‘His Mistletoe Bride’ by Vanessa Kelly

STORY: Blame It On The Mistletoe–

When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules–and surprising him in and out of bed–

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly–

REVIEW: Phoebe Linville, raised as Quaker in America, is in for a rude awakening as she arrives from Philadelphia to be united with her maternal Grandfather, Earl of Merritt, who she’s never met.

Major Lucas Stanton is in for a rude awakening as he takes on an inheritance of an old title of Earl of Merritt, a dilapidated estate and a Granddaughter of the old earl.

As both, Phoebe and Lucas, struggle with the consequences of her Grandfathers passing, they are faced with mutual attraction that in the end gets them in hot water and marriage bed.

It was much fun watching their relationship progress from acquaintance to friendship and finally love. The evolution was most entertaining!

My favorite part of the story was when Phoebe slips back into her Quaker speak with her ‘plain English’ and addresses Lucas with ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ which only happens when she’s upset and overwrought with him.

Ms. Kelly knows her craft and by now knows that her long time fans will always welcome the return of her earlier heroes and heroines, and that’s why she masterfully brings them back every chance she gets and we just eat it up. If  you loved, as I did, the feisty Bathsheba and her hero Dr. John Blackmore from ‘My Favorite Countess’, then you’ll be happy to know they’re back!

The author’s prose, pace and plot, the ever important three P’s of a successful novel, are all perfectly pitched and contribute to making this story plausible and entertaining, as well as romantic.

If you like the stories peppered with some misunderstandings, some smugglers and funny moments in and out of bed, this should be an excellent read for an evening or two.