Tuesday 2 May 2023

🌼 BEYOND THE THISTLES πŸ’š Samantha Young 🧁 #HighlandSeries1🌺


• 2 May2023
Highland Series #1
• #AdairFamily Spin-Off

4.85 Stars

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.

*This is book #1 in The Highlands Series and can be read as a standalone.

Sloane + Walker

If you've read the Adair series - especially the last book - you already met Sloane and Walker.
Sloane got pregnant with 16. Her rich Bel Air dad basically disowned her after that and she had to stay with the baby's father. But that didn't work out all too well either so she left Nathan when Callie was just a toddler. For years they tried to stay as far away from the violent criminal as possible. That's kinda how they ended up in Scotland - where Sloane is happily working for the Adairs and dreaming of opening her own bakery.

After leaving the military Walker used to travel the world as the bodyguard of one of the famous Adair brothers, but now he's also settled down in Scotland - working security at the Adair estate.

It was insta attraction on both sides. But only Sloane is showing it outwardly. She just can't read Walker, he doesn't smile or talk much. But he seems to always be there to help her when she needs him.
Both Sloane and Walker have troubled pasts - will they finally be able to get that happily ever after together??

What will happen with Sloane + Walker??
Will we get our happily ever after??

Eeep! A new Sam Young series and we don't even have to leave the amazing Adair world!

This was a great start for this new series!
You just can't help but love Sloane and Walker - and Cassie too.
They are so the perfect family already but they just don't know it yet! Too adorable!
I just adored Walker and how he softens (beyond his thistles) every time he's with Sloane and Cassie.
It takes them a while to get that happy end. Lots of bad guys and bad memories are in the way. But we'll get there.

I really loved reading this.
I was a bit mad for the slighty uninspired first danger moment. With all those bodyguards and knowing about the danger - that shouldn't have happened - Sam should've changed that a tiny bit.
But I still loved the book. I loved all the many Adair cameos.
And we already meet future characters for this Highland series.

Like I already said in my reviews for the Adair books - I could totally imagine this as an amazing Netflix show. We already basically 'see' everything Sam writes about. She describes everything so beautifully. The people, the places... everything. I really need to see this on the screen!

From the covers to the final words ... this series will be just as beautiful as the Adair series!

BEYOND THE THISTLES was the perfect start for this new Adair spin-off series!
Adorable and funny and sweet and dangerous and heartbreaking and very sexy!
Run to your nearest bookdealer for your own Walker Ironside - this one is MINE!


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Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.