Escape into ten tempting stories of the holiday season! Roguish lords and lovely ladies find their happily-ever-afters amidst the warmth and glitter of a historical Christmas. Whether you prefer a dashing spy, a haughty prince, or a scoundrel who is more than he seems, the lord you're looking for is just a page turn away…
A FIRST FOOTER FOR LADY JANE (*mild)
When Grandfather MacDonald predicts Lady Jane will marry this year’s First-Footer–the first guest into the house on Hogmanay—she dismisses the notion. Her childhood sweetheart is fighting on the Peninsula, and she can’t imagine marrying anyone but the staid Major Barnett. But when the clock strikes midnight, and Hogmanay begins, a knock at the front door changes Jane’s life forever.
LORD LOCRYN AND THE PIXIE’S KISS (*mild)
When is a kiss actually a curse? When an irate Pixie forbids you to kiss the wrong girl — ever.
A DUKE BY ANY OTHER NAME (***hot)
The Duke of Inverfyre disguises himself as a vain fop in order to catch a notorious jewel thief, which proves most inconvenient when he meets a lovely maiden who might steal his heart under other circumstance. But Daphne Goodenham is not deterred by his outrageous clothing and foppish manner. Is she a fortune hunter indifferent to appearances, a perceptive lady who sees his hidden truth, or an ally of the villain? At the very least, she is a perilous and untimely distraction...
A COUNTERFEIT CHRISTMAS SUMMONS (*mild)
Lady Emma Whitton has decided its time to take her future in her own hands. She has been in love with Viscount Heathfield since she was in leading strings. Unfortunately, it's been almost that long since she's laid eyes on her brother's old friend and vice versa. Tired of waiting for him to remember her, Emma pens a holiday invitation (in her brother's hand) to Heathfield and waits as patiently as she is able for her one true love to arrive…
LADY HOLLY’S JOLLY CHRISTMAS (**medium)
Lady Holly has no interest in the Christmas season, and hasn’t since the tragic death of her mother. The widowed Earl of Stockton has as much reason to despise the season as Holly does. But fate and the arrival of a mysterious old lady have plans for these two. Will Lord Stockton learn to open his heart? And will Lady Holly finally have a jolly Christmas?
CHRISTMAS KISSES (*mild)
Lady Anna has her sights on a scoundrel of a duke. Her mother insists on Anna befriending a marquess’s son, a man Anna finds far too rude. Is either gentleman the right one for Anna?
THE DUKE WAGER (***hot)
Her family's Christmas eve bankruptcy means aspiring doctor Miss Tamara Patterson must save them with a marriage to a wealthy man. Any man except her longtime nemesis, The Duke of Newton. Until he offers her a wager she can't refuse…
A PRINCE FOR YULETIDE (*mild)
Miss Eliana Banning attends the Midwinter Masque. There, she meets a gentleman in wolf’s clothing who might prove to be her heart’s desire…or her worst enemy.
RESCUED BY A CHRISTMAS KISS (**medium)
Seeking shelter from danger during an ice storm, an unemployed companion barges in on an unsuspecting widower. Thanks to his mischievous, superior cat, love blooms during the topsy-turvied days before Christmas.
MAKING MERRY (*mild)
Holiday romance blossoms in Christmas, England, between theatre director Miss Estelle Blaire and Marlowe Castle solicitor Mr. Aaron Thompson… discover the 12 Dukes of Christmas series with this prequel novella!
A NOTE ON THE HEAT LEVELS:
* One star = mild. Kisses
** Two star = medium. More than kisses, but not all the way.
*** Three star = hot. Open door steamy scenes.
A delightful collection!
This delightful collection of historical romance novellas touches on numerous themes, from Pixies and magical interference in the love lives of couples, to second chance stories, to couples overcoming tragedies in their past, to intrigue and mysteries being solved, to deceit and misdirection to mischievous cats! There is truly something for everyone. The stories have various “heat” levels, clearly described in the summaries, but all are well written, with interesting plots and solid HEAs. One of the lovely things about an anthology like this one, is that it gives the reader a chance to taste something written by an author not previously experienced. The reader may just discover a new favorite author! I highly recommend adding this collection to your TBR pile. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.