Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…
"I Will" by Lisa Kleypas
To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into helping him, the charade begins-but is it really a charade once love takes hold of their hearts…?
"Deck the Halls With Love" by Lorraine Heath
Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her way to the altar….. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.
"No Groom at the Inn" by Megan Frampton
James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée-Lady Sophronia Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for one month. But their pact soon turns into love.
"The Duke’s Christmas Wish" by Vivienne Lorret
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.
Four previously published stories together for the first time.
Four talented authors combine four Regency-era short stories into one spirited, scintillating holiday treat. In Kleypas's "I Will," prim and proper Lady Caroline Hargreaves loathes everything about fiendish Andrew, Lord Drake, but she agrees to a mutually beneficial fake courtship: he'll be reinstated in his father's will and will pay off her brother's gambling debts. What starts out as a deal with the devil turns into a match made in heaven. In LorraineHeath's "Deck the Halls with Love," Alistair Wakefield, Marquess of Chetwyn, tries to rekindle a long-ago romance with Lady Meredith Hargreaves, but she refuses to call off her wedding to another man, afraid that Chetwyn will break her heart again. In MeganFrampton's "No Groom at the Inn," wealthy, loyal James Archer needs a fake bride-to-be to make his mother happy, so he offers to buy the penniless Sophronia Bettesford a cottage of her own, away from her awful relatives, if she agrees to play his fianc e. They discover they have a lot in common, and Sophronia's inherent goodness, intelligence, and wit anchors James's restless soul. In VivienneLorret's "The Duke's Christmas Wish," when Ivy Sutherland arrives at the Christmas house party hosted by inventor Northcliff Bromley, Duke of Vale, he's drawn to her effervescence, intelligence, and impulsiveness, putting his scientifically sound marriage formula which holds monetary assets, lineage, and shared interests as the top factors into question. This anthology is a wondrous combination of charming characters and unique circumstances; each of the stories is well-written and deeply satisfying.