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Christmas in Duke Street: An Anthology of Holiday Historical Romances Paperback – October 6, 2015
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About the Author
Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. Her historical romances include the Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and The Wild Quartet. She lives in Vermont with her daughter, her cat, and a ridiculously large collection of Christmas tree ornaments. Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and two dogs. Also a son. One of the cats is his. Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books "lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Grace Burrowes started writing romances as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, and grew up reading voraciously when she wasn't enjoying the company of her horse. Grace is a practicing child welfare attorney in western Maryland, and loves to hear from her readers.
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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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Just bought one of hers. Hope it is as good as her short stories.