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The Perfect Bargain

(How to Marry a Highlander #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  203 reviews
American lass seeks brawny Scot...
As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Hig
Paperback, 179 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Entangled: Lovestruck
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I enjoyed this book!!The whole idea that Sloane was looking for her Jamie Frazer was so funny!!(Jamie is from Outlander...I'm sure that everybody knows him!!) smile emoticon This is a light,fast paced,sweet and funny story!

Sloane is our main heroine!She is sad because her boyfriend called off their wedding.But because her friends care for her a lot they want to find her a new boyfriend!But the truth is that Sloane, she wants to find a Highlander, someone like Jamie.So she decides to go
Claire Robinson
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: entangled
1.5 - "There are quite a lot of preconceived misguided notions floating around. Stars.

I generally only give 1 Star to books I DNF, I managed to get through this one (barely) hence the 1.5 rating.

Where to start... I have so many issues with this book, and very little inclination to spend the time writing the essay it would take to put them all down in a constructive and respectful way. My time is precious, and on this occasion it has been fully spent in finishing the book.

"You're quite full of it
You know how you would have loved to give a book a higher rating especially because you are burdened with the awareness of reading it in ARC format and yet cannot? I hate it when it happens.
Despite initial promises of a fresh treatment of a done-to-death theme this is yet another disappointment of a romance novel which lapses into the same old cliched representations of male romantic interests who treat women with a jocular disdain that is passed off as flirtation. Just because you are a sexuall
Claire Robinson
This book was originally released in June 2015, and not under the authors pseudonym - Jessa McAdams.

You can find my review here -
It’s summer, pick your favorite reading spot, sun or shade, settle in for a light and quick romantic read that involves a hot, but gruff Scot, a kilt, an American woman on the run from a bad break up. Sloane finds a small and earthy village in the Scottish Highlands that just might be the best place to find her own version of a fictional Scot, Jamie Fraser. Hoping to find is far easier to deal with then having told your best friends you DID find your hot Scot. Is there a solution? Can Sloane con ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
This will be short as I can't summon up the energy to spend much more of my time on something I can't rate any higher than 1.5 stars. If I'm honest, it's a miracle I finished it.

He smelled of freshly mown grass and horses and something that made her think of sex.

Maybe this was why I struggled to have any feelings toward the hero. I prefer a fresh soap smell to manure. And the heroine, I didn't care for her much either. The Scottish were portrayed poorly, the Americans weren't much better and th
Reanell Tisdale
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 'Aye' stars!

This was my first book from this author and I just loved it. It was also my first book about a Scotsman. And yes there were kilts involved <3 <3. Men in kilts....SEXY!!!

It took a little bit for me to adjust to the writing style just because of the Scottish talk. Once I adjusted to that it was smooth sailing. The storyline was perfect! And some of those scenes had me laughing out loud. 2 words.....BATHROOM SCENE! Epic!!

If you are looking for a sweet funny read this one is for you. I
Fun, sexy, and made me want to hop on a plane to Scotland to find my own Scot (much to my husband's dismay). London does a great job conveying the adorable accent, as well as a wonderful setting that I could almost picture it was so well written. Sloane's friends annoyed me, but as they were a small part of the book, it was easy to overlook. Especially because the chemistry between Sloane and Galen was so scorching! Their sarcastic quips at each other were hysterical, too. All in all, a ton of f ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Okay
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: A cute story with potential
Characters: Good
Plot: Getting over heartbreak with love
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Galen

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I picked up this book because it was pitched to me girl goes to Scotland and meets sexy Scot (or Highlander). I’m all about Scotland so I was all in. But when I started to read, the problems begin.

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Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sloane had her heart broken by her fiance just weeks before the wedding and has been a little sad since, and her best friends seeing the way she was had put it in their heads that she need to go out more. She don't want that so when she bumps into Galen on her trip in Scotland she asks him if he would pretend to be her lovestruck boyfriend in front of her friends. At first he thinks she is crazy but after some thinking agrees to the bargain with her.
This was a cute book, in the beginning i ha
1 star. Or 1-1/2, I guess.

