Ten Days With the Highlander

Ten Days With the Highlander

by Hayson Manning

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640631977
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/14/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 385,594
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Hayson Manning grew up with her nose in a book. She was entranced by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Black Beauty and wanting to live in Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s lived in Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, London and now in California.

She loved a pint in London, hiding behind a phrase book in Paris and exploring the subterranean chamber of the Giza pyramid. All she ever wanted to do was write fun and flirty people who aren’t perfect but will fight for that one person who will love them for who they are. That dream has come true, writing for Entangled. A hopeless romantic she lives with her infuriating but adored shoe-discarding husband, two teenage swimmers, a tubby opinionated cat and a current foster dog who needs sanctuary before finding an ever after home.

Come, stop a while, escape in the pages of her books. She’d love to hear from you at www.haysonmanning.com

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CHAPTER 1

Mammoths. There are freaking woolly mammoths on the road.

Georgia Paxton took a shuddering breath, twisted around in her seat, and inched her rental car backward. Seven feet lay between her and glory — "glory" being her car tucked neatly into the only available parking space in town. But as it had the last four times she'd tried to parallel park on the tiny Scottish road, the vehicle just jutted out at an awkward angle, blocking God and country — okay, a tractor, one car, and a herd of woolly mammoths — from passing.

She peered closer. Not mammoths. Cows. Furry cows.

And they were in her way as much as she was in theirs.

Focus.

A four-hundred-year-old farmer sat on a tractor, honking his horn, and agitating the cows in the process. She refused to give into the hysteria making her muscles twitch. Surely the grumpy farmer could see she was having a tiny bit of trouble parking on what, to her, was the wrong side of the road? Laying on the horn was not helping.

Another car honked from where it had lined up behind the tractor.

Desperate times called for desperate measures. She jerked the wheel to the left, hoping the cows were paying attention, and got out of the way. Cold sweat gathered under her arms, and her heart galloped like she'd just won the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, in her panic, she turned the wheel in Southern California efficiency and the car now stuck out at an even worse angle. Her hands tightened on the wheel, and she let out a long, cleansing, frustrated scream. Why couldn't the Scottish drive on the right side of the road?

One cow stopped, stared at her through the matted brown fur hanging across its brow, then loped away.

One down, fifty to go.

A sharp tapping on the passenger window jarred Georgia from her impending meltdown.

A man with imposing shoulders filled the window. Tall and broad, he looked like he pulled trees from mountains and whittled them to matchsticks for fun. Dark, finger-combed hair curled past his ears. Thick brows furrowed over whiskey-colored eyes, and his rugged chin was covered with a scruffy beard. His full lips pursed.

Her stomach fluttered, the unexpected surge of attraction surprising her.

Then he motioned for her to open the door.

She may originally be from a tiny dirt town in Georgia — hence her name — but she didn't have a bucket of bolts for brains. She wasn't one to open doors for strangers, especially random men, even if they resembled a brunette Thor.

"Need a hand?" His Scottish accent rumbled through her ... thick, rich, and creamy.

Georgia blinked, and he chuckled, which set off even more flutters in her stomach.

"Want to let me in?"

Behind them, a car honked.

Right. She was having a crisis. "Are you an axe murderer?" she asked, leveling him with what she hoped was an intimidating stare. Georgia would do just about anything to get her and the car safely to the curb, but she drew the line at axe murderers.

He grinned, stepped back, and held up his hands. "No axe. I just want to help you park."

She drummed her fingers against the steering wheel and took him in. Jeans, boots, a navy-blue woolen sweater that made his eyes pop, and a black jacket. A smile that could stop traffic, not unlike her current predicament. Not that any of it made a difference, really, but he looked sane enough.

Her situation didn't leave her with many choices. A glance in the rear mirror ended the discussion. Two more cars. Georgia flicked the switch to unlock the doors, and in a second the space beside her was filled. She tried — and failed — to ignore his smoky, spicy scent, and clutched the steering wheel tighter.

"Go forward and turn the wheel as you go."

She blinked.

He regarded her, concern clear in his eyes. "You good?" She rubbed her temple. "Yeah. Long day, and now I'm trying to park on the wrong side of the road in a space Barbie's car wouldn't fit into."

