The second in the Highland Games series, following Long Shot
Gleann, New Hampshire’s annual highland games always deliver the best of Scottish culture—rowdiness, rugby, whiskey, and unexpected romance…
Even though Shea Montgomery’s swanky bar and distinguished palate have made her a highly regarded whiskey connoisseur, she’s happiest bringing her favorite spirit to various highland games around New England. Her demanding ex made her wary of men obsessed with money and status, and she’s now more comfortable in the country than in the city. Still, when a gorgeous rugby player straight from Wall Street barrels into her whiskey tent, she’s tempted to change her mind…
J.P. Byrne went from poor beginnings to international high roller by using his charisma and wit, and holding fast to his dreams. A strong, independent woman like Shea is exactly what he’s looking for, only he has no idea how to prove he’s more than his three-piece suits—especially when he’s spent years doing just the opposite.
But as Shea and Byrne battle old demons, they discover together that the best remedy for past pain is a good, stiff shot of present pleasure…
Martine's second Highland Games contemporary (after Long Shot) is a tender romance for grownups, full of characters with genuine feelings. Whisky expert and bar owner Shea Montgomery won't mix business with pleasure, so at first she turns down wealthy financier J.P. Byrne's proposition at the Highland Games festivals where he plays rugby and she conducts tastings. Though they do eventually hook up, she remains wary of being seen as the rich man's bauble she was during her previous marriage. Shea prefers "Rugby Byrne" to the "Bespoke Byrne" she sees when he overcompensates for his dirt-poor past. He tries too hard to fix things for those he loves, including his family and Shea, who dreams of producing whiskey rather than serving it. Martine falters only with the disaster she invents to separate the twosome late in the story, but the joyous reconnection and triumphant conclusion almost make up for the melodrama.