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Have Yourself a Merry Little Secret : a Christmas collection of historical romance (Have Yourself a Merry Little... Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 3733 KB
- Publisher : Historical Harlots (October 8, 2020)
- ASIN : B08KXR7FT8
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 1509 pages
- Publication Date : October 8, 2020
- Language: : English
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He’s not who he says he is…but then again, neither is she… Baxter is determined to make Justina his Christmas bride. But it’ll take more than mistletoe and the magic of the holiday season to guide these polar opposites to their happily ever after…
Will her origins and his rank tear them apart...
Mrs Cameron has a talent for portraying fated lovers, and this new couple is the perfect exemple.
For Baxter and Justina, it was love at first sight but both harbor secrets, secrets which could change the outcome of their burgeoning romance.
Justina is a sweet and quiet miss, happy of her life with her aunt, a woman who sacrificed everything to raise her as she decided she deserved. Upon her encounter with Baxter, she realizes he is everything she could dream.
Baxter prefers the simple life of a man in trade than the one of the peer. And while he is both, he impersonates his favorite self when outside London, thus he met Justina as he simple hotel’s owner, not the Duke he is too.
Their romance is an easy one as there is no doubt about their attraction, it is more their place in society that makes Justina questions her feelings and Baxter be caution.
A sweet 4 stars tale.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗞𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 by 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗥𝗮𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲
Sir Randolph’s daytime occupation collides with his nocturnal avocation of service to the Crown when he discovers Lady X's hidden stash of bank notes. They might be counterfeit—but are his feelings for her?
I just love Mrs Sande’s work, she writes classic historical tales with wits and steam without overdoing them. Her style is graceful, elegant, smart and bright.
Each new story I read is a delight. And this one is perfect. And scorching hot.
Xenobia is a lovely but shy widow and quite lonely since the passing of her late husband, with his death she lost too her best friend. Now fresh out of mourning, she longs for new friendships and companionship.
Randolph, while illegitimate but acknowledged son of a marquess, never followed his profligate of a sire’s footsteps, only his love for horses. Instead he married young and became thus a younger widowed father. He also serves the crown and while much occupied, he in some ways wants more than successful businesses.
Their chemistry is immediate, striking them like a lightning bolt. Everything moves fast but nothing feels rushed. They are the right answer to one another.
A much enjoyable read with passion and mystery.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗛𝗲 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽𝘀 by 𝗔𝗺𝘆 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘀
Callista Hale is the formidable Madam of London’s most elite brothel. To crush a rival gentlemen’s club, she’ll accept a wicked offer from the club’s mysterious and sensual owner. Erik Maxwell built a livelihood on his knowledge of women’s desires. But Madam Pendragon poses an unexpected challenge. Seduction is the key to ending her crusade against him, but it’s not all he’s got in mind for the fascinating female
Will she let him go past her protected heart ...
While I have read only a few tales about prostitutes, it is often the fallen woman against the virgin hero trope.
I loved here the two heroes, older than usually, total opposite to the classic trope debutante/rake seeking wife, share a colored past, she by digging her way to the top of her trade, recreating the lost poor girl in the assured woman she is now decades later. He by traveling along the world, learning his way to people’s heart.
She sates the lust in her customers’ life when he files the heart by keeping together ton’s couple.
They are two complexe characters, united by their loneliness. While they live surrendered by people, they are very solitary. Erik recognizes instantly there is more than only lust between them but she is so jaded, she believes she is immune to any kind of feelings.
An entertaining read with a set of characters determined to prove the heroine wrong, that success does not mean to sacrifice everything else and that love with the right person will endeavor them to be better.
I wonder if there is a story about Callista’s brother.
𝗔 𝗬𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗹𝗲 by 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗹 𝗢’𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗹
As she grew up, Lady Thora of Grandmore was told the legendary tales of the Yule Cat. The creature was supposed to be a fantasy until it attacked her. Now, Thora will do whatever is necessary to make sure the dangerous beast doesn’t hurt anyone ever again. Sir Bastian is sworn to protect Grandmore Castle and all its occupants. He finds himself falling in love with Thora but for the sake of her safety, he must convince her the animal that attacked her was not the legendary cat. Can Bastian save the woman he loves from her fear or will he lose her forever on the Yule?
