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He’s a down-to-earth highland farmer. She’s the rebellious daughter of Hollywood royalty. They might seem like they’re from different worlds, but that won’t stop them from engaging in a marriage of convenience…

It’s been five years since Jared McCulloch’s grandfather Collum passed away and he inherited his farm in the Scottish Highlands. After his grandad saved him from his past life, Jared is determined to honor Collum’s legacy. But not only has a series of bad luck put him in danger of losing the farm, his estranged father is disputing the will. In a desperate situation, Jared realizes he’ll do just about anything to save the land.
Even marrying Allegra Howard, a woman he’s avoided at all costs.
A woman who tempts him beyond reason.

There’s only one place that makes Allegra Howard feel safe; one place that feeds her artist’s soul. Allegra wants to settle down in Scotland and expand her business. But there’s a hitch: immigration intends to return her to US soil.
Panicked, Allegra finds the one person just as desperate as she is. The same person she’s lusted after for years. In exchange for marrying her, she’ll invest financially in Jared McCulloch’s farm.

However, living together only forces them to acknowledge their searing mutual attraction. And with it comes an undeniable emotional connection Jared’s not sure he’s ready for.
Yet, blurring the lines of their arrangement is the least of his concerns when someone begins terrorizing the farm.
Allegra and Jared came together to save what matters most and now that might just be each other. And unless they can figure out which of their pasts has returned to torment them, they could lose their chance at a real future together…


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“I am proposing a marriage of convenience. As your wife, I get to stay in Scotland. As my husband, you get the capital you need to turn the farm around. To turn your grandfather’s farm around.

The majestic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands have been stirring the hearts of romantics for countless centuries, and Samantha Young’s aptly named series continues to echo the romantic allure of its idyllic setting with yet another unputdownable love story, this time of the marriage-of-convenience kind. She pairs a pragmatic, self-reliant Scottish farmer with the rebellious younger daughter of a Hollywood power couple, in this slow-burning, friends to lovers romance that hits all the right emotional beats. An absolute must-read!

“We’re married. I’m your husband and you’re my wife. And we have eighteen months to decide if we want to stay that way.”

Growing up in the shadow of two celebrity parents has not come without challenges for Allegra Howard. Seen only as the wild child of Hollywood director Wesley Howard and retired supermodel Chiara Howard, people have always made assumptions about her based on what they think they know about her. Allegra’s every teenage misstep was used as proof that she was nothing more than a spoiled, Hollywood princess with impulse control issues, no one knowing that every one of those missteps had been a cry for help from a heartbroken, angry young woman who’s felt abandoned for a very long time by those she loves the most.

“Life is hard, Jared. And painful. Not even money can protect you from that. I’m not who you think I am, and I’d like it, if going forward, you could just treat me … as a person and not as Chiara and Wesley Howard’s daughter.”

Despite her tumultuous past, and away from her family’s wealth and influence, twenty-five-year-old Allegra has worked hard to carve her own path in life and to establish herself as an independent artist. And after years of trying to fit into a life that never quite fit her, she found home in Scotland. But one lapsed visitor’s visa later, and Allegra suddenly stands to lose the only home she’s ever held dear. Enter Jared McCulloch—highlander, farmer, landowner, man in dire need of capital to save his beloved grandfather’s farm, and Allegra’s unrequited crush. So, she concocts a plan to benefit them both—he marries her so that she can stay in the country, and in return, she gives him access to her very substantial trust fund in order to save his farm. And she somehow manages to convince Jared to go for it.

“I’d do anything to stay here. So no. I don’t regret it.”
“I’d do anything to keep the farm,” Jared replied gruffly. “So I don’t regret it either.”

But from the moment they start sharing a roof over their heads, the lies begin to weigh on them. They fake to be head over heels in love with each other in front of everyone they know while secretly trying to keep their attraction in check behind closed doors. They try their hardest to be friends without letting it turn into something more, but it’s only a matter of time before their control snaps and their marriage becomes very very real, especially in the bedroom.

“Hold on to the headboard. Don’t let go.”

Life has taught them both, however, that love only works if both people believe in it, and they both need to trust that they can forge a new path for themselves, together. As always, Samantha Young leaves no stone unturned when bringing characters to life, forever showcasing her insight into the intricacies of human emotions and relationships. A tale of love, sacrifice, familial dysfunction, and new beginnings, that captivates the reader with its tropey, marriage-of-convenience set-up, but it is its tender depth that lingers with you long after you turned the last page.

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My skin flushed hot at the dark, hungry look he threw my way. No one had ever stared at me with such abject longing and desire.
I whispered his name.
His nostrils flared. “Fuck it,” he snarled as he charged me. He hauled me against his body as his lips crashed down over mine.

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