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Novella Review- The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell

The Christmas Stranger

Title: The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday
Author: Anna Campbell
Source: Purchase ($.99-Kindle)
Publisher: Anna Campbell, Nov. 2017
Pages: 153
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 4
Description from Amazon:

At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…

When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?

But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?

Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?

Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?

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There are storytellers, and then there are master storytellers, Anna Campbell is the later. This novella was so refreshing after reading several highly touted authors who left me bored and sorry I spent money on their uninteresting novels. Novellas are notorious for lacking the length to develop characters but Anna Campbell seems to not have heard that remark, for Maggie and Joss are very well-rounded. We are treated to significant background on both as well as important side characters. There is enough snow and evergreen gathering to give us that Christmasy Feeling and who among us doesn’t like a snowed-in-at-Christmas tale. Maggie falls in love over a few days but Joss is smitten at first glance. Not an original trope but in the deft hands of Ms. Campbell it is altogether enthralling.

Since it is only 3 days ‘til Christmas, and you are tuckered out from all that baking, cooking, shopping and wrapping not to mention decorating, this book is $.99 on Kindle so treat yourself an take a well deserved reading break. Don’t forget the Hot Chocolate, after all this is a regency novella.

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So sorry, those Santa elves just pop up uninvited. Anyone for a trip to the North Pole?

 

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Holiday Novella Review- A Match Made In Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

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Title: A Match Made In Mistletoe

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Amazon Digital, Nov. 2016

Source: purchase for Kindle

Pages: 153

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 3

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:         

A mistletoe wish… All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen. But the mistletoe gets it wrong! When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it’s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she’s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can’t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there’s mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her–and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place. A Christmas of confusion lies ahead! Will mistletoe magic lead the way to a happy ending?

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You should not miss this absolutely delightful Christmas romance.  Serena is confused, Paul is ready to propose and Giles is no longer holding back his feelings for Serena. She can’t stay away from Giles and she is trying to avoid Paul. It is very obvious to us, the readers, that she should be with Giles but will she see it that way.  Anna Campbell has given us another well written, deeply romantic Christmas novella filled with sexual tension.

This one is perfect for reading by the fire, with your hot toddy (or cocoa) and just enjoying the holiday spirit.

Oh No! I think this is Bad Santa invading my blog.

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Recent Release Review- A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell

Title: A Scoundrel By Moonlight (Sons of Sin, book #4)

A Scoundrel by Moonlight

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Forever, April 28, 2015

Pages: 407

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Anything can happen in the moonlight . . . Justice. That’s all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel’s temptations herself. From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there’s something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

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Nell is on a mission, but the marquess is not proving to be the cad and bounder she had supposed. She can’t find it in her heart to believe that he committed the crimes her sister’s deathbed words accused him of doing. And to top it off there is that sexually charged tension that electrifies the room whenever they are together.

In this the fourth book of the Sons of Sin Series, Anna Campbell has once again brought us a story of action, romance and sensuality. Her protagonists are well drawn and the side characters are delightful; the Marquess’ mother and those from previous books in the series. Even the villain has been brought back to once again cause trouble.

I can recommend this and the other books in the series to all Historical Romance fans for a most satisfying few hours of page turning.

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Advance Review-What A Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Title:  What A Duke Dares

What a Duke Dares

 

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Forever, August 26,2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

 

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Where have I been???  Anna Campbell can write a fabulous romance novel and this is the first time I’ve discovered one of her books.  Okay, that’s a lie….I have had another of her books on my TBR pile for like forever, now I can’t wait to read that one.

Cam and Pen’s relationship is just full of unrequited love, at least for Penelope.  Cam seems to think that love is not in his stars and he wants no part of a “love” relationship.  Poor, misguided man.  He falls in love without knowing that is the label to place on it and denies love until it is almost too late for him to save his relationship with Pen.

Delicious! Yup, so yummy you will eat this book up.  One taste isn’t enough.  I have to go and read all of Ms. Campbell’s back list.

 

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Pre-Release Review- A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

Title:  A Rake’s Midnight Kiss

A Rake's Midnight Kiss

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Grand Central Pub., Forever, August 27 2013

Source:  Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

IT TAKES A LADY

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett’s secret identity as the author of her father’s articles is her greatest deception-until her father’s handsome new student arrives on their doorstep. Genevieve recognizes him as the masked intruder who earlier tried to steal a priceless gem from their home. Keeping the seductive stranger’s identity hidden is a risk, but she’s got secrets of her own to keep.

TO CATCH A THIEF

Sir Richard Harmsworth fakes a rakish facade to show society that he doesn’t care about his bastard status. Yet haunted by his unknown father’s identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will prove he’s the rightful heir. Intent on seducing the stone away from its owner, Richard finds himself face-to-face with a beauty more breathtaking than any jewel. But even as she steals Richard’s heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure . . .

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This is my second Anna Campbell novel and I’m looking forward to many more.  What a treat to read an author that invents characters that are so altogether human.  They have personalities that maintain throughout the story and we grow to feel emotion for their happy times and their crisis times.  The villain is truly evil, Sirius, the dog, is truly the most intelligent and Richard was fortunate to have Cam and Jonas at his back. Genevieve’s father reminded me very much of Mr. Bennet from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he was a self absorbed scholar, only unlike Mr. Bennet , Mr Barrett was not so concerned with his daughter’s welfare. I zipped through this book and found it hard to put down although there were a slow few pages here and there.  But when the action picked up the pages flew by.

I recommend this book to Historical Romance fans who want to see their aristocrat find love outside of the ballrooms of London, who want a feisty, intelligent heroine and want a canine to get a heroic role in the action.

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Review- Midnight’s Wild Passion by Anna Campbell

Title:  Midnight’s Wild Passion

Midnight's Wild Passion

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Anna Campbell

Publisher: Avon, 2011

Source: purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description fromauthor:

London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister – now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue – banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie – Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes

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Nicholas is not very nice.  He is a calculating seducer, a rake and rogue of the first order.  He plans on bringing all of his skill to bear on the seduction of first Antonia and then her charge, Cassie.  But in his dealings with Antonia he is thwarted at every turn.  He is misguided and Antonia surprises him with her resistance since he is not used to any resistance.

This is 400 pages of seducing and lusting.  Not that bad if you are up for it.  Anna Campbell can write characters so that we believe in them and she can make their purpose, desires and personalities understandable.  This is my first read of this author and she kept me focused and into the story.  Even though I didn’t like Nick, I liked that she managed to redeem his character by the end of the book.

I recommend this book with this caveat; if you are squeamish about nearly forced seduction then perhaps you should skip this one.

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