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  1. says:

    Three gorgeous novellas from three of my favorite writersand a fourth from me Merry merry


  2. says:

    The main reason I got this book was “Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare And it was as good as I thought it would beLouisa meets at a ball the man who owns her family home Duke of Thorndale only wants to sell all his London properties and go back to Yorkshire He hates London and he believes that all the Londoners lie all the time and they want to take advantage of himLouisa is desperate Duke does not know who she is but maybe she can enthral himconvince him not to sell her home so that her family does not move in the middle of nowhereA night walk around frozen cold beautiful London will make Luisa and James fall in love James is not that heartless and horrid apparently and Luisa decides that maybe moving to Isle of Jersey wouldn't be that bad She likes James and she does not want to ask him anything in returnMy favourite part of the book is when James finally takes Luisa back to her home Louisa slipped her arms free of his coat and draped the garment over the the back of his chair brushing his shoulder with her fingertips Thank you for sharing your coatHolding his teacup in one hand he used the other to pull out the chair next to his Sit next to meShe accepted with reluctance edging her chair aside to create space between them I don’t want to give my family ideasBeneath the table he caught her chair leg with his boot dragging her close Let them have their ideasHer heart fluttered in her chest They hadn’t exchanged a single word in the entire exchange Not even so much as a glance Yet as Louisa poured herself a cup of tea he casually pushed the sugar in her direction as though he’d been doing so every morning for years and yearsThere is a misunderstanding towards the end Duke learns who Luisa is and he thinks that she tried to tricked him but this is another story with happy ending So nothing to worry aboutThe story is wonderfully romantic and sweetWell there are 3 stories in the book by authors that I haven't read before but I believe I have reached my limit with Christmas romance for this year Maybe I will try them next Christmas


  3. says:

    25 Stars rounded up due primarily to my obsession for everything Tessa Dare writes Argh I hate being the lone grinch who's less than enad with this anthology but I just wasn't nearly as engaged and enchanted as I'd hoped I tend to love novellas since I often lack the patience for the drawn out miscommunications and repetitiveness that longer romance novels bring us Honestly though I found the last two of these four stories tedious even as novellas and can't imagine finishing them if they'd been full length novels Another thing I often appreciate about anthologies is how the separate stories are clearly or subtly connected In this case the only commonality is that each one mentioned shortbread whichreally? 1 Tessa Dare's novella was written with her usual sparkly breezy yet intelligent prose featuring another one of her clever inspiring heroines and another surly initially rude yet ultimately decent hero The ballroom scene between Louisa and James reminded me a lot of Darcy and Elizabeth's infamous first dance in Pride and Prejudice The story was sweet and mildly humorous albeit not as witty as most of her longer work and had a few well written lines that I highlighted on my Kindle but even as a huge and probably biased Tessa Dare fan I can't claim this was among her most memorable and impactful pieces of work 45 stars2 Objectively Sarah Maclean's story was extremely well written and had depth insight and substance than one can usually expect from a holiday novella For whatever strange reason though I just didn't fully fall in love with her characters This might be a story that improves with a second reading for me because there really is a lot to love about it especially for those who love second chance romances 355 Warning this is where I get Grinch y 3 I can't recall whether I've read Sophie Jordan before but this definitely didn't inspire me to search for her other books The premise was kind of a 19th century Home Alone only involving a sensible yet of course plucky heroine and a you guessed it grumpy duke and a nearly deserted Scottish castle Cue highway men and mayhem This was actually the story I'd been looking forward to most I'm weirdly obsessed with stories set in castles and I love the element of mysterysuspenseadventure that the addition of highway men promised to provide The actual writing made it impossible for me to get into this story or its characters though and I had to force myself to finish 25 4 Joanna Shupe Points for a different setting NYC and an original promising premise would be journalist who's famous for her cooking column despite not actually knowing how to cook Sadly this was another story where the characters and writing style just fell completely flat for me and as those of you patient to read my rambling reviews know characterization and writing style are the primary reasons I love or don't love any given story 25Overall these weren't BAD but I found myself disappointed I didn't close the book with that goofy smile that the better romances especially the holiday themed ones tend to provide As a minor pet peeve I wonder why all four stories felt compelled to focus on dukes The obsession with dukes in this genre is getting a little tiresome for me It was monotonous enough when nearly every author decided to focus only on titled men shout out to Theresa Romain and others for writing about gasp regular people and shedding some light on how other people lived during that era Lately though it feels like half the stories out there feature not just mere earls or lords or a maruess but dukes the very highest and rarest title Because heaven forbid the hero not be the very richest and most powerful person in all of society? Sorry for the rant but it's just something about the overall genre that's been irking me and you guys are the only people I can vent to about this issue


