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Them and long held affections We get to see into both their minds so that s helpful and though they both have their pasts to manage they also have a future togetherThere are some delightful moments shared as Johnny tries to persuade Lydia to accept him in her lifeHe had said that he would protect her and it seemed that was exactly what he was offering his protectionBut she also felt than a flicker of excitement It slid through her veins like a heady wine wicked and wondrous Of course in the Regency era a man s protection generally meant that he would set her p as his mistress In this case Lydia believes Johnny is offering such an arrangement to her as well as Johnny providing a home for her daughter that would be safe He kisses her and she welcomes it The Barons of Texas until No she said No I can t do this Johnny ran a hand over his disordered hair He was looking less than hissual immaculate self I thought you seemed to be managing Avenge Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy, uite well he murmured I can t be your mistress Lydia stated baldlyJohnny looked disconcerted I wasn t aware that I had asked you You implied it Lydia said You said there was a price for your silence She saw thenderstanding break in his eyes I am flattered that you were prepared to consider it for even a moment but Mortification crashed over Lydia in a wave She closed her eyes I misunderstood didn t I I fear so He was trying not to laugh damn him His actual proposal comes shortly hereafterbut Lydia is Christmas, Actually uite the stubborn female I would encourage anyone who enjoys this playful type of story to give this one a read It sick and entertaining and will leave you with a smile She Stoops to WenchdomOpening at a holiday ball Mary Jo Putney expeditiously puts The Tycoons Stowaway us in the time and mindset for this short romance We are introduced to Lucy Richards Our Heroine with dispatch This daughter of a vicar isick to sketch out the character for Our Hero Gregory Ken through the loving memory of Our Heroine as she tells her friend Chloe just why she Lucy is still in love with the fellowWhen they are re introduced to one another Lucy is mortified when Gregory seems not to remember her in the slightest However he in a brief glimpse we are given remembers her far too well and feels Heart of the Matter (Bodine Family, unworthy to touch the hem of her gown Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility said of Edward Ferrars that Nobody minds having what is too good for them when he reflectspon Elinore Dashwood Here Putney eschews that Austenian philosophy by making Captain Ken want to protect angelic in face and spirit Lucy because she is too good for him Then the author strategically leaves all the juicy revelations for laterIt is rare that secondary characters get a lot of screen time in a short story but Putney brings A Most Unusual Match us Chloe the daughter of a baronet who is a dear friend of Our Heroine Chloe is than a sounding board and audience stand in for Lucy s thoughts she s actually a rationale female who gives Our Heroine sound advice presenting the kinds of thoughts we would want to share with the average romance heroine were we given the opportunityFaced with a racy report of what her beloved captain isp to Lucy Richards angrily concocts the daring scheme mentioned in the book s summary She pretends to be a saucy wench at a local tavern in order to garner Gregory Ken s attention Sensible Chloe advises Lucy to be careful but she responds thusly I ll be as careful as I want to be This is hardly reassuringIt is however effectivePutney s dalliance with the mistaken identity trope is a sweet one I am vastly sympathetic with Our Heroine who becomes the tavern wench Lacey as the story progressesWe also grow to sympathize with Captain Ken War is wounding to the psyche My own husband is a combat veteran and I know this to be true But during the Christmas season with the influences and care of friends and family Gregory Ken is better able to come to grips with his past and his present to the point where he is able to think about the futureAnd when he does he finally sees who the tavern wench truly isThis is a sweet romance heartwarming and topical for the Regency Era as well as our own Highly recommended I was a little frustrated by a few things the fact that every inn was The Wench the awkward Christmas theme but Intrigue and Mistletoe and The Mistletoe Bride were pretty stand out I highly recommend checking them out if you re in the mood for a Christmas stories b short stories c Joanna Bourne KICKING ASS d Anne Gracie leaving you wanting She Stoops to Wenchdom Mary Jo PutneyLucy Richards has got a crush on Gregory Ken OMG He went away to war 5 years ago and returns broken and dirtied or so he thinks so when he comes across Lucy again her ntainted innocence is just Too Much Lucy thinks that s whack so she dresses p as a wench and serves him beer "In The Local Tavern "the local tavern to steal a kiss and send him on his way EXCEPT OH NO FEELINGS1 I don t ite get the over reliance on wenching as a thing It snot cute 2 While I m glad Gregory learned that women are people too with feelings and everything it wa I enjoyed this book All the stories were good but I most enjoyed Mary Jo Putney s Patricia Rice s and Anne Gracie s Wonderful fun readingThe authors had some fun including an inntavern in each story with the name