No need to mention she'd driven over four hours from Edinburgh, passing through the main town of Fort William an hour ago on the wrong side of the road, hunched over the wheel like a blind cartoon character.

His warm, throaty chuckle filled the tiny compartment, and he reached a hand toward the steering wheel. "Do you mind?"

She stared at him blankly. "Mind what?"

He leaned toward her and adjusted the steering wheel. "You're turning the wrong way."

Her cheeks pinked.

Awesome.

"Now keep moving back." He took his hand off the wheel and continued to give calm encouragement until the car slid efficiently into the spot.

The tractor rumbled by, along with the released cars. She caught a couple of exasperated looks as the drivers passed.

"Thank you," she said in a whoosh, and was rewarded with a smile full of straight white teeth.

"American," he said.

She unclipped her seatbelt. "Did my superb driving skills give me away?"

He chuckled, and his eyes sparkled.

Georgia studied him for a beat, and he stared back. She had the instant impression that you'd know what this man was thinking. No games, no pretense, no hiding behind perceived images.

How refreshing.

She pulled her iPhone out of the back pocket of her jeans to check for any messages her boss might have left and swiped her phone into life. Half a bar of service.

"Not great service here. Part of the charm," her mysterious driving instructor said. "If you send a text it will go through eventually ... well, sometimes, if service kicks in."

Part of the charm? Her mouth dropped open. If the internet kicked in? Didn't he know the world — and her life — ran on the internet? Tiny prickles danced up her spine. Since she was in a committed relationship with her cell. Ten days with patchy cell coverage would make the job she'd come to do nearly impossible. She rubbed her suddenly chilled arms. At least there'd be wifi in the hotel.

She hoped.

He opened the door, effortlessly grabbed the two bags that contained her life from the backseat, and banged the door shut with his hip before heading down the cobbled path.

In a panic, Georgia grabbed her handbag and jumped from the car, jabbing the lock button until lights flashed in the murky gloom, her heart doing a NASCAR lap in her chest. Who just up and took someone's belongings without permission?

"Excuse me!" She chased after his broad back, pleased she'd worn knee-high riding-style boots whose rubber soles gripped the smooth, rain-splashed stones. She caught up to the man, and grabbed his muscled forearm. "That's my luggage."

"Georgia Paxton?" He had the grace to stop so she didn't have to gasp for air, which, if she ran a couple more steps, she totally would. She and exercise were not besties.

She tried her best not to sound too out of breath. "Yes."

He lowered a bag to the ground then held out his large hand. "Callum MacGregor. I own the hotel you're booked into for ten days."

She took his hand, which clamped around hers. She judged people on their handshakes, and this ... this was a handshake. He let go and she registered the loss of warmth.

And then his introduction sank in.

She'd assumed Callum MacGregor, who lived in Glendrie, Scotland, in a centuries-old manor house that had been converted into a hotel, would be at least seventy, have a pipe wedged between his lips, and be eager to break out the bagpipes.

She'd assumed wrong.

Surprise must have registered on her face, because he grinned. "We don't get a lot of people coming through. At this stage, you're the only guest."

She plastered her most professional smile on her face. "I've been looking forward to meeting you."

He gave her an odd look. "Is that so?"

"Very much so." Georgia worked for LiveAbout, the premier short-term vacation rental accommodation company for people wanting to get out of the city to kick back. LiveAbout's slogan was pretty much her mantra: "Your journey, our destination." She'd floated the take on the Australian aboriginal term at the startup meeting, and they'd jumped on it.

She mentally rubbed her hands together. About an hour from Fort William, the small town of Glendrie was perfect. As soon as she'd found the town, she knew it would be a great fit for LiveAbout's clientele. They'd even get a kick out of the fluffy cows.

Now all she had to do was convince Callum MacGregor to sign over his hotel.

The man in question, seemingly amused by her eager greeting, picked up her bags and resumed his trek to ... wherever they were going. Hopefully the hotel.

Her boss and the rest of the team would be here in ten days to start the setup and maybe bring a couple of potential clients. Conquering this town, then moving to the next project, would keep Georgia on track. If she stayed at a job longer than two weeks, she'd break out in hives.