I was excited to check this book out, but I just could not connect with these characters--at all. Sloane was a whiny little brat and Galen, though hot and Scottish, just couldn't make up for that. She was annoying; they were annoying together; the drama was annoying.

Basic Bitches be annoying

Ugh. I wish I had flounced this book because it. did. not. get. better. Save yourself some time and skip this one.

For more reviews and bookish talk, visit our blog at Pretty Sassy Cool. This review is als
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With its beautiful and charming Scotland setting, hot highlander hero and likeable heroine, The Perfect Bargain took me on a hilarious adventure I’d happily go on again and again.
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This was my first novel by this author and while I enjoyed her style of writing I couldn't fully connect with the story. As you know this was one of my favorite genres to read about, fake relationships turn to real all consuming love. While I loved certain aspects of this novel some of it just fell short for me.

I loved the whole Jamie Frasier thing, as I'm currently watching this series, and Jamie is defiantly a Highland dream come true. So was Galen for that matter. He was dreamy and sexy, arr
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars

When I read the blurb for The Perfect Bargain by Julia London I knew I needed to read this. First off I’m a big fan of the Outlander show and Jamie Fraser, so when I found out that this book was about a girl going to Scotland to find her Jamie Fraser I was so in!

After being dumped by her fiancé and set up on awful date after awful date by her friends, Sloane Chatfield’s is off to find her very own sexy Jamie Fraser. Unfortunately, what she finds in a small Highland village is Galen Buch
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. Loved the idea of them looking for a Jamie Fraser and pretty much the entire plot.

Sloane is an interesting character. I liked that she's trying to work on herself and that even though she's nursing a broken heart, she's still open to new experiences. Galen was fun too. I loved their arguing and how the slight communication barrier led to some hilarious moments. Her friends were sort of stupid. I didn't care for how they intervened, but I guess there needed to be some conf
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was such a sweet book. There were no emotional roller coasters or suspense really but it was the cutest love story. I loved the set up and her friends are a blast. This is the perfect book for a light summer read. From the very beginning, I was hooked. I loved seeing Sloane emerge as a new woman by the end of the book. I love seeing a character or person grow into better women and really making a difference. Give this book a try. Good read!
It was an easy and very enjoable read.
Sure, there are some parts that had flaws or didn't make sense. But did I have a good time, yes!
Was it funny and a light read, yes!
Above all that, it includes an Scotish hero and a sweet highland village :))
Maybe with a better story development and writing style, it would be 5 stars for me.

anyway, I really had a very good time, that's the most important part for me. I'll definetly read next book in the series.
The Perfect Bargain by Julia London (writing as Jessa McAdams) is a 2015 Entangled Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let's face it, Outlander is the mother of all historical romances and you have to admit you have had at least a few fantasies about Jamie Fraser. So, when Sloane's fiance breaks things off, her friends aggressively seek out someone to heal her broken heart. But, Sloane isn't interested in any of their p
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alright Lassies. Stop right there. You’re going to need a chilled glass of wine, or maybe something a little heavier like some Scotch whiskey to cool you down since The Perfect Bargain is going to heat you up.

Set in the beautiful yet, non-touristy landscape of Gairloch, Scotland, Sloane Chatfield has escaped her life in Chicago, her meddling friends, and the memories of the fiancé who broke her heart. And so far, her hiding has worked out just as planned.

What didn’t go as planned are her friends
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok

Okay so I don’t quite know where to begin; first off Jessa McAdams is a pen name for Julia London, it’s a New Adult genre, and it was just okay. My main issue was that I just didn’t like the characters. I felt disconnected and I couldn’t relate to them at all, I think that’s one reason I usually tend to stay away from New Adult is that I am past that phase in life and didn’t enjoy it when I was. I normally like Julia London and this one was a quick read I like the idea of the story bu
Kathie (katmom)
Happy Release Day!!!

