Title: Holiday House Parties
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/Novellas
Author: Elizabeth Mansfield
Publisher: Open Road Media, Oct. 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 3
Description from Amazon.com:
Unlikely lovers find passion under the Christmas mistletoe in this duet of Regency tales from an award-winning romance author.
In “The Girl with Airs,” Lord Dunvegan—Laird Geordie to his friends—attempts to persuade bluestocking Caroline Woolcott to give his besotted, tongue-tied friend Sir Archibald Halford a chance to win her hand in marriage. A Scotsman banished to England to cultivate a more genteel manner, Geordie has yet to meet a female who tempts him to settle down. It certainly isn’t the headstrong lass who wants nothing to do with Archie—or Geordie. But then Geordie’s father decides the standoffish Caroline would make an ideal bride for his wayward son, and a sizzling kiss in the doorway of a grand Lancashire estate turns two warring hearts to love . . .
** Deet’s Thoughts: This is a very cute story in spite of Caroline’s grumpy demeanor. She frequently berates him for his use of Scottish expressions. Archie finds another lady more interesting so there is no impediment to Geordie’s pursuit, if he was so inclined. We do wonder if these two will manage to get together. Christmasy feeling: 4
In “A Sneeze on Tuesday,” Elinor Selby succumbs to the worst cold she’s ever known five days before Christmas, and her entire future takes a catastrophic turn. After an absence of five years, Elinor’s betrothed, Julian Henshaw, Lord Lovebourne, is due home any day. Were it not for her quick-thinking, curmudgeonly neighbor, Miles Endicott, on whom she’s relied since childhood, she might not be able to cope with the momentous reunion. But then an unexpected series of events forces Elinor and Miles to take part in a scandalous deception that will ignite a firestorm of longing and love.
** Deet’s Thoughts: Julian makes his biggest homecoming mistake in thinking Elinor’s cousin is Elinor and gives her a hug. It’s been five years and Elinor has changed but she didn’t think that much of a change. Elinor thinks herself indispensable around the house and because of her over active demeanor she ends up sick in bed for the holiday. Miles is the one person she has been able to count on and they do realize that they are destined to fall in love. A nother cute story with plenty of Christmassy spirit. Christmassy Feeling: 5
These two stories are perfect reads for your hectic holiday season. They are short, filled with Christmassy feeling and give you happily ever afters.
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