It's odd, I can't lie, to read a Christmas book in the
blazing August sun, so it usually takes a pretty exceptional
one to get me in the mood for snow and pine- scented things.
This anthology did just that.
My personal favorite was Megan Frampton's "No Groom At The
Inn" because I adore house party stories, anything with fake
relationships, and also happen to be in the middle of
reading her entire catalog.
Lorainne Heath and Lisa Kleypas' entries will also delight
any fans of theirs. They fit into existing universes, but I
read them both as a stand alone since it had been a while
since I read the series. I'm awful for details of historical
romance novels, instead of remembering the feeling I had
while reading it rather than who the hero and heroine were,
so the delight of that is that I'm frequently re-introduced
to characters all over again! The downside is that I can't
quite guarantee you that they're perfect additions, but I
found them both lovely.
The final book is from a new-to-me author, Vivienne Lorent.
I love a good scientist in a story and this one delivered
perfectly. I'm told the series from which this springs is
finished, so I'm excited to burn through it in the upcoming
For anyone who loves novels as part of their "getting in the
spirit of Christmas" traditions, this is a great read and
Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan
Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of
stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…
"I Will" by Lisa Kleypas
To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake,
must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister,
Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into
helping him, the charade begins-but is it really a charade
once love takes hold of their hearts…?
"Deck the Halls With Love" by Lorraine Heath
Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady
Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he
becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her
way to the altar….. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to
lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.
"No Groom at the Inn" by Megan Frampton
James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When
ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with
simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée-Lady Sophronia
Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for
one month. But their pact soon turns into love.
"The Duke’s Christmas Wish" by Vivienne Lorret
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even
marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him
question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a
vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.