Sometimes those free books on the Kindle lists pan out… and sometimes… well… Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley was luckily one of the good ones. A novella length Regency romance, this book is listed as Book 0.5 of the series The Dukes of War.
I love the blurb at the beginning of this story:
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is cancelling the fete of the year because he hasn’t the time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time- he needs her!
The perfect recipe for a light regency novella… a managing female, a man who doesn’t know what hit him but can still turn the tables and Christmas! In search of a husband Lady Amelia is not looking to bag a Viscount… but maybe he will just have to catch her himself?
I am definitely going to have to look into others of the series. Short, sweet with a touch of temptation… there is a rake involved. I would greatly suggest if you enjoy a light regency romance to give this novella a try!
And back to the more traditional Regency era romance I go with This Wicked Man by Kate Harper. Meg Holstock, bluestocking and maiden aunt is suddenly out of a position (death of employer) and now the guardian of her sister’s son Ethan. A failure as a governess this is a totally new experience for Meg, coupled with the necessity of running a tiny run down cottage and surviving on the small allowance allotted to her by the estate.
Enter Chetwyn the wicked viscount, a man with a so called broken heart and the vices to match. A rather unusual friendship is born between the neighbours. What else but an attraction can result??
This Wicked Man has wonderful characters and witty banter. There is mention of much debauchery but it is not graphic and is rather funny more often than not (like Meg falling into a bush and interrupting an assignation when knocked over by the family dog Perseus…). Meg is enjoyable, the Viscount Chetwyn a puzzle and the story enthralling.
While not the sedate truly traditional Regency Romance, this gem by Kate Harper has humour, love and a gigantic dog to boot!