Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Review: 'Scottish Swag' by Cristina Grenier

Author Cristina Grenier is a prolific writer in the BWWM genre and for those for whom this acronym is unknown, it stands for Black Woman White Man romance novels. In addition to the many books she has published this beautiful young writer is an artist with figure drawing and painting.
One of the many reasons Christina’s BWWM romances work so well is the fact that she doesn’t focus on racial difference: attraction and passion are blind - and the manner I which Christina explores her characters’ lives and desires is erotic and sophisticated.

Christina supplies a synopsis for this SCOTTISH SWAG as follows: ‘Theirs is a strictly business relationship...until it isn't. Despite his family’s opposition, Niall Drummond is going ahead with his plans to renovate and upgrade Bannock Castle. Willa Mae Jamison, a savvy, sassy American property developer, helps him with his plans. She’s feisty enough to hold her own against him, and clever and creative in her ideas for his castle. He’s attracted to her, but he’s not looking to start anything serious. At least, that’s what he tells himself, because he refuses to admit that he’s fallen for her. Willa Mae Jamison falls head over heels for Niall Drummond the minute they meet, but she doesn’t believe in love at first sight. She does everything she can to avoid getting too close to him, but she can’t resist his charm. It doesn’t help that he’s as smart as a whip and seductive as sin. His arrogance and bull-headedness should make her despise him, but with every look and every touch, Niall captures a little more of her heart. She must find a way to resist him...right? Niall and Willa Mae struggle to get out of their own way long enough to see the truth they both deny. When Niall makes a shocking discovery that complicates his plans, he knows that he must choose Willa Mae or he will lose her and his chance for a happy ending.’

The title of the book is made clear in the opening sentences – ‘Willa Mae hated flying. If there were a train to Great Britain, she’d have been on it, because planes gave her the heebie-jeebies. Still, her job as a property developer made it next to impossible not to be on a plane for much of the year. Not to mention, the property she was on her way to see was more than just some random stretch of land in the countryside. It was the estate of the Drummonds, a noble family in Perthshire, Scotland. The fact that she was fortunate enough to have been invited to visit by none other than the earl himself was a stroke of luck she could never even have dreamed of.’

Cristina takes her time to bring on the physical passion – a tease for the reader that works very well. This lady is talented! Grady Harp, November 17
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited

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