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A Highlander Walks into a Bar

(Highland, Georgia #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  820 ratings  ·  454 reviews
The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fello
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019
This was such an entertaining read. Just perfect for summer when my head stubbornly refuses to concentrate on merits of literary fiction, but wants romance, romance, romance.... And I got plenty of it with two lovely Scottish-American couples exploring what home, tradition and love is under the hot Georgian sun.
Isabel (Izzy) Buchanan is such a contradiction in terms. A passionate redhead with totally unruly curly hair, wild imagination and a very practical job of an accountant. Isabel's father s
Laura Trentham has written a fun, sweet, and entertaining romance. A little Scottish Southern fusion. Isabels mom Rose returns home to Georgia from Scotland with a BIG surprise. The surprise is not a plaid skirt, but a Scottish man who Isabell is instantly suspicious of. When his mate Alasdair shows up Izzy’s suspicion is deepened. Izzy is also stressed out because it seems as though the planning of the Highland games (an annual town event) has completely fallen to her with her mother preoccupie ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentham

Contemporary romance. Highland games in the Southern US.
Don’t we all just love a foreign accent? In this story two southern women fall for gentleman from Scotland. Izzy is concerned her mother is being taken advantage of but is still charmed by Alasdair, who has also traveled to the small southern town to check on his Uncle.

I absolutely adored Izzy. No filters. No artifice. A bit naive. She says what she is thinking which led to several laugh out
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

The formality in her voice was nothing new. When he was four and home from his first day at preschool, his mum hadn’t asked him if he’d made friends or had fun. She’d asked him whether his day had been “satisfactory.”

Being a Southerner made her especially sensitive to jokes about no one wearing shoes or everyone using an outhouse or the lack of teeth. And absolutely no one of her acquaintance had married a cousin.

He’s done well for himself even if he does trail eau de manure. But
2.5 Stars

Just to be certain, I'm not sure if my reaction and rating to A Highlander Walks Into a Bar is another case of “it’s me, not the book” or something else. The premise of the book seemed like something I’d enjoy. And c’mon! A modern day, slightly aristocratic Scottish highlander in line to be a duke, traveling to Georgia to ensure his estranged Uncle isn’t being taken advantage of by his new style American girlfriend? That seems like something I can get behind.

You know what they say abou
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Izzy and Alasdair both lost their fathers at a young age but while Izzy adored her father, Alasdair didn't have the best relationship with his. Now the uncle Alasdair adored but let anger keep him away, has run off to America with a woman he barely knows and Alasdair wants to make sure he's not being taken advantage of.
Izzy has been her mother's companion and pa
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at 30%

Sadly this wasn’t the success I was hoping for and that largely fell on Isabel’s shoulders who, rather than finding fiery and funny as the blurb suggests, I found immature, confrontational, rude and just not my kinda girl.

On a plus side, I adored Gareth—not even the hero, but love me a Scottish silver fox—however even he wasn’t enough to persuade me to persevere any further which is a shame as I’ve loved so many of Trentham’s books in the past.

Copy received courtesy of St. Martin’s P
Valerity (Val)
This was a fun romance set in my current home state of Georgia, so I felt right at home in the setting and landscape descriptions, and especially the temperatures outside this time of year. It starts off with Isabel picking her Mom up at the airport, and she’s brought back quite a surprise from her trip to Scotland...a man named Gareth. She’s immediately suspicious of this guy and his intentions, but he’s taken back to their property, Stonehaven.

She’s got too much to do getting ready for their
Amy Bruestle
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in exchange for an honest review.

Surprisingly I actually really liked this book. I say surprisingly because I am not one for anything romance. This book had the perfect amount of romance and wit to make it readable for people like me who can’t stand the mushy genre lol! I’m glad I didn’t judge this book by the cover and give up like I considered doing in the beginning after pulling it off the shelf and seeing the man in the kilt on the front! Haha
Tracy  C
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So very enjoyable! Alasdair and Isabel were so well suited; each trying to protect their parental figure from possible harm, stuck in their everyday life and dreaming of something different. Little did they know what they were looking for was each other. I loved how serious Highland, Georgia took their Scottish heritage and the fact that Gareth and Alasdair fit right in. I was also glad that when the secrets were revealed. Isabel and Rose did not drag it out, but instead used their head and thei ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Highlander Walks Into A Bar, Laura Trentham had me with that title and kept me with a witty double romance that just took on a life of its own.

