Title: Haste Ye Back (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: R. Quincy Cameron
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 31 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The situation seems ideal: a month off work and a sweet deal to extend his stay in an unexpected paradise. Needless to say, Aaron is thrilled to snag an extra few days in Scotland after his work conference to soak up the magic of the country.
However, his plans to tourist his way around Edinburgh before his January 1st flight home are thwarted by a strange influx of people into the capital. Add in trains that don’t run on New Year’s, fireworks, first-footing, and running into the same gorgeous stranger as he exits every other shop, and Aaron really should have googled what “Hogmanay” was before he found himself whisked into the whirlwind of Scottish revelry and the impossible draw of that sexy stranger who tastes like scotch and, impossibly, already feels like the beginnings of home.
Aaron spends a few bonus days in Scotland prior to his return trip home to the U.S. and encounters the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay which apparently involves large crowds, fire, fireworks and festivities. He literally runs into a gorgeous stranger at several locations, and Aaron starts immediately wondering if this mystery man – Connor – is his soulmate. There is a lot of sizzle and chemistry here, but Aaron needs to make his plane and time is too short for anything other than a brief sexy encounter, and the start of …. something … maybe.
While I like the bones, there is little character development here and it feels like “Haste Ye Back” is a brief snippet rather than anything fleshed out. Also, “Hogmanay” remains largely unexplained and this doesn’t feel like a holiday story. 3 stars.