A review copy of this book was provided by St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
When St Martin’s Press reached out to me about reading this book, I was a little hesitant given my recent experience with this genre. All too often, reading a romance book feels like reading a checklist – all the main points are the same, the only things that change are the names and the backdrop. While this book was a bit predictable, it has massive heart and an enjoyable plot that will hold a lot of appeal to people who are looking for a fun, fast read.
Getting Hot With the Scot follows Cassie and her horde of friends as they are finishing up their dream European vacation. Cassie’s at a pivotal part of her life – she’s ready to trade her safe career for a more challenging and serious (read: more unstable) role at her company. In the meantime, she’s also trying to break out of her shell and push her boundaries – be more daring in her life. Enter Logan: a YouTube prankster who pulls a con on Cassie and starts following her around Europe to get her to sign a release form.
I can’t say that the plot to this book was wholly original – it was definitely predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised with the pacing of this book – it was snappy and quick and lagged in very few areas. There was a good mix of cutesy romantic stuff, real life challenges (both in the form of Cassie’s new job and in the life hurdles Logan has experienced), and drama. These three were balanced well, and made me not want to put the book down.
Cassie was surprisingly likable – she wasn’t a pushover and stood her ground on things that were important to her. For example: when Logan repeatedly confronted her about the release form, she didn’t bow to his pressure. She stood her ground, was daring in her career, and was just generally a pleasant character. I only wish that she had cared more about her friends: Bonnie is clearly going through some tumultuous times, but Cassie doesn’t really try to help her. I was a bit more on the fence about Logan – he started out being a bit of a tool, and then just kinda spiraled into being a very generic romance leading man.
One of my gripes with this book is about the sheer volume of side characters and how underdeveloped they were. I’m sure the plan is to give each character a spin off from this book (including the already scheduled one about Bonnie), but they really added nothing to the plot. The only side character I was even remotely invested in was Bonnie, because she was the only one given any semblance of character out side of a single trait (one of Cassie’s friends’ only defining characteristic was that she never ever gained weight no matter how much she ate). Honestly, the book would have been better (and smoother) for trimming the fat that was these characters.
This was a bubbly, cliche, and quick read oozing with charm and sweetness. While it’s not necessarily the freshest of plots, it’s a fun ride that makes for perfect beach reading. If you’re on the hunt for a new romance author to follow – Melonie Johnson is your gal. I’d give Getting Hot with the Scot 4/5.