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The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation, November 2014
Dukes of War #1
by Erica Ridley

Intrepid Reads
Featuring: Lord Benedict Sheffield; Lady Amelia Pembroke
180 pages
ISBN: 1939713293
EAN: 9781939713292
Kindle: B00OR549DS
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"A Splendid Introduction to an Upcoming Series: Absolutely Delightful!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
Erica Ridley

Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted October 29, 2014

Holiday | Novella / Short Story | Romance Historical

Lady Amelia Pembroke, an almost thirty year old spinster, has been running the household since her mother died. She's extremely organised and practical; she surmised that it's time she looked for a husband, should her brother the Duke marry because she would be left out in the cold. Upon hearing that the traditional Christmas Eve ball, traditionally held at Viscount Sheffield's estate will be cancelled, she takes upon herself to straighten things out because that's what she does.

Lord Benedict St. John, Viscount of Sheffield, is quite unprepared for the forward Amelia when she announces herself at his door, ready to discuss a new venue for the Yuletide celebrations. He is soon swept along in the tidal wave that is Amelia, and although he relishes his bachelorhood, he is soon starting to reconsider what he thought was a perfect life.

THE VISCOUNT'S CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION is a short story, a prequel to the upcoming Dukes of War series, and if this is any indication, the books will not come quickly enough. It's positively brilliant! The story breezes along, it's beautifully written, clever and witty; before you know it, you've reached the end and you are left begging for more! Benedict is intriguing and Amelia is one of the most delightful characters ever written: she's terrifically unusual, fascinating; completely irresistible! I loved how Benedict and Amelia played against each other: both responsible yet up for challenges, and the chemistry is a joy to behold.

THE VISCOUNT'S CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION is also highly original; I've never come across the types of premise nor characters featured here. Ms. Ridley is so talented that I could picture every little gesture, every smile; everything. And how could I not love an author who remembers the use of "shan't", as it should. I cannot find fault with anything: THE VISCOUNT'S CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION is perfectly enchanting from the first word until the loveliest, most romantic ending!

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SUMMARY

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her! When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.


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