Disclaimer: I received a free digital Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Getting Hot with the Scot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on April 30, 2019. Read below for my *spoiler-free* review!
Title: Getting Hot with the Scot (Amazon, Goodreads)
Author: Melonie Johnson
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Overall, this is a strong romance that gave me all the feels. I loved the main characters, and I thought there was a lot of good chemistry between Cassie and Logan. I’m glad I got the chance to read this, and I hope to get to read and review the next books in the series–the stage has been set and those stories have a lot of promise as well! Here’s a breakdown of my thoughts on Getting Hot with the Scot:
- I always love descriptions of different cultures and when there is a kind of culture-clash romance, and we get that in spades here. Logan’s Scottish accent is adorable, and you really get the feeling that part of the draw between Cassie and Logan is those differences. You can really FEEL it.
- I thought the plot was pretty fun (aside from a portion where it felt like nothing happened–see below) and I loved the stubbornness of both the main characters and how that gets in their way to some extent.
- There was great chemistry between the main characters and you really felt the romantic tension.
- I thought Cassie and Logan were both really relateable and I loved that we got chapters from each of their points of view.
The not-so-good (for me):
- There were a lot of characters in Cassie’s friend group to keep track of, and I had a hard time keeping them straight. I found myself saying “wait, which one is she?” and flipping back to remind myself who they were and how they fit into the group. I think if I read this whole series, I will get to know them well, and that won’t be a problem. But I didn’t love it as it broke up the flow of the story for me.
- There was a bit of dead time in the middle without enough conflict to keep the story moving forward. I’m keeping this spoiler-free, so I won’t be specific, but it felt like after an initial conflict and resolution, there was just this kind of boring interlude where nothing happened, prior to the final conflict and resolution again. I mean, I did love that the characters felt real and complex and messy, but I did get a little bored.
- The writing style was almost too simple for me. I would have liked more descriptions of what people were wearing or places and such. Some of my favorite scenes included a vivid setting. I wanted more of that.
If you like contemporary romances and hot Scottish guys, then this book is for you. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely a fun read and a solid first in a series. I look forward to the next installment!