  4. says:

    Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare3 starsAdorable love at first sight story about a Duke and a poor girl with a family in need of rescueTotal suspension of reality that reduced this from a 4 to a 3 starThe Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean20 starsDidn't enjoy this one at all Would have skipped it if it weren't an audio book Didn't care for the heroHeiress Alone by Sophie Jordan30 starsTotally enjoyed this one Dislike at first sight followed by Instalove and a serious case of Mega Lust Again there was a total suspension of reality that reduced the stars from a 4 to a 3This was an adult version of Home Alone and I loved it Annis' family accidentally leaves her behind in the highlands and she is rescued by the man she hates most My name is Calder and I don't care how many boys you've kissed Annis he declared Because I'm the first man Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe3 starsLoved the writing Just hated that the hero was a manipulating hippocrite Thanks goodness he got some sound advice from a man he respected


  5. says:

    Rated thusly for the utter tripe that is “Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare Why launch the book with this ridiculousness? Approaching men at balls with no introduction Leaving an establishment in male company Bare assed sex in a coach Wandering about London at night on foot A grown man of that era not knowing a woman can’t go into gentlemen’s clubs An adult male willingly traipsing about Mayfair with a Virgin he picked up at a ball on some stupid sightseeing tour For hours Until 5am Why? Him taking liuor from a club doorman and them doing shots in a doorway to “warm up” What The Heck Is This Who approved it? Are editors a thing of the past? It’s scandalous enough to remain on the dance floor after their dance to begin with I don't get how she could logistically speaking 'take over' her friend's dance card I mean yes her friend could hand it over to her but how were the men supposed to know to approach her as a substitute and not the actual person they reuested a dance with?I’m so so confused by every single thing that came after They’re having bloody snow games in a deserted park at night? Can a pseudo Jack the Ripper just end them already cause I don’t know in what century a man would accompany a young woman to loiter in a deserted park and expect That to end wellDo parent's not exist in this world? Societal norms? Logic? Should he not be returning her to her people?In other news the second story by Sarah Maclean wasn’t half bad A solid 35 Stars And that’s as far as I got Because I can only lay claim to a limited amount of patience


  6. says:

    rating only for Tessa Dare's story


  7. says:

    Terribly terribly anachronistic We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight And the who's who of society assembling into the kitchen to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia All the while as his servants walk in on them merrily without knocking These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made it really hard for me to get into the book and enjoyThat being said while I go by chemistry and writing flair for judging enjoyment Tessa Dare's contribution was the best of the lot


  8. says:

    My favorites were surprisingly the ones not by my favorite authors I loved Sophie Jordan's Scottish Duke romance and Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age romance it was my first time reading JS too This anthology is just perfect for anyone looking for Christmas romances – there are FOUR of them


  9. says:

    Delightful Christmas stories each a different take on a classic Holiday story Watch out for the secret Scottish shortbread it is said that is can make a couple fall in loveMeet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare 5 StarsThis was a delightful story and I loved it A take on Little Women The heroine Lousia Ward and her family are losing their home because the new Duke of Thornedale is calling in a debt her father thought had been forgiven by the old Duke who was a dear friend Her only hope is to attract a rich husband at the Christmas Ball Instead she comes face to face with the horrid Duke and finds out that he isn't so horrid after all By the end of the night she has a whole new perspective on her life and is than a little in love with the DukeThe Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean 3 12 StarsThis story is a take on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol only this time our Scrooge is Eben Duke of Allryd and he is young wealthy and very handsome He inherited a Dukedom that was deep in debt and took his responsibility to make it profitable a little to far driving away the only woman he ever loved Lady Jaueline Mosby After twelve years Jack is tired of waiting for Eban to be wealthy enough and come for her so she shows up on a snowy Christmas Eve to show him what he has missedHeiress Alone by Sophie Jordan 5 StarsThis is a really cute take on Home Alone with a touch of Sound of Music Annis Bannister is the serious of the six Bannister sisters and is often overlooked within her very boisterous family but when they pack up and leave Scotland without her well that is just to much With a massive snowstorm brewing and brigands terrorizing the countryside her neighbor a surly reclusive Duke Calder Sinclair comes to rescue the caretakers of the estate and ends up with Annis too Annis' only goal in life is peace and solitude so she plans to become a nun but as Calder says You were no made to become a nunChristmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe 4 StarsA scandal has consumed the newspaper and it's owner and publisher is caught in the backlash Duke Havermyer needs to good will of his board of directors and decided that he needs Mrs Walker the paper's advice columnist to host a dinner party to restore the boards confidence in him He gives her no choice in the matter Since Rose Walker is really a 21 year old single young woman who lives in a boarding house and not a married New York City society matron living in a mansion she scrambles to pull together this Christmas dinner party and pulls it off uite well Until she falls heed over heals for Duke


