Vacation romances weren’t supposed to last. That’s why they were a thing.
Maid of honor Reagan Newhart arrives in Charleston only to learn the wedding party is delayed for three whole days. On the bride’s advice, she decides it’s time to let loose.
Russell Gannon, a regular to Charleston, sees a stunning young woman who grabs his attention. They start an affair that lasts until her friends arrive – and they discover they’re in town for the same wedding, that of his estranged daughter. As the star-crossed lovers dive for cover, a vicious ex-wife, entitled bride, and plenty of self-doubt threaten to derail what could be true love.
Can they commit to something fleeting and defy the odds to capture their happily ever after?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs, not always by chapter, but clearly defined.
May/December romance is my jam. I adore it. However, there’s definitely an art to pulling off age gaps as large as 20 years – and M.K. Chester did it really well. With an added twist of the Best Friend’s Father/Daughter’s Best Friend dynamic and balancing sweet with sexy this was a really enjoyable story.
Covering each day per chapter was a unique way to juxtapose a short time period with feeling like Reagan and Russell really got to know one another – Chester turned a vacation fling into a believable romance. I appreciated that she highlighted the age difference without turning Reagan into a helpless damsel in need of rescuing. Russell’s fears were rooted in his past mistakes and it was interesting to see him examine them in a new light. There’s an evil ex stirring up trouble adding to the tension of trying to keep their romance a secret.
Because the story does end on Day 10, I do wish there was a bit of an epilogue – but I think it’s pretty typical when you enjoy characters this much to always want more. This is an audio I see myself listening to again in the future.
Note: While part of a series, the New South Romance books have no overlapping characters or events. These truly stand alone and can be read/listened to in any order.
This was my first experience with Sophie Wilson. I thought she did a great job of being able to sound young for Reagan and older and husky for Russell. I appreciated her subtle southern accent for the Charleston natives. Her inflections brought all the characters to life.
About the author:
M.K. Chester is an RWA award-winning author of historical and contemporary romance, urban fantasy and non-fiction. M.K. is a native Buckeye who lives in Tennessee. She’s married to a veteran, MoM (Mother of Marine), and a grandmother. She adores her Scottish Terriers and is fighting Multiple Sclerosis.
You can connect with M.K. Chester here:
My Favorite Quotes
Are we flinging? We could be flinging. We should be flinging. – 10 Days by @M_K_Chester #Audiobook narrated by Sophie Wilson #NewSouthRomance #AgeGap #BestFriendsFather #DaughtersBestFriendTweet
She’d never been so forward in her life, but he seems so worth the effort. – 10 Days by @M_K_Chester #Audiobook narrated by Sophie Wilson #NewSouthRomance #AgeGap #BestFriendsFather #DaughtersBestFriendTweet
He stroked her cool cheek and studied her face so he could remember every detail of her when the week had ended. – 10 Days by @M_K_Chester #Audiobook narrated by Sophie Wilson #NewSouthRomance #AgeGap #BestFriendsFather #DaughtersBestFriendTweet