Friday, 26 December 2014

2 Xmas novellas- Historical romance style

With one more errand to go—the purchase of a hunting falcon—Andrew Blackshear has Christmas completely under control. As his sister’s impending marriage signals the inevitable drifting-apart of the Blackshear family, it’s his last chance to give his siblings the sort of memorable, well-planned holiday their parents could never seem to provide. 

He has no time to dawdle, no time for nonsense, and certainly no time to drive the falconer’s vexing, impulsive, lush-lipped, midnight-haired daughter to a house party before heading home. So why the devil did he agree to do just that? 

Lucy Sharp has been waiting all her too-quiet life for an adventure, and she means to make the most of this one. She’s going to enjoy the house party as no one has ever enjoyed a house party before, and in the meanwhile she’s going to enjoy every minute in the company of amusingly stern, formidably proper, outrageously handsome Mr. Blackshear. Let him disapprove of her all he likes—it’s not as though they’ll see each other again after today. 

…or will they? When a carriage mishap and a snowstorm strand the pair miles short of their destination, threatening them with scandal and jeopardizing all their Christmas plans, they’ll have to work together to save the holiday from disaster. And along the way they just might learn that the best adventures are the ones you never would have thought to plan. 

My thoughts:
Xmas freebie was on my mind as I downloaded this book and at once I went to my nook.
Reading about a couple, oh forget this, I can't rhyme.

Andrew needs a hunting bird and meets Lucy. She wants to go to a xmas party, he is all proper and stiff.

Long story short, he saves the day so she can attend the party but boom! they get stranded and get to know each other. And fall in love :)

Cute and fun.

Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Cecilia Grant
Blackshear Family 0.5
Historical romance

Down through the years, enchantment touches a tall gray house in Grosvenor Square. The legend of Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball promises true love and happiness to one lucky couple. Who will feel the magic this winter?

1803 - The Seduction of a Duchess by Shana Galen 

Rowena Harcourt, the Duchess of Valère, never forgot the handsome footman who helped her escape the French Revolution. For fourteen years, Gabriel Lamarque has loved Rowena—now at Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball, has fate finally delivered a chance to win her hand?

1818 - One Kiss for Christmas by Vanessa Kelly 

Nigel Dash is London’s most reliable gentleman, a reputation he never minded until he fell in love with beautiful Amelia Easton. Unfortunately, Amelia sees Nigel as a dependable friend, not a dashing suitor. At Lady Winterson’s famous Christmas ball, Nigel vows to change Amelia’s mind—by sweeping her off her feet.

1825 - His Christmas Cinderella by Anna Campbell 

At the season’s most glittering ball, a girl who has never dared to dream of forever after discovers a Christmas miracle.

1830 - The Last First Kiss by Kate Noble 

Susannah Westforth has always loved Sebastian Beckett – but he’s only ever seen her as a friend. When Sebastian takes his Grand Tour, Susannah transforms herself into a woman he’ll notice. Now Sebastian is back, just in time for Lady Winterson's Christmas ball – but the last thing he expects to see is his little Susie, all grown up...

You’re invited to join the whirling dance at Lady Winterson’s sparkling Christmas ball, where miracles happen and true love shines forever. How can you resist? 

My thoughts:
1803 - The Seduction of a Duchess by Shana Galen 
It was a good short story. I got the backstory and could just fall into the world. Also it was nice that an older woman found romance for once. Wohoo for her! And with a younger man ;)

The story does mention people from her series, but it works splendidly as it is.

1818 - One Kiss for Christmas by Vanessa Kelly 
This was a sweet story where the beta gets the girl. And I liked Nigel, sure he was dependable, but hey when did that turn bad? He was wonderful :) I am glad she finally saw the light.

1825 - His Christmas Cinderella by Anna Campbell 
A Cinderella story, where I went all awww, how sweet! A girl of meager means gets her Lord :)

1830 - The Last First Kiss by Kate Noble 
I did like this one, he came back, and she was all changed and he was all no! You are my little Susie! But oh no, she was a woman now. And he fell fast and then they lived happily ever after.

I liked these short stories! Cute, fun and they all took place during this Winter Ball :) Perfect before xmas.

Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published October 10th 2013
Historical romance


Carole Rae said...

1) Cute. :) I need a nice short story
2) :D

Unknown said...

It's been years since I read something holiday themed. This binge sounds successful

Anonymous said...

Nice that you can find these stories that are Christmas themed. Especially the first one, I usually see freebies offered but I always have such bad luck with them.

~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

Blodeuedd said...

:) See if they are stll free

Blodeuedd said...

I tried this year, though most failed ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Well if you remember my last DNF post then a LOT failed

Kevin said...

You're having waaaay better luck than me with the Christmas themed novellas. The ones I've read are more depressing than romantic or annoying.

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Mystica said...

These books would I am sure have hit the spot. I did no Christmassy reading and reading anyway took a back seat though I am hoping the weekend will give me more of an opportunity to read.

DMS said...

The short stories sound great! I like that all of them were good! I also think the first one seems perfect to read all cozied up by the fire. Thanks for sharing! :)

Melliane said...

yay new sweet christmas stories!

Blodeuedd said...

Horrible! I did find some good ones this year, and lots of bad ones too

Blodeuedd said...

I am hoping the same!
*takes out books, starts reading*

Blodeuedd said...

I wish I had a fireplace, sigh, but we opted for not to save a bit of cash

Blodeuedd said...


Chris said...

Wow, that first cover does NOT suggest historical to me.

Blodeuedd said...

Every time they are in their underslip or something it looks so bad. Keep to the dresses

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

First one sounds cute. I have the 2nd one on my tablet.

Blodeuedd said...

Enjoy :)


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