Highland Games by Evie Alexander review: A steamy Scottish romance

If you need a steamy Scottish love book, Evie Alexander has a treat (or more!). You’ll want to check Highland Games by Evie Alexander right now.

Warning: I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Highland Games by Evie Alexander is the first in her Kinloch series. I probably won’t read the rest of the books after this, but that doesn’t take away from the fun and cuteness that this first book in the series offers. I didn’t get enough hooked on the characters to continue the story.

What is Evie Alexander’s Highland Games about?

Let’s start with a quick introduction. The book follows Zoe, a young woman who has always played it safe. After the death of her great-uncle, she decides to pack her bags and move into the cabin he bequeathed to her by will. However, it is not the dream cabin she remembers from the past. A lot of work is needed to make it habitable.

Meanwhile, Rory intended to move into the cabin and live alone in the desert. That’s not an option when Zoe shows up, and he decides to do what he can to get her to leave.

Of course, sparks fly. The two realize that they are interested in each other. There is a problem, however. Rory is hiding an important secret that could change everything between them.

A predictable romance novel

Highland Games by Evie Alexander is not something you haven’t read before. The whole story is predictable. Girl and boy do not like each other, they end up falling in love with each other, but a secret threatens to separate them. I won’t say what the secret is. I’ll let you read the book to find out.

Although I loved the setting and some comments like finding Sam Heughan (Alexander must be a Foreigner fan), the predictability was somewhat disappointing. I’m not sure anyone can really do many different things in this genre, but I’d love to see writers try.

On top of that, things seemed rushed. It felt like there was no buildup of either Zoe or Rory falling for each other. One minute they hated each other and then all of a sudden, boom, they got together. Their feelings went straight from hate to love, and that seemed completely unrealistic to me. I would have liked more buildup.

I didn’t really like any of the characters either. Sure, Rory is portrayed as hot, but I don’t feel like we know enough about his personality. There are books that follow some of the other characters, some of whom are only mentioned in passing. I just didn’t feel invested enough in the story as a whole to really want to know anyone else.

Some of it felt like I didn’t have the whole story. As if there were chapters missing along the way.

If you’re looking for a steamy romance, once the two meet, you’ve got it. It takes about halfway through for the steam to really pick up, but once it does, Alexander keeps going. The chapters are descriptive and the scenes are certainly not short!

It will definitely get people to check out more of Alexander’s books if that’s the kind of content you want. I just wanted a little more to the story. I know I’m in the minority based on the Reviews on Goodreads, but it just wasn’t for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Jennifer R. Strohm