This is a charming story full of humour and emotion. The strong characters and beautiful settings make 'How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates' original and memorable.
Ed is an explosives expert and Millie is a companion/pet-sitter/dance artist/entrepreneur. The plot is woven with twists which hold the reader's interest.
Ed a serial womaniser is bet by his sister and best friend that he cannot take a woman out on 10 ordinary dates. On the surface this is a callous playboy bet with scant regard for the woman in the equation. In reality Ed's sister Cassie and his friend Will both want Ed to find the true happiness they feel he deserves and needs.
Millie is vulnerable with a wonderful sense of humour and irony which endear her to the reader. She wants to live life her way. The true reasons for her decision are deep and painful. Sympathetically revealed as the story progresses.
Ed appears arrogant and cast in the mould of a regency rake on first acquaintance. As the story develops the reasons for his behaviour and attitude become apparent and reveal him to be a tortured romantic hero. His undeniable attraction to the heroine and the real feelings he develops for her make him appealing.
The story's conflict and emotion is countered with glamorous settings and humour which make it a great read. There is a clever build up of sexual tension between the two main characters culminating in a sensual love scene.
I found it easy to imagine the characters and settings and soon became absorbed in the story. Definitely a page turner. I recommend 'How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates'. The ideal holiday read or as autumn approaches, a rainy afternoon curled up by the fire read.
I received an ARC from Harper Impulse UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.