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Hayson Manning Excerpt: Ten Days with the Highlander

Hayson Manning

Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning

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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A flash of long, shiny dark hair caught Callum’s eye. Georgia moved through the crowd, stopping at tables and chatting.

Finally. They’d be running out of Ainsley’s pies soon, and he had an unexpected and overwhelming urge to see that she had something to eat.

What was that about?

Irritated with himself, Callum got back to keeping busy, but he managed to keep an eye on his hotel guest as she walked the room. She’d changed into a purple jumper that followed the line of the curve of her hip to the denim that hugged her legs. Dark, knee-high riding boots with a sexy heel completed a very tasty-looking package.

Every male head turned as she passed, damn it.

He shook his head. The woman clearly had a knack for engaging people. Everywhere she went, excited chatter and laughter rose up over the usual hum of voices.

“That’s your lassy?” Leonard indicated Georgia. “The one who can nee park?”

“That’s her.” Callum pulled another pint of ale, angling the glass to get the perfect head. Not that Georgia was his, but no sense in correcting the man.

Georgia made her way over to the bar and smiled. “I’d like a pie and a pint, please.”

His cock stirred. Her American drawl really did a number on him. Or maybe it was just her. He dug a hand through his hair. What the hell was wrong with him? Lusting after a guest was new to him. Even a beautiful guest he could imagine staring up at him from under his body.

Yeah, not going there.

She scanned the blackboard menu above the bar, showcasing the different days and themes. “Might have a sandwich on Callum’s Haggis and Hair of the Dog night, but excellent idea having different themes on different nights,” she said, grinning. “Do you have Mojito and Meatloaf Monday?”

“Afraid not. Never have been a fan of meatloaf.”

She blinked. “Wait. Is this your pub?”

Pride swept through him. “It was a rundown heap when I purchased it. The renovation took longer than I thought, but it brought the community back together. It’s the only place around here where people can gather except for the drafty town hall.”

“It gets better and better,” she said cryptically.

Ainsley stopped and introduced herself to Georgia. “I don’t know. Mojito and meatloaf sounds awesome to me, Sofa.” She gave him a small smile then moved toward the kitchen.

Georgia’s eyes widened. “Sofa?”

He grinned. “Apparently I’m that laid back.”

Pink streaked her cheeks. She must have thought his nickname meant something else that happened on sofas.

He could handle her thinking of him on a sofa. Preferably with her on it, too, her bedroom eyes roaming over his body before dropping to his lips.

Georgia cleared her throat. “My sister Indiana calls me ‘Twitchy’ because I can’t keep still.”

“Indiana and Georgia?”

“Yeah, my parents never stay in one place very long. Indiana and Georgia were the states we were born in.” She grinned. “Not that I have anything against Wisconsin or Arkansas, but I’m glad I didn’t have to try to pull off either of those. And I’m really glad we weren’t named after cities. Imagine if we were born in Coupon, Chicken, or Fertile?”

He laughed. “You’re serious, those are cities?”

She put her hand over her heart. “Coupon, Pennsylvania. Chicken, Alaska—which I bet has a sign ‘I got laid in Chicken, Alaska’—and Fertile, Iowa.”

He chuckled. Nope, she was definitely a Georgia.

Grabbing a glass, he asked, “Do you have plans for the ten days you’re here?”

“I do. I’ll tell you about them soon.” Her gaze drifted over the blackboard menu again, and her mouth twitched. “Should I be looking forward to Callum’s Spotted Dick and Stout night?”

Callum finished pouring her a pint and pushed it toward her. “It’s a real hit with the ladies. I’ve been told it’s the highlight of their week.”

Georgia choked on her beer. “Really?”

He grinned. “Aye. If you want, I’ll give you a wee look. A preview.”

She laughed and, damn, if that didn’t pull a smile to his lips. “And ruin the surprise? Absolutely not. I’ll wait with bated breath until Friday.”

She gave him a saucy grin and weaved her way back toward a group of women. He really shouldn’t notice the way her hips swayed, but damn him, he did. And so did another part of his body.

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I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives – the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire – any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books – no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, I hate peas, love donkeys, I play a killer game of Scrabble. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

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