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The Highland Fling

By: Meghan Quinn
Narrated by: Paula Nederhorst,Antony Ferguson
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Publisher's Summary

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move. 

When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American - even if she is a bonny lass.

As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults - and sparks - fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction...and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?

©2021 by Meghan Quinn. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Categories: Romance

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You Couldn't Find a Single Scot?

Ock? Seriously? That's how you pronounce och? The female narrator doesn't do a bad job of the Scottish accent, but the male narrator really grated. He's a very good reader, but please don't let him do a Scottish accent again! You honestly couldn't find one single Scot who could do this for you? I had to give up listening, and switch to reading just to get through it.

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male narration absolutely terrible

I like the story itself while the h can be bit childish at times with her behavior Quinn makes it work. But the male narration is truly the worst thing ever. the Scottish accent is a joke from him. Just do yourself a favor and read this one don't listen.

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The male narrator is unbearable

The story is good and the female narrator does a good job. The male narrator on the other hand is awful. He sounds far too old for this character and his female voice made the main character sound childish.

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Oh my…..my…..my!!

Another great book from Meghan Quinn!! This book had it all……. I laughed and cried and swooned! Love that these two best friends find an add to run a coffee house in a country far away! So many funny moments that make you laugh out loud!! I loved that there was a grumpy Scott!! The way things start off isn’t great between the two main characters, it’s basically enemies to lovers but it’s so worth the journey!! The accents in this book are amazing! Both new narrators to me. I so enjoyed it and am sad the book is over!! Totally recommend!!!

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So Glad I Stuck With It

I've got to be honest. I almost quit listening to this one early on. The female lead started out being WAY too quirky and over the top for me, and the narrator gave her such an annoying voice I thought I wouldn't be able to make it through many chapters. I was thinking I had wasted money paying extra for the audiobook...

But one of my favorite things about a well written book is watching the characters grow. I don't want to say much, but I will say that all the characters, especially the obnoxious Bonnie, showed wonderful growth (including getting rid of the loathsome voice). These characters start out as ridiculously immature, led by their emotions, hormones, and circumstances. But all of them learn from their mistakes and become truly wonderful in their own ways.

The heart in this tale takes a little while to find: it's buried under incessant bickering and name calling for a bit. But you've just gotta' love the way the Scottish Highlanders insult people. Yikes! If you're like me and love hearing a Scottish brogue (think Sean Connery), definitely go for the audiobook. The narrators have several lovely versions of that brogue, including one at the car rental place that's just awesome.

While I started out regretting my decision to purchase this book, I've got to say the writer won me over completely. By the time this story was finished I was completely in love with these characters and the town they lived in. I want to go back, so I'm hoping the super sexy kilt wearing professional trainer twins get their own book as well.

BTW, this should be considered an 18+ read. The love scenes are detailed, and adult language runs throughout. If these aren't an issue for you, then pick up this book and enjoy!

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Great story

This book has the perfect mix of all the elements we love in an exceptional romance. You'll fall head over toes for Bonnie and Rowan as they become the best versions of themselves on their road to forever, and their story is one you won’t soon forget. The scenes are strikingly sharp with abundant details and descriptions creating a colorful backdrop that makes the storyline pop. Paula Nederhorst & Antony Ferguson do a wonderful job portraying & bringing the characters to life.

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Fun Romcom

I enjoyed the story, but think I should’ve skipped the audio version of this one. Paula did a great job as Bonnie, but Antony really struggled with the female characters. His performance as Rowan was great, but the female characters fell flat and were a distraction.

Overall, an enjoyable book!

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emotional Rollercoaster.

I loved this book. It made me laugh often and get teary-eyed at some parts. The performance was enjoyable, and the banter was great.

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Terrible narration

The male narration is terrible, especially when he talks for Bonnie. I found it hard to like the story because it was so distracting.

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Could not stop laughing.

Really enjoyed this book. Only thing that kind of sucked was the male narrators voice when he performed the female part.

Worth the credit to me😁

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  • 09-04-22

The accents lets this down

I’ve read the book and like the story so was excited to find it on Audible. As someone who has a good ear, the narration for me was a huge let down. The female lead was good, though the voice for her BFF sounded like a moody lad. Her Scottish accent was either hit or miss, but luckily more often a hit. The male lead - great voice but a terrible Scots brogue-it faltered often & was quite jarring/robotic sounding for me.

