Seeking Solace by Adrienne Dunning

This woman is living the dream! She moved to Scotland, and fell in love with a sexy Scottish pub owner who also happens to sing. Okay, so she may have been jilted at the altar before making her big move across the ocean, but what a payoff!

What’s it About? 

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Sometimes to take a step in the right direction you have to run away. Sarah Collier’s life has always been scripted for her, according to the expectations of her domineering, socially-connected Connecticut family. Everything always went as planned…until the unthinkable happened moments before walking down the aisle. On a whim, she does the first thing that comes to mind—she takes off on her honeymoon, alone. However, Sarah has never acted on spontaneity, so the impromptu trip may not be what Sarah thinks it will.

The quaint and rustic harbor village of North Berwick on Scotland’s East Lothian coast is typically devoid of tourists in the winter. So when an auburn-haired stranger who wanders into his pub on a cold, Sunday evening, Bretton Keith, self-assured and flirtatious pub owner that he is, sees the opportunity for another brief and fun fling to break up the monotony of a village winter. As Bretton comes to know the sad and beautiful Sarah, he finds it increasingly difficult to uphold his credo of never becoming attached. Can he forget the mistakes of the past and learn to trust another with his heart? All the while, Sarah is experiencing a new-found freedom to dare think of her life in a different way, to truly consider what it is that she wants and what it is that will make her happy. Will Sarah be brave enough to risk it on a man who was so hurt by another that he swore off ever falling in love again, or will the demands of her family prove too big an obstacle to overcome?

First Impressions

If I were left at the altar because my dick of a fiance ran off with another woman, I would do the exact same thing Sarah did. Go off on a solo-honeymoon, and listen to my Scottish lover whisper sweet nothings to me with that delicious accent. Although, I most likely would have taken a little detour first to kick that other son of a b*tch fiance’s cheating ass!! One of my absolute favorite moments in this book though was when Sarah stood up to her family with some girl power when they expressed such disappointment at her failed engagement. Best line I’ve read in a long time: “Being single is not a disease.” Amen sister! Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you’re defective, undesirable, or weird. If only more people I knew agreed with that statement :/

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A Little More Info Please

Sarah and Brett had an instant attraction for one another, and were quick to open up about their respective pasts. His ex left because he didn’t want to be a corporate stooge, while Sarah’s parents want her to come back to the US to try to make things work with Daryl. This is where I would have liked a little more back-story. Apparently, Sarah’s parents have been hoping for this marriage for years so that their businesses can be joined together. Seems a little 19th century to me.

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I really wanted to know why her parents were so unbelievably desperate for a business partner, that they were willing to throw away their daughter’s happiness to obtain it. The fact that they were more supportive of the philandering Daryl than Sarah seriously makes me question what in the actual hell was going on with their business. This lack of information also made it pretty hard for me to believe that two parents could be so heartless.

Some Room for Improvement

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Sarah’s journey to overcome the hurt of her past was inspiring, and Brett’s passionate intent to be the man who helps her move on was oh so yummy. That being said, some things could have been tweaked. Firstly, the cover. Yeah, yeah, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, blah, blah, blah. Well, I’m sorry but I just wasn’t feeling this cover. One of the things which really stood out in this novel was how Brett was immediately drawn to Sarah, and vice versa. I don’t really see that connection between the cover models. Also, the book is set in Scotland for crying out loud! Work in that landscape!

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Secondly, the ending was a little cheesy. Normally, I’m all for the cheese, but when Sarah suddenly got up on stage in Brett’s pub and sang along with his band to make a grand gesture, it was a bit much. I mean, now she suddenly sings? When the hell did that happen? The only way you’d find me in that kind of situation was if I had 5 other people up on stage singing along with me, and every last person in the bar was sloshed from an excessive consumption of tequila shots.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Nope

Should you read it? Although the cover art wasn’t my favorite, and the ending had a Velveeta cheese influence, those factors didn’t really detract from the interesting story of moving on from a hurtful past. And moving under a hunky Scottish bartender instead. Humina.

Smut Level: These were very clean love scenes, but that doesn’t mean they were lacking in passion. Hell, they even did it in his pub! But there was no dirty talk or excessive description involved.

Get in on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. ViridianFire Publications. 186 Pages.

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One thought on “Seeking Solace by Adrienne Dunning

  1. Thank you very much for the follow, I really appreciate it! This book seems interesting, I like the sounds of a Scottish Barista… And I totally agree, being single is not a disease! Thanks for the great review.

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