  10. says:

    So I got my Christmas spirit going a bit early this year with my reads I do have to say that I did enjoy all but the last novella on the Dukes It was a delightful read and I must say that Sarah MacLean's novel was the height of them all Recommend this read and as a summation of them all I am rating this as a 35 rounded to 4 Stars4 Stars


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How the Dukes Stole Christmas

Summary How the Dukes Stole Christmas

MacLeanRich and ruthless Eben Duke of Allryd has no time for holidays Holidays are for whimsy and charm the only two things his money cannot buy Lady Jacueline Mosby is full of both even now twelve years after she left to see the world When Jacueline returns for a single Christmas Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped lovingor the future that had once been in reach It will take a miracle to convince her to staybut if ever there were a time for miracles it's ChristmasHeiress Alone by Sophie JordanWhen Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm she finds herself stranded in the Highlands left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside robbing homes locked up f Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare3 starsAdorable love at first sight story about a Duke and a poor girl with a family in need of rescueTotal suspension of reality that reduced this from a 4 to a 3 starThe Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean20 starsDidn't enjoy this one at all Would have skipped it if it weren't an audio book Didn't care for the heroHeiress Alone by Sophie Jordan30 starsTotally enjoyed this one Dislike at first sight followed by Instalove and a serious case of Mega Lust Again there was a total suspension of reality that reduced the stars from a 4 to a 3This was an adult version of Home Alone and I loved it Annis' family accidentally leaves her behind in the highlands and she is rescued by the man she hates most My name is Calder and I don't care how many boys you've kissed Annis he declared Because I'm the first man Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe3 starsLoved the writing Just hated that the hero was a manipulating hippocrite Thanks goodness he got some sound advice from a man he respected The Web and The Wing is full of both even now twelve years after she left to see the world When Jacueline returns for a single Christmas Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped lovingor the future that had once been The Web and The Wing in reach It will take a miracle to convince her to staybut Vernon Downs if ever there were a time for miracles An Alpha's Trust it's ChristmasHeiress Alone by Sophie JordanWhen Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind Yahweh's Wife: Sex in the Evolution of Monotheism : A Study of Yahweh, Asherah, Ritual Sodomy and Temple Prostitution (Woman in History) in the rush to escape an The Love Child's Mother impending snowstorm she finds herself stranded Shrouded Memory in the Highlands left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside robbing homes locked up f Meet Me The Gypsy's Song (Destiny's Consent) in Mayfair by Tessa Dare3 starsAdorable love at first sight story about a Duke and a poor girl with a family Titanic Lessons for It Projects in need of rescueTotal suspension of reality that reduced this from a 4 to a 3 starThe Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean20 starsDidn't enjoy this one at all Would have skipped Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed: Texts Translated and Edited with Introductions it Dragon Age (Dragon Age 1) if Origins Rising it weren't an audio book Didn't care for the heroHeiress Alone by Sophie Jordan30 starsTotally enjoyed this one Dislike at first sight followed by Instalove and a serious case of Mega Lust Again there was a total suspension of reality that reduced the stars from a 4 to a 3This was an adult version of Home Alone and I loved Keteknikan Videografi: Membuat Film Pendek dan Video Iklan untuk SMK Semester 1 it Annis' family accidentally leaves her behind Beware a Scots Revenge (School for Heiresses, in the highlands and she Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom is rescued by the man she hates most My name The Dewdrops ... a journey begins is Calder and I don't care how many boys you've kissed Annis he declared Because I'm the first man Christmas The Dewdrops ... a journey begins in Central Park by Joanna Shupe3 starsLoved the writing Just hated that the hero was a manipulating hippocrite Thanks goodness he got some sound advice from a man he respected

