A grumpy vs sunshine, age-gap, romantic suspense set in the Scottish Highlands.
Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young is now live!
It’s been a long time since Walker Ironside left behind Scotland and the memories that haunt him. Yet after years of traveling the world as a bodyguard, Walker misses his homeland enough to return. To a village in the Scottish Highlands that plays host to an exclusive members-only club, Ardnoch Estate. If not happy, Walker is content working with the elite security at the club and maintaining his bachelor lifestyle. What he doesn’t need is distraction in the form of the enticing but too-young newcomer, single mother Sloane Harrow.
Sloane never imagined she’d get pregnant at sixteen. Or that a decade later she’d escape from California with her daughter, Callie, to start over in the Scottish Highlands. Hidden and safe from Callie’s dangerous father, Sloane is satisfied with their new lives. Her daughter is happy. Sloane has a stable job, a quaint cottage, a passion for baking that might just be turning into a business, and a huge crush on brooding security guard Walker Ironside. Unfortunately, the grumpy Scot seems immune to Sloane’s charm, but she can’t help but try to seduce him with cupcakes and baked treats whenever the opportunity arises.
However, when someone arrives in Ardnoch intent on destroying Sloane’s life, Walker is the first to step forward to protect her and Callie. Even if it means giving into temptation and awakening his own demons. Because in doing so, Walker faces failing not only to shield Sloane from her past, but to safeguard her against his own.
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I’ve always enjoyed Samantha Young’s books, but it’s been a minute since I’ve read one of them. When I saw the synopsis for BEYOND THE THISTLES, the first book in Samantha’s new The Highlands series, I was hooked. Romantic suspense is my jam, and when you add in the Scottish highlands and one of Sam’s amazing couples in the making, well, I was all in.
I’m not going to lie, Walker Ironside made the story for me. A man that is all about protecting those that he cares about, especially with that dark and dangerous vibe going on, is just my type. His commitment to Sloane and Callie, to his friends, to his job, make Walker just the perfect romantic hero for me.
I love Sloane’s backbone, and how strong she has been historically. Having a backstory like hers would break many a person, so the fact that she has risen above and done such an awesome job of creating such a loving found family environment for Callie is quite the feat. Her refusal to back down in the face of danger and loss shows her true strength of character.
And while I have not read the Adair Family series, having met several of them here, I can’t wait to go back and see more highland love unfolding, and also to see more of what’s in store for all of the new folks. You don’t want to miss these heartfelt stories with just the right amount of intrigue and danger. Dive in, you’ll love them! ❤️
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She’s been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.
She resides in Scotland.
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