Isabel’s mom goes to Scotland and comes home with a Scotsman and not just any Scotsman but a laird…but no one knows he’s got a title. They all think her Scotsman was just the help for the castle and not the owner. The lairds nephew, Alasdair, fears the Buchanan’s are out for his uncle’s money and follows his uncle to Highland, Georgia.

The Buchanan’s are
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Yes, the title sounds like the beginning to a bad joke. And, if you don’t pick up this Romantic Comedy and read it, the jokes on you.

I adored this story. It had everything that you could possibly want in a story. A little love, a little romance, a little mystery and a lot of laughs. You couldn’t help but laugh at Izzy and her mouth. Yep, she just lets things out … sometimes at the most inopportune times. You couldn’t help but laugh at Alasdair as he became acclimated to Highland, GA. You were d
A Highlander Walks Into A Bar wasn't quite what I expected. While the story is a light easy read, it's also slow going. It's easy to lose interest because of the pace. The story is cute and fun, but overall, I would have liked something a bit more substantial. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I think I shot myself in the foot a bit with this read because I had self-hyped it such a lot. I loved the title, I loved the synopsis and the cover is pretty cute too. However, for me, this was just a cute, okay read; it didn’t blow me away like I wanted. That said, I want to tell you what worked and some of things that didn’t.

Firstly, it’s important to understand going into this that it is set in the US not in Scotland, if you’ve read the synopsis, you’ll know this. It is a story of two couple
Happily Mary After
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-july
A Highlander Walks into a Bar is a thoroughly entertaining, low-angst romance that’s bursting at the seams with warmth, humor and tenderness. Izzy is downright flabbergasted when her mother returns home from vacation with a Scottish boyfriend; therefore, when her mom’s new beau’s nephew, Alasdair, shows up and decides to stick around, she feels as though her world is turning upside down. Alasdair offers to lend his expertise to Izzy in order to help her coordinate their small town’s Highlander F ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

An older Highlander follows a woman from Scotland to small town Georgia. Highland, Georgia, to be exact. He is then followed by his very hot nephew and the fun begins. I love these hot, handsome Highlanders in Historical Romance. Reading a contemporary romance with Highlander heroes is sooooooo fun! Hot, handsome, intriguing Highlander Alasdair and sweet, steady, pretty Isabel
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I have loved this author since I discovered the Cottonbloom series. She writes sweet, comfy romance that's wholesome and romantic. It's really no wonder that almost all of the books I've read by her have rated 4 or more stars and that a few even made it to my all time favorites shelf. With so many mobsters/bikers/millionaires/playboys in romance these days it's nice to read about everyday people with average/normal lives finding love.

I've re-read Tally and Nash and Willa and Jackson's stories a
Cyndi Becker
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laura Trentham is one of my favorite authors if small-town romance. A Highlander Walks into a Bar is a fun, charming and sexy addition to her unique brand of southern romance with quirky characters and plenty of hi-jinx. Highland Georgia won't be the same after the Blackmoor men join their games. The Buchanan women, Rose her daughter Isabel or "Izzy", our main character, have been planning the Highland games for years, and it seems this year, her mother brought came home from her vacation in Sco ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, romance
4.5 Stars Being of Scottish heritage, I have attended Highland Games and always enjoyed them, especially the athletic events. With Alasdair Blackmoor competing, not only for the title of "Laird of the Games" but for the heart of Izzy, you know you are in for a delight. I just wish I could have seen it, not just read about it.

Laura Trentham has penned an amusing and delightful romance with a bit of drama and angst. I loved all four of the main characters, Izzy, Rose, Gareth and Alasdair. This one
2.5 rounded up to 3 stars

I so want to say that I loved this book but alas I just didn’t it has everything I love in a book. A quirky small-town romance, a sexy Scotsman and a fun occasion. I just can’t seem to pinpoint why I didn’t love it.

