Title: Here with Me
Author: Samantha Young
Tropes: enemies to lovers
Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner —ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair—and it's poised on the edge of a dark scandal.
After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father.
Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path.
While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first.
I didn’t expect to love this book but I am a huge fan of Samantha Young so I gave this book a try. The storyline was interesting and the characters unique and the light suspense kept me hooked. It was also an emotional read. This book is based in Scotland, i loved the imagery and the incorporation of Scottish celebrations.
We are introduced to Robyn when she is shot in the line of duty and has just finished recuperating but feels she needs to rediscover herself. She decides to go an find her father who she hasn’t seen since she was a girl, she walks into a situation with her father’s boss/pseudo son. This is the beginning of a mystery of who is stalking Lachlan, her father’s boss.
I loved Robyns character she is courageous, protective and a great policewomen turned photographer. She is on a journey to find herself after surviving a near-death experience. Lachlan on the other hand took me a while to like, he is emotionally closed off, protective, family oriented and strongly against marriage at the beginning. I felt like he was a bit of a douchebag who doesn’t really take time to understand people who are not in his inner circle.
Mac, her father gets stabbed by the stalker which prompts her to investigate. The stalker leaves disturbing messages and creepy gifts. Initially Lachlan and Robyn HATE each other and are jealous of each other to a certain extent. Over timer they begin to learn more about each other and the chemistry between them becomes more obvious and steamier.
At the end of the book there is a surprise twist where we discover who the stalker is. I loved the ending despite the heart-clenching fear that there won’t be an HEA. I loved that Robyn didn’t just collapse on Lachlan’s lap and they live happily ever after. The emotional growth was shown in the last few chapters. I loved the ending and can’t wait for Thane’s story although I am not sure I like Ragan at the moment, she seems very selfish/ self-absorbed. Who leaves their sister (Robyn) who has just been shot to go travelling?