She trudged through shallow puddles, pulled her jacket tighter, and followed Callum's measured strides up a short pathway to an old wooden signpost. The Lair was painted in black on an ivory background and swung in the stiffening breeze. Dim light from a flickering streetlight cast a shadow on the beautiful hand-painted sign. She frowned. Georgia had driven past the hotel twice and never spotted it.

"Have you thought of getting a neon sign so people can find you?"

He opened the door as the sky unleashed again. Georgia shivered as the icy drops slapped her face. She'd assumed that coming in September, she'd catch the dying days of summer, but not so far. Her flat iron would be working overtime.

"People who want to find me."

Not much to say to that cryptic comment, so she didn't. The warmth of a fire drew her to a massive fireplace framed in old green ceramic tiles. Logs sparked in a metal cradle, and a glass-and-steel paneled screen protected the room from errant embers.

You could roast a hog in there.

The warmth of the fire seeped into her weary bones. She'd give herself a moment before she squared her shoulders and marched onward. She breathed in the scent of wood polish mixed with fresh flowers and smoky fire, and relaxed for the first time since that morning.

A black cat laid full length in front of the fireplace like a tourist at a resort sunning herself. Georgia crouched down and scratched the cat's soft, furry belly, and was rewarded with a purr. "Hello, Kitty," she murmured.

"How'd you know her name?"

Callum's scent announced him behind her.

She laughed and looked up. "Is that her name?"

"Aye." Those expressive eyes twinkled. "Don't be surprised if you find her on your bed in the middle of the night. She can turn door handles. Be warned, she's a spooner."

"We're going to get along fine." She gave the cat's stomach another scratch, then stood and glanced around the reception area. A huge leather couch that could seat an NFL team was to her left, and beautiful landscapes she guessed were of the area hung on yellow-striped walls. Worn but thick rugs dotted polished-wood floors. A couple of chairs were nestled around a table. Books were crammed into a bookshelf against the back wall.

She couldn't remember the last time she'd sat down and read for pleasure. On her hectic schedule, where she ran on double-shot espressos between appointments, there was no time for the simple act of falling into a book. Not that she had any complaints. She loved her job. No, she adored her job.

Speaking of double-shot espressos, one was precisely what she needed before hitting the ground tonight.

Wait.

A cold hand reached in and squeezed her sluggish heart.

"Do you have the equivalent of Starbucks here?"

"No."

Was that a shudder that moved across his face?

"Anything resembling Coffee Bean?" She didn't try to hide her rising voice. If caffeine was not flowing through her veins before seven a.m. tomorrow morning, the day was a rubber-stamped disaster.

He shook his head.

"I'm doomed," she whispered.

"You're good. I make a mean coffee. There's an espresso machine in the kitchen area. You're welcome to use it."

Relief like warm syrup flooded her. "Thank you." She walked toward her bags. "Can I check in, and is there a place around here I could eat?" Luckily, she'd slept most of the fourteen-plus hours from LAX to Edinburgh via Paris, but her stomach hadn't, and reminded her it required food. She glanced outside at the rain streaking down the glass. Night pressed in.

"Once we get you checked in, I'll show you the way to the pub. It's the only place open around here for dinner unless you want fish and chips, then Ivan's may still be open."

Callum stepped behind the reception desk, then opened a beautiful leather-bound journal, and pushed it and a pen with a quill toward her, which she picked up and studied.

"They have these in Harry Potter." She turned the pen over. "I didn't know people actually used them."

"It belonged to my grandfather. I like the connection." He shrugged. "He resembled Dumbledore as well."

She cocked her head to one side. "Are you a J.K. Rowling fan?" His eyebrows rose. "You've got Hufflepuff written all over you."

It had been a long time since she'd bantered with a man. A Scottish Hemsworth no less. She grinned, letting her gaze drift over him.

He cleared his throat, and passed her a brass key with the number three stamped on the thick metal.

The tips of her ears heated. Caught checking him out. How embarrassing.

To distract herself, she flipped through pages of the ledger, skimming names, addresses, and comments. There were more visitors checked in during the summers, but once he signed the hotel over, he'd have year-round revenue.

She put the pen down the same time he reached for it and her hand brushed his, sending more of those unexpected flutters up her arm and across her chest.

