Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published November 24th 2013
Series: Balmorie Series #1
Source: ecopy from Author
n Kam McKellar’s fun, sexy contemporary romance novella set in Scotland, Ian MacLaren—retired U.S. soldier turned Innkeeper is keeping his family legacy going. He and his brothers have moved to Scotland, are farming the land, restoring and renting out cottages, and converting the west wing of the five-hundred year old Balmorie castle into a guest house. The last thing on his mind is love. But tell that to his first visitor… Mad About Plaid, the first in the Balmorie Novellas, is 28,000 words/120 pages.
Lucy Walker isn’t a travel writer, but she’s taking her Cousin Riley’s place and going to Balmorie Estate anyway. Why she gets talked into these things, she doesn’t know. But what she does know is that Ian MacLaren is not the type of Innkeeper she was expecting. Her plan to take notes and record all of Balmorie’s amenities so her cousin can then write a review becomes more and more difficult to do when she has her very own Scottish hunk as her tour guide.
Ian MacLaren needs a glowing review in America’s largest travel magazine to jumpstart the guest house business. He and his brothers have poured their hearts, souls, and every last penny into the estate. And when he finds out the cute travel writer isn’t who she claims to be all bets are off and revenge is more than sweet…
I love novellas. Sometimes you are just in the mood to read something cute and quick. I like them for pick me up books. When I am having a rough day, sometimes I will come home and crack open a novella to put me in a better mood. And the Balmorie series is excellent for that. Mad About Plaid made me smile and was a fun and saucy read that took me about an hour or two to read. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series.
This is the story of Lucy. Her cousin seems to be a hot shot travel writer for a big New York magazine, and she is supposed to go and stay at a scottish manor that is opening up to guests. Ian and his brothers inherited the family estate and have been busting their butts to get it back up and running. They need a good review to help get them some business. But Lucy’s cousin can’t make her trip, so she sends Lucy along instead. I liked Lucy. She is sassy and has no problem standing up for herself. She certainly managed to butt heads with Ian a lot in the start of the book. I loved watching the two of them interact. They were a riot and adorable all at the same time.
Iam and Lucy both like each other, but they know that they just met. So they each struggle with themselves over what to do. Mad About Plaid shoves the two of them together for all sorts of cute little mini excursions and adventures as they explore the manor and the surrounding town. There is a really great little romance building between the two of them and I was rooting for one of them to “man-up” and just make it happen already. I was not disappointed! They have great chemistry between the two of them. I fell in love with them, which was really impressive because of the length of the novella. You really get invested in the characters very quickly. We also got to meet Ian’s two other brothers, who will take center stage in the next two books. I must say that I can’t wait to read their stories. I hope that they are as addictive and cute as Ian and Lucy’s.