Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 13th 2015
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Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn't handle--until he's hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her--and she can hold her own--Crispin knows he has finally met his match.
Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she's near him. She's never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn't expect...in this delightful Regency gem, The Duke and Miss Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
The Duke and Miss Christmas by Amelia Grey is a novella added to the Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Trilogy.
The story is about Gwen Prim. She attacks a man that she believes is trying to abduct her sister, only to find out after their scuffle that he is Crispin, The Duke of Hurst. During their tussle he asks her her name and she refuses to give it, so he names her Miss Christmas. He also refused to give her his name, and so she named him Sir Ogre. For me, that was a lovely light hearted way to start the book, and their relationship.
Gwen only finds out that Sir Ogre is a Duke, when her brother-in-law arrives after her sister has ridden off to get his help. He is actually a friend of Crispin’s. Gwen is mortified that she actually hit a Duke, one that wasn’t doing anything wrong, and is more mortified when she realises that she has actually cut his face during her attack with a basket. The Duke is very gracious though, he understands why she attacked him, and as he was highly aroused during their scuffle, he couldn’t really be mad at her.
As this is only a novella you can’t expect a very in-depth story but suffice to say that it goes on long enough to allow feelings to develop between the couple. There is a lovely outing where they both go with her younger sisters to pick holly and mistletoe to decorate the house for a Christmas ball, one which Crispin is invited to. There are some lovely light hearted, fun moments during the outing, and a lovely passionate moment between the couple too.
At the ball there is heartbreak, but is it another misunderstanding between the couple, or has the Duke really let down both Gwen, and her little sisters who thought so much about him.
I would love for this novella to have been a proper length book, I think it could easily have been done. I guess though that the author wouldn’t then be able to call her trilogy just that, a trilogy. And sometimes a novella is just right when it comes to wanting a nice addition to a series. But, it had a lot of scope to be a much longer, in-depth story which I am sure I would have loved as much, if not more than this short story.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of this book.