Wench Some of the names were a hoot All of the stories were well written sweetShe Stoops to Wenchdom Mary Jo PutneyMiss Brockhurst s Christmas Campaign Jo BeverleyIntrigue Mistletoe Joanna BourneWench to Wenchdom Mary Jo PutneyMiss Brockhurst s Christmas Campaign Jo BeverleyIntrigue Mistletoe Joanna BourneWench Wonderland Patricia RiceOn a Wicked Winter s Night Nicola CornickWeathering the Storm Cara ElliottThe Mistletoe Bride Anne GracieA Wilder Wench Susan King Mischief and Mistletoe is a collection of historical fiction romances set around the Yuletide season This was a delightful collection and while I had favorites I can honestly say I enjoyed each and every tale by these talented authorsShe Stoops to Wenchdom by Mary Jo Putney shares the story of a damaged young man s return from war and that of a young woman who goes to extremes to get his attention It was sweet funny and made me feel warm and fuzzyMiss Brockhurst s Christmas Campaign by Jo Beverley is about Pen a young woman who at twenty three is called the heartbreaker She has broken three engagements and only recently has she learned why or should I say whom This holiday she plans to finally get her man This was fun and Pen s plotting made me laughIntrigue and Mistletoe by Joanne Bourne shares the tale of a spy on a mission who falls in love only to lose her When they are reunited can he win her back This was interesting and had a little mysteryWench in Wonderland by Patricia Rice was a delightful tale about a young woman who helps her friend to escape an arranged marriage even though it will mean she will become destitute Fearful of the future but confident of her decision this holiday tale her faithfulness might give her the greatest gift of all On a Wicked Winter Night by Nicola Cornick a young nwed woman with a child is the landlord of Silent Wench in Newport and the fallen daughter of a Duke On a stormy night a childhood friend arrives at the inn and she discovers he is the new Baron of Newport Johnny is delighted to see Lydia again and determined to not let her get away this time This was a warm tale about allowing yourself to be happyWeathering the Storm by Cara Elliot was an adventure at high sea with Sophia and Bentley full of danger pirates and near mishaps this short story held the promise of new beginningsThe Mistletoe Bride by Anne Gracie was a delightful tale set in Scotland A young man must marry before thirty to get the funds he needs to replenish his estates The plan marry a dying woman Of course things don t always work out as planned I loved this one I laughed and even got misty eyed A Wilder Wench by Susan King set in Scotland this was another delightful tale We meet Cristina who is eager to save her brother wrongfully being held Dunallan the new sheriff might just be able to save her This was a fun readI highly recommend Mischief and Mistletoe All of the tales were delightful and this would make a fabulous gift for yourself or someone on your shopping list I read this over Thanksgiving weekend and was able to complete a story at a time The length of each tale is perfect for reading one a night to get you in the holiday spiritI want to thank Kensington for providing this ARC in exchange for my nbiased review Kimba Caffeinated Book Reviewe. Thirkell captains boat bought by elegant English diplomat Bentley Lord Leete 7 The Mistletoe Bride by Anne Gracie Scotland Laird Ronan McAllister buys dying wife Mrs Smith who gives care of toddlers to fellow coach passenger Marguerite Blackett Smith 8 A Wilder Wench by Susan King Scottish Highland new sheriff Lord Dunallan has documents to free brother of Cristina Heron Shaw smuggler's orph. Great collaboration All are acceptable stories and some were ite grand or sweet It is rare to have an anthology where only one or two of the tales were a struggle to get through Definitely worth purchasing While I love many of these authors on their own I just cannot seem to like their Christmas collections I didn t like The Last Chance Christmas Ball eitherThis collection had the Texan for the Holidays (Brodys Crossing, unfortunate theme of all the inns had wench in the title and there was a focus on wenches which I got tired of veryicklyI thought Mary Jo Putney Patricia Rice Cara Elliott and Anne Gracie had decent stories but nothing that got me swept Too Wild to Hold (Legendary Lovers up in the holidays or hurrying to pick thisp again I m finding that I like novellas but not short story collections All of these authors are very talented but I just don t like this style and wouldn t recommend it especially as a way to gauge whether you d like these authors novelsMy notes Mary Jo Putney has a nice writing style and while I thought the characters were foolish it was easy to get through Jo Beverly s was also easy to read but I thought the heroine was a prideful spiteful pain in the rear who didn t deserve the ending she got I do not like catty judgmental heroines Joanna Bourne novel was a NO for me I hated the overly descriptive abstract writing style from page 1 Patricia Rice s was probably my favorite It seemed an improbably love story for so few pages but it had the most spirit fun kids and was between older characters who ended The Man from Her Past (Welcome to Honesty, up courting at the end not declaringndying love Cara Elliott s was different I found some of the seafaring language to be a bit tiresome after a while to translate but the story itself was The Naturalists