Title: Lost in Scotland
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Series: Lost in Scotland #1
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Just when you think you’re lost, you might end up falling in love.
Sam Farouk is having a bad year. Things have gone down the drain ever since she found her boyfriend cheating on her at the Golden Globes. An unfortunate turn of events forces her to trade sunny Los Angeles with the rainy, chilly highlands of Scotland. She has the chance to work as one of the makeup artists on a new TV series based on a fantasy saga everyone is bananas about, but she can’t help feeling lost and a little bit homesick. Until she starts falling for Hugh MacLeod, the actor set to impersonate the titular role of Abarath, dragon slayer and part-time Casanova.
Hugh MacLeod is ready for his big break. After more than a decade taking every possible acting job just to stay afloat, he can finally show his range in a series to be proud of. Hugh’s commitment to his career comes before anything else, and that’s part of the reason why he hasn’t had a serious relationship in a while. But the more he’s around Sam, the more he knows he’s in deep, deep trouble. How is he supposed to not fall for the sexy, mysterious brunette who works all over him every single day? Every touch, every look is torture.
Getting lost in each other might be wrong, but it could end up being just what they need.
Hilaria Alexander delivers a sweet, feel good romance with Sam and Hugh’s story in Lost in Scotland. From the first page to the last, I was smitten with this Scottish adventure, completely caught up in the brilliant imagery and vibrant characters that made this book come to life. Sam and Hugh were absolutely adorable and I was quick to fall in love with their witty banter, shared passion for film, and genuine sweetness. The colorful cast of secondary characters added laughter and levity at all the right moments, ensuring that Lost in Scotland was a memorable and entertaining read. Hilaria Alexander’s voice is simply breathtaking and I found myself experiencing the full spectrum of emotion over the course of this novel. I loved the obvious heart and soul that went into this story and quickly developed some serious wanderlust from the spellbinding visuals this author so effortlessly conjured for her readers.
“She reminded me of some graffiti I had once seen in LA that read, She is beautiful and terrifying at the same time, like nature itself. She was quiet most of the time, but there seemed to be an underlying fierceness trapped under all those layers.”
As reserved as she initially seemed, Sam soon proved herself to be smart, sweet and perfectly sassy. I loved watching this character blossom as she stepped away from Hollywood and forged her own path. Sam exhibited some great vulnerability that allowed me to instantly connect with her, but it was her bravery and the strength of character she demonstrated in starting over in a new country that had me rooting for her so vehemently. Hugh, on the other hand, was instantly swoon-worthy. Despite his rising celebrity status, he felt warm and approachable, the kind of hero that turns you to mush with his desperately dashing appearance and surprisingly romantic persona. As much as I loved Hugh, I wanted to know him on a deeper level. While we explored Sam’s history and the fears that made her who she was, I never quite got there with Hugh. There were definitely some moments I would have liked to experience through his eyes in order to really understand the character but overall, he was still a fantastic book boyfriend.
“People say life is stranger than fiction. I had been in the make-believe business for a while, and I had forgotten that sometimes life can be better than the greatest love stories of the silver screen.”
I absolutely adored the storyline that Hilaria Alexander has so expertly crafted with this novel. While Lost in Scotland had all of the flash and sparkle of a Hollywood romance, the setting and more minor celebrity of the characters allowed this story to remain a step removed from the usual blinding limelight and thus ensured the relatability of the characters and their journey. I loved the detail that went into Sam and Hugh’s story. From the movie-making magic to the socially relevant news and gossip, Lost in Scotland felt authentic and fresh. Hilaria Alexander wrote with confidence, instilling a feeling of expertise that had me wholeheartedly believing in her fictional world. As my first novel from this incredibly talented author, I can say with certainty that it won’t be my last. A sweet, heartfelt romance that will leave you grinning, Lost in Scotland is utterly enchanting!
I’m not even going to sugarcoat it, Lost in Scotland was exactly what the doctor ordered; it had a heroine finding herself, a deliciously written hero, and witty remarks to make you grin. Hilaria Alexander has created such a fun, light-hearted romance that brought this reader on a sweet journey of ups and downs which lead to ultimately falling head over heels in love. I found everything from the characters to the writing to the world-building to be all-consuming and I can’t wait to see more from this particular author!
“He’d just gotten stuck. It happened to all of us. I was sort of stuck myself. I had been living the last few months on autopilot, and I was just now feeling like I was grasping the steering wheel of my life again.”
The style in which Alexander chose to introduce the heroine, Sam, was pretty ingenious. From those initial moments, it gave readers a piece of her personality while simultaneously keeping an air of mystery around her. I admired Sam for her strength and independence, even if she wasn’t able to always see it. The fact that she could leave her familiar environment and travel halfway across the world showed so much bravery and it instantly made me curious to see where she would end up. Furthermore, her transformation from beginning to end felt so natural and left an impression on me.
“We had differences, but we all had one thing in common. A broken heart. A love story that had left us scarred. A lover who didn’t deliver on a promise. We’d all been there. Heartbreak, the universal denominator.”
Not only did my heart take to Sam, but I also swooned incredibly hard for Hugh. The hero of the story was strong in his convictions and knew what he wanted, plus he rocked an accent that made me grin on multiple occasions. In fact, I loved him so much that I only wish I received a little bit more from the chapters in his point of view. I wanted to get him to know as a person, not just through Sam’s eyes. Together though, I couldn’t help but root for them. I could feel their chemistry and attraction in the words on the page and it allowed me to get lost in their romance.
“The mysterious California girl with the melancholic eyes had made an impression on me, and each time I saw her after that, she revealed a trait of her personality that surprised me.”
Lost in Scotland was the first book that I have read from Hilaria Alexander, but I can promise that it will not be the last. Whether she was describing the environment in Scotland or the film industry’s happenings, she drew me in and created the perfect immersive experience. Her world-building ability and fantastic writing was just a bonus to the light-hearted romance between Hugh and Sam, and I simply couldn’t get enough. I may have just closed the pages on Lost in Scotland, but I’m already anxious to dive into whatever she writes next!
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
A Scottish Wedding (Lost in Scotland #2)
A Scottish Christmas (Lost in Scotland #3)