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  • 4 Sweet & Steamy Christmasy Escapes

    Overall Rating: 3.5/4 Stars | Medium/Hot Steam Among the many wonderful things that I look forward to during the Christmas season, I especially cherish a sizzling and swoon-worthy holiday romance to read. This year, to my utter delight, I was gifted four of them to savor in one charming and festive-themed Historical novella anthology, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE. Not only did this collection deliver a series of entertaining, sweet and steamy Christmasy escapes, it also gave me a shining quartet of new-to-me Historical authors with extensive back catalogs of tempting titles to add to my TBR list! Merry Christmas to me! ❄ The Duke and the Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman 3 Stars | Hot Steam You might be able to glean from its title that this story is based on a popular 60’s Disney film and its modern remake. While the plot is predictable since it is almost identical to both films, Elizabeth and Nathan’s pleasing second-chance romance inspires lots of smiles, more than a few heated sighs and, in the end, happy tears. Bowman’s engaging writing makes this retelling enjoyable, however, some plot twists and surprises would have made this good novella great. Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare 3.5/4 Stars | Hot Steam Sophie and Adrian’s whirlwind Cinderellaesque romance really captured me. Their magical, thrilling and utterly romantic tale swept me off of my feet! This dreamy pair’s attraction is instant and powerful, their friendship is honest, playful and endearing and their love is beautiful and believable. And Adrain… He is positively delectable! So much fun! The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret 3.5/4 Stars | Medium Steam A unconventional, bookish Duke and a strong, uncommonly appealing on-the-shelf miss fumble, fuse and ignite in this fabulous and well-written sparkler of a romance. Unique, intense and passionate, North and Ivy’s enlivening and surprising story entranced me from start to finish. One Magic Season by Ashlyn Macnamara 4/4.5 Stars | Hot Steam My favorite of the four, One Magic Season truly satisfied my Christmas craving for high heat and holiday spirit! Intimate, affecting, brazen and blazing hot, Patience and Nathaniel’s spectacular second-chance romance was the perfect finish to this splendid anthology. Fueled by a decade’s worth of pain, longing, unrequited love and searing lust, this fated pair’s riveting reunion was unforgettable! The precious secluded time they spend together reconnecting is so potent, joyous, redeeming and white hot that I simply didn’t want it to end! But, when it does, it’s the happiest ever after you that could possibly imagine for the deserving couple! Utter perfection! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • All I Want For Christmas Is a Duke

    I do not agree with pre-marital sex. But having said that, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this collection of four novels. I sincerely hope all you authors have long and successful futures in writing. Thank you, Thank you.

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  • Cool

    Good read overall. Liked the books. Always like stories around Christmas time. Well written stories.

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  • Four charming stories

    These four charming and entertaining Christmas timed stories kept me smiling. The first story The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman is in essence a retelling in historical terms of the Parent Trap complete with a set of twins separated and one living with the Duke and the other with the Duchess. School brings them together where they plot if not to get their parents together to at least know their other parent. It was a charming and fun take on the story. The second story Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare is a variation of the Cinderella story but in this case with two, Sophie and Adrian, who were childhood friends that have not seen each other for years. Adrian, a Duke, is under a time constraint imposed by his deceased father if he wants to have access to the rest of the money needed to run his estate. Directions have been left to have a masked ball. Sophie, an on the shelf spinster at 28, has received an invitation, along with pretty much any unwed woman in the area, and with the help of a borrowed dress from her cousin Isabelle captures Adrian’s attention. Past and present merge and the result is entertaining and a great if very quick romance. The third story, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, by Vivienne Lorett was my favourite of the tales and would rate 5 stars. A scientist, the Duke of Vale, Northcliff, has devised a way to arrange successful marriages for the ton and is hosting a house party to prove his theory. Ivy is a spinster who is accompanying her friend Lilah to the event to try to find Lilah a titled husband. This story grabbed my imagination and had wonderful elements of humour including a frog. The banter between Northcliff and Ivy was refreshing and I loved the ending of the tale. I found when doing some research on the characters that this story serves as a prequel to Vivienne Lorett’s series The Season’s Originals that starts with Lilah’s happily ever after story. I am looking forward to checking it out. The last novella, One Magic Season by Ashlyn MacNamara, was an engaging second chance story between a young widow and a Duke. They had first met 10 years before and a chance encounter in a Christmas snow storm brought a new introduction. I loved this tale but wished that some of the details were more fleshed out on Patience’s marriage. This story definitely left me smiling. For anyone who wants to let their imagination roam and sit back and enjoy some heartfelt stories this is a great anthology.

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