Overall Grade:⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Jolie Vines’s Cocky Kilt is the Scottish Highlander romance you need right now. What do you get when you mix an ambitious U.S. travel intern with a trip to Scotland? An opportunity for meeting the men of Scotland. This story is inspired by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Park Avenue Player where it involves Hailey from that book finding and eventually falling for Ewan, a Scottish Highlander. The travel company that Hailey works for is interested in Ewan’s family’s town as a possible destination for one of their tours. There to investigate it and meet with the manager of the town, Hailey finds Ewan in a local pub, not realizing that he is the son of the cantankerous manager. Instantly, Ewan and Hailey are drawn to each other and find themselves on the verge of a one-night stand when they realize each other’s respective roles, ending the chances of acting upon their unbridled chemistry. The next day, Hailey meets Ewan’s father who is angry about local tourism even though it will save their township, and their meeting unravels. Months later, Hailey and Ewan reunite when her travel company decides to look again at Ewan’s destination. Never forgetting each other, they decide to secretly fall into a relationship. However, will their secret be found out? How will Hailey and Ewan face the future together when he lives in Scotland and she lives in the U.S.? Those questions are answered within the $exy, swoony space of Vines’s Cocky Kilt.
I will remind readers over and over again that Jolie Vines writes the best heroes. These are men who embody the Scottish Highlander, honor and family over everything else. With those qualities, they fall head over heels for their heroines, and Ewan is definitely more of this. His want for Hailey is palpable, and he tries everything to woo her to him. Their instant attraction and subsequent chemistry are fiery. As the reader, you want them to find a way to a future together, but Vines does a great job of building the anticipation of that end.
Hailey has an underlying story in this book. Her father hasn’t been the father figure she desired, and while she has seemingly accepted it, after a deeper dive into her character, you find that her inner little girl struggles with letting go of the dream of him. Thankfully, her uncle and aunt (the main characters of Park Avene Player) are all the family she needs, and the resolution of this aspect of her story is sweet. Even more, she is likable in her ambition for success. She has truly overcome her past to find success in her future.
If I had any criticism of Cocky Kilt, it would be its finish. For me, it felt rushed. Maybe this had more to do with the fact that Vines does such a great job of developing the tension of Ewan and Hailey’s coupling that I wanted her to take her time in developing their falling resolution. For me, it felt a bit rushed. However, when you consider any piece of writing, if that’s my only criticism, then that is minute in comparison to the heady journey of Vines’s Ewan and Hailey.
Once again, Jolie Vines captivates her reader in her creation of love in the Scottish Highlands. As she does so beautifully, time and time again, she has crafted a hero whom you can’t help but adore in Cocky Kilt. Meeting these men who are so staid and honorable makes reading her books a most delectable treat in a world that feels mad at times. Ewan and Hailey’s story will absolutely make you smile.
In love and romance,