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A Winter Wish by Nadine Millard
Synopsis: Mariah Bolton is as headstrong as she is clever, as strong-willed as she is beautiful. She enjoys her life and, apart from a rather snobbish mama, she is happy with her lot.
Imagine her consternation then when her world is turned upside down by the brooding and aloof Mr. Brandon Haverton!
Mariah and Brandon are forced to endure each other’s company more than either wants to when a snowstorm traps them in the same house.
They argue, they bang heads and they drive each other insane.
But something precious is blooming beneath the surface of all that ice. Something neither looks for but both need.
Can love melt the snow around Brandon’s cold heart?
Can Mariah be brave enough to take a leap of faith?
And can a Winter Wish help bring two souls together forever?
YA and it was super cute. I think it’s a historical romance. I really like the female MC in this book because it seemed that even though it was written in a historical setting the characters wore more modern and progressive with regard to propriety. It’s a cute little love story. My favorite scene in the book is when she goes to the house and she pulls up to who when thinks is the butler and she pats his head not realizing he is the man of the house. It was quite funny. I also like the way that the passion and the lust is written. How honest the male MC is to the female MC about his feelings about her really stuck out to me as well.
For the Love of a Lady by Kristin Vayden
Synopsis: Lady Esther Flanguard is all of the above… but that’s all about to change soon.
Because, Essie has a plan. And it’s sure to work brilliantly.
The only thing standing in her way is trying to convince Cross—her best friend’s brother—to go along with it.
Lord Crossby, Cross to those who know him well, knows that Essie’s plan is not a good idea.
What Essie doesn’t know, is that he’s been in love with her for years. He refuses to leave this second chance left to fate. He lost her once, and plans to never lose her again.
So, knowing he’ll risk his heart, he agrees to play along with her disastrous plan. Silently vowing, that though Essie might be pretending…he isn’t, and this time he’s playing for keeps.
This historical YA romance was quick and funny right from the beginning. Cross was the true star in this novella. He was quick-witted and charming. Essie was a fool to never to notice him. Shoot, I fell in love with him from gate. Their dialogue really stuck out for me. It was great. I really liked how the author showed Essie coming around and finally noticing Cross. Poor thing couldn’t see the forest for the trees. And the spin at the end was pretty surprising too.
Cloaked in Red: A Shattered Fairy Tale by Kelly Martin
Synopsis: Frederick Dodsworth has no desire to find love at Anthony Wexley’s Christmas gathering. Yet when he lays his eyes on the beautiful Rebecca for the first time, he is beyond smitten.
Lust turns to love. Love turns to jealousy. Jealousy turns to betrayal.
How did Frederick Dodsworth become the most evil man in Darenset? Simple. It started with a kiss.
This one got a little tricky for me. I may have got a bit confused while reading it because I didn’t understand the ending very well. This guy was a Grinch. No, even worse than that. He had no heart at all. He was vindictive and cruel. Who tells their wife that he never loved her? That’s a dick move right there bro! Anyway, his heart was broken so he subscribed to the old adage of ‘revenge is a dish that is best served cold.’ And cold it was because by the time he got around to serving it, everyone was already dead so he couldn’t even rub it in their faces. I felt a bit sorry for him after the end.
The Devil Duke Takes a Bride by Rachel Van Dyken
Synopsis: Who said being bad wasn’t oh so good?
Benedict Devlyn, Duke of Banbury, has one thing on his mind and it isn’t marriage. But things take a turn for the worse when his menacing aunt throws a hitch in his plans to remain the most sinful and talked about man in the ton. After all, a man cannot keep the reputation of being The Devil Duke when he is leg-shackled to some simpering spinster.
But his aunt, bless her heart, thinks she’s dying, and believes her nephew’s behavior is the only thing standing in the way between her entrance to heaven or hell. So she very lovingly and selflessly sets him up. With his childhood nemesis.
A young woman who, though she claims it was an accident, has nearly killed him thrice through her lack of grace and manners. It matters not that the minute he sets eyes on her at the Christmas ball, his blood boils with lust. He refuses to allow himself to fall prey to his aunt’s ministrations.
That is, until he is compromised and stuck in an engagement to a girl who claims she’d rather jump from a moving carriage than marry him. Funny thing that, for the very minute she says no, he finds his heart very much wants to say yes. When she doesn’t leap at the chance to marry him, he sets about to not only prove that he’s worthy of her favor, but also worthy of her heart.
By far and away my favorite of the set! This is the opposites attract story. I love the opposites attract story. This one had more layers and background than the others which may have helped in my liking of this story. This author’s dialogue is just extraordinary; it was more like verbal foreplay than dialogue. The way they played off of each other was like a couple dancing in perfect sync. I could see it in my mind like a movie. Some people don’t ‘see’ the story when reading; I am not one of those. I see it and hear a different voice while reading. And this story was just great. I may read these again soon.