Title: A Marquess For Christmas (Scandalous Seasons book #5)
Genre: Historical Romance/Novella
Author: Christi Caldwell
Publisher: Christi Caldwell, Nov. 2014
Source: purchase, Audible $1.99, Kindle $3.99
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
Lady Patrina Tidemore gave up on the ridiculous notion of true love after having her heart shattered and her trust destroyed by a black-hearted cad. Used as a pawn in a game of revenge against her brother, Patrina returns to London from a failed elopement with a tattered reputation and little hope for a respectable match. The only peace she finds is in her solitude on the cold winter days at Hyde Park. And even that is yanked from her by two little hellions who just happen to have a devastatingly handsome, but coldly aloof father, the Marquess of Beaufort. Something about the lord stirs the dreams she’d once carried for an honorable gentleman’s love. Weston Aldridge, the 4th Marquess of Beaufort was deceived and betrayed by his late wife. In her faithlessness, he’s come to view women as self-serving, indulgent creatures. Except, after a series of chance encounters with Patrina, he comes to appreciate how uniquely different she is than all women he’s ever known. At the Christmastide season, a time of hope and new beginnings, Patrina and Weston, unexpectedly learn true love in one another. However, as Patrina’s scandalous past threatens their future and the happiness of his children, they are both left to determine if love is enough.
This is a standalone novel with characters appearing from the previous book in the series. Although it can be followed quite easily I believe the readier will realize more enjoyment if they have read AWAYS A ROGUE, FOREVER HER LOVE book #4 in the series.
Because of Patrina’s scandalous recent past she is convinced that she will never wed. She is also extremely contrite over the effect of her scandal on her sisters’ future. Weston is a widower who also thinks he will never remarry because his marriage was unhappy. Christi Caldwell tugs at our emotions in this wonderful story of two lost souls finding each other. This is only incidentally related to the holiday season. It could have been placed in any winter setting.
Note: this book is also found in the box set of SCANDALOUS SEASONS BKs 4, 5 &6 on Kindle for $5.99 and individually on Audible for $1.99.