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.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
There is nothing like a Samantha Young trip to the Highlands. And Beyond the Thistles was no exception. From the opening along I was rooting for Sloane to get the escape and fresh start she deserved for all she had endured.
I absolutely adored Sloane. She was tenacious and brave. Willing to do whatever it took to keep her daughter, Callie, out of harms way. Which is exactly how she ended up in Scotland. But it was when an unknown threat made her a target, it was Walker who stepped up and in to ensure her safety.
I loved that broody bodyguard. He was rough and rugged but had a soft spot that he kept tight under wraps. Until Sloane broke down that wall with her goodness, patience and cakes. But when it got too real and old fears were brought to the surface everything they built hung in the balance.
It was one twist after wild turn and just when I thought things were going to settle down, another twist had my heart pounding. Whew! I was swept away by Sloane and Walker's grumpy-sunshine romance. It was equal parts endearing and sexy and dangerous and I couldn't get enough. And that ending...cue the misty eyes, it was chef's kiss perfect for them.
About the Author
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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