Title: Twas The Night Before Scandal (Two Novellas)
Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/E-Reader
Author: Christi Caldwell and Eva Devon
Publisher: Christi Caldwell Inc., Nov. 2016
Source: won in a contest
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Descriptions from Amazon.com:
“Only For Their Love” by Christi Caldwell Miss Carol Cresswall bore witness to her parents’ loveless union and is determined to avoid that same miserable fate. Her mother has altogether different plans—plans that include a match between Carol and Lord Gregory Renshaw. Despite his wealth and power, Carol has no interest in marrying a pompous man who goes out of his way to ignore her. Now, with their families coming together for the Christmastide season it’s her mother’s last-ditch effort to get them together. And Carol plans to avoid Gregory at all costs. Lord Gregory Renshaw has no intentions of falling prey to his mother’s schemes to marry him off to a proper debutante she’s picked out. Over the years, he has carefully sidestepped all endeavors to be matched with any of the grasping ladies. But a sudden Christmastide Scandal has the potential show Carol and Gregory that they’ve spent years running from the one thing they’ve always needed.
The more I read from Christi Caldwell the more I like. This novella is just packed with romance, Christmas feeling and even a surly Dowager Duchess and unrelenting matchmaking mother. It is an enemies to sweethearts trope that is well developed considering the brevity of the format of the novella. Carol and Gregory are not exactly enemies they just have avoided each other for the past four years because of their mother’s matchmaking. Having never actually been thrown together where they could develop a relationship they are quite overcome with liking each other when they do get to know each other. But, of course, there is a serious problem that arises.
Deet’s Rating: 5-stars Christmasy Feeling: 5-stars
“A Kiss From a Rogue” by Eva Devon Bah and a hum bug: Sebatian Rutherford, the new Earl of Gray, has no desire to settle down. Ever. The only thing he dislikes more than the idea of taking over his recently inherited earldom, and all it’s responsibilities, is Christmas. So, when he agrees to an arranged marriage to the former earl’s daughter, he plans on a quick wedding and a quicker return to his adventures abroad. Surely, even a hint of Christmas cheer won’t need to be shared? But when his clever new wife, Lady Marabelle begins to thaw his heart, he finds that not only is family a joy, but Christmas may be the best season to lose one’s heart. Deck the Halls: Lady Marabelle loves Christmas. She loves everything about it. So, when she faces her first Christmas since the death of her beloved father, married to a man she’s never met, she decides to make sure that the Christmas hating new Earl must be taught the spirit of the season. But with each day toward Christmas that comes her way, she begins to find that perhaps a marriage of convenience can be a marriage of the heart and a veritable Christmas miracle.
Oh this is truly a yummy romance. A handsome, adventurous, troubled man is about to marry a very astute, lovely woman whom he has never met. They speak only a few words before they become man and wife. Through the magic of her sweet personality she transforms this “Grinch” into a most enjoyable, loving person. All it takes is love.
Deet’s rating: 5-stars Christmasy Feeling: 5-stars
Uh huh, another shirtless elf snuck in here.