When Kat Valentine bumps into the holiday romance she can’t forget, Jamie McKendrick, halfway across the world, she knows the sexy and fiery Scot is her destiny. Impulsively, they get married, but when tragedy strikes the newlyweds, they question if they know each other at all. Kat returns home to run her family’s ranch feeling older, wiser, and determined to give up on love. 

Jamie McKendrick is still reeling from discovering a secret that has destroyed his family. The only thing he’s certain of is that he’s not ready to give up on his wife or their marriage. He heads to Marietta to convince Kat that the vows they made are vows worth keeping. He’s not going to let his Montana cowgirl ride off into the sunset alone.

Titles in The Scots Take Montana series include:  The Scot’s Montana Bride

Title:  The Scot’s Montana Bride
Series:  The Scots Take Montana #1
Author:  Jessica Gilmore
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 30, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  3.5 stars

The Scot’s Montana Bride showcases the passionate romance of Kat and Jamie, two people from different parts of the world who marry after a rather whirlwind holiday romance only to almost immediately face personal tragedy and issues that tear them apart.  I liked the story, yet I didn’t find myself engaging or connecting with this couple and it took me a bit to understand why.  I didn’t get the chance to experience that passion that I’m told about since we begin this story with Kat back home in America on her family’s ranch just outside of Marietta, Montana  … and Jamie has been left back in Scotland at his family castle dealing with family issues.

Kat’s grandfather has suffered a massive heart attack and that gave her the reason she needed to just go home, to no longer fight for her marriage.  She left with only a note, so that when Jamie appears at the ranch looking to salvage his marriage to the woman he loves they are so estranged by events that I had no real feeling of a couple in love, at that time.  We slowly learn of the events that have happened and while heartbreaking and maddening they happened off page so again, I wasn’t connecting as much as I would have liked to.  Eventually I got a better sense of what drew this couple together to begin with, but by that time the chance for making a connection to Kat and Jamie was lost for me.

There is world building and the introduction of Kat’s immediate family, as well as mention of Jamie’s family back in Scotland.  All will factor into the rest of the series.  The Scot’s Montana Bride is a good story, simply one that I had difficulty connecting with the main characters.  I’ll continue with the series, my curiosity is engaged enough to want to know what happens with the secondary characters.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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