MY RECENT RELEASE REVIEW of
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis
by Amelia Grey
St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date 29 Nov 2016
Reviewed at NetGalley on 01 Dec 2016
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The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about her kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play, in Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.
As I have come to expect from Amelia Grey this is a well developed story even though it is a novella and therefore a short read.
The characters are engaging, particularly the young nephews of the Marquis who try so hard to please their uncle. They are small boys however and are not immune to getting into mischief.
Our heroine feels that boys will be boys and that they should therefore not be confined to studies and indoor activities. Our hero is of a different thought on this subject. This becomes a conflict of wills in short order.
This engaging Christmas story is not to be missed.
I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 star rating for storyline and character development. Like most of Ms. Grey’s books it is more sweet than sexy so gets 2 of 5 flames for heat.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book from the publisher thru NetGalley to read and review. This in no way affected my opinion.
by Dawn Marie Hamilton
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He has twelve nights to gain her love.
She has twelve nights to save his soul.
Fulfilling a childhood promise, Ashley Dumont returns to an ancient Druid garden in the Black Hills of Scotland on the eve of the winter solstice—a time when magic hums and the veil between realms thins and tears, allowing all manner of supernatural creatures through. Will the ghost who claimed to be her destiny still be there?
Caelan Innes awaits her arrival. Unjustly murdered in the sixteenth century, a second chance at life depends on this woman. The Druids grant them the twelve nights of Yule to find love and save Cael’s soul. Will a trip through time and the treachery of enemies make the sacrifice too dear?
Previously featured in the holiday box set: “Enchanted Highlands”
Published December 2015.
by Elizabeth Rose
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Nicholas Vaughn is Lord of New Romney and also a Baron of the Cinque Ports. He directs a fleet of ships that service the king 15 days a year in exchange for special privileges.
When Muriel Draper causes havoc on his wharf, he realizes she is a spinster – a woman who spins wool for a living – from the town. Her late father has angered the Clothmaker’s Guild and now Muriel and her brother have been excommunicated from the guild and also left with a debt to the baron that he insists Muriel repays.
She can either give the baron her deceased mother’s wedding ring – the only memory of her parents she has left – or she can live with him at his manor house and be his Personal Clothier to pay back the debt.
Can a merchant’s daughter and a Baron of the Cinque Ports find a safe harbor with the passion that burns between them, or will title and status sink that ship before it’s even sailed?
by Jenna Jaxon
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Alyse and Geoffrey, Lord and Lady Longford, have journeyed to the glittering Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship.
But how long will he take “No” for an answer?
by RaeAnne Thayne
Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!
Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.
New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne welcomes you to Haven Point, a small town full of big surprises that are both merry and bright.