Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Random Review: My Highland Cowboy by Alexa Milne #Review #Giveaway

Author: Alexa Milne
Book: My Highland Cowboy
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Length: 196 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


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Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends, he loves his home, but he’s lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.

Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothes brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, design individual dresses, while on the side, Drew designs and produces a line of men’s lingerie. He visits Scotland to design dresses for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan’s best friend at Christmas.

Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives, miles away from each other, find a way to love?

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I love a story of opposites finding each other. Duncan is a rancher in the highlands of Scotland, and Drew is a fashion designer in London. One lives a slow and steady life of animals and tourists and family, while the other lives the high life in the city with fashion shows and fancy restaurants and nights out on the town.

I immediately loved both these characters.

Duncan was like this big tough cowboy with a soft mushy center and a huge heart. I broke for him and what he has to deal with in life but he had such a great groups of family and friends
that supported him not matter what. Even at 40, Duncan struggled with his sexuality
mainly because of his upbringing but true to who he was, his obstacles were handled without drama, in the quiet parts of his mind. He thinks things through which fit his personality perfectly.

Drew was out and proud, and maybe a bit cocky but I felt like he had these defenses up at all times because of people’s assumptions of who he was. A gay man who design clothes obviously can’t do all the big tough cowboy things or know sports (sarcasm and a big eye roll). But I loved him anyway in his forceful but lively nature. His snark was great, and I loved his banter with his sister, Jenna, most.

What started as a vacation fling quickly turns to more, more of something neither man is in a place to have or work around. There was a lot of push and pull between Duncan and Drew
but none was drama filled. The chemistry within the months of them trying to figure things out was off-the-charts hot! Not many writers are this good at writing this type of push and pull and keeping the level of heat without letting the struggle overwhelm the storyline.

The writing was beautiful along with the world she created for us in the Highlands of Scotland; from the warm days of summer to the snowy days of winter. There were one or two spots that had
contradicting events (one small and one fairly big IMO) written and that bothered me and made me have to go back to make sure I didn't remember something wrong. That’s the only reason I’m taking a half of a star off the rating because otherwise, it was flawless.

And on that note, I loved the story, the characters, and their families and I’m hoping to read a story about Lachie and Cormac, please!!


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