Daughter uniue and had a kick ass totallynconventional heroine and not so stuck The Weather Girl up lord With such different people I just had a hard time believing in a long term HEA Nicola Cornick s writing like Bourne s was too over the top for me I am not a big reader of flowery language though some might like the clever similes and such By the time I got to Anne Gracie s novel I couldn t do it justice As always her stories are cozy but I was suffering from short story fatigue I probably would ve enjoyed this had it been towards the beginning This one actually had love scenes in it even in the short format which was surprising but not out of place for the storyline Susan King I didn t read much to have a comment on the story but there was a lot of brogue in it and I just wanted to be done with the book and didn t want to wade through that so I didn t really read it to give it a fair review A lovely read with heartwarming Christmas stories Perfect to lift a mood on a dark night Jo Beverley s story is very good 4 stars Mary Jo Putney s and Anne Gracie s stories are pleasant enough but too short 3 stars but Joanna Bourne s is very hard to follow 2 stars Susan King s and Cara Elliott s stories are delightful given the short format and so are Nicola Cornick s and Patricia Rice s 4 stars for all of them She Stoops to Wenchdom Mary Jo PutneyLucy is the daughter of a vicar who has been in love with one of her father s former students since she was seventeen She hadn t seen Gregory in five yearsntil she encountered him at a Christmas celebration She was heartbroken when he didn t recognize her and dismayed when he left right after dancing with her Gregory was surprised to see what a beauty his old friend had grown into He is drawn to her sweetness and innocence but after five years at war he considers himself A Husband in Time unworthy to pursue her He has beennable to overcome some of the things he has seen and done and has been hiding from his memoriesI really liked Lucy Even suffering from her heartbreak when she hears that Gregory spends his time drinking at the local tavern she s determined to go see him and try to get a kiss from him before she moves on So she disguises herself as a barmaid to try to get closer to him Gregory notices the attractive new girl and steps in when she is accosted by a couple drunks He find himself opening p to her about his experiences in the war and is comforted by the things she tells him gaining a new perspective on his ordeals I liked seeing the way he took back his life after his talk with her He wants to see her again but she has disappearedI liked the ending of the story as he finds barmaid in "A MOST UNLIKELY PLACE HIS WORDS ARE SWEET AS "most nlikely place words are sweet as shows her just what effect she had on him He s now ready to think about a future with herMiss Brockhurst s Christmas Campaign Jo BeverleyPen is a young woman who has been engaged three times but has broken them off each time The Innocents Dark Seduction unable to go through with the marriages After seeing her childhood friend Ross for the first time in years she finally realized she d always loved him and that was why she couldn t settle on anyone else When she and her mother are invited to spend Christmas with his family she has hopes of making her dreams come trueShe s dismayed to discoverpon arrival that there is another young woman who has her sights also set on Ross As the visit progresses she worries about Ross selecting this other girl who seems so very wrong for him She s determined to show Ross just how wrongI enjoyed seeing the descriptions of the various Christmas traditions that were celebrated Each one was From Father to Son (A Brothers Word used to illustrate the differences between the two young ladies vying for Ross s attention It was easy to agree with Pen s assertion that Cassandra wasn t the right one She and her mother both seemed to be much suited for a conservative household than one that enjoyed even the pagan Christmas traditions I loved seeing all of Pen s efforts She knew what she wanted and she had no trouble going after it The ending was very good and I liked getting Ross s side of things It was great to see him make sure shenderstood his concerns I loved the final bit on Twelfth NightIntrigue and Mistletoe Joanna BourneElinor is one of several people on a coach that is stranded by a snowstorm They take refuge in an inn with other travelers caught in the storm Another one of those travelers is Jack a man she had known and loved two years earlier She felt betrayed by him when she discovered he was a spy catcher who was after her Haunted (After Moonrise (After Moonrise (Connected to Possessed by PC Cast) - Book 2) uncle Jack had asked her to wait a few days so he could tell her everything but she disappeared instead He has been looking for her ever since and fears that she is somehow involved in his current case He is on the trail of a spy who has a list of English contacts He knows the person is at the inn but not who it isJack is determined to gain Elinor s forgiveness and she is just as determined not to give it She had risked her heart with him before and didn t want to do it again But as they are forced into each other s company Elinor discovers that her feelings for Jack haven t changed She s still wary of trusting him but her heart knows what it wants I enjoyed their conversations as they got to know each other again It was also interesting to