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Or winter Her only hope falls on her neighbor a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look then a kiss until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstormsChristmas in Central Park by Joanna ShupeWomen all over America devour Mrs Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice No one knows Rose the column's author can't even boil water When the paper's owner Duke Havemeyer insists she host a Christmas party Rose must scramble to find a husband an empty mansion and a cook But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional To save her career will she give up her chance at love Terribly terribly anachronistic We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight And the who's who of society assembling into the kitchen to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia All the while as his servants walk in on them merrily without knocking These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made it really hard for me to get into the book and enjoyThat being said while I go by chemistry and writing flair for judging enjoyment Tessa Dare's contribution was the best of the lot Cache in Central Park by Joanna ShupeWomen all over America devour Mrs Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice No one knows Rose the column's author can't even boil water When the paper's owner Duke Havemeyer Cache insists she host a Christmas party Rose must scramble to find a husband an empty mansion and a cook But Duke The academic library is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) is failing especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional To save her career will she give up her chance at love Terribly terribly anachronistic We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight And the who's who of society assembling Pie: A Global History into the kitchen to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia All the while as his servants walk Les décisions absurdes : Sociologie des erreurs radicales et persistantes in on them merrily without knocking These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made Needful it really hard for me to get Gemini into the book and enjoyThat being said while I go by chemistry and writing flair for judging enjoyment Tessa Dare's contribution was the best of the lot

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Christmas magic is in the air From the ballrooms of London to abandoned Scottish castles to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romancewith a little help from some enchanted shortbreadMeet Me in Mayfair by Tessa DareLouisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight the horrid heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home But when her friend begs to switch dance cards Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy the horrid heartless and unexpectedly handsome Thorndale himself Now the duke's holding her future in his handsand he's not letting goThe Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah 25 Stars rounded up due primarily to my obsession for everything Tessa Dare writes Argh I hate being the lone grinch who's less than enad with this anthology but I just wasn't nearly as engaged and enchanted as I'd hoped I tend to love novellas since I often lack the patience for the drawn out miscommunications and repetitiveness that longer romance novels bring us Honestly though I found the last two of these four stories tedious even as novellas and can't imagine finishing them if they'd been full length novels Another thing I often appreciate about anthologies is how the separate stories are clearly or subtly connected In this case the only commonality is that each one mentioned shortbread whichreally 1 Tessa Dare's novella was written with her usual sparkly breezy yet intelligent prose featuring another one of her clever inspiring heroines and another surly initially rude yet ultimately decent hero The ballroom scene between Louisa and James reminded me a lot of Darcy and Elizabeth's infamous first dance in Pride and Prejudice The story was sweet and mildly humorous albeit not as witty as most of her longer work and had a few well written lines that I highlighted on my Kindle but even as a huge and probably biased Tessa Dare fan I can't claim this was among her most memorable and impactful pieces of work 45 stars2 Objectively Sarah Maclean's story was extremely well written and had depth insight and substance than one can usually expect from a holiday novella For whatever strange reason though I just didn't fully fall in love with her characters This might be a story that improves with a second reading for me because there really is a lot to love about it especially for those who love second chance romances 355 Warning this is where I get Grinch y 3 I can't recall whether I've read Sophie Jordan before but this definitely didn't inspire me to search for her other books The premise was kind of a 19th century Home Alone only involving a sensible yet of course plucky heroine and a you guessed it grumpy duke and a nearly deserted Scottish castle Cue highway men and mayhem This was actually the story I'd been looking forward to most I'm weirdly obsessed with stories set in castles and I love the element of mysterysuspenseadventure that the addition of highway men promised to provide The actual writing made it impossible for me to get into this story or its characters though and I had to force myself to finish 25 4 Joanna Shupe Points for a different setting NYC and an original promising premise would be journalist who's famous for her cooking column despite not actually knowing how to cook Sadly this was another story where the characters and writing style just fell completely flat for me and as those of you patient to read my rambling reviews know characterization and writing style are the primary reasons I love or don't love any given story 25Overall these weren't BAD but I found myself disappointed I didn't close the book with that goofy smile that the better romances especially the holiday themed ones tend to provide As a minor pet peeve I wonder why all four stories felt compelled to focus on dukes The obsession with dukes in this genre is getting a little tiresome for me It was monotonous enough when nearly every author decided to focus only on titled men shout out to Theresa Romain and others for writing about gasp regular people and shedding some light on how other people lived during that era Lately though it feels like half the stories out there feature not just mere earls or lords or a maruess but dukes the very highest and rarest title Because heaven forbid the hero not be the very richest and most powerful person in all of society Sorry for the rant but it's just something about the overall genre that's been irking me and you guys are the only people I can vent to about this issue