Oh I had no notion of this Yule Cat lore, but I loved to read about Miracle’s rescue.
This tale is a perfect exemple of how fears can lead to excesses and horrors. The middle was ruled by dread, and people manipulated to believe any legend that might keep them on leash.
That a little girl believe after listening to scaring legends that she was targeted by a monster. It is understandable plus the period made it easy to spread the story.
Bastian is a rational man, he knows how fear holds back people and changes them in unreasonable beasts. Yet can he prove his people, the worst creature is themselves as they turn in brute when terrified.
In this coming-of-age story, I loved how the author paints the various emotions and feelings crossing Thora’s psyche. It is not a smooth course for her to face her fears, analyze them rationally and acknowledge her wrong doing. As a little girl, she is forgivable but by not addressing the subject later, it became criminal.
Yet with the right boost, she sees the errors of her way, with Bastian to hold her hand as backup.
Miracle is the key role in this story about facing one’s error, a fur heroine and a ball of love.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺𝗮𝘀 by 𝗦𝘆𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆
A Yuletide gathering at Forde Hall is bursting with mince pies, mulled wine, merriment, … and mischief! Prinny’s trusted man, the Viscount Miles Denbigh, is tasked with discovering a wily thief who’s plaguing the ton’s house parties, stealing their jewels. Comely widow Lady Sarah Worthington has enjoyed Denbigh’s company before. However, much as she likes the man, she hadn’t expected to spend Twelvetide in his company, not when she has a secret mission — not when he suspects she’s up to something. Just because he’s right, doesn’t mean she has to like it! Join Miles and Sarah in a time game of cat and mouse.
So far I have only read clean stories by the author, so it was a pleasure to read one with a more sensual side than her usual’s.
Her heroes have both an agenda, and while they can’t stop brushing one another’s with purposeful hands and bantering wits and having not-fit-for-a-tearoom thoughts, they try but fail to stay out of sight of the other.
Hence the game of cat and mouse.
Sarah is an outsider, married to a very elderly earl who found very afterward their wedding his rest with the Lord. Thus her having not been well accepted by those born in the nobility. And now she is there to right some wrongs done, she is distracted by the sole man who made her inner core flicker.
Miles is there for a sole and quite easy mission if only his main subject was not the woman who ignites his inside. One who is everything he would want but fear he can’t have if she is whom he believes she is.
A delightful and sensuous tale of second chance.
𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘀 by 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗮 𝗧𝗮𝘆𝗹𝗼𝗿
Lord Beldon Westerham, due to the recent loss of his father and brother, needs to marry to ensure a legitimate heir. To this end, he meets the Thornton sisters, and is fascinated by the younger, Lady Mary, who insists on a season in London before she marries him. He agrees and slowly falls in love with her. Mary has adored him for years but if she marries him, he will despise her, for her secret will be revealed. Should she risk all with one night of passion?
Will the error of her past refrain her to follow her heart ...
This is my second read by the author, and here again there is an heroine not easy to appreciate as she is quite a conundrum.
Mary has plenty of good sides but her first confrontation with Westerham shows her not under the best light, she is more shrew and pest material than heroine.
Why does she play the weak and demure sister, why is she so rude with Westerham when she is considerate to others less fortunate, she is kind to the staff. She also can be witty and funny.
Westerham is persuaded he has the perfect solution, marry a quiet miss, sire his heir and spare then he will go back to his usual way. But instead of choosing the easy and pretty sister of his friend, he goes for the tart younger sibling.
Slowly, her hot and cold way broke through the wall of his heart, showing there could be more if he wanted it.
A fun read where some secrets might be kept hidden to ensure a happier future.
Wedding her Duke by Collette Cameron
"Tantalizing. Fascinating. Enthralling. And so many more words ending in ing."Oh yes, Baxter Bathhurst, was that and so much more. A Scot, now an English Duke. A man who had a collection of the wounded. Birds, dogs, employees and yes, he was swoonworthy. Sorry I digress...
On their way back home to Bristol, due to the snow, Justina and her Aunt Emily, had to seek shelter in Bath and they ended up at a new establishment, the Bathhurst Hotel and Spa. It was owned by Baxter and as he and Justina met, the attraction was almost instant. Of course they both had secrets... Nobody knew he was a Duke and Emily had her own secret.
