Sunday, April 28, 2019

Bookish Thoughts: Getting Hot With the Scot by Melonie Johnson

Three weeks ago, Cassie Crow left Chicago armed with a naked charm bracelet and a full box of condoms. ~ Opening of Getting Hot With the Scot

Getting Hot With the Scot (A Sometimes in Love, #1) by Melonie Johnson
St. Martin's Press, 2019
Romance (Contemporary); 368 pgs

"What are you reading now?" my husband asked one evening. I blushed, lowered my voice and replied after a pause, "Getting Hot With the Scot." Because, you know, that title. But Melonie Johnson, through her character Cassie, reminded me: "'I want to dispel the idea that smart people, smart women in particular, don't read romance.'" And then, "'Nobody should ever be ashamed of what they read.'" So when a coworker asked me what great books I had read recently, I did not hesitate to say, "Melonie Johnson's Getting Hot With the Scot." (Among others.)

Getting Hot With the Scot was such a fun read, and it is an example of why I got back into reading romance again. I admit I can be rather picky about romance--and it sometimes takes me a little longer to be pulled in (at no fault to the author), especially when it involves  the main characters jumping into anything impulsively—like in bed with a stranger. We all have our biases, after all.  But Melonie Johnson worked her magic and won me over quickly.

I like my romance heroines to have good heads on their shoulders, and Cassie Crow certainly has that. She and her friends had been planning their trip to Europe for years, and now that they are finally able to, they are having the time of their lives. As they near the end of their trip, Cassie has yet to fulfill one of her dreams. Always so focused on work, this is the one time she can let loose—and he comes in the form of Scot. When she unknowingly stumbles in the middle of the filming of a prank for Logan’s web show, one look at the gorgeous Highlander and she realizes this might be her chance. The heat between them is intense and immediate—only nothing can be that simple, can it?

I really appreciated that the author develops her characters and their relationship over the course of the novel. Even as Cassie says she is setting work aside for this trip with her friends, she still is constantly checking in with her office. A possible promotion is on the line for the pop-culture reporter, so it’s understandable. I like that she is independent and goes after what she wants. And I like how Logan, despite his ulterior motive, takes Cassie's feelings into consideration at just about every turn. And even while the chemistry between them is extremely hot, Johnson takes their relationship to the next level, tackling each of the character's emotional baggage thoughtfully and respectfully. It was impossible not to fall for this couple and root for them every step of the way. Getting Hot With the Scot is witty and charming as well as sexy and smart. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

For more information about the author and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: I received an eARC copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  1. Hmm! A naked charm bracelet and a full box of condoms ... I can understand your blushes.

    A shame this has the title it does as I'm sure many people, myself included, wouldn't give it a second glance let alone pick it up which seems a same given that you and several other bloggers I visit have found it to be such a fun read.

    1. Tracy - It puts quite the picture in mind, that's for sure. Haha.
      I am really glad I took a chance on this one.

  2. I didn't get this one and part of the reason is because of the title but it sounds like I really need to give this one a try. It sounds like a fun read and I could really use a fun read right now!

    1. Katherine - I hope you will give it a try. The title may be a little blush-worthy, but it is worth it. :-)

  3. Okay, with that title comes preconceptions but from your review, it sounds like SUCH a good read !


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