The Duke and Miss Christmas
The Heirs’ Club 2.5
St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Paperbacks
October 13, 2015
e-book 84 pages
E-Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn’t handle–until he’s hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her–and she can hold her own–Crispin knows he has finally met his match. Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect…in this delightful Regency gem, The Duke and Miss Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250085153
This story is a great addition to the Heirs’ Club series. But, be forewarned that the romance in the relationship is intensely shortened, probably because of the short-story/novella format. If you need a relationship to be believable in its progression, then you should gird your loins for the shock. When the romance takes a serious turn it was pretty unlikely unless the weather was considerably warmer.
Here we again meet up with the Prim sisters, now living with their eldest sister and her Ducal husband. We met this charming family of young ladies in THE DUKE IN MY BED after they lose their brother in a carriage accident and the eldest is courted by a duke who made a promise to her dying brother to marry his sister. The younger sisters in the family are especially spirited and the youngest, in particular, speaks her mind in such a way that would drive the Haut Ton to even higher haughtiness.
The story starts off in an unusual and amusing fashion. Then it moves forward quickly with some moments of courtship, amusement and ardour.
There’s no cliff hanger here!
I think I may have enjoyed this hero and heroine more than the eldest Miss Prim, now Her Grace, and her own Duke. The young man is sober-ish, enjoys his family and has the good grace to be ashamed of his youthful carelessness. The young lady is passionate, but good to her sisters and quite protective. She also has a sense of humor.
I highly recommend this Christmas tale; it might put you in a holiday mood!