Review: Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning


☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆


What it’s about:

Go-getter Georgia Paxton has ten days to acquire a quaint hotel in the Scottish Highlands for her travel accommodation company before she’s off on her next grand adventure. Too bad the sexy, broody Scot who owns the place is dead against the idea…and that she’s in very real danger of losing their little bet to see who can convince whom first.

There’s no way Callum MacGregor is going to let the gorgeous American turn his tiny hometown over to bored tourists looking to satisfy their Outlander fantasies. He only has ten days to convince her to slow down and see the magic of the town and its people. If he succeeds, he won’t have to run her out of the county. But if he fails, Georgia might run off with his heart.


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My Thoughts:

Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning is an enchanting contemporary romance. No angst and a little folklore from a bucolic location make this romance predictable yet very alluring. I fell in love with the quirky inhabitants of the small village in an isolated area of Scotland, and rooted along with them for Georgia and Callum.

Georgia Paxton’s unconventional upbringing makes her the perfect candidate for her job. Her wanderlust makes a life on the road not just tolerable, but exciting for her. “In and out” in the two weeks it usually takes her to seal the deal, she effectively avoids relationships of any kind. The beautiful and intelligent commitment-phobe thinks she has her life figured out until she meets the not-so-stodgy owner of her latest professional hunt.

Callum MacGregor is a ruggedly handsome innkeeper who knows what he wants, and that is not necessarily a fat bank account. He escaped the all-consuming corporate quest for financial gain in order to slip back into a more simple way of life where neighbors look out for one another and no one needs to lock a door. Callum couldn’t be more attractive; he is the perfect blend of chivalry, kindness, and respectfulness. The folklore and old ways of his village are charming, but the real draw for Callum is the loving, caring community in which he is ensconced.

The best part about romance novels is that two people who actively hide from commitment and who are seemingly in search of the polar-opposite life goals, can fall in love. It gives all of us hope that we will find someone for whom we are willing to make compromises and for whom we would welcome change. I loved the chemistry between Georgia and Callum. Their teasing and double entendres were fun. The sage advice and astute observations rom the villagers are delightful—especially Mavis’ inspirational notes that are hand sewn into beanies specifically chosen for the recipient. The only aspect of this lovely book that didn’t work for me was the somewhat graphic sex scenes. The intimacy didn’t arrive too early, however, the segue into Georgia and Callum’s first act of intimacy didn’t feel organic. The addition of detailed descriptions of their intimacy didn’t feel inline with the overall tone of the book.

Ten Days with the Highlander has the same feel of the 1983 movie Local Hero (American corporate executive falls in love with local(s) in the charming village that they would have destroyed through modernization). While the premise may not be so new, the quality of Ms. Manning’s writing, the character development, and the story pace make for a very charming book that I would happily read again. If for no other reason, read this book in preparation for your next vacation; Ten Days with the Highlander will have you plotting to find your own hot Scot in a kilt!



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