Isabel Buchanan is a native of Highland, Georgia where the town is Scots mad. It is that time in the year again where the Highland Games takes place and where she has loads of preparations to do. Before all the preparations start, she goes to pick her mother u
I loved this book! A Highlander Walks into a Bar is a lovely romance between Isabel and Alasdair. Both have family expectations they're dealing with--some external, and some self-inflicted. Both are smart, capable characters, so there's no unpleasant imbalance of power to contend with. They have the built-in conflict of having lives on two different continents, but the conflict is more complex than that. While it's handled well (for the most part), there is a piece of "just talk to each other al ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction?

With a title like that, how could I say no?

In this book, Isabel picks her mom up at the airport from a trip to Scotland, and she's brought back a souvenir. An over 6 ft tall souvenir. Izzy isn't exactly okay with her mom bringing a man home, but recognizing that it isn't her choice, she grits her teeth and bears it.

The man her mom brought home to Georgia is actually an earl. But since he wanted someone who loves him for just who he is, he let her believe that he's

Hang on to your kilt-loving hearts! Laura Trentham’s A HIGHLANDER WALKS INTO A BAR has everything from kilts to modern day Scottish lairds to a sweet and sassy Southern Belle as love may have just crossed the pond, landing in Georgia, twice.

When you travel, don’t you bring home souvenirs? Isabel Buchanan’s mother brought home her own brawny highlander and things are looking pretty cozy for them! When his nephew shows up, in search of his uncle, no one expected to possibly find love in the air a
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Snoozed my way out of this one. Not sure I should call it a read...maybe a skim?!? Should have a category for that on Goodreads. Read, but kinda not?! BORING! I think that sums this up. If the liars in the story would have just told the truth and stopped lamenting they were lying and how they hated being lied to...........oh sorry fell asleep there again.

Could have been a great book liked the premise of it, execution not so much.

Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot Scot meets his Southern Belle.

I loved this story! Both Izzy (Isabel) and Alasdair are devoted to their families, primarily their mothers, and for Alasdair, his uncle as well, since he's his Uncle Gareth's heir. Izzy is gobsmacked to realize her mother has come home from a visit to Scotland with a beau. A Scottish beau who is going to be staying with then during their annual festival celebrating all things Scottish and injecting life and money into Highland. Little does Izzy or Alasdair expe
3.25 stars
Laura Trentham came on my radar because of her Cottonbloom series which I really enjoyed. A Highlander Walks Into a Bar is the start of her new series, with Scottish heroes (I assume all of them will be).

Our heroine Isabel has dedicated her life ever since her dad died, trying to hold on to her dad's dreams and the yearly festival they put up, important for their town's economy. She also buried her dreams of travel. However, when her mother comes back with an older Scottish companion a
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Isabel and Rose Buchanan are mother and daughter who live on a lovely Scottish estate in Highland, GA. Every year, they are in charge of a festival highlighting their Scottish heritage. Izzy as she is called by her friends is surprised when she picks her mom up from the airport and she is not alone. Gareth Connors in all of the Scottish glory is with her and Izzy has quite a few mixed emotions about this arrangement. To top that off, a few days later a friend of Gareth's invades their space as w ...more
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
I can't lie, when I first saw the title of this book, I almost passed it up. Whenever I see the term highlander in a romance my mind immediately assumes it's going to be historical romance, which isn't my thing. However, because Laura Trentham is an author I read often, I read the blurb before I moved along. So glad that I did!!!

While this story isn't necessarily a compelling, heart-breaking or super sexy one, it was one that I'm glad to have picked up and would easily read again. I love a good,
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

When I start a new series by a well-loved author I go into it both elated and scared to death. I also have a little sadness thrown in too.

I don't know about you but I hate leaving my friends behind to start a new series. On the other hand, I love the excitement of finding a new town to fall in love with. I wonder if any other genre deals with the same emotions and romance readers do.

So right off the, I wasn't' sur
Norah Gibbons
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. A Highlander Walks Into A Bar is the first book in Laura Trentham’s new series about the small town of Highland Georgia. When Isabel Buchanan’s mother brings home a rather large souvenir from her trip to Scotland she is concerned that the man her mother seems to adore may be taking advantage and although her father has been gone for several years she’s not sure she’s ready for her mother to be romantically in ...more
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