Friday, May 03, 2019



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? 

Release Date: April 30, 2019
St. Martin's Press
Sometimes in Love #1
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

Getting Hot with the Scot is the first book in the Sometimes in Love series from Melonie Johnson. Cassie Crow and her best friends are on a dream European vacation when Cassie meets Logan Reid in a Scottish castle when he is doing a tv show/hidden camera prank as a time traveling Highlander.  As Cassie kissed Logan before realizing who he is, she is less than pleased when he ask her to sign a release so the video can be uploaded to his website. When Cassie refuses to sign the release waiver, Logan does everything possible to change her mind.

I enjoyed Getting Hot with the Scot, but will say I felt like it started out a little slow. I think part of it was keeping up with all of Cassie's friends. I honestly kept getting them confused in the beginning. I did enjoy the romance between Cassie and Logan and the amazing chemistry between them. Seriously they were smoking hot together. I didn't love that Logan wasn't completely truthful with Cassie about little things like staying in the same hotel and the fact that he really wanted her to still sign the release waiver. It kinda broke my heart with Cassie found the waiver, however I liked her choice on handling it. Logan ends up in the state soon after Cassie leaves and as luck would have it, his tv show is taping in Chicago, where Cassie lives.

I really liked watching Cassie and Logan find their way once they were both in Chicago. I did think they both should have been more open with one another along the way, but did see them both mature and grow over the course of the story. As Logan had total commitment phobia thanks to the death of his father, I knew it would take something big to help him see he needed Cassie in his life. I honestly think that was the moment I finally saw growth with his character.

Getting Hot with the Scot was a fast and easy read. It was a very enjoyable contemporary romance that set up the second book in the series, Smitten with the Brit very well. 

Rating: 4 Stars (B-)


A Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. They went on to live happily ever after in the suburbs of Chicago with two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a trio of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

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