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The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (Dukes of War Book 1) by [Ridley, Erica]
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Book 1 of 8 in Dukes Of War (8 Book Series)

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About the Author

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Now, she's a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3084 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939713293
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads (21 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OR549DS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,068 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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this book introduces us to the characters in the Duke's of War series.
The series opens as we hear the annual Christmas Ball held by Viscount Sheffield, which is THE ball of the Christmas season, is cancelled due to a devastating fire. He is resigned to it being cancelled for the first time until his friend's sister Lady Amelia steps in and takes over. Amelia takes over the half of day he devotes to play (the other 12 hours being dedicated to work on his estate), and challenges him until he opens up and finds himself being attracted to the always organised and organising lady.
Amelia drags him from his rigid self imposed schedule, and he shows her how to have fun. there is humour in this book which I love and lots of new things for each character.
This book is a little short, but having bought and read the whole series the others are meatier. However, the book is still enjoyable and well worth reading, and the rest of the series are lengthier.
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Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke sister of Lawrence Pembroke, the Duke of Ravenwood to be a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Benedict St John, Viscount Sheffield is cancelling the Annual Sheffield Christmas Ball
When a flash of lightning causes a fire that destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Viscount 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.
The first in the Dukes of War series & what a lovely series opener. Poor Benedict doesn’t stand a chance against the managing ways of Amelia. This is a great light read, the places the pair visit to look for a venue has you laughing out loud. The characters are well drawn & the pace of the book keeps you turning the pages. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series
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I usually only read Christmas stories in the build up to Christmas, as I find it helps me get in the holiday mood. However, I had this book free and decided to read it now anyway (it is March as I write this review). I was relieved then, to find only a few cursory mentions of Christmas - it really isn't a Christmas story at all.

It is the first book by Erica Ridley I have read, and I was swept away. Her characters have depth - Lady Amelia was a wonderfully strong, yet still feminine woman, and Lord Benedict a charming former rake. I loved their pithy dialogue and their plans seemingly at odds with each other that end up on the same page. Wonderful writing - can't wait to read more.
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If you are looking for an authentic period feel this is not the book for you. Plenty of Americanisms and an extremely modern heroine of nearly 30, geriatric in Regency terms. Some signs of period research (cribbed directly from Georgette Heyer I suspect). That aside this is readable and made me laugh a few times.
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This quick slice of Christmas cheer really does have a managing female at its heart. Lady Amelia runs her brother’s, the Duke of Ravenwood, household like clockwork. She plans everything down to the finest detail, and anticipates as many unexpected outcomes as possible, so is rarely surprised. In some ways she’s quite overbearing, but as her acquaintance with Benedict, Viscount Sheffield, deepens her character changes.

Benedict himself is a man who lives by a rigid schedule. Every day from 8am to 8pm, he works on estate matters. Then spends the next twelve hours raking merry hell. He might be scandalous, by the traditional Sheffield ball is too important to miss. For himself he hasn’t time for all the organising, and he isn’t all that impressed when Lady Amelia comes to call, telling him she’ll sort it all out for him.

What follows is a fun romance with a subtle battle of wills as Benedict tries to get Amelia to have more fun, while she attempts to free him from his rigid schedule. They’re a sweet couple, for all their managing ways, and the visits to various London venues provides plenty of amusing moments.

This is, however, very short. The story finishes at 75% and there’s really not much of a plot, but it’s a pleasant read and a nice way to pass an hour or two. The rest of the ebook contains a sample of the first Dukes of War book (although why dukes when only one of them is actually a duke, as far as I can tell?), The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower.

If you’re looking for a short, sweet romance in which two people meet and fall in love, then you can’t go far wrong with this. Amelia isn’t your average heroine, but there is something charming about her sheer capability, while Benedict is suitably rakish in between his sweeter moments.
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Title: The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
Series: The Dukes of War (#1)
Author: Erica Ridley
From: Amazon
Genre: Regency, Romance
Release Date: 21st October 2014
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Lady Amelia Pembroke likes to organise, and now she's decided that she needs to find a husband, except that there's one major flaw in her plan. The 75th Annual Sheffield Ball isn't taking place due to a burned down ballroom. Determined to convince the notorious rake, Viscount Benedict Sheffield that he should let her organise the ball, Amelia sets off to wear him down, little realising that she may lose her heart in the process...

I have to say, I love a good, easy to read Regency Romance, and The Viscount's Christmas Temptation definitely gave me that. One of the things I particularly liked about it was that all of the characters seemed to appreciate what Amelia did, while Amelia's organisation was of the household, i.e. what a woman would have actually been expected to do. At the same time, Amelia's somewhat OCD like tendancies were incrediably indearing.

The romance was sweet, though it didn't take long to progress (as is the trope in the genre really) but I don't have a problem with that in Regency Romance. However I found it interesting that the majority of the book was not set at balls and parties, but rather looking to organise one. That, and Amelia's more advanced age, made this stand out from the others.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation is a quick read, and has some Christmas themes, though I didn't feel like this was a strictly Christmas time story. There were only hints of Christmas here and there, which is very much to my taste (I'm not a massive Christmas themed book fan).
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