Release Day Review: Getting Hot with the Scot (Book #1: Sometimes in Love Series) by Melonie Johnson

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Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

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Source: NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks          Rating: 4/5 stars

Cassie Crow and her four best friends have spent their summer travelling around Europe and having the time of their lives.  With only a few stops left before returning home, Cassie has ticked off every item on her to-do list except one, a hot, sweaty one-night stand with a beautiful stranger.  As it happens, Scotland, her next to last stop has just what she has been seeking and he’s wearing a kilt!

Logan Reid has spent his life as a prankster and it has paid off in spades.  He is world-famous, gets to live like a kid, and get paid for it!  Until recently, Logan has been completely satisfied with his life, but now there is a possibility for advancement he never thought possible.  In order to secure his advancement, Logan must prove to producers his appeal can reach a larger, broader audience.  To do that, Logan must pull off the mother of all pranks and he does so with the beautiful and completely clueless Cassie Crow.

In a matter of just a few moments Logan not only has the epic prank he needs, but his head has been so twisted and turned around by the luscious Cassie Crow that he isn’t sure he can bring himself to use the footage.  What’s more, with the help of her friends, Logan is able to “accidentally” run into Cassie again before she leaves for home.  In that brief amount of time, Logan is utterly convinced he will do nothing to harm Cassie even if it means sacrificing his own career advancement.

Meanwhile, back in America and back to reality . . . .

Cassie is back at work and more determined than ever to move on from her fluff position at the TV station and on to a more serious role.  With Scotland, the hot Scot, and the stupid filmed prank behind her, she’s ready to get down to business.  Nothing is going to derail her plans until the moment Logan Reid shows up in her town.  Wait what??  As it turns out, without releasing the video of the embarrassing prank, Logan has still been able to achieve his goals and now that Cassie feels safe from the threat to her budding new career path, a real relationship with Logan seems entirely possible.  For several months the plan works, and Cassie is blissfully happy with her one-night stand turned boyfriend. 

And then that one drunken mistake causes it all to come crashing down . . . .

The Bottom Line:  This was my first Melonie Johnson book and I found myself quite taken with her brand of rom-com.  Cassie and her friends – right down to the last one – are all delightful, successful, educated young women living their best lives possible.  They support one another, tease one another, and encourage one another even when the plan is crazy.  I love the varying personalities, all of which come together to create a wonderful circle of women.  As so often happens for me, a book can be made or broken by dialogue and in this instance, the dialogue is sharp, fast, witty, and often sarcastically awesome.  In all, I found every element of this book to be a fine introduction to a new series and new-to-me author.

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