My Review of
A Holiday Novella
Originally Released as part of the anthology
“What Happens Under the Mistletoe”
by Meredith Duran
Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pub Date 28 Nov 2016
A “captivating story” (Washington Post) where the spirit of the season is festive—and clouding even the sharpest of judgments. Sweetest Regret is a Victorian era romance, perfect for fans of Jude Deveraux and Sabrina Jeffries.
At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.
I had not read this sweet, sexy novella when it was previously released in the anthology “What Happens Under the Mistletoe” so this story was new to me.
I have now read two of the four stories from the anthology and found both to be very good. I hope now to be allowed to catch up by reading the other two.
I found the characters in this one to be well thought out and interesting. They are not your usual hero and heroine but because of it they contributed greatly to an entertaining and unusual storyline.
I would give this book 4 of 5 stars for characterization and storyline and 3 of 5 flames for heat. Although this novella has it’s moments it is not filled with heat.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion.
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by Allyson R. Abbott & Tamara Ferguson
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THE PRICKLY CHRISTMAS KISS
by #1 International Bestselling Author Allyson R. Abbott
Emma Louise Fallon, aka Elf, has two wishes for Christmas. Having spent the last few months bragging about her latest boyfriend, who’s turned out to be a womanizing cheat, one, she needs to escape her well-meaning family, and, two, she needs to avoid all men while she’s in a man-hating mode.
But stranded alone in a cold isolated cabin, when her girlfriend is forced to bail out on their vacation plans, Elf makes one more desperate wish: Can she please learn how to build a fire before she freezes to death?
The solo rustic life is becoming all too much for her. She’s convinced that a stray cat, who has decided to keep her company, has magical powers, that the local shop owners are secretly Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and nothing can stop her from laughing when the hot local Martian -come cop – come veterinarian – introduces himself as Rudi.
Will Elf need to break her rule about staying away from men, and rely on this hunk for helping her start a fire? Or, worse, yet, will she be able to control the fire that Rudi’s ignited in her?
TWO HEARTS’ CHRISTMAS WISH
(TWO HEARTS WOUNDED WARRIOR ROMANCE BOOK 4)
by Multi Award-Winning, #1 International Bestselling Author Tamara Ferguson
Seventeen-year-old Jason Matthews made a wish when he’d shared a kiss with Katherine Conlin under the mistletoe at Dragonfly Pointe, fourteen years ago. Now an Air Force Captain and wounded warrior, he awakens in the hospital in Germany, where his dreams have been invaded by the girl from his past.
Once he returns home to the states, he finds out approaching Kat might be a little more difficult than he’d thought, since she’s been in a long term relationship for nearly two years.
But another year later, when Jason discovers she’s on her way to the Dragonfly Pointe Inn for the Christmas holidays, without her boyfriend, he seizes the opportunity to be reacquainted.
Kat had been expecting a proposal this Christmas, and when her boyfriend backs out, yet again, on the carefully laid plans she’s made for them, she realizes she probably wouldn’t be happy with him anyway.
Kat has often wondered what happened to Jason Matthews, the boy she’d made a wish with years ago, and the last thing she expects is to run into him again at the Dragonfly Pointe Inn.
Will there still be that special Christmas magic between them, to make those long ago wishes come true?
Tamara Ferguson: Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish is Tamara’s 4th Wounded Warrior Romance. Not only has her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series won 6 awards, including a silver medal in Military Fiction from Readers’ Favorite, in 2016 alone, Two Hearts Surrendered was a #1 International Bestseller on 16 lists, while Two Hearts Unspoken was a #1 International Hot New Release as well as a #1 International Bestseller on 16 lists.
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Waiting on Love by Leah Atwood
Tanya Reeves dreamed of happily-ever-afters, but life rarely turns out as planned, which she discovered when she got pregnant in high school. For seven years, she has raised her daughter without a father.
Scott Lamar never meant to abandon his daughter and pregnant girlfriend, but life happened, and college provided a means of escape. All that changed when he found faith in God, and now he wants to make up for his past mistakes. Is it ever too late to do the right thing?
