Title: A Kiss At Christmas Tide
Genre: Historical Romance/Novella
Author: Christina McKnight
Publisher: La Loma Elite Pub., Sept. 27, 2016, preorder available Kindle $.99
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 3
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter. Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House. When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning? As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
Oh yes, this is my favorite trope, two people stranded together by a storm. Both have troubles in their pasts to overcome and those same troubles prevent them from moving forward with their lives. However perhaps, as the author shows us, they can move forward together.
This is a sweet Christmas time story. We not only hope for an HEA we hope that the H & h both can put the past to rest. I personally would have enjoyed a bit more dialog between the characters but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story.
This novella is only 121 pages, so it is perfect to sit by the fire and enjoy during the hectic holiday season. At this posting it is only $.99 on Kindle. I encourage you to take advantage.