Title: I Will
Genre: Historical romance/Holiday/Novella
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon Impulse, Dec. 2016
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 3
Description from Amazon.com:
Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father’s will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways.
As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. The problem is, he doesn’t know any decent women, except for his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. He blackmails the reluctant Caroline into helping him, and so the charade begins . . .
This is a novella previously published in a 2001 anthology, Wishlist.
It has been reissued in this current e-book.
I did not read this in the anthology so I was looking forward to this novella. It certainly did not disappoint me. It is classic romance from classic Kleypas. Nobody does it better!
Andrew is rude, sarcastic and in general quite obnoxious. Caroline is trying to protect her brother from this dissolute rogue. However Andrew makes her a proposition that she cannot refuse. She agrees to help him in return for him leaving her brother alone and covering her brother’s debts. All should be good for both parties except they never factored in their growing attraction for each other.
There is a predictable story here but there are also some very clever twists that keep us turning pages to discover the results. This was a terrific holiday read and I highly recommend it.
It looks like the real Santa has finally paid us a visit.