Having read the earlier book about the midsummer ball I was
thrilled to get my gilt-edged invitation card to the house
party at the Duke and Duchess of Brockmore's country
estate. All the finest unattached men and women joined our cozy
party, some at the request of the Duke of Wellington.
The lavish dining and seasonal entertainments made for a
fine old time. There may have been some SCANDAL AT THE
CHRISTMAS BALL. And I daresay more than one romance was
kindled. What else is the mistle bough for?
Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott collaborated on the
earlier 'Scandal at the Midsummer Ball' with twin novellas
of unlikely romances. Now they return to the same setting
for winter fun and games. Skating, singing, kissing,
decking the halls, all in the best possible taste.
Marguerite Kaye starts us off with A Governess For
Christmas which introduces a former soldier, now out of
society, seeking a wife to restore his respectability.
Drummond MacIntosh is acting under orders from the Iron
Duke, as the Duke of Wellington is known, but seems
determined to disobey one more time by flirting with a mere
governess. Joanna Forsythe, who was falsely accused of
theft by an employer, falls fast in love with Drummond, but
marrying her would not mend his reputation.
Bronwyn Scott continues the account with her saucy miss who
is Dancing With The Duke's Heir. Vale Penrith has only
recently become next in line to a dukedom after a few
family deaths, and he is suddenly a far more eligible
bachelor than he was. Lady Viola Hawthorne has no need of
money and doesn't wish to marry, so she decides to behave
as disgracefully as possible, and by flirting with Vale she
can't damage his prospects. While technically the gentle
Duchess, her hostess, is the chaperone, the young people
find plenty of opportunities to slip off together for
kissing and even passion. What would her mama have to say
if she knew!
These good-hearted adult Regency romances make the most of
the setting. I once more admire Marguerite Kaye
particularly for developing characters on the margins of
high society and whose past actions constrain their
freedoms. The contrast is made stronger by Bronwyn Scott's
merrier couple, full of the liberties of wealth and
position. Which ever suits your mood, SCANDAL AT THE
CHRISTMAS BALL is a wonderful Christmas stocking read, well
researched and full of life.
One Christmas house party leads to two Regency love
A Governess for Christmas
by Marguerite Kaye
At the glittering Brockmore house party, former army major
Drummond MacIntosh meets governess in disgrace Joanna
Forsythe, who’s desperate to clear her name. Both are eager
to put their pasts behind them, but their scandalous affair
will make for a very different future…
Dancing with the Duke’s
Heir by Bronwyn Scott
As heir to a dukedom, Vale Penrith does not want a wife, and
certainly not one like Lady Viola Hawthorne. So why does
London’s Shocking Beauty tempt him beyond reason? Dare he
try and tame her, or is a Christmas seduction the best way
to bring her to surrender?