see how they worked together to figure out who the spy was I wasn t entirely surprised by the spy s identity but the codesed was intriguing I enjoyed the confrontation between Elinor and the spy While being a bit dangerous for Elinor it was also pretty amusing to see what Elinor did Jack s reaction was great and I loved how his protectiveness came outWench in Wonderland Patricia RiceDamaris has been the companion to her cousin for many years Her ncle took her in when her parents died and made her responsible for the care of Alice He doesn t approve of the man that Alice has fallen in love with and has betrothed her to a young nobleman Mack Trevelyan who needs her dowry As Damaris and Alice are on their way to visit her fiance Alice informs Damaris that she is eloping with the man she loves and asks Damaris to continue the journey alone to give her a chance to get awayNearing the end of the trip Damaris is caught in a blizzard which causes an accident with the coach Damaris is knocked nconscious and when she awakes discovers that the family of Alice s fiance believes that she is Alice The fiance is not at home at the time to clear A Full House up the confusion and Damaris is suffering some confusion due to her injuries By the time she realizes what has happened she doesn t knowite how to fix itMack s older brother Adam is a widower who has been in charge of the estate for many years He has three children who run wild and he has no idea how to. 1 She Stoops to Wenchdom by Mary Jo Putney Vicar's little angel daughter Lucinda Richards 22 disguises as tavern girl Lacey for back from wars Captain Gregory Ken 2 Miss Brockhurst's Christmas Campaign by Jo Beverley Penelope competes with debutante for Cherryholt heir Ross Skerries 3 Intrigue and Mistletoe by Joanna Bourne Elinor Pennington is found by Jack Tyler former lover spy searching. ,
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Deal with them He has hoped that his brother s fiancee would be willing to step in and help I loved seeing the way that Damaris immediately took to the children She was able to do things with them that no one else had done I liked her common sense methods and that she was able to explain to Adam just what he should do The kids were a lot of fun with their sweet natures but tendency to get into scrapes She feels badly about her deception and when it all comes out she feels she has no choice but to leave It took Adam a little while to find her and then he had to convince her that he really does want her I loved the part the kids played in convincing him to go after herOn a Wicked Winter s Night Nicola CornickJohnny is a viscount who has inherited his O Homem Que Ela Ama Odiar Diamante Bruto uncle s estate in Wales He has fond memories of it from when he was a child and is determined to fix itp and live there He s involved in a carriage accident when he arrives near the town and is taken to the local inn for the night There he finds Lydia the girl he had loved when he was younger She owns and runs the local inn and takes care of her young daughterLydia had been good friends with Johnny when they were young but never saw him as anything else Instead she fell for a man who turned out to be less than honorable She turned Johnny down when he proposed in order to take care of her not wanting to ruin his life Publicly ruined she moved to Wales and passed herself off as a widow She never expected to see Johnny againJohnny was surprised to see Lydia again and realized that his feelings for her had never gone away He still wants her and sees he as the woman he needs I loved the way that he tried to show her that her past makes no difference to him and confesses his feelings for her Lydia loves him too but doesn t want her past to create problems for him A near tragedy shows her what she would be giving A Stormy Greek Marriage up and she has to decide if love can overcome all her fearsWeathering the Storm Cara ElliottVery fun story Sophie Thirkell daughter of a Boston merchant is on her way to London to make a Christmas delivery to her father s estranged family Lord Leete British diplomat is on the same ship one belonging to Sophie s father when it is damaged in a storm The story opens as Leete is trying to make arrangements to get himself to London in time for a critical meeting and is running into obstacles not the least of which is Sophie These two have been striking sparks off each other for awhile They met on several occasions in Boston with explosive results Sophie thinks Leete is a stuckp stick in the mud and he thinks she s a hellion Sophie isn t one who thinks much of the rules that govern a woman s behavior and takes great pleasure in flaunting them In their current situation they discover that they have to work together if either has a hope of getting to London on time I loved their interactions as each tends to poke at each other but The Midwifes Glass Slipper / Best for the Baby underneath can t really deny that there s something immensely appealing also I loved seeing the way they cooperated throughout the hazards of their trip There were some pretty funny moments especially as Leete deals with being ordered around by Sophie I really enjoyed seeing the effect that their adventures had on him as his diplomatic stuffiness had to give way to the needs of someick thinking I loved seeing him admit that his attitude in Boston hadn t been disapproval but the inability to think when he was around her And