‘Snowbound Wedding Wishes’ Anthology

STORY: Three Regency Christmases to remember…

An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe by Louise Allen

Hugo, Earl of Burnham, hates Christmas! Snowbound in widow Emilia Weston’s cozy alehouse, with her young twins, he’s surrounded by festive preparations. Hugo’s cynical heart is in danger of being melted…. How much longer can he avoid the mistletoe?

Twelfth Night Proposal by Lucy Ashford

Leaving London to claim his newly inherited estate, Theo Dalbury finds remote Derbyshire as foreign to him as his feelings for country girl Jenna. Christmas evokes painful memories for him, but Jenna is bringing out his festive spirit…and will give him a yuletide that he’ll never forget!

Christmas at Oakhurst Manor by Joanna Fulford

Vivien Hastings is looking forward to a quiet Christmas at Oakhurst Manor, until she realizes she’ll be sharing it with Max Calderwood. It’s been years since he broke her heart, but one hot glance from his cool gray eyes shows her that she’s just as vulnerable to him as she ever was….

REVIEW: An Earl Beneath the Mistletoe by Louise Allen

I loved this story of a hardened soldier Hugo, Earl of Burnham, who’s not so fond of Christmas. He gets snowbound in a small and cozy alehouse, owned by a widow Emilia Weston who is living there with her two little boys.

Hugo and Emilia turns out had much in common and by the end of the story we’ve been charmed by the little hamlet as much as with Emilia’s twins.

For a short story, this was well written, sweet and tender. All the characters were well-rounded and very likable.  Loved it!

Twelfth Night Proposal by Lucy Ashford

I must admit that this story left me …cold. There were many reasons for it, but the most important one is that Theo and Jenna never really ‘took’.

It felt like the author couldn’t make up her mind about who this girl was. She started off by a girl wearing men’s clothing, yet didn’t pretend to be a boy; she goes from being strong to being meek; cold then hot toward Theo.  Both characters felt a bit bland and I blame the dialogue that was too stilted and predictable. But what disappointed the most, was the love-making scene…Just couldn’t buy it. Too rushed and really not necessary.  Everything was rushed, therefore characterization and plot suffered.

I failed to connect with this story which in the end I thought could have been better told.

Christmas at Oakhurst Manor by Joanna Fulford

This story was actually very fun. The heroine, Vivien Hastings was one strong and well-developed character for a short story. As a matter affect, I got a kick out of all the characters in this story.

Max Calderwood, the hero who ten years ago broke Vivian’s heart, gets a second chance with her now as they meet by chance at their host’s Christmas party.

Another well written, sweet, funny and delightful story of ‘the one that got away’. I’d say this one’s a ‘grown up’ love story of true love that survives distance, forced marriage and trust issues both Max and Vivian face before they accept each other as the people they became after their separation. Loved it!

I bought the book.

‘Ravished by the Rake’ by Louise Allen

STORY: Vivacious lady Perdita Brooke prides herself on her social poise…except when faced with devastatingly dashing Alistair Lyndon. The dreamy young man Dita once knew is now a hardened rake, who clearly does not remember their passionate night together…however much it’s emblazoned on her memory!

Now Dita has the perfect opportunity to remind Alistair of their sizzling chemistry. But soon she is in over her head. Provoking him is supposed to be a deliciously wicked game, with her holding all the cards—until Alistair reveals the ace up his sleeve!

REVIEW: Lady Perdita Brooke is not your typical lady of the ton, and frankly, she never was.

At sixteen, she was an awkward, skinny but tall girl with a crush on a neighboring marquis’ son who was six years older than she, and who always thought her a nuisance until one unforgettable night, which left both with yearning dreams of each other.

Many years later, in a faraway India in exile for putting her family through a scandal, she’s shocked to see that boy who is now a man that she still finds fascinating, handsome and infuriating, all at the same time.

Lord Alistair Lyndon is not a boy any more but a man whose experiences for the past few years have left him scarred inside and out, and while the scars that could be seen are intriguing and attractive to most of the women, the ones that are hidden are haunting his dreams and keeping our hero awake at night.

As both, Alistair and Ditta, are finally ready to return to their families, they’re faced with a voyage that will set the course for their future.

The heroine is one tough cookie! She’s witty and smart but not a great beauty, which made her more real.

The hero, while Alpha all the way, Ms. Allen made sure he had the shades of Beta and that made him more real.

Together, they were a force to be reckoned with!

The setting, while it starts off in India, is made more unique by having our pair stuck on a ship for duration of three months, and there’s a lot that can happen during that time, trust me.

Ms. Allen has managed to tell an amazing character driven story that will touch your hearts. It’s also very well written, action filled and entertaining while still sensual and touching with secondary characters well-developed and waiting for their own HEA’s.

This is the first Louise Allen novel I’ve read and I loved it! As ‘Ravished by the Rake’ is the first book in the ‘Danger & Desire’ trilogy, I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. Ms. Allen, I’m going to have to stock up on your other books while waiting for the rest of this series. Welcome to my keeper shelf!