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- Publication Date : October 21, 2014
- File Size : 3251 KB
- Print Length : 150 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : WebMotion (October 21, 2014)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1939713846
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- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B00OR549DS
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,044 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lady Amelia Pembroke is a very organized lady. She has organized her life and her brother’s so that there were very rarely any surprises. She always had a backup plan. Now, she had decided it is time for her to marry. She needs to get out of her brother’s house so he can find someone to marry and not feel he is kicking her out of her home. She decides to check Debrett’s Peerage to find someone of her class to marry. Then, she intends to meet him at the Sheffield’s seventy-fifth annual Christmas Eve ball. When she tells her brother about it, he tells her that there will not be a Christmas Eve ball this year because the venue where it was held had burned down. She immediately stated there must be a different venue because the Ball must go on. She has twelve days to convince the Viscount to hold the ball, to find a venue, orchestra, decorations, chefs, and send out hand written invitations. She has no time to waste, she must see the Viscount immediately.
Benedict St. John, Viscount Sheffield led a very regimented life. He does not have time for a wife. From eight in the morning to eight at night, he focuses on business. From eight in the evening to eight in the morning, he focuses on fun. He religiously keeps to his regime. Then, one day, his schedule is broken into by the appearance of Lady Amelia Pembroke on his doorstep. His life will never be the same.
Will Amelia be able to talk Benedict into having the ball and will she be able to get everything arranged in time?
This is a cute book and it is fun to read.
This story focuses on Lady Amelia and the Viscount Sheffield. The lady is always analyzing and maneuvering others, for their benefit of course. She never stops to just have fun, but she is kind and considerate, and always thoughtful as she pushes to have things done her way. The Viscount, on the other hand, likes things done his own way and has never met a woman quite as determined as her. He understands the lady quickly, and that helps him as he becomes a reformed rake. They have their moments of witty banter over the course of two weeks, and they both intrigue one another in ways never done before. Despite the fact that this was a sweet romance, the couple definitely had plenty of chemistry as they spoke and tried to out maneuver the other.
Overall I really loved this book! It was short and sweet, a great Christmas themed read. You learn just enough of the lady to really like and admire her, but not as much as I would hope from the Viscount. The romance was great, as was the overall pacing and editing of the story. If you like sweet, short historical romance, this story is definitely for you!
I loved the heroine. She’s clever and knows her own mind. Her antics will have you laughing. Lord Sheffield never stood a chance. And when he realizes how amazing she is, he means to have her.
A worthy Christmas novella. It would have been even better as a longer story.
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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.
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
Lady Amelia is very independent and takes great delight in organising everyone and everything around her down to the minute details. She is unmarried but is beginning to think that she should settle down for her brother's sake. It doesn't have to be love as long a title is involved.
Lord Benedict Sheffield is single and has set rules on how he lives his life. He has specific time for work and the same goes for play. He doesn't have time for a proper relationship.
Amelia learns that Benedict has cancelled his Christmas ball because the venue is not functional after being burned down. They are not acquainted with each other but she decides to offer her assistance. He doesn't believe that she wants to "organise" him and decides to humour her before rejecting her offer. He soon finds out that when Amelia puts her mind into doing anything, she sees it through no matter what. They start planning and somewhere along the line they start to have feelings for each other. Will either of them change their rigid rules?
This short novella is a beautiful story where love blossoms where least expected.
I am not really sure why this book is subtitled as a prequel as there is only one fleeting mention made to the dukes of war.
This is a Novella rather than a full length and for this reason the main characters here fall in love deeply in less than 12 days. They are not in infatuation, or in lust but rather real deep love.
The characters have clearly defined personalities and this reader liked the female lead (Lady Amelia) with her organisational skills from the first. The Viscount is equally a strong character who cannot help but fall for this formidable female and readily falls for her honey trap.
This novel was quite charming with the occasional humorous episode. Amelia clearly knew how to manage her man! Without him realising that he was complying with her wishes (something modern women clearly do every day).
The story is straightforward with no miscommunications or unnecessary drama. When I finished the book I was like ‘Ahhhhhhh’. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that the remaining novels in the series are as good.
I was surprised, however, that this novella only comprised 75% of the book with the remainder being a preview of the first full book of the series. If I wanted to read a preview of the next book I would have purchased a free sampler from Amazon.
So if you are looking for a short, light, funny read with likeable characters this is one for you. I personally am looking forward to reading the series proper.
Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.
Lady Amelia is a strong character. At 29, she's been managing her brother's life & household with such success, that she realises it's probably the reason why he's never got married! She decides to look for a husband for herself, before matchmaking for her brother! The annual Sheffield Christmas Ball is the ideal place for her to find a suitor. However, on learning that it's been cancelled due to lightning striking the venue, Amelia approaches the Viscount of Sheffield with her proposal of finding, organising & managing the ball, in order to allow him to continue with whatever busy schedule he has.
Benedict is also an organised fellow. He deals with his business (estate, tenants, politics etc) between 8am and 8pm, & enjoys his evenings/ nights free in the arms of actresses & courtesans, in gaming halls & theatres. However, on meeting the lovely Lady Amelia, he adapts his schedule to spend time with her investigating different venues for the Christmas Ball. He quickly realises that although she doesn't need him, he very much needs her in his life...