Famous last words: What's the worst that could happen?

This was a fun romp through the Highlands. Sloane thinks she has the perfect plan to get her friends off her back. They think she needs a bit of "sack romping" to get out of the funk she's been in since she was dumped by her fiance. Personally, I think she missed a bullet! The jerk totally destroyed her self-confidence and he really needed a good smack.

Sloane's perfect plan includes a pretend Highland boyfriend, that she w
Trish R.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read..

I looked down at the percentage I’d read and was surprised to find I had only read 13% and was also surprised at how many times I had laughed out loud at how naïve and funny Sloane was and what an absolute tease Galen was. They were truly a perfect match. I think the 1 and 2 star reviews got Galen all wrong. I really enjoyed every bit of this story. From Sloane’s friends, Dylan, Tori and Paige, to the whole town of Gairloch.

There wasn’t any sexual tension in this but the was a coup
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it


This was a cute read. It's a romance so of course it has a lot of the romance genre tropes, but it was still enjoyable. There is a good chance that I would read more in this series.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a great read! For any outlander fans this book is so enjoyable, and kinda funny in some parts, I highly recommended
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sloane was recently dumped right before her wedding. She spent years following around her fiance giving up her dreams in the hopes of being who he wanted her to be. So when he dumps her, she's distraught and totally lost. Her friends are relentless and set her up on date after date to get her over her ex-fiance. Fed up with all the matchmaking she tells her friends that she's going to go to Scotland and find herself a Jamie Fraser (Outlander). Her friends think this is a great idea and tell her ...more
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Ah, Scotland.. One of these days I am going to find a way to escape my humble life and come visit you, and maybe, hopefully, snag myself my very own Highlander.. He doesn’t even have to be my own Jamie Fraser as Sloane wished, he could be my own Gerard Butler. I’m totally down with Gerry.

All joking-but really secretly wishing- aside, I’m torn about this book. On the one hand, I loved the idea of a woman going on a trip to Scotland after a heartache and finding herself and a good man after a spur
As her wedding day approached, Sloane Chatfield was devastated when her husband to be called off the wedding, claiming it was all her fault for being so cold. Her friends decide to set her up with someone new and they’re getting really obnoxious about it! She tells them that she’s looking for a Highlander, someone like Braveheart, and that she’s going to go on holiday to Scotland to see if she can find him! She goes to stay in a remote Highland village where the only decent mobile phone receptio ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having endured the humiliation of being jilted a couple of weeks before her planned wedding, Sloane Chatfield really wanted to get away from her well-meaning friends who thought a new man in her life would do the trick. So Sloane ships herself off a remote Scottish highland village in search of her own Jamie Fraser. So far all Sloane’s found is a run down pub which could use a whole lot of sprucing up; run by an obnoxious and taciturn highlander who does nothing more than berate her as Miss Prim ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Sloane Chatfield arrives in Gairloch, Scotland looking for her own Jamie Fraser, since her ex-fiancé dumped her and she’s tired of her friends trying to set her up. She needs a fake boyfriend and convinces Galen Buchanan he’s the man for the job, in exchange for money. With Galen’s pub bleeding him dry and not making any money, he takes Sloane up on her offer.

First of all, let me just put it out here..... I have no idea what Outlander is or who Jamie Fraser is. If those are things you know about
A high 3 stars...if that even makes sense?

The Perfect Bargain read as a fun, if slightly flawed romantic comedy film (and let's me honest, what romcoms nowadays aren't more than a little, OKAY A LOT, flawed?). There was fake dating, hilarious moments involving dogs, sheep and cows, a lovable fish out of water heroine and a Scottish hero who dons a kilt (eventually). And, like most romcoms, while the premise and outcome may not have been the most realistic, it still left me what a somewhat giddy
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