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  • Micky - bookphenomena
  • 04-20-22

Cute and fun listen

A cute listen set in the Highlands with some Americans 'invading' and finding themselves. Baking, kilts, hikes and coffee shops ensued with romance. It took a sad turn towards the latter quarter but it was really well written and eeked a tear or two out unexpectedly.

Narration wise, this was good with dual POV apart from the male narrator doing the female dialogue that sounded a little robotic.

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  • Ella
  • 02-07-22

Great story

Really enjoyed the story, narrators are very robotic however particularly the man's voice but I'm glad I persevered.

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  • Paul
  • 01-08-22

Loved it

A brilliant audio listened to it whilst running people turned their heads as I couldn’t help laughing out load 🤣A perfect book to blow away the January blues

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  • Aggie Worth
  • 12-13-21

What a disappointment.

Story was highly average and even more predictable. No twists, no surprises, very plain. Great naivety from all characters involved, very artificial dialogues. No one speaks like that, even Americans. Reading was very slow, as if the lectors learned to read yesterday. Honestly, not recommending, what a waste of time. I felt like switching the book off after ten minutes, but thought I'd give it a chance. I should have switched off...

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  • Patricia Venancio
  • 11-24-21

Great book overall!

Loved the story!
Although I absolutely love th Scottish accent, the missing star is only due to a few misread of some of the emotions portrayed in some of the lines.

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  • Natalie
  • 11-05-21

Dreadful narrating.

the Scottish guy sounded like a robot. the American girl was slightly better.
enjoyed reading the story, but the audio version was awful.

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  • Angela Gibson
  • 10-17-21

Delightful Story

I've laughed out loud and cried with equal measure, You can't help but fall in love with the characters in this book,
highly recommend it

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 10-04-21

Disappointing

I’m normally a huge fan of Meghan Quinn audios, sadly this didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The written story was probably really great, I loved the synopsis. The story was fun and flirty, I did however struggle with the narration, I wasn’t a fan of either narrator for this story. Great voices just very badly cast (in my opinion).



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  • harriet black
  • 10-04-21

Absolutely hideous narration

Can’t get through it. It’s plain irritating. Why give the lesbian character a voice like a pubescent teenage boy. Awful.

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  • Hayley
  • 11-27-22

For Jamie Fraser fans

Meghan Quinn's humour shines through in The Highland Fling, which is told from both Bonnie and Rowan's perspectives. Bonnie was stubborn, feisty and totally hilarious. While she was sunshine, Rowan was her complete grumpy opposite. This pair started off as enemies, but after a bit of a slow burn, they soon became lovers. As you can imagine, their banter was amazing from beginning to end (as was their chemistry).

I also really liked Bonnie's relationship with Dakota. They're each other's "person" and while this book is a romantic comedy at heart, it did delve into heavier issues, like Dakota's toxic previous relationship and Rowan's relationship with his father.

Finally, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if you also have a weakness for Scottish accents. The Scottish imagery throughout the book 100% made me want to book a flight and run away to Scotland immediately (maybe next year 😏).

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  • 🥰 Romance Reader 😜
  • 12-15-21

The Highland Fling

I struggled to finish this one. I just couldn't feel any chemistry between the main characters. Some of the dialogue seemed forced or was trying too hard to be funny. The female main character was a bit too quirky for me.

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  • Kat T
  • 10-29-21

Such a great book but the narration is terrible!

I began this book by listening on Audible and the first couple of chapters with the female narrator were yolerable but not exactly gripping. The male narrator was cringe worthy and I struggled so hard to listen at all. I eventually Googled him to determine his actual accent, because it certainly isn't Scottish, which only made it harder to picture a sexy, young guy. I was about to give up because I wasn't getting into the story at all but I read reviews and saw that dislike of the male narrator was a common theme but the story was a good one.....so at chapter 10 I ditched Audible, went over to Kindle and devoured the rest of the book in a couple of short, pleasurable hours. The book is actually amazing considering the 'erotica chick-lit' genre but the author should seriously consider getting other actors to do a re-read for the Audible version.

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  • Rachel
  • 09-26-21

Good romance and funny

literally laughed out loud alot in this story. Good storyline and romance.
Only down was the guys voice when speaking as the main girl. but I could ignore it.

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  • Maria
  • 09-11-21

Highland Fling

It’s been awhile since I have literally laughed out loud while reading/listening to a book.
Really enjoyed this book narrators did a great job in saying that Antony’s female voice wasn’t my favourite, made poor Bonny sound a little odd ( uptight, silly, annoying 😂) either way, I enjoyed it very much.