Well, she had to ignore that fluttery feeling because she was here for one purpose only: to make Callum MacGregor's day.

But not in that way.

"Your hotel is charming," she said.

"The restoration is going to take a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Halve the size of the rooms, add another level, and modernize it, and you'll have a winner. She tilted her head. "You don't want to modernize the place?" "Some things belong in the past, like this old girl." He patted the counter, pride on his face. "Took me a while to restore the fireplace, rip out the electric heater, peel back the paint, and source the tiles that would have framed it originally. Good things take time."

"Some things take no time at all." She pulled her phone from her pocket to email her boss an update.

Wait.

Her palms landed on the smooth wood. "Do you have wifi?" Her assistant had made the booking and forwarded her the email. She hadn't thought to read it for the amenities.

"Nope."

She blinked.

"High-speed internet?"

He shook his head.

She frantically swiped at her screen.

The half bar died.

Doom and gloom threw a pity party in her head. There went her lifeline along with her eBay bid — a Jurassic Park helicopter for her sister's Monopoly token collection. She'd been stalking that sucker for weeks. She and her eBay rival, Boot_The_Scotty_Dog, were locked in a fierce battle as always. As soon as any unique token came on the market, she and Boot both went after it.

"We have carrier pigeons."

She looked up, her mouth already open to inform him it was a potential disaster, but the smile pulling at the corner of his mouth stopped her.

He's teasing.

It had been a long time since she'd been teased.

"Eventually you'll bar up, and your emails will go through."

She cocked an eyebrow. She could tease, too. "So, any minute now, you're expecting to bar up?"

"Any second."

Lovely banter aside, it wasn't going to fix her very real problem. She could stay in Fort William, an hour away, but her boss wanted her on the ground for as many hours as possible. Plus, she wasn't into the idea of driving the two-hour round-trip, considering her walking outside usually triggered a rain event, and driving on the wrong side of the road in a rainstorm would probably lead to an insurance claim.

She'd have to find another hotel. Somewhere local. Not being in contact with the outside world wasn't tenable. "Anywhere else to say around here?"

"No. Looks like you're stuck with me for ten days."

(Continues…)



