March 19, 2012

Highland Fling

by Katie Fforde
ages: adult
First sentence: "'I gave you a home, for goodness' sake!' said Henry."
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After being laid off when her IT firm went bust, Jenny Porter decided that she'd never work for anyone but herself again. She became a virtual assistant, which is essentially a glorified secretary, even though she rarely meets her clients. Then, one of her clients, M. R. Grant-Dempsey, decides to send her into the wilds of Scotland to check out Dalmain Mills, and see whether or not it's worth salvaging.

Once up in the wilds of Scotland, away from her increasingly insufferable boyfriend, Henry, (yes, he really is that bad) she discovers that not only does she really like Scotland, enjoys working in a fast food stand, and wants to find a way to salvage the mill, she is really attracted to possibly the least amiable man in the region: Ross Grant. (Yes, it is who you think it is.)

It's fluff. Really. There's no way around it. It's predictable, enjoyable, fluffy romance, where you want the guy to get with the girl, and the stupid, silly boyfriend out of the way. Everything else about the plot is immaterial. There isn't much sex (just one scene, in a snow cave... cozy...), though Fforde does know how to write a good kiss. And to be gratuitous in my review, this is who Ross Grant looked like in my head:
You're welcome.

Not a bad way to spend some time, I think.


Alysa said...

I am chuckling. :)

Jenny said...

It looks like a cute one...and if I can imagine 'him' in my head, I bet it will be awesome!

Melissa said...

Well, if not awesome, Jenny, then at least worth the time.

And Alysa: good.:-D

A Jane of All Reads said...

I read your review and then I got to the bottom of it and completely forgot everything you said. He does that to me.

Marg said...

He does that to me too!

I haven't read a Katie Fforde book in years. I always mean to but then it just doesn't happen!

The Sauls Family said...

Mmmmm....Richard swoonworthy!

I love Katie Fforde books. I think they are fun. My favorite is Second Thyme Around, which always makes me laugh *and* cry!

Melissa said...

I'll have to try Second Thyme Around. Katie Fford is really a lot of fun.

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