‘Merry Christmas’ by Jane Goodger
BOOK BLURB: A Christmas wedding to the Duke of Bellingham. Any other socialite in Newport, Rhode Island, would be overjoyed at the prospect, but Elizabeth Cummings finds her mother’s announcement as appealing as a prison sentence. Elizabeth has not the slightest desire to meet Randall Blackmore, let alone be bartered for an English title. Her heart belongs to another, and the duke’s prestige, arrogance, and rugged charm will make no difference to her plans of elopement.
Against his expectations and desires, Randall Blackmore has inherited a dukedom and a vast estate that only marriage to an heiress can save. Selling his title to the highest bidder is a wretched obligation, but to Randall’s surprise his intended bride is pretty, courageous, delightfully impertinent—and completely uninterested in becoming a Duchess. Yet suddenly, no other woman will do, and a marriage in name only will never be enough for a husband determined to win his wife in body, heart, and soul.
REVIEW: As promised, here’s my recommendation of Jane Goodger’s 1st book in her Christmas trilogy.
Elizabeth Cummings is an American heiress and in love with a man who, unbeknownst to her, wants her for her money.
The Duke Randall Blackmore is an aristocrat who needs to marry money and so he agrees to meet Elizabeth, whose mother wants nothing more than a duchy for her girl.
While Rand falls for her as soon as they meet, Elizabeth sees only a man who is settling for her money and is heartbroken to be forced into this farce of a marriage while her heart belongs to another.
Despite the predictability of the story, especially on the part of the heroine, I liked both characterization, and plot of this interesting little tale. Out of all three though, I liked this one the least, and that’s because of my feelings toward Elizabeth. Still, worth the read because it is the start of the series.
‘One Perfect Christmas’ by Stefanie Sloane
BOOK BLURB: In an enchanting eBook novella, cherished Regency romance author Stefanie Sloane presents an irresistible tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.
Although he’s never been prone to regret, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh cannot help but wish for a fresh start with Jane Merriweather.
After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane turns to her dear childhood friend, Lucas, for support—and unlocks the hidden emotion and smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart.
Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one look at Jane is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning for the woman. Now Lucas must convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow—and turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
REVIEW: I’m a huge Stefanie Sloan fan and have read every book she’s written so far. My attraction to her writing lies in her uncanny talent at always writing fun and entertaining dialogues.
She did it again in this short novella as I found myself laughing and chuckling all the way through this read.
Lucas and Jane were fun to follow around, but having all those entertaining animals around in their quaint little rural part of England, will have you dreaming of sugar plums and kissing bows.
If you’re a lover of a romance with the ‘Big Misunderstanding’ then you’ll love this story for sure. It has lots of humor and heart and plenty of supporting players to make it interesting and enjoying.
‘The Scandal Before Christmas’ by Elizabeth Essex
BOOK BLURB: First in an exclusive four-part e-serial by New York Times bestselling
’Tis the season for a new holiday novella from acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex! Romance so good it’s scandalous…
Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can’t afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea – all within a matter of days.
Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for – daughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love…
REVIEW: I can’t believe that I never read this author before! This is why I enjoy these short little novellas around Christmas time. I get to ‘sample’ so many ‘new to me’ authors and then decide if I’ll read them or not. In case of Elisabeth Essex, I’m sure to read her work in years to come.
I liked our timid, shy and plain heroine Anne, and I looked forward to this butterfly emerging out of a cocoon of her own making.
And then there’s our hero Ian who may seem shallow at first, but was actually a very devoted man and the more you discover about him, the more you realize that he’s much more than what he appears to be.
I really enjoyed Anne and Ian’s romance and hope you will too.
‘The Christmas Cuckoo’ by Mary Jo Putney
BOOK BLURB: Major Jack Howard, a weary veteran of the Peninsular Wars, has just returned to England and intends to return to an unwelcoming family home for Christmas. But when a pompous secretary gives him too many orders, Jack hops on the next stagecoach leaving London inn, not caring where it’s going. Too much whisky to stave off freezing leaves him sleeping it off in a different inn, and when an attractive young woman asks if he’s Jack Howard he happily goes home with her.
Despite vile weather, Meg Lambert drives to the local inn to collect her brother’s friend Jack Howard, but since she’s never met the man, she doesn’t realize that she’s brought home the wrong Jack Howard. Jack realizes her mistake when he awakes the next morning with an aching head—but he finds a warmth and welcome with Meg and her family that he’s yearned for all his life. He can’t bring himself to admit that he’s a cuckoo in her nest—but what will happen when Meg’s brother and the right Jack Howard turn up for Christmas???
REVIEW: If there ever was an author to ever get you in a Christmas mood, then Mary Jo Putney and this short story is IT!
I’m hoping if the title alone would be intriguing enough for you to want to read it and find out the meaning of the word ‘cuckoo’.
Everything in this story just sparkled, from the characterization of the main characters, to the plot and pace of the story.
If you like your romance to involve a mistaken identity, plenty of Christmas cheer and two people who are truly brought together by Serendipity, this story will have you laugh out loud and wishing upon that falling star for Jack of your own.
‘Mackenzie Family Christmas’ by Jennifer Ashley
BOOK BLURB: The Mackenzies gather for a clan Christmas and New Year’s in Scotland.
In the chaos of preparations for the celebration–the first of Hart and Eleanor’s married life–one of Ian’s Ming bowls gets broken, and the family scrambles to save the day.
Daniel busily runs a betting ring for everything from the time Eleanor’s baby will arrive to whether Mac’s former-pugilist valet can win a boxing match to who will be the first of the many guests to be caught under the mistletoe.
Ian begins a new obsession, and Beth fears the loss of one of his precious bowls has made him withdraw once more into his private world.
REVIEW: What a better way to bring the entire Mackenzie’s together in one spot then a Christmas?
That said, I must point out that if you’ve not read the earlier books in this series, you might be a bit lost and wonder who’s who in this book, but if you’ve read all the other books, you just have to have this one. It is a must read because you know you wanna know what happened to everyone you’ve come so close to know through the series.
For me, this book brought wonderful memories of each Mackenzie and it was like joining their clan for one last time.
My favorite was still Ian then Mac, Cameron and Hart. But what I loved the best was the intro into Inspector Fellowes’ book which will be coming out next.
If you love your Scotsmen tough and their women smart besides beautiful, then get ready for the Clan Mackenzie!
‘The Christmas Ball’ by Sherrill Bodine
BOOK BLURB: The perfect Christmas gift can be found under the mistletoe.
Outshone by a gregarious stepsister and overbearing stepmother, Lady Athena Cummins is used to fading into the shadows.
Beloved only by her youngest sister Persephone, Athena has accepted her destiny as a spinster. But Persephone has a different scheme in mind, and conspires to send Athena out for one night of fun at Lord Finchley’s masquerade Christmas Ball.
The masked beauty catches the Lord’s eye but, determined to avoid the wrath of her stepsister, Athena leads Lord Finchley on a wild chase to discover her true identity.
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REVIEW: Here’s another ‘new to me author’ that’s worth checking out, and you have that ability too now because it’s FREE!
Okay, who doesn’t love Cinderella’s story? Anyone?! Didn’t think so.
In this story, Cinderella is actually Athena who is helped by her half-sister Persephone by arranging for her to attend a masked ball where she falls in love.
Yes it’s predictable, yes we have the wicked step-mother and sister, but in all honesty, I kind of enjoyed this story despite of it.
If you’d like to find out how this tale develops and who helps our couple, you should read it. It’s FREE!
*Melanie for b2b
*Books provided by the publisher through NetGalley & purchased by me.