Christmas in Duke Street: An Anthology of Holiday Historical Romances Paperback – October 6, 2015
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1. THE RAKE WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS by Miranda Neville - 4 stars: I enjoyed the story, but didn't feel a connection to the H/h. When a relationship starts with not being honest with each other, it set the theme for me.
There is one mostly off page love scene outside of marriage and very mild. I did enjoy the banter with the grandma. As other reviewer's stated, I did like that each were family minded and showed their love.
2. A SEDUCTION IN WINTER by Carolyn Jewel - 4 stars: I am torn about our H because in the first half or more of the book I adored him. He was kind and honorable but near the end I felt he was using our h. SPOILER - SPOILER - he let's our h think he still may wed another. How could be say that when he kept kissing her? END OF SPOILER.
There is one night of lovemaking outside of marriage and mildly described and not for very long.
My heart ached for the h and all the nasty remarks people made because of something that happened to her years ago.
3. A PRINCE IN HER STOCKING by Shana Galen - 4 stars: Don't care for the title, but the story was good. It took me awhile to feel a connection to this couple. Mainly because it took what seemed like forever for them to talk. Also, in the beginning our h was a wimp with those she was over. She finally got a back bone (took her short of two years to find her voice). I didn't care for her until she stood up for herself.
This is a story about betrayal of our H's family and his trying to get some semblance of normalcy back.
There were some twists, a lot of suspense in the last few pages. We do have mild lovemaking outside of marriage.
4. THE APPEAL OF CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes - 4 stars: Romance builds very slowly and was heartwarming.
I felt a connection to the H/h from the start. It is a sweet story, with very mild lovemaking before marriage.
All stories end in HEA and are all worth reading.(ljb)
A Seduction in Winter by Carolyn Jewel. Leoline and Honora—their courtship dance was delicious! A confirmed bachelor artist and a duke’s heir who was reluctant to marry a woman his father had chosen for him and a maid with a scarred face who had been secluded from society her whole life after a childhood of ridicule and pain. They met over their interest in art and their feelings for each other grew to a point neither could ignore. So very romantic!
A Prince in Her Stocking by Shana Galen. Lucien and Cass—a prince in hiding from French revolutionaries and a lonely widow anxious to shed her widow’s weeds and experience excitement in her life—their courtship was suspenseful and sensual! They meet in a bookshop and while searching for a document that proves the prince’s heritage they fall in love. Truly a swoon-worthy romance!
The Appeal of Christmas by Grace Burrowes. Gervaise and Hazel—a mature couple who have never married and have always been dear friends—almost like a second chance romance because they find out that they are more than just dear friends! Being of a more mature age myself, this romance appealed to me on many levels. Both Gervaise and Hazel live quietly, are educated and have a love for books and the written word --and suddenly with Christmas “magic” their romance lights up like a Christmas tree! This lovely story brightened up my Christmas immeasureably.
Carolyn Jewel's story is about a couple who had met when young. He was her champion against bullies and remembers her as a brave and peculiar girl. She's a talented artist with a disfiguration which has isolated her from society. He is a second son who has was a naval hero. He has been estranged from his father for years and is now his heir. Both characters are complex, admirable and worthy of a HEA.
The third story I read was Miranda Neville's. The story line did not have any surprises but it was a good read. A beautiful widow who is very short of funds; an aristocrat who misjudges her. I liked that they both were very thoughtful towards their families (his grandmother was a kick; her father was a challenge).
I. didn't read the 4th story as I'm don't have much empathy for royalty.
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then - I realised I ha bought exactly the same book in 2015, am anthology but amazon did not show it as a previously purchased item. very disappointed to have bought same book twice, was so looking forward to new stories
My favourite is the story of a scarred woman being reunited with her childhood rescuer. It shows how support can break people with disabilities out of isolation. Then there are the old friends who finally decide to 'do it'. The ensuing sex scene is as uncomfortable as the cold sheets in their bed, but very entertaining. Another story is about a duke who misjudges the widow his brother wants to marry. I have to admit I skimmed the one about lost royalty because the story line didn't interest me.
For those who like to know, there are some sizzling sex scenes and some funny ones. Excellent reading and highly recommended.