May 2, 2023

{Book Blitz: Review} Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young

A grumpy vs sunshine, age-gap, romantic suspense set in the Scottish Highlands.

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Beyond the Thistles (The Highlands, #1)Beyond the Thistles by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.


After falling in love with the Adair series I thought it was going to be hard to move on from that world and into another, Thankfully Young kept her readers in the same beautiful location and were able to see how the other couples have been doing.

Beyond the Thistles follows Sloane, who is trying to start over in her life, leaving the horrible life she left behind and is hiding from, for a new start for herself and her daughter. Her boss and friend offered her a position at a special members only club which offered her a lot and a safe place her her daughter. Now that they are settled in and she also starts baking locally, her true passion, she cant help but notice the brooding but sexy Walker Ironside, who left his position as a bodyguard for on of the Adairs to working at the same members only estate.

Walker is a little trick and extremely closed off, even though he wants to keep Sloane at a safe distance she and her daughter are hard to say no too. Especially when danger from her past comes knocking.

As always, the mystery, suspense and romance is top notch with Samantha Young. her beautiful world building and the Scottish Highland setting is always wonderfully done. Walker and Sloane stole my heart as my new favorite couple, and I loved getting to know more side characters from the past series and seeing some old favorites.

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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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