Mini Reviews – The Reluctant Countess by Eloisa James and Regency Christmas Parties by Annie Burrows; Lara Temple; Joanna Johnson

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The Reluctant Countess: A Would-Be Wallflowers Novel

Mini Reviews
Pub Date – 11/29/22
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The Reluctant Countess
by Eloisa James

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James returns to the Would-Be Wallflowers series with an enemies-to-lovers romance between a proper earl and an entirely improper lady—whom he can’t stop thinking about.
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This was such a delightful read as these two who were enemies to lovers but also opposites attract. His families past led him to be cautious and her families scandal involving Napoleon’s court followed get to England so she just embraced it. There were some issues with intimacy due to the past and I liked how it was dealt with and wasn’t pushed or coerced. The sister though was way too nasty getting in their way cause she didn’t like her. Jealousy isn’t becoming.

Thank you avonbooks and netgalley for the e-arc for my honest and voluntary review.

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James returns to the Would-Be Wallflowers series with an enemies-to-lovers romance between a proper earl and an entirely improper lady–whom he can’t stop thinking about.

Giles Renwick, Earl of Lilford, has never made a fool of himself over a woman–until he meets Lady Yasmin R�gnier. Yasmin is ineligible for his attentions in every way: not as a wife, certainly not as a mistress (she is a lady!), nor even as a friend, since they vehemently dislike each other. Her gowns are too low, and her skirts are dampened to cling to admittedly lovely thighs. She loves to gossip–and giggle.

She isn’t dignified, or polite, or even truly British, given that her father’s French ancestry clearly predominated. Not to mention the fact that her mother had been one of Napoleon’s mistresses, a fact she makes no effort to hide.

So what–in heaven’s name–possesses him to propose?

And what will he do if she says yes?

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Regency Christmas Parties

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Regency Christmas Parties
by Annie Burrows; Lara Temple; Joanna Johnson
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Three festive Regency stories in one collection
An invitation to…
Three seasonal Society parties!

In Invitation to a Wedding by Annie Burrows, Clara’s immersed in a glamorous aristocratic wedding, but it’s captivating Lieutenant Hugo who sweeps her off her feet.

In Snowbound with the Earl by Lara Temple, Bella makes an unlikely ally of forbidding Lord Deverill to thwart an elopement—and gets stranded with him for Christmas!

In A Kiss at the Winter Ball by Joanna Johnson, Maria’s rescued from a snowstorm by Viscount Stanford, and receives a life-changing invitation. 

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I enjoyed each one of these festive romances! They were each short quick reads.

Each seemed to be chance encounters or a newcomer thrust into their midst and then close proximity with a house party or a wedding.

Check this out if you enjoy short holiday reads.

Thank you harlequinbooks and netgalley for the e-arc for my honest and voluntary review.

❓ Do you have any holiday events planned? 
My coworker just told me they have a Charles Dickens fair in SF where they even dress in the clothes of the time.


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