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Ten Days with the Highlander 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book just suck you right in and make you want to read, read, read, and read some more. You'll want more than ten days with Callum and Georgia because their story is just beginning. It's a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and you'll experience every climb and drop. Enjoy the thrill ride.
JujubeeD More than 1 year ago
A smexy, playful 10 days in Scotland's highlands, with a mythical grotto, futile searches for a solid "bar," finding a charming pub and genuine community instead. Inexplicably drawn to each other. Mutual, consensual oogling ensues, whilst holding on tight to opposite lifestyles and goals. The question dangles not when but who will cave first...the Corporate or the Sofa? Very quickly, our H/h unexpectedly come to a very real crossroads *sigh* This one is worthy of your reading time to find out whose lifestyle choice wins out, Georgia or Callum's ;) Here's a hint...everybody wins. Even Delilah the goat and Hello Kitty. My first time reading this author. The cover and blurb drew me in, but the romance made me a fan! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
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. This was a cute story. It was a quick read and pretty straight-forward. I really liked both main characters and all of their interactions with each other. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
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. This was a cute story. It was a quick read and pretty straight-forward. I really liked both main characters and all of their interactions with each other. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A cute and quirky contemporary romance! I loved Georgia and Callum's meet cute (having just taught Mini Moe #2 to parallel park, I shudder to think about trying to do the same on the other side of the road...) and that there's not one, but two adorable pets here; Hello Kitty (a cat, natch) and Delilah (a goat! I never thought I'd be such a goat fan, but OMG she was awesome). Their nicknames for each other were on the strange side (I get the reasoning, but "Corporate" and "Sofa"?) but their banter was cute and their chemistry solid, even though their relationship was a bit insta-y ("Ten Days" after all. It's built right in there). Ms Manning did a good job of making us see both of their sides in the main argument, though I had a tendency to side more on Callum's side their eventual resolution was a good one and led to a sweet ending. Georgia's reason for not staying in Scotland/with Callum was a bit aggravating--sure he's perfect, this place is perfect, I'm feeling the "L" word, but in a year I'll probably be bored and want to leave because that's what I do--it went on for longer than it felt like it should and did have me rolling my eyes a bit. Fortunately, both Callum and I managed to stick it out anyway and a cute HEA for everyone was our reward. Looking forward to the next book in the series--I wonder where Ms Manning will take us next? :) Rating: 4 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Georgia and Callum had me smiling pretty much the entire book. They had such cute innuendos and flirtations. The way they bonded and interacted with everyone in the little Scottish town was fabulous. And I now want my own Delilah. The Scottish town really came to life for me with the descriptions of the various places as well as the traditions the people followed. The ending was sweet but I would have loved a little more of their happy ending including a certain tradition helped after the well incident. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
A little nerdy, a lot sweet, and all wrapped up in highland charm and swagger. I was looking for a quick, fun and flirty read when I ran across Hayson Manning’s Ten Days with the Highlander. I had read some heavy material before this, and I was so happy with the humor that kept me engaged and swoony. Georgia Paxton has always had the travel bug, and she makes her career visiting new places in hopes of increasing tourism there. Her target is a small town in Scotland and in specific, one hotel owner. The problem? Callum MacGregor doesn’t want his town to become a tourist attraction. The small-town charm is alive and blooming! The quirkiness is there, the camaraderie, and it's set in the Scottish Highlands. Georgia sticks out like a sore thumb with her American accent and her zest for life and adventure. I loved this about Georgia. How optimistic and fun-loving she was. Imagine that exuberance in a good verbal spar. Delightful! Callum MacGregor is described as a Scottish Thor, and heck yes! I love me some Thor, ya’ll. The drawl, the take-charge mien, the easy smile. Sign me up. He’s a genuinely good guy, but Georgia’s determined to win him over with her business proposal and get his town on the map.I loved them having such different agendas, the light-hearted battle line drawn. They also both have a secretly nerdy side that just did me in. The bet didn’t play as big a part as I had hoped, but the story more than covered it simply in the characters. So, if you’re looking for a bite of humor with some cuteness and light banter, look no further! This is the read for you. 4 stars!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Hayson Manning has been on my author to read list for awhile now. I finally got my chance to read her with Ten Days with the Highlander. Unfortunately, the book and my personality didn't mix well together. If I say “no” to something or someone that's it. End of story. You're risking your life and the lives of future generations if you keep pushing. Georgia isn't an accept “no” kind of girl. She just kept pushing and pushing until I started not to like her. But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Georgia Paxton is the top salesperson for her company LiveAbout because she doesn't take “no” for an answer. She arrives in Glenlagan, Scotland and appears to not have done any research on the place. I honestly don’t know where the idea came from for her to travel to Scotland and purchase the hotel of Callum MacGregor. Georgia wants to take this quiet quaint little town and turn it into a tourist mecca. Callum MacGregor has done the corporate