Title: Once Upon A Christmas Kiss
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/Novella
Author: Manda Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paper backs, Oct. 14, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week-long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…
Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?
This is a rather predictable yet thoroughly engaging story. It is chock-a-block full of Christmasy feeling. There is skating and sledding, wassail bowls and Yule Logs. We even are treated to a whodunit with our hero and heroine trying to ferret out the villain. There is the ubiquitous meddling mama and not only is she putting forth her daughters for marriage in an unsuccessful way, she is so overbearing as to alienate the entire houseparty. Manda Collins has given us a fun holiday story. At only 136 pages you can put your feet up and take a trip to an old time English Christmas for a few hours. Oh did I forget to mention the hot romance…so sorry.