Fate steps in and they meet again at the Sutcliffes' Christmastide house party. I will leave it at that although I want to tell you the entire story, it is so wonderful, marvelous, heartwarming and ... well it is written by one of my very favorite authors, so what more can you expect? The perfect Christmastide romance.. with snow..
BUT Balderdash I want Aunt Emily's story!!
A Yuletide Miracle by Laurel O'Donnell
It was the Yule Cat that jumped out of the tree and left three scratches on Thora's cheek but Bastian had saved her. A tale to scare children, yet Thor believed it. Bastian had saved her when the beast jumped out of a tree all those years ago, but he never saw a thing.
Now years later, Thora still maintains everyone needs to be protected from this folklore and is so upset when her father stops having the men around the castle set traps. Bastian is determined to help Thora see reason and that the Yule Cat is not real. Loved this story as it is a great example of how fears can rule your life, but trusting in others is sometimes the best option. So sweet!
The Lady Who Stole Christmas by Sydney Jane Baily
Attending Lady Macroun's Christmastide House Party, Lady Sarah Worthington and Lord Miles Denbigh meet up again, after having shared a couple of rendezvous, might I say, previously. Unfortunately, Miles was conducting some undercover work for Prinny, to help nab a member of the Ton who seemed to be stealing items of worth from the guest of such gatherings, and Sarah, well, that was another matter! She was returning the stolen jewelry to those it belonged. What ? Of yes this is a caper!
I adored Sarah and Miles. The attraction sizzled and with a game of cat and mouse, it was simply delightful! I also have to say that Sydney threw in so many new words and names of games that it was so much fun to look them up! Brilliant!
More to come!
Top reviews from other countries
Wedding her Christmas Duke Collette Cameron 5 Stars
Duke Baxter Bathhurst has little use for his title. He’d much rather manage his businesses than spend time with the marriage-minded misses of the ton. But then he meets her. Stranded at his hotel in Bath during a snowstorm, the green-eyed enchantress is spirited, wickedly smart, and everything he never knew he wanted in a wife. Justina Farthington is living a lie. If anyone were to discover her secret, she’d be ruined. So, she meticulously adheres to social strictures and avoids drawing any unwanted censure. Until she meets him. A beautifully written story of misunderstandings & secrets. I loved both Baxter & Justina who both had secrets, throw in a house party where we caught up with characters from earlier books & I was one happy reader
Marquess is Mine Tamara Gill 5 Stars
Lady Sarah Farley has learned many of life’s lessons the hard way. She now knows the ton will viciously turn on anyone, anytime. Lord Giles Longe, Marquis Gordan, has always loved Sarah but because of a scandal his father threatened to disown him if he pursued her. Everything is different now, though. They meet again at St. Albans Abbey. A lovely second chance romance. I loved both Giles & Sarah both of whom had been in love with the other for over a decade but scandal tore them apart, I loved the road to their HEA which wasn't smooth but made for a captivating read, I also loved that we caught up with Hugh & Molly
Lady who stole Christmas Sydney Jane Baily 5 Stars
It's Christmas in 1814, and at a Twelvetide party in Great Oakley, mischief is afoot. Grandfather clocks are stopping, stolen jewels are reappearing a hundred miles from where they went missing, and widow Lady Sarah Worthington is one intrepid lady who is falling in love with viscount Miles Denbigh, the only man who thinks her a despicable thief. Another well written novella of assumptions, misunderstandings & a sizzling attraction. Miles & Sarah had had a couple of trysts but meet on the way to the house party when one of her coach wheels breaks. He’s working for Prinny & she’s hoping to write some wrongs, however their feelings deepen as the party progresses. Strong characters & a story that flowed effortlessly made for a lovely afternoon’s read
The Rogue's Secret - by Stacy Reid and Giselle Marks 5 Stars
Lord Rupert Rogers is searching for the treasure his great uncle suggests he has left him. Then Lady Verity Hansard climbs the locked gate to the walled garden & Rupert is lost but Verity has a secret which could well scupper their budding romance. They work together to solve the riddle Rupert’s uncle left all the time falling in love. A page turning novella with lovely characters, the pages flew by with hidden treasure, would be thieves & a sizzling romance
Sydney Jane Baily's The Lady Who Stole Christmas:
A cleverly crafted novella that radiates wit, levity, intrigue, deception and discovery, as one unexpected meeting at a Christmastide house party leads to suspicion, frustrated tension and the rekindling of burning desire.