thing and barely survived with his soul. He loves his hometown the way it is and doesn't want to have it changed by tourists arriving and trampling all over it. He knows first hand what corporate greed can do and wants to protect the elders in town. After Callum turns down Georgia’s offer, he’s nice enough to show her around town, hoping that she will appreciate all of its history and beauty. But Georgia is all business and truly can’t see the beauty in things. She thinks money is the key to everything. As I mentioned, I had a little trouble with Georgia and her pushiness. I also didn’t like that at times, the Scottish characters came off sounding like Americans trying to be Scottish. Here’s what I liked about Ten Days with the Highlander ~ The meet cute in the beginning was definitely something I could see myself doing. It brought a smile to my face. There’s a goat!!! I never would have thought that I would like a goat being in a romance book, but I did. She didn’t even eat anything and she had this charming little obsession. The back and forth banter between Callum and Georgia was what made the book worth reading. It allowed you to see how good they could be together. I liked the way that the conflict between them was resolved and it was rather sweet. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Hayson Manning's "Ten Days with the Highlander" is a great standalone read. I could see this as a movie! The characters are all great - loads and loads of details. I love the chemistry between Georgia and Callum. What a sweet and sexy story. This is only ramping up my Outlander addiction. Ha! I am definitely going to read this author again!
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book This is the book by this author I have read and I LOVED it. she has such a way with her words that I felt I was in Scotland Georgia arrives at Callum's little village with the intent to get him to sign up his hotel with her company so that she can make him some big bucks and bring tourists to the village. Callum has left the corporate life and that is the last thing that he wants! Callum Is so so hot, I LOVED his accent. I loved that they finally started working together to see what could be. Love can change your thoughts and heart when it is true. and Callumm and Georgia both see that in the end. I highly recommend this book
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
when georgia paxton turns up in the middle of nowhere scotland to convince callum macgregor to partner up with her company in order to take his tiny hotel into the next level she doesn't expect to have to pitch a hard sell. callum finds georgia sexy and charming, but he has no interest in selling her his hotel. he isn't interested in modernizing the place. he wants to restore it. but he's also not quite ready to send the sexy american on her way. he wants her to fall in love with the place, to understand where he is coming from. so he proposes 10 days with the highlander, and she agrees. she thinks the extra time will change his mind. and here's the thing, both georgia and callum have a point. they just need to figure out how to compromise. but georgia is so intent on avoiding putting down roots and callum is so intent on avoiding anything that smacks of blatant capitalism that they both fail to understand each other. even as they tumble head over heels in love. they both have to face their fears and admit what they really want if they are going to work things out. **10 days with the highlander will publish on august 14, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Charmingly, Enchanting Romance! Hayson Manning, swept me away, in this beautifully written romance that was enchanting, charming, and endearing in every way! As the words seemed to fade away, I was transported into the beautiful, charming, quaint Scottish town of Glenlagen. 
Georgia Paxton has just arrived to work her magic on the next owner. She works for “Live About” a premier short-term vacation rental accommodations company. She was here for the next ten days on her company’s behalf. They wished to go into partnership with the owner of “The Lair” and after making some quick renovation, with their help, he would be raking in the money, from their customers. Her job was to sell the idea to him and have him sign on the dotted line. And then Georgia would be on to her merry way to the next town. She loved her job and going from one place to the next. 
Callum MacGregor is a Scottish Hemsworth, handsome, tall and broad, as well as the owner of The Lair and the only pub in town, The Rose and Thistle. Callum had left his corporate job and corporate life behind and moved back home for a slower pace of life. He had lovingly and painstakingly, restored the pub to its original beauty. He had also, started the renovation on the Lair but still had more to do. He didn’t care about wifi, or modernization. He only cared about the people of the town and enjoying life alongside them, his town was rich, in friendships and folklore and that was what was important to him. 
But these two never counted on the sizzling chemistry, between them that can’t be ignored. Georgia is fun, beautiful and a breath of fresh air to Callum, bringing little bites of sweetness to his life. Callum is downright swoon-a-licious and after a folklore filled afternoon together, his kiss, was pure decadence. Will these two find their HEA? Will Georgia be able to leave this charming town and the friends she has made behind? Will she get Callum to change his mind and sign on the dotted line? You will have to read to find out. Don’t miss this beautifully, fun, sexy, magical romance! I LOVED Every Minute of this story! Highly Recommended! 
Received an arc through the publisher via NetGalley and I voluntarily chose to write an honest review.
Vwebb More than 1 year ago
Ten days with the Highlander was a great little stand alone romance. I loved how the characters pulled you in with their lives without any background whining or unnecessary information. The hunky Scottish Thor (Callum) was mouthwatering, Georgia was witty, and the townspeople were full of life. I loved the writing - it read fast and smoothly. Its a lovely story about an one the move Georgia trying to convince Callum McGregor to commercialize on his hotel and modernize the quaint town. Can she convince Callum in only 10 days? Can he convince her that the hotel, the town, his life is perfect the way it is? Is it love at first sight? Perfect story get away. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
