographic ambiguity, this was a pleasant, low angst romantic comedy - ideal beach reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful lighthearted cute read with touches of humor and emotion that just made me smile. Harrison was so stoic and serious. It was fun to see how the whirlwind that was Nicole slowly won over not only him but his family and the entire small town. Nothing to deep in this one but sometimes that's exactly what I need in a relaxing book. For a great afternoon of reading grab a copy of this one and enjoy. I highly recommend.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! This was a cute read. Funny, fast paced, likable main characters and some really good side characters. His granny was pretty entertaining. If you've read previous books, you get to see the couples from book one and two as well as the rest of the guys in the poker group. You do not have to read them first. This can be read as a standalone. It's a very safe read and good for when you need to light and fun read. The first book in the series still remains my favorite so far.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book that made me smile. I loved Nikki, even though she's done some flaky things. I even loved Harrison, who is uptight and rigid. Reading about Nikki crashing through his defenses and helping him find joy was thoroughly enjoyable. If you are a fan of the genre, you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list and this book exemplifies why. This is a wonderful light romance with a bit of humor that is just a feel good story......and Scottish kilts?....Swoon warning.....even better, learning what one Scottish man wears under his kilt.
nku More than 1 year ago
Scotland or Bust (Ebook) by Kira Archer .. This is the second book I have read by Kira Archer and really enjoyed it... Thank you #NetGalley.... Nicole and Harrison's story... She is fresh of a breakup and he is off to help his crazy family with their tour business. The laughs start in from the start and never end...when the plane takes off...the book that must not be named...Granny...the castle tour...the car in the mud...the pub people.. And so many more...I love a book that makes me feel a part of it....and also love my HEA....