Notorious rake, Michael Drake, the Viscount Blackthorn accepts a Christmas wager to be the first to seduce the next lady to walk under the mistletoe, but the lady turns out to be none other than Holly Jenkins; a woman from his past, whom he has sworn to protect, but whose bold antics drive him to distraction…and temptation. Can he protect her from himself?
Holly is living a lie. Forced to masquerade as a widow to keep herself and her sisters safe, she earns a living helping those being undeservedly blackmailed by using her lock-picking skills to expose the villains behind the schemes. Attending a ball, her clandestine work is interrupted by Lord Blackthorn, a man who is as vexing as he is sinfully handsome. A man who she's always had feelings for, which she understands are futile. Because everyone knows you can't give your heart to a rake… Or can you?
But Michael has his own secrets, ones serious enough that could threaten any chance they have of a future together. After all, lies and deception. have a dangerous habit of unravelling when one least expects it…
Sexy Historical Romance Novella
Michael and his friends make a wager about seducing the next non-virgin to walk under the mistletoe at a ball, but when he realizes it is is deceased friend’s sister Holly, he knows he has to be the one win or at least protect her from all of them. Holly has her own problems picking safes to retrieve stolen letters so she can earn a living to support herself and her sisters. She decides to use Michael so they can both get what they want, but they never expect their hearts to become involved and secrets to surface. This was a sexy historical romance novella. I liked Holly’s sisters and Michael’s friends and I’m looking forward to their stories in future books.
Loved the story
A wager, between a Viscount, a Marquis and a Duke to bed the next married or widowed woman entering the ballroom, has Holly being the targeted lady. Unfortunately Holly is not the widow she proclaims to be and Michael refuses to let the other lords touch her as he realizes he feels more for her than he should. As a pretend fiancé, this should save Holly but emotions run high and Michael learns her secret. As feelings deepen, secrets that they are each hiding eventually come to light. Understanding and forgiveness play a part in this story. I enjoyed the story as it is well written, entertaining in the banter between the two of them and this makes for a great love story. There is danger but things work out as they should so there is a HEA. I would highly recommend this as a great read.
The Mistletoe Mistress is a prequel to the Saints and Scoundrels Series by Maddison Michaels. It is a lovely novella easily read in one evening. I adored the hero Michael Drake and the heroine Holly Jenkins. There are so many sparks flying in this story and a few steamy scenes. I enjoyed the biting banter and the humor. Michaels has outdone herself again. Truly a delight to read.