Mistletoe and Mochas by Lynnette Bonner
When Chelsea Tan looks up from the mocha she’s making to see Cannon Jones, she nearly drops the cup. He hasn’t contacted her once in the past several weeks. She’d gotten his message loud and clear. But now he wants to spend time with her? Well, he’ll just see how gullible she is this time!
Cannon hopes Chelsea will understand the reasons he hasn’t been in contact. But she’s as frosty as the Seattle air the week before Christmas. He’d better put on all his charm. Maybe with the help of a few mochas and some mistletoe all will not be lost.
Cephalopod Cupid by Kathleen Freeman
Lacey McDowell has the best job in the world. She’s a Marine biologist at the Seattle Aquarium. Her favorite “exhibit,” an octopus escape artist named Gabriel, should make the coming Christmas merry enough.
But with her friend marrying her ex-boyfriend, it may be time for a change. The N.O.A.A. research vessel in port is looking for a marine biologist. But how can Lacey leave Gabriel? And what about the boy who loves her favorite cephalopod, or his father, a handsome executive who’s moving to Seattle?
Christmas Bells are Ringing by Lesley Ann McDaniel
Having recently relocated to Seattle, Shelby longs for someone special in her life. When a handsome green-eyed stranger walks into the coffee shop where she works, her interest is piqued. Later, she finds a bag containing five beautiful hand-painted Christmas bells on the cream and sugar table. No one comes back to claim it, so she decides to do a little detective work. Does she dare hope that it will lead her to the stranger with the magnetic green eyes?
Seattle Rayne by Sylvia Stewart
Loneliness has hovered over Rayne DeMarco’s life. Frequent infusions of coffee have neither enlivened her flagging business as a freelance writer nor her social life. Seattle’s gray winter skies seem to mirror her life.
Then a mama cat with three rambunctious kittens finds a home in her above-the-garage apartment, and a handsome Montana cowboy, Matt Hayes, walks back into her life. Add a puppy who needs a little love and you have a Seattle romance that is as sure to warm your heart as the hot coffee Seattleites crave.
All I Want for Christmas by Janalyn Voigt
When Corey broke Hailey’s heart, her best friend Matt picked up the pieces. If Matt wasn’t a cubicle worker moonlighting as a Seattle street musician, this would be easy. But never mind that he stirs her emotions, Hailey can’t afford a drag on her ambitions. She needs to climb the career ladder to keep her childhood home.
Matt isn’t about to tell Hailey that the ‘fiddle’ he carries is a Stradivarius or that he owns a tuxedo, not after his fiancé ditched him for a man with more money. Let her love him for himself or not at all.
Scrooge Falls in Love by Susette Williams
Tate Stephens begrudgingly agrees to play Scrooge in the school Christmas play. He’s irritated that Charity Fletcher, his nephew’s teacher, chose his handicapped nephew for the part of Tiny Tim. Didn’t she find it cruel to typecast his nephew that way?
Charity reluctantly gives Tate a role in the school play so he can make sure Matthias is safe. Charity hopes Uncle Tate will make a similar transformation as Scrooge in their rendition of the play. Can the school play be a success, or will Tate become the Scrooge who wouldn’t change and spoils Christmas?
A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss
Connected by a Kiss Book 3
by Dawn Brower
Third of a trio of connected novellas by three different authors
Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?
Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.
Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.
They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?
A Kiss At Christmastide
Connected By A Kiss Book 1
by Christina McKnight
Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do–demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
How To Kiss A Rogue
Connected by a Kiss Book 2
by Amanda Mariel
A misunderstanding that wounds the bonds of friendship leads a lady to find the love of her life.
Lady Natalie’s betrothal is ended and frees her to pursue the man of her dreams. During a holiday party she discovers the lord she desires in attendance. So hatches a plan to snare him.
Lord Christian St. Vella the Marquis of Knightly has no desire to marry. The more Lady Natalie chases the more irritated he becomes. As the party progresses he cannot help but see past her shallow exterior and recognizes a lady he could fall for.
Will they come together to share a unforgettable Christmastide?
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