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My Scottish Summer

My Scottish Summer [Kindle Edition]

Connie Brockway , Patti Berg , Debra Dier , Kathleen Givens

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This is an anthology of four contemporary love stories by popular authors of romance. Four American women experience the passion of summer love when they travel to Scotland. Suddenly chasing kilts was never more fun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (31 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOTS676
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent compilation 11 July 2001
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Novellas, or short novels, written for compilations are always a challenge for an author, since character and romantic development have to happen so much more quickly than in a novel.
This particular compilation is above average, with no bad stories pulling down the quality of generally average or above-average stories. All the writing was good, with appealing characters and, of course, the appeal of the Scottish personality and landscape.
"Lassie Go Home" by Connie Brockway is charming, with very charismatic characters and decent romantic development. There are some laugh-out-loud moments as well!
"Sinfully Scottish" by Patti Berg is good, as well. The erotic undertones are strong, with well-developed, charming characters. The romantic development wasn't as strong, though - a common characteristic of a novella. It was still better than most novellas, just due to atmosphere and good writing.
"The Maddening Highlander" by Debra Dier is another decent story. The writing is good, and the mystery a nice touch, but the characters seemed a little flat and stereotyped.
"Castle in the Skye" by Kathleen Givens is a nice story, with an especially good heroine and some strong supporting characters. The hero seems a bit too good to be true, but the relationship is well-developed.
All in all, this is an above-average compilation of stories with good Scottish atmosphere. While none of the stories stand out as especially good, it's consistent throughout, and an easy, enjoyable read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, wonderful, sexy! 29 Jun 2001
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I picked My Scottish Summer up because I'm a push-over for anything Scottish, but I didn't expect it to be so much fun. I always thought Connie Brockway did pretty serious stuff, but her story is hysterical (wait until you read the tee-shirt slogans, and when the heroine tries to look up his kilt...!) Patti Berg is always funny, and she didn't disappoint. I hadn't read the other two authors, but I'll try them now. So few anthologies have all four stories that are good -- this one succeeds.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Scottish collection of contemporary tales 10 Oct 2002
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on
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Lassie, Go Home by Connie Brockway
Toni Olson is an American woman in Scotland to bring home a Beautiful Border collie she bought in hopes to advance her own breeding program in the States. Devlin Montgomery is the owner, reluctant to sell his beloved dog. When Dev's overseer, Mr. MacGill, takes off with the dog, Toni and Dev must track him down. Along the way they find a lot more than and old man and a dog.... They find a love that just possibly may last a lifetime.
This was a cute story full of laughs and more than a little sexual tension between the primary characters. Ms. Brockway has drawn a fun tale, just the right length for a relaxing summer evening (or a cold winter night!) The end of the story was a bit different and fits the story's theme perfectly.
Sinfully Scottish by Patti Berg
Emily Sinclair is a national bestseller of cookbooks full of her own decadent desserts, set against stunning backdrops and passionate tales. Colin Dunbar is a reclusive Scot, famous for his family's unique recipes for whiskey. Emily and Colin make an intriguing wager, allowing her to photograph his castle for her next book and search for a secret, forcing them into living arrangements which generate far more heat than his strongest blend of whiskey.
This was quite a steamy story, the passion between the characters exploding off the pages. The heat radiating from this one is enough to burn the reader's fingers while turning the pages. A unique premise here, Ms. Berg has penned a delightful story.
The Maddening Highlander by Debra Dier
Ann Fitzpatrick is an archeology professor come to Scotland on a quest for treasure and a legend. Iain Matheson is something of a playboy, known as much for his adventures with the ladies as his advances in his film production company. The two team up to solve the mystery of some hidden family treasures. But they uncover a lot more than that... they find a hidden passion as well.
This was a classic theme, revolving around a common legend of the Highlands, but it still works. Nothing new in this one, but it was fun anyway. It is a lively tale just right for some light reading.
Castle in the Skye by Kathleen Givens
Maddie Breen is a New Yorker, working in a high profile career, who is desperate for some time off. She heads to Scotland for the birthday party of an old family friend. Here she meets Iain MacDonald who is restoring an old castle for her friends. The sparks are immediate and electric between them, igniting a passionate blaze. But will they overcome the hurdles to their once in a lifetime love?
This was probably the favorite story in this collection for this reviewer. Plenty of tension from the moment Iain and Maddie meet. There was even a good dose of intrigue, with a subplot involving the castle renovations.
All in all, a very fun book to read. The common theme of American women going to Scotland for some summer fun and finding true love in the process. There was plenty of passion in each story and a good dose of comedy as well. This is definitely a perfect book for a hot summer night...or a cold winter one that needs warming up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute short stories 21 Sep 2012
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Its a great quick read. I read this because I enjoy Kathleen Givens. It introduced me to a few new authors I want to check out in the future. Some of the stories were silly but its a good summer read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 26 May 2012
By Marian - Published on
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The four short stories inside this collection were the first Scottish-centered romances I've ever read. (I'm a total newbie to the genre of Scottish/Highlander romance, as you can see) I bought them because I wanted to try out something new, and was a little skeptical throughout much of the first story. Like most novels featuring half naked men on the cover, the writing isn't known for its literacy and I'd even venture to say that it wasn't actually very GOOD technically. But the plots were all very refreshing and all had to do with an American woman's POV, which I can personally relate to.
I enjoyed all of them. Each story was passionately written and every one of them had one of those 'scenes'...if you know what I mean haha. The stories are short but you can really get into them because they are all about the reality of life, and feature very grounded characters. (And yes, almost all of them has the main Scottish man who is headstrong and stubborn~)

Lassie, Go Home, by Connie Brockway
This book tells the story of an American woman who flies to Scotland to collect a champion Border collie...and lands in a dogfight with the sexy laird who claims he's the pooch's rightful owner.

Sinfully Scottish, by Patti Berg, pits a handsome connoisseur of fine whisky -- and willing women -- against a cookbook author seeking scenic photo sites for her decadant desserts...and finding an altogether different kind of sensuous feast.

The Maddening Highlander, by the incomparable Debra Dier, features an absentminded American professor who discovers that she has a lot to learn on the trail for a hidden Scottish treasure. And Iain Matheson is just the man to do the teaching~

Castle in the Skye, by Kathleen Givens, introduces us to Maddie Breen, a thoroughly modern American about to collide with a Highlander whose romantic ideals are as ancient as the castle he's restoring...where Maddie may just be able to find a home for her heart.

I just copied the descriptions off the back of the book. Anyway, they're all about American women. My personal favorites are Castle in the Skye, Lassie Go Home, The Madd--you know what, they're all pretty good XD
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