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The Mistletoe Mistress - A Christmas Regency Novella (Risque Regency Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Harper
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Annabel Cresswell finds herself stranded by the side of the road one snowy afternoon, she knows she is in serious trouble. Until her very own knight appears in the form of Dominic, the tenth Duke of Roth. Dominic is startled to find such a paragon in distress but quickly decides she can be of use to him. He proposes that she come home and pretend to be his fiancee. It will thwart his mother’s plans and allow for a trouble free Christmas. Except that nothing is trouble free when Annabel is about. The duke cannot escape his growing desire for her and as for Annabel… it turns out that all she ever wanted was a duke for Christmas.

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  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069HWYX4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, amusing read December 7, 2011
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This isn't the best historical romance novella that I've read, but it's head and shoulders above all the bad historical romance e-books that I've read recently, so I'm inclined to be generous with this review. This book was a fun, light read. It was funny to see the duke using his pretend fiance as a shield against all the marriage-minded misses launching themselves at him. I enjoyed the story. It was light, escapist fiction and a quick, fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read February 17, 2013
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I really enjoyed this story a lot. I would have enjoyed it being longer as there is a big leap from the last chapter to the epilogue, but that is normal in these short novellas. However big the leap is, it does not take away from the store, I only say I would have enjoyed it being played out a little more because I enjoyed the characters so much.

Annabel is "rescued" from her dire circumstances by Dominic the Duke of least for the week. Dominic, while not having the problems that the lovely Annabel faces, is faced by the problem of having a mother that is intent on the latest Duke of Roth, making a good match of her choosing. Upon finding the lovely and destitute Annabel he sees a temporary fix for both of them which turns into much more than he ever planned.

The hostility between Annabel, Dominic and Dominic's mother is enjoyable to read and you find yourself loathing the mother and her antics without any difficulty.

The epilogue shows a glimpse into the characters lives a year later and while predictable, you are very happy with the situations they find themselves in.

Another enjoyable read from Kate Harper, looking forward to future books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Stocking Stuffer!! November 22, 2014
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I'm not sure why the book was given the title it received because I think it is very misleading. The author created some beautiful characters in this short little read. The duke didn't back down from, "Mommy Dearest" , and he did not spend too much time trying to pacify the ladies his mother had chose for him. The attempts these desperate women spent to ensnare Dominic was pretty funny. They used every trick and it became quite funny to me watching them pounce, display their wares and even lay themselves out as a sacrifice.

Annabel is sensible and did not spend the normal time feeling unworthy of the duke. It was quite the opposite. They were open with their feelings and I found it a nice change. The problems that plagued them came from his cold mother and these women who had their sights set on being a duchess. Annabel also had her own suitor if that's what you want to call him. I do wish there was a little more time spent on convincing me how deep their feelings were and I think the epilogue should have showed more of how Dominic was with his new life. I really like it when an author shows the characters adapting to the changes that have occurred. I would have liked to see Dominic's reaction to Annabel's Christmas gift. The book had a couple of graphic love scenes. Not both of them went as far as the other and they were done with taste. It was a lovely Christmas fantasy. A woman in dire straits rescued by a duke with integrity. Ladies he's everything you want in your duke. I loved when he put his mother in her place. Seasons Greetings!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Writing but... April 28, 2013
By labrat
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The author gives us a nicely turned story with sufficient heat.


Since the word Regency is in the title I would place this story loosely from 1800 to 1825. And I can assure you that the only people who would have a Christmas tree would be the very German Royal Family (actually starting in 1800) and maybe a few scattered German immigrants residing in England. Christmas trees did not become a staple with the John Bull Englishman until the Victorian age when Victoria and Albert made it popular. The author made this same error in another one of her novellas.

Again, what is the issue with not getting titles and addresses correct? The Web is littered with sites that explain proper British titles and forms of addresses.