Sophie had simply been trying to protect her heart from rejection The scene at the end was pretty sweet The only thing I would have liked to see would be her arrival in London and the reaction of her familyThe Mistletoe Bride Anne GracieRonan needs a wife if he s going to get the money from his inheritance His great aunt made it a condition of her will and he isn t happy about it He was married before for five terrible years before his wife left him and later died He doesn t want to do it again but i I won a copy of this book from the publisher in a Goodreads drawing and will be reviewing three of the short stories herein for Steamy Guys After DarkWench in WonderlandFor Wench in Wonderland the premise is simple Damaris Bedloe Our Heroine is companion to her cousin Lady Alice daughter of a widowed earl Alice is in love with a man her father does not approve of so the earl will marry her to a man he does approve The problem is Alice elopes with her own choice of man while on the way with Damaris to spend time with the approved fianc s familyThe other problem is that there is a coaching accident and Damaris is brought in and treated as Lady Alice future family member while she pretends to be hazy on the details of how she arrived at this mistaken juncture in her life I think I ve seen this movieWhat I likedThe Viscount Adam Trevelyan Our Hero is a widower with rambunctious children about and an A Natural Father unconventional and poorly ordered household He is a good man Not perfect but he admits his own faults and tries very sincerely to make all the discrepancies about Lady Alice work for the good of hisnderstanding and for the betterment of the extended family He wants to do his best for all those for whom he has responsibility and I find this highly admirableI liked the tone of the story too The playfulness of the children the oddity of Lady Violet the matriarch of the family and even the initial absence of Lady Alice s supposed betrothed all work into the feeling I have that this is definitely a fantasy as the story progressesBut fantasies end do they notWhat I took issue with possible spoilersDamaris s choice not to reveal her true identity as soon as she was conscious really really bothered me The impression I had A Doctors Vow until this decision was made was that Damaris was anpright woman responsible and she certainly seems to be so in every other respect She was waiting for an opportunity to escape at first but that didn t happen Then she seemed determined to take advantage of the situation Jonathan Swift until she couldn t any at which point she hoped that the real Lady Alice would be able to find a place for herThe SteamAs is often the case in a conventional Regency Romance the initial attraction between Damaris and Trev Our Hero and his brother havenconventional nicknames is sweet and appreciative without being obvious A line that really seemed romantic for me came from Trev s perspective after the deception had been cleared pAnd yet he missed her After the day s events his insides were hollow She d left a hollow where there had been hope and joy She d awakened a heart that he thought dormant The desire for a real family that he d allowed to seep into him had been crushed and he saw nothing to replace it with on the horizonWhereas this is a sweet line it seemed to me to carry with it the scent of Insta Love that prevalent perfume Granted it is difficult to make a complicated relationship work in a short story but Trev seems to have gone from appreciation of Damaris as Alice his future sister in law to appreciation of her figure as she helped rescue a child to mooning over her all within perhaps a day or twoBut there isn t really any steam as such It is again a clean Regency Romance Fun and manner filled and bound by proprietieseven when they are discardedIt s a sweet story overall and it ends with a kiss that curls Our Heroine s toes All is right with the world Wicked Winter s Night It was a stormy night black as pitch A bit of a variation the the and stormy night idea which I confess influenced my reading of the rest "Of Nicola Cornick S "Nicola Cornick s story about a fallen woman who has established herself with some credibility out of the mainstream of English society It is hard I know to create anything entirely new in the Regency genre so mentioning the ncle was an absentee landlord in terms of the raggedy The Long Road Home uality of the general neighborhood and theirnderhanded forced guestpatient scheme was not The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny, unexpectedHowever I love that Cornick flipped a few of thesual tropes on their heads For example the hero is the one who is kidnappedIn this short story Our Heroine Lydia is a Fallen Woman with a young daughter Our Hero is Johnny the new Baron Newcastle whom Lydia has known her entire life It is a tale of The Greek Tycoons Revenge unspoken love some misunderstandings and a sweet sweet couplenderneath it all There s a hefty amount of backstory covered between Johnny and Lydia but there is mutual respect between. French agent4 Wench in Wonderland by Patricia Rice After coach accident companion Damaris Bedloe is mistaken for Lady Alice by Adam Viscount Trevelyan and motherless brood 5 On a Wicked Winter's Night by Nicola Cornick Wales innkeeper Lydia Cole houses once rejected childhood friend John Jerrold new Baron of Newport castle estate 6 Weathering the Storm by Cara Elliot Boston seaworthy Sophie. .