Christmas

B+
Regency Royal Navy Christmas

This is a curious anthology because while two of the stories are Kelly’s usual fare, one is happy-ending fiction rather than a romance, and the other is a reprint of the novella which introduced Able Six, an eidetic genius very unlike Kelly’s general ordinary-folk protagonists. Boxing the ...

C+
One Christmas Eve

Shannon Stacey’s Cedar Street series continues along with this brisk novella, One Christmas Eve. Now that Zoe Randall’s divorce is over, done and in the can, she’s setting out to enjoy life for herself for once.  Back in her home town, she and her cousin Carly have opened a bookstore toget ...

C
The Earl's Christmas Pearl

Romance and the 1991 family film Home Alone are unlikely bedfellows, and Megan Frampton’s The Earl’s Christmas Pearl isn’t even the first romance to give us a historical version of the plot. Her take is an amusing and breezy Christmas novella. Pearl Howlett has accidentally been left behind ...

B
Invitation to a Cornish Christmas

An Invitation to a Cornish Christmas is brought to us by Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott. The stories take place in Porth Karrek, Cornwall during the 1822 Christmas Season and revolve around the same cast of characters. The Captain’s Christmas Proposal by Marguerite Kaye Grade: B+      ...

C
Seduction on a Snowy Night

Seduction on a Snowy Night contains three novellas by some of the best known writers of Historical Romance - Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney. Sadly, only one of the stories is worthy of recommendation. A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter Grade: B  Sensuality: Warm ...

B+
Better Not Pout

I’m one of those people who doesn’t start feeling Christmassy until a couple of weeks beforehand.  I hate the fact that the cards and decorations start appearing in the shops at the end of August; I won’t listen to a Christmas song until well into December if I can avoid it, and it’s not ti ...

A
The Lady in Red

The Lady in Red is an absolute delight, y’all. Beyond the annoyance of having the Chris De Burgh song in my head for days afterwards (not a fan, sorry), I loved the time I spent with this book and with these people and was so annoyed when I clicked the last page. My fellow reviewer Alex raved abou ...

C
A Texas Christmas Past

I enjoy westerns and I enjoy Julia Justiss' work, so I was eager to pick this up, but sadly, it ended up disappointing me. Whereas her Regency historical voice is assured and nuanced, the writing here felt flat and as though she was trying too hard. I'm not sure if it is the novella-length of the bo ...

B
Twelfth Night with the Earl

This emotionally charged novella is billed as the third book in Anna Bradley’s current Sutherland Sisters series, although it doesn’t actually feature a Sutherland.  It's linked to the other books by virtue of the fact that its hero, Ethan Fortescue, Earl of Devon, is one of the secondary chara ...

B
Christmastime Cowboy

I love the Christmas season. I start putting up red and green decorations the second the Thanksgiving table is cleared. Reviewing Christmastime Cowboy allowed me to indulge in the holiday spirit extra-early this year. Although I was jumping into the middle of a series, the standalone setup and famil ...