Passion, connection and electrified magnetic attraction draws Sarah to Miles but survivial, secrets and sisterly love force her to maintain her distance. Miles' strict sense of duty, misperceptions and principles may put up barriers between the pair but his flaring simmering desire and souldeep yearning can't keep him away. Which makes for one fun read as he suspects and remains doggedly vigilant in catching the tempestuous temptress, Sarah, in the hope of protecting her from, as he suspects, her light fingered tendencies. Meanwhile, she tries desperately to outwit Miles as she completes a task, so much harder in practice than in theory, whilst remaining both unsuspected and caught in the process - a task fast becoming impossible thanks to one sharp eyed, devilishly handsome inquisitor.
Overall, I loved this second chance to get it right romance! It had interesting characters in a cleverly written snapshot of history, with an intriguing plotline that holds its own and builds tension and anticipation to suspenseful and flirtatious heights!!!
Emily E.K. Murdoch's Christmas with a Czar:
Transported straight into Regency England and the pomp and forged airs of St James' Court, forms the humming backdrop for this secret lead plotline as two cultures and life changing secrets collide, manifest and slowing become revealed.
Murdoch balances the witty, flirtatious and touching well as the connection and attraction between Anne and Maxim jump from the page. Forced into close quarters thanks to a fake engagement born from the culmination of one steamy kiss, an irrate father set on preventing scandal and the simmering spark of instant attraction and humming desire, that catches them both unaware from the very first, grows into the possibility of so much more.
Whilst their brooding secrets breed mistrust and threaten to overshadow the promise of a truly happily ever after.
The ingrained vulnerabilities, hidden mistakes, masked histories and fragile trust make for good reading while their hopes, desires, building sexual tension and witty banter make for great chemistry.
Ultimately, a nice story that has the ability to make you smile, blush and even shed a tear.
Moreover, as the caption implies, unwrap the pleasure, sizzling passion and shattering secrets in these two delightful books. I can't wait to read the other amazing authors in the lineup!
Lady Sarah has known Giles, Marquess Gordan since childhood. Sarah was impulsive when she was younger and after an incident, when she was first a debutante, she hasn’t seen Giles to talk to. Giles, also, has regrets about the past. At a house party at the home of her brother Hugh and his wife Molly, Giles and Sarah are in each other’s company again and realise that they still have feelings for each other. Will secrets from the past affect the present? This was a very enjoyable read with engaging characters.
Wedding Her Christmas Duke 5*
This was a delightful story set in Bath and at a house party. Justina was staying at a hotel in Bath with her aunt. There is a mystery to her aunt’s background and also Justina’s own. At the hotel, Justina meets the owner, Baxter Bathurst. They do have a very strong attraction to each other. However, a number of events and misunderstandings do not help their relationship develop. This was a very engaging read.
The Rogue’s Secret 5*
I did enjoy this story very much, the characters Lord Rupert Rogers and Lady Verity were so likeable. Rupert has recently become a Baron and had a riddle to solve to find his late great uncle’s treasure. He needed it to help his tenants and he didn’t wish to marry an heiress. He wanted a mutual attraction between him and his future wife. He had been a bit of a rogue but was determined to mend his ways, although he still had a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Verity had experienced her share of heartache but was now loving in her own cottage. Rupert and Verity attracted to each other but Verity has a secret that she fears will spoil their relationship. There is also the treasure to be found and an enemy who will go to dangerous lengths to achieve what he wants. This was a lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I received a copy of this story via Booksprout and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have bought my own copy.
Some of the authors in this set are known to me but others are new, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.
I particularly enjoyed, One Scandalous Christmas, by Jane Burrelli. I adored her second chance at love romance about Robert and kitty. Her characters are very human and well fleshed out characters. The tale is one of lovers estranged who meet up again and soon discover that the old spark is still between them. Second chance romances are one of my favourite story lines and this ticked all the boxes for me!