on December 1st 2016
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The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis is book 3.5, a novella, in ‘The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels’ series by Amelia Grey.
It is the story about Seth, the Marquis of Wythebury. He has taken on the care of his two small nephews since their parents died. He’s doing a good job with them, but is very over protective of them. Something that he is soon told in no uncertain terms when he attends a house party and meets Miss Lillian Prim.
He first comes across her when he finds her outside in the snow playing with his nephews. He is fuming because he is worried sick that the boys will catch their death of cold being outside in such cold weather. He’d already had to leave his governess for the boys at an Inn they stopped in because she was too ill to travel on to the party. With those possible germs in the boys already and then their exposure to the cold, he dreaded the outcome. Seth tries to tell Lillian off, but her attitude, her cheek and her sass, all coupled with a gorgeous smile, soon get his temper cooling. In fact, before they finish their conversation and get the boys back inside, Prim has got Seth agreeing to let her look after the boys the next day, providing they study as well as have some outdoor fun too.
From their very first meeting it was lust at first site, and the more time they spend together, the more they like each other too. Lillian finds herself falling for Seth, but she can’t see herself being with any man who is so strict with children. Can she teach him that it’s OK to let children play too, or is his own upbringing, along with his duty to his nephews to ground in for him to even attempt to change his ways.
Seth on the other hand, when he isn’t fuming at Lillian, finds that he could be falling for her too. BUT, she is his best friend’s sister, and she is far too lenient with the boys. He is adamant that they will end up suffering if they have too much time not spent studying.
Can two such opposite people become more than just friends? It’s what they both want if only they can work past their pride and stubbornness.
This was the ultimate feel good Christmas time Novella. Reading how the boys interact with Lillian, and watching their uncle learn to soften up a bit too was just so sweet. Then of course there were the stolen kisses between our couple, such built up passion released during each kiss, and yet they were both left wanting more. There was such great chemistry between them, and when they weren’t arguing about the boys, they had such fun light hearted moments. You couldn’t help but smile.
A fab, fun book, that I wholeheartedly recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.