Review: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Posted December 22, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments


Review: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

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Series: Dukes of War #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Intrepid Reads
Released on October 21, 2014
Pages: 174
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

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.

Challenges Met

COYER Winter Friends #3
Mt. TBR #84


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole Rae
2 years ago

I do have this on my TBR list. Someday!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Now, we’ll have to see what you think. Yay for freebies! 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I do like fun and flirty. Glad to hear you enjoyed the first book, and I hope the rest of the series is even better! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was perfect for my holiday reading mood. 🙂 I’m curious about this group of friends so I’ll probably snag them through KU.

2 years ago

It looks nice and it’s been a while since I haven’t read a HR so this series looks good

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was a nice short and quick one for the season. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

It’s good that the first book was enjoyable.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It set the tone for the series and now I’m curious about the rest of this circle of friends.

2 years ago

i do like romcoms, but this looks just okay.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

It had potential, but it did need a bit more build up in the romance. I’m hoping to try books in the series that are longer to see how that goes.

2 years ago

Flirty fun does sound good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  vvb

Oh yes, always a good bet with me, too. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

I have had this book on my kindle for years but haven’t picked it up. If I am ever in the mood for a book that is light and fluff….I will pick it up. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It’s a fast read, too. 🙂