But if one doesn't mind the historical inaccuracies (and a bit of anachronistic dialogue), one should find this an entertaining, quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Sweet Mistletoe.... November 29, 2014
By ASpoon
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Not a bad book...I wish it was longer. I absolutely LOVED both Annabel and Dominic. They were so sweet with each other. I would have enjoyed watching more of their story and love unfold. This is a nice, easy read but also nothing special....sorry....what can you expect from a novella. I would read more of this authors books. Oh and one other thing...the title was completely off...not sure what that's about. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Hero! ***4 1/2 Stars*** April 24, 2014
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I loved this Christmas time regency novella. It's well written, with an unusual, interesting plot, and wonderful characters. The most striking thing about it--for me--was the hero, Dominic. Dominic is unlike any other Duke I've encountered in my reading career. He's so cheerful, so laidback, so easy going, not at all the usual arrogant ducal type, but that's probably because he grew up as a second son. Furthermore, as easy-going and laidback as he is, he has an implacable spine of steel that comes into play when necessary. As for Annabel, she is sweet, sensible, and kind.

Annbel finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere with no money and resources. Dominic, Duke of Roth, happens along, and seeing her standing outside the inn in the cold, offers his assistance. Annabel is clearly a gently-reared lady, albeit a destitute one. Moreover, as far as Dominic is concerned, she is the most desirable woman he has ever encountered. The sexual tension between the two is scorching!

Dominic is en route home for Christmas, where his mother is hosting a house-party. The duchess is intent on getting Dominic married off to an eligible lady of HER choosing. Dominic is just as determined to choose his own bride, when he is ready to do so.

Aware that his mother has no doubt invited a slew of young ladies to present as potential brides, Dominic comes up with a plan whereby he will arrive at his estate with a fiancée. This plan he hits upon while trying to decide how to best assist the stranded Annabel. Presenting her as his fiancée will, he thinks, help him stave off his mother's latest machinations to see him appropriately wed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From An Orphan To A Duchess
After one was stranded for lack of money,her future looked very bleak. Under the
worse circumstances she was given another chance one could not refuse. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LIllian Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Recency Christmas romance.
Annabelle Cresswell's father died and left her penniless. The landlord evicted her from her home. So she boarded a coach to go live with her former nurse. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Virginia Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book
I enjoyed this book. I was captivated from beginning to end! I will recommend books from this author to my friends.
Published 5 months ago by Paulette
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Can't imagine living during this time in history! This story is a perfect "fairy tale" and it was very enjoyable to read. Will read again.
Published 6 months ago by Joyce Oberlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thought it was nice and funny, that's why I keep getting Kate Harper book.
Published 8 months ago by lee
3.0 out of 5 stars good story
This book was too short. That , by the way, is a compliment. I wanted ever so much more of the story.
Published 9 months ago by Desiree Overstreet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved the story and enjoyed the plot and adventure it gave me. I literally took me to another time and place.
Published 10 months ago by Dbp323
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Charming story of a desperate woman and desperate man coming together to help one another. They try to fool his managing mother into believing the are engaged. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roxanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventy and counting
Truly one of the best love stories. A girl that has nothing more than a trunk and a bleak outlook steps into a fairytale. And it turns into true love. Good Job.
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Like most writers I've always read and I've always got something going on in my head, story-wise. Mostly dialogue - at least, I hope that's dialogue and not something more serious - which inevitably makes demands on me.

I can recall lying under my bed when I was nine with a candle, a piece of scrap paper and a pencil, rewriting a disappointing ending to a book that had been pretty good up until those final pages. I'd 'borrowed' a highly unsuitable romance from an elderly lady and had gobbled it down in a day. I took away three things from that first sojourn into making up my own, far more satisfactory world. 1/ the hero really needs to end up with the heroine, no matter how irritating she is cause that is what romance is all about. Happy endings, even if they're unexpected. 2/ I liked storytelling so much that maybe it was something I could do on a regular basis. My people could behave as they were supposed to. And... 3/ burning a candle under a pile of highly combustible bedding is a really stupid thing to do. Or so my mother pointed out. I'm lucky I'm not toast.

Writing is a wonderful escape and nothing says run away with me better than romance. So that's what I pursue... historical (particularly Regency... oh man, Regency. Where the men wore breeches and the women appreciated the fact), suspense and contemporary. You can always check them out on Amazon or at On a more personal note, I live with my partner (no breeches), my kids and a hoard of animals that shed fur into my coffee on a regular basis. We live in a particularly beautiful part of Victoria, in Australia and feel pretty lucky to do so.

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