Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Intrepid Reads
Released on October 21, 2014
Source: Free Book
Two managing people, one cancelled Christmas ball, and a pinch of Christmas magic might result in a holiday they will never forget. I spotted this one as a freebie a few years back and it looked like a fun one. I’m finally getting around to it for one of this season’s holiday reads.
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation has since received a title change to The Viscount’s Tempting Minx and received a new cover, but my review is of the older edition so I’m not sure if there have been updates since then.
The story opens with Lady Amelia sitting in the midst of perfect order and efficiency inside her caring brother’s ducal house and the thought that he’ll never oust her and start up his own family so she must set her mind to finding her own husband. As with everything, the lady has a list and a plan. Her future suitor must be high born so he has an estate large enough to challenge her and have a status high enough that they can entertain to her standards, but he must also need her. She determines that all the eligible prospects will attend the annual Sheffield Christmas Ball. But then her plans are checked when she discovers the Sheffield home was struck by lightning and thus the Viscount is unable to host as usual. This calls for alternate plans.
Lord Sheffield is bowled over when a business-like, managing female shows up in his home and informs him that there will be a ball in twelve days and she will make it happen. Benedict is a well-organized, take-charge type himself and bristles at the thought of his family ball segundoed in such a fashion. But, he goes along with Lady Amelia and slowly and seductively teaches her that life can include both frivolity and duty and her best laid plans for a future husband should most definitely include a certain, rakish Lord Sheffield.
This was a novella and prequel introduction to a series even though it is labeled as book one. The series is called the Dukes of War and a certain group of friends who all went to war and returned bear that title so I can guess at where the series is leading. The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation, however, doesn’t seem to involve a war veteran and feels more like a quick introductory story to give the reader a taste for later.
It’s fun with the bantering and the humor in how Amelia is such a manager and Benedict is coaxing her to let her hair down and live a little. I had a good time and enjoyed the characters, but had a few niggles, too. It lagged a bit for me the way it was a string of encounters over the ball planning and preparations and more focus was on these series of activities than the pair getting to know each other and forming a basis for a relationship. It wasn’t totally lacking nor was it utterly boring, but just, shall we say, light and fluffy.
All in all, the Viscount’s Christmas Temptation was a nice, quick distraction. I do want to push forward with the series to see if it grows on me since I especially liked the flirty fun aspect of this one. Those who want a Regency RomCom would be the target for this one.
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