RobinBielman More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! So cute and heartwarming from beginning to end with a hero who was perfect (that accent! gah!), and a spunky heroine who found where she belonged.
SamantheTucker More than 1 year ago
Hayson Manning has done it again! She gives us a fun, spunky heroine in Georgia. This woman has brains and heart. She knows who she is, and what she needs to be happy--and it's not a quiet life in a small town in Scotland--which is why she's irritated with herself when her attraction to a man she's supposed to convince to do business with her travel company turns into something deeper. Callum's a rugged highlander with a heart of gold! He's fascinated by Georgia's energy, her ambition, and her...er...taste in music. But he's done with globe trotting and trying to climb corporate ladders. He wants his small inn, his small town, and everything the way it's always been. But MAN do opposites attract, especially in the hands of Ms. Manning! It's inevitable, the way they fall for each other, but it's also fun, and sweet and a beautiful lesson on the power of love to shape one's desires, and the power of compromise to make those desires work! Plus, c'mon...a big, burly beard in a kilt? How can I resist?
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book filled with plenty of charm that fans of the genre will adore. Georgia is an aggressive business woman who is a top performer at her company. She was raised by parents that relocated whenever the mood struck them, so never had the opportunity to put down roots. Now, as an adult, she no longer wants to put down roots and loves her traveling lifestyle. Then she travels to Scotland and meets Callum, the inn owner that is strongly locked in the past and refuses any change. The sparks fly between them, even as they disagree intently over making changes to the inn and the town. This is a sweet story with just a bit of spice that is just in time for your perfect summer read. Add this one to your list - you'll be glad you did. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
So cute. So fun. So completely entertaining! Georgia Paxton has ten days to convince Callum McGregor to sell his quaint little hotel to her company. Then her bosses will be in town to wrap things up. Too bad he's dead set against it. Maybe a little wager will sweeten the deal!! These two characters are so fun together I hated to see the book end. This is a nice quick paced story that is very well done. I think everyone will enjoy it.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Ten Days with the Highlander is my first book by Hayson Manning. I will warn you ahead of time, if you read this, be prepared to fight the urge to pack your bags and head for Scotland. Georgia Paxton was raised by wanderlust, hippie-type parents that dragged their two daughters from place to place always looking for something better. Georgia’s sister is happy staying in one place but not Georgia. She seems to have inherited her parents need to stay on the move. She works for LiveAbout, a short-term vacation rental accommodation company. Her job is to go from place to place acquiring new properties for her company. She is a deal closer, never fails to deliver. Her latest job is to go to Glenlagen, Scotland to hopefully convince a hotel owner there to sell his hotel to them. It’s a tiny village that tourists would love. Callum MacGregor tried the corporate world but hated it. So he is back home in the little village he grew up in and couldn’t be happier. He owns the old hotel and pub. He has renovated the pub but the hotel is still a work in progress. The people of the little town are all like family and they look out for one another. His newest customer is a woman from America that is staying two weeks. She smells like coconut and sunshine. “Callum! I’m not lost.” “Georgia Paxton, I think you’re very lost. You just don’t know it.” When the truth comes out why Georgia is in town, Callum is adamant that there is no way he will ever be interested in Georgia’s proposition. What would bringing tourists into their little town accomplish? They would destroy the beautiful landmarks. There town is safe, no one locks their doors. That would all be lost with strangers constantly in town. So, he makes a deal with Georgia. During her ten day stay, he will show her his town, and convince her that change is not what they need. And she vows that within those ten days, she will convince Callum that change is in deed, what they need. “Everything about this woman was slowly undoing him, one screw at a time.” First of all, I couldn’t help but to fall in love with Callum and with this little town. Callum has a pet goat that rides around in the car with him. And then there is always that whole Scottish thing. I mean, sexy man in a kilt! Count me in! He and Georgia can only ignore the chemistry between them for so long. And when they finally give in to it, it’s a beautiful thing. But she’s a corporate girl, and he’s a country guy. She’s leaving and he’s not. “This had felt different. Magical. Perfect. Like it was meant to be.” This was such a sweet, cute, sexy story. I most definitely don’t enjoy the cold, rainy types of climate but this author made it seem perfect. And the towns people and the way they just accepted Georgia right into their midst was so sweet. She’s never felt like she belonged anywhere or with anyone. But there, in Glanlagen, she belonged. I completely enjoyed this book and most definitely hope to read more from this author. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get packing to go and find me my own highlander.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Georgia is out of her element and in over her head. Business brought her to the Scottish Highlands. Beautiful scenery, a brooding Scotland and a fiery attraction are just an added bonus, but when her heart becomes involved, she's forced to rethink her priorities. Callum serves as the perfect guide for a romantic adventure. Easy on the eyes, fatal to the heart and addictive to the sweet tooth. Ten Days With a Highlander is a trip worth taking.