Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young

A grumpy vs sunshine, age-gap, romantic suspense set in the Scottish Highlands.

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It’s been a long time since Walker Ironside left behind Scotland and the memories that haunt him. Yet after years of traveling the world as a bodyguard, Walker misses his homeland enough to return. To a village in the Scottish Highlands that plays host to an exclusive members-only club, Ardnoch Estate. If not happy, Walker is content working with the elite security at the club and maintaining his bachelor lifestyle. What he doesn’t need is distraction in the form of the enticing but too-young newcomer, single mother Sloane Harrow.

Sloane never imagined she’d get pregnant at sixteen. Or that a decade later she’d escape from California with her daughter, Callie, to start over in the Scottish Highlands. Hidden and safe from Callie’s dangerous father, Sloane is satisfied with their new lives. Her daughter is happy. Sloane has a stable job, a quaint cottage, a passion for baking that might just be turning into a business, and a huge crush on brooding security guard Walker Ironside. Unfortunately, the grumpy Scot seems immune to Sloane’s charm, but she can’t help but try to seduce him with cupcakes and baked treats whenever the opportunity arises. However, when someone arrives in Ardnoch intent on destroying Sloane’s life, Walker is the first to step forward to protect her and Callie. Even if it means giving into temptation and awakening his own demons. Because in doing so, Walker faces failing not only to shield Sloane from her past, but to safeguard her against his own.

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Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She’s been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries.

She resides in Scotland.

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  My Review: 4.5 Stars for Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young is the first in The Highlands. Walker Ironside, 38, ex-Royal Marines and security expert who protected Brodan Adair for years, now works at Adair Estate. Sloane Harrow and her ten-year-old daughter, Callie, came to Scotland to escape her life in the United States. Sloane is a friend of the Howard family; Aria Howard hired her at the Adair Estate. Sloane is also a great baker; she met Regan Adair through school, where her son Lewis and Callie are in the same grade and became fast friends and often bakes for school fundraisers. ?Age-gap ?Single Mom ?Broody Bodyguard ?Forced Proximity ?Found Family This is a passionate story; you may experience every emotion under the sun and some you least expect. I highly recommend reading this standalone, but I think it would make a massive difference if you have some of the backgrounds of the Adair family since they are all present in this tale as well.
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