Title: Christmas Delights (Redcake book #5)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Holiday/Victorian
Author: Heather Hiestand
Publisher: Kensington, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy feeling: 1
Description from Amazon.com:
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…
This is a book for the keeper shelf. Well written, full of drama and romance and, yes, some very lusty country party goers. Victoria is being put in a position where, to her, her choices are nonexistent. She has come to this party hoping for a romantic affair but she did not expect to fall in love. Her father has other ideas about who is suitable for her and forces her hand. Lewis is certainly willing to accommodate the beautiful Victoria with a holiday affair but he has no wish for a marriage and especially not to a woman so under her father’s thumb. How will these two ever get together and will they? That is the why this book is so superbly plotted, we also keep turning pages to find out how the lovers can live happily ever after.
Although the setting is a holiday, country house party there is very little feeling of holiday in the book. It could be any winter party.
Confession time. I read book #1 in the Redcake Series, THE MARQUIS OF CAKE (and reviewed it here), but I did not read #’s 2, 3 & 4. Lucky for me and all of you readers this is a standalone novel and you will not get lost, but like me I’m sure you will want to catch up on those Redcakes.