I had only read stories by two of the authors before but I particularly like the tales by two writers I have not previously encountered - 'Yours by Yuletide' by Victoria Oliveri and 'Doubt Not' by Tracy Edingfield. Some of the other authors would benefit from the attention of a good editor to rein in their over-imagination or correct basic errors caused by insufficient research.
I received an advance copy but this is my honest review.
I have so far only read one novella from this bookset;
THE GIFT OF A CHRISTMAS SCANDAL BY ARIETTA RICHMOND
I shuddered to think what Arietta’s fans will think but this is by far my favourite of her book as steamier reads are the perfect read in this cold weather. Surely I would not blame the Duke and Lady Selina from following there desires as the future looks gloom.
What am amazing gift that Selina gives Alex although am not sure that the rest of the ton agree.
Wow, just wow.
I think this my favourite ever. It was a breeze to read and I just could not put it down once I started reading.
Looking forward to more like this from you.
I hope to read more steamier as I love this naughty side of the regency period.
I received a pre-release copy of this book - this is my honest review
5.0 out of 5 starsI can hardly step away from this set!
30 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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So far I have read the first three books in this set, and am loving them! I have a brief review for each book and will add more as I read them. I can say it is well worth owning! The Dukes Impetuous Darling – Cerise Deland This book is an amazing testament to our heroes and the families and loved ones they fight for. These are the trials they go through and have gone through for many centuries. In this Christmas story, you will find no shortage of brave men and equally brave woman. This hero was injured more than just physically and I feel the author does and excellent job of portraying the aspects of PTSD that are present here. No matter his injuries though, he comes back to claim his love. Will she be able to love him as he is now? With many surprising twists and turns throughout, you will find a bit of mystery and danger that will keep you wondering what comes next. Although a short story, you will find amazing detail that will captivate any reader. A perfect read for any time, year round!
The Dukes Christmas Promise – Sandra Masters I found this story to be a beautiful tale of overcoming unforeseen obstacles that life throws our way. In this case a misunderstanding not of their making. Christmas is the perfect time to embrace the new and this story does that perfectly. I love the strength Noelle shows throughout the book. She has had hard times for twenty years and still finds the ability to not only teach her children how to be good people, but other young ladies as well. Doing so in the time period she lives is a massive achievement. When her lost love returns to the area, some secrets are revealed that neither of them could have expected. You will want to read this book to find what they learn and how they react.
Prince of Frost – Angelique Armae A truly beautiful and uplifting story. From the start this book pulled at my heartstrings. I was absolutely drawn in and didn’t want the story to end. This Prince has an issue with nerves and it has caused his life to take a different path. The details of the character made me want to reach out and hug him. Our heroine is an orphan living in a convent. She has seen her share of problems while helping others and feels she can help. You will find many surprises throughout the book, as will our Prince. and I must note, I absolutely love the Valet in this book! He is one in a million! A definite must read!!
5.0 out of 5 starsA Christmas Collection to Warm the Heart!
2 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love all the of wonderful Christmas Anthologies that are coming out! What could be better than nine lords at Christmas? These nine authors each have stories that are wonderful on their own, but together will keep your heart smiling for hours!!
The Duke's Impetuous Darling - Cerise Deland "Promise me," Alistar insisted as he faced the young woman he had loved since he was twelve. "I must hear you say it." Of course that beginning line pulled me right into the story. Off to war and leaving Bee behind to promise she would be careful, he asked her to wait for him so they could marry when he returned. But when he finally returned, he was a changed man in so many ways but he had only thought of Bee, even when he knew nothing else. Could Bee love him, wounded as he was? But she was determined to clear her family name and bring honor back that had been lost by her father. My romantic heart was fully engaged in this story with Cerise Deland's amazing prose and detail combined with her gift of making you feel the character's emotions. A bit of mystery, danger and of course romance, I cannot recommend this story enough that kept me captivated until the end.
The gift of a Christmas Scandal by Arietta Richmond A story of an arranged marriage and an almost forced betrothal that was entirely unwanted and looking for the choice to chose their own. Alexander, the Duke of Southolton found that his arranged marriage was legally binding, but he was determined to get out of it. Selina, was being pressured by her parents to marry an Earl that she found so boring and could not fathom spending her life with him. Could two such people be meant for each other? Attending a house party held by the Duke of Southolton and his mother, who does she meet but Alexander! This is a story of reaching for the almost impossible and striving to achieve that happy ever after! I truly enjoyed this tale and the rocky road to happiness!
5.0 out of 5 starsI saw it was in this collection I had to get it!
1 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was given an arc of the Gift of a Christmas Scandal and fell in love with it so when I saw it was in this collection I knew I had to get it. Arietta Richmond has been joined by some of the best writers in the field today. Tracy Edingfield, Jacki Delecki, Victoria Oliveri, Sandy Raven, Gina Danna, Angelique Armae, Sandra Maters and Cerise Deland all bring you wonderful holiday stories in this collection. I have not had the chance to read each one completely as yet, but I have scan each one and it is downloaded for my late night reading and I cannot wait. Below is the review just for Ms. Richmond’s work I hope you find it helpful it is just an example of what you have in store when you read this holiday charmer. Gift of a Christmas Scandal Alex is not in any hurry to marry, but in his father has entered into a contract for him to marry and no way to get of it except? Meet Lady Selina who will give Alex an early Christmas present. This is such a cute holiday story. There is heat in this one and when we talk about a lady being ruin well let us say she was most defiantly was. Pick this one up you will love it.
“Christmas is coming, my bookshelves getting fat, from regency to sci-fi, what do you think of that?” (Sorry, I just had to)
What is about holidays and regency collections anyway? I think the pageantry is really what draws us in. Each of these nine stories sweeps us up and takes us away from “current events”.
My favorite story was “The Gift Of A Christmas Scandal “ by Arrietta Richmond. Selina is a woman forced into a betrothal that simple bores her to tears. Alexander’s arraigned marriage is the last thing her wants but he can’t break the contract. Then, Alexander meets Selina and.... their attraction adds to the mix!
Enjoy a chance to spend time in another world! Highly Recommended 5/5
[disclaimer: I received this box set from one of the authors and voluntarily reviewed it]