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Advance review-What Happens Under The Mistletoe By S.Jeffries, K. Hawkins, C. Camp & M. Duran

Title:  What Happens Under the Mistletoe

What happens under the mistletoe

Genre: Historical Romance Anthology

Author: Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, Merdith Duran

Publisher: Pocket books, Oct. 27, 2015 (pre-order available, E-book & Paperback)

Pages: 400

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy feeling: 3

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.

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Some of the characters we have met in Ms. Jeffries previous book, The Art of Sinning. The heroine of the story, Amanda Keene, is the heiress to a cotton mill in America.  Lord Stephen Corry is the second son of an earl and a journalist.  He is a reformer and she wants to prove to him she doesn’t need to reform her mills.  The action takes place in an English mill town at an aristocratic house party at Christmas time.  This story was predictable even though it had quite a bit of information about cotton mills in the 19th century.  The intimate scene was so totally ridiculous in the setting that it took me out of the story.  I expect more from this author and usually she delivers but not in this story. Deet’s Rating: 2.5, Sexy Rating: 5 Christmasy feeling: 3.

 

In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in Twelve Kisses when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle.

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This one is right in my wheel-house, a snowbound romance.  The protagonists, Marcus Sutherland, the Duke of Rothesay and Kenna, Lady Montrose, a widow, are ex finances with some bitter memories.  They get caught in a scandalous situation at a house party and in Kenna’s try to get to her father for help they become snowbound in a cabin.  Marcus fights his attraction to Kenna and it does seem that all is lost.  Although this one again is rather predictable it is more palatable when the intimate scene is not ridiculous but a slow simmer until fireworks. In this story we are also treated to a character from Ms. Hawkin’s previous book The Prince Who Loved Me, Tata Natatasha who is a delightful feisty old lady.  There is no Christmasy feeling in this story.  It could be set any time during the winter. Deet’s Rating: 4, Sexy Rating: 5, Christmasy Feeling: 0

 

In By Any Other Name, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss.

**My first reading of Candace Camp and I was so pleased to find a new-to-me author with such a fine grasp of storytelling.  Rylla, short for Amaryllis, sneaks out of the house dressed as a man trying to find her brother Daniel who had a row with their father.  Shei searching in gambling halls and as she leaves is set upon by a thief but saved by Gregory who carries her (him) to his rooms.  Their it becomes obvious that Rylla is female but she refuses to give Gregory her name for fear of ruining her reputation. The story from here takes off as Gregory is in pursuit and Rylla is determined to avoid him.  This is very cute with some sexy scenes and romance.  There is little Christmasy feeling except for wanting the brother home for the holiday. Deet’s rating: 4, Sexy Rating: 5, Christmasy Feeling: 1

 

In Sweet Ruin, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

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Georgiana Trent fell in love with Lucas Godwin and then he left her without even a good-bye.  Now he is back at the behest of her diplomat father to find a stolen letter at their Christmas house party.  This is a story of misunderstanding and deceit. This well constructed story is full of Christmas spirit as we are made to feel like participants in the holiday house party.  Romance is slow to overcome the past wrongs but there is a sexy and lovely turnabout. Deet’s Rating: 5, Sexy Rating:5, Christmasy Feeling:5

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Advance Review- The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins

Title:  The Prince and I

The Prince and I

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Karen Hawkins

Publisher: Pocket Books, Aug. 25, 2015

Pages: 400

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

From New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins, the lively and sizzling second book in a new fairytale-based Scottish historical romance series, The Princes of Oxenburg. Max Romanovin, Oxenburg’s warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a house party deep in the Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians led by a man the locals have dubbed “The Scottish Robin Hood.” The battle-savvy prince instantly realizes there’s something different about this thief, and it’s not just the Scottish accent—it’s the fact that “he” is really a “she.” Lady Murian, a young widow out for revenge against the powerful earl who killed her husband and stole his birthright, is now living in the woods with her family’s banished retainers. To stay alive, she and her band of men rob rich nobles coming to visit the evil earl. But when she ambushes the Prince of Oxenburg’s golden coach, she gets far more than she expected. For when the prince uncovers her true identity, she’s afraid that he might be the real thief…of her heart.

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This is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend with a woman as the “King” of thieves, Murian.  She has a band of merry women with two loyal men to aid her.  The prince, Max, is captivated by her and makes it his mission to help her and her women by fixing their humble homes and to get rid of Lord Louden who she believes stole her castle and murdered her husband.

I found this story to be repetitive and very slow moving.  The characterization was done well.  The side characters were made interesting especially Tata Natasha, Max’s grandmother and Ian, Murian’s servant and right hand man.  The whole of the action took place in infiltrating the castle on several occasions in the same manner and it became boring. I couldn’t help but wonder why Lord Louden didn’t follow the prince on his daily outings since Louden obviously wanted to find the outlaws.  Max and Murian were interrupted in their attempts at love making on numerous occasions until I lost interest in whether they managed a hook-up. I struggled to finish.

I can only recommend this book to a reader who might like to read a different type of Robin Hood story.

 

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