Monday, 20 October 2014

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (The Dukes of War 0.5) by Erica Ridley



arc provided by Intrepid Reads through Netgalley 

In case my rating left someone in any doubt I'll just go ahead and say: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this novella!!!

I'm one of the stingiest reviewers out there, I'm not proud of this because it means I usually don't get to enjoy things to the fullest over sometimes trivial matters, but THIS BOOK!

Lady Amelia is a very straight-forward and practical kind of lady. She anticipates contretemps, unexpected guests, dire changes of menu at the very last minute. 

The thing is, as much as she enjoys managing her brother's estate, she can't help feeling as if she's holding him back from finding a wife - being completely devoted to his sister's happiness, he couldn't endure replacing her in the household - furthermore she's approaching her thirtieth birthday, so she should apply herself to finding a husband. Preferably before the New Year since it would be a waste of time to dawdle more than that. 

The problem is that the crush of the year, the Sheffield's Christmas Ball, during which she'd planned on making an appropriate match for herself, has been cancelled after lightning struck Viscount Sheffield's ball room.

There is only one thing to do: go to Lord Sheffield and offer to organise the whole thing herself at a new venue. 

Lord Sheffield is a rake with a schedule: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. he is the most dutiful estate manager. From 8 p.m. onwards... it's time for debauchery in the demimonde.
Having come upon his title by chance, he's always very strict about managing everything for which he is now responsible, so the thought of having Lady Amelia try to take what should be his responsibility in the first place is understandably upsetting. 

But as he'll soon find out, once Lady Amelia has something on her mind you might as well let her manage it, and you along with it.
...That's not to say that Lord Sheffield is in anyway reluctant to do a bit of managing of Lady Amelia himself.

If you love lighthearted historical romances, where everyone is reasonable and there are no miscommunications to drag the whole thing into unnecessary drama, the protagonists are equal and likeable, and you spend the whole book with a silly smile on your face...

...Well, then this is the book for you!

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