Monday, March 7, 2016

#Book #Review: Letters at Christmas (Men of Fortune, Book 1) by Amber Lin

About the Book:

He wagers everything to win her heart—but she has no intention of letting it go.

England 1815

Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants to make him suffer.

After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend’s sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager—he’ll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he’ll leave her alone forever.

When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that even Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1156 KB
Print Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (July 7, 2014)
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Sold by: Macmillan

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My Review:

Letters at Christmas takes place in Lancashire, England in 1815.

Three years ago, Hale Martin promised to write Sidony Harbeck all of the time while he's off making himself worthy of marriage.  Except, Sidony hasn't receive one single communication from him.  Hale made sure to inform Sidony's brother that he will be back in town soon but not a word to Sidony herself.

Sidony is still in love with him but she wants to punish him for not keeping his promises.  When he waltz's back into Harbeck Hall, he doesn't understand Sidony's cold shoulder.  Hale then makes a wager with her that she'll accept him marriage proposal or he'll leave her alone forever.  Now, the heat is on to convince Sidony that she and Hale were made for one another.

This is a cute Christmas story full of passion and romance.  I enjoy the writing style of Amber Lin; smooth and the dialogue between the characters is well done.  The short length of the story does cause certain areas seem to be rushed.  Also, the bedroom scenes are unusual for a regency romance in that Hale and Sidony get away with a lot of things considering they aren't the only ones in Harbeck Hall.

The story is full of love, tenderness, and hot and steamy sex.  The characters are likable and they get along quite well, regardless of Hale not keeping his promises.  Of course, there is a misunderstanding and when all is revealed everything about the story falls into place.

Overall, Letters at Christmas is a cute story - but it is for adults only.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley (a long, long time ago) as part of the A Very Scandalous Holiday anthology.

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