Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (The Dukes of War, Book 0.5) by Erica Ridley

About The Viscount's Christmas Temptation:

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.
(Photo and synopsis courtesy of  NetGalley).

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Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 3395 KB
Print Length: 180 pages
Publisher: Intrepid Reads (October 21, 2014)

Sapphyria's Review:

Lady Amelia Pembroke is a single woman - a spinster, if you will - that still lives in her brother's home.  Amelia manages the household for the Duke of Ravenwood with complete and total organization.  In fact, her organizational and management skills precede her.

News that the 75th Annual Christmas Eve Ball is cancelled because of natural disaster has Amelia upset.  She knows that her brother hasn't taken a wife because he doesn't want to displace his sister.  Amelia had decided to use the opportunities afforded at the annual event to go on the search for a husband.  Marrying her off would free her brother to also seek a marriage partner.

In order to make sure her plans don't go awry,Amelia decides that she is the perfect person to set the Christmas Eve Ball back up.  The only problem is convincing Lord Benedict Sheffield....

Lord Benedict Sheffield was actually glad that the annual Ball wouldn't be held this year.  That gives him more time for himself.  He's wasn't expecting Lady Amelia Pembroke to waltz her way into the Christmas Eve Ball scene --- and into his heart.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation is a lighthearted historical romance that is just perfect for a mid-Christmas planning break.  This novella is a quick and easy read that does a good job of keeping the reader engaged.  There is a small amount of humor that keeps some of the more tense scenes from becoming overwhelming.  For example, there is a quote on pg. 33 that made me chuckle:  "Benedict St. John, Viscount Sheffield, had a complicated relationship with his pocket watch."  Now, you're probably wondering why I liked that quote so much but you'll understand when you read the book.

Both Amelia and Benedict are likable characters.  The romance that blossoms between them may seem quick but in that time period they often are.  The sparks between Amelia and Benedict are realistically portrayed and well written.  Overall, this novella was an enjoyable and quick little read.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, via NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  I also grabbed a copy on Amazon for free.

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