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Scandal at the Christmas Ball: An Anthology One Christmas house party leads to two Regency love affairs A Governess for Christmas by Marguerite KayeAt the glittering Brock house party, former army major Drummond MacIntosh meets governess in disgrace Joanna Forsythe, who s desperate to clear her name Both are eager to put their pasts behind them, but their scandalous affair will make for a very different future Dancing with the Duke s Heir by Bronwyn ScottAs heir to a dukedom, Vale Penrith does not want a wife, and certainly not one like Lady Viola Hawthorne So why does London s Shocking Beauty tempt him beyond reason Dare he try and tame her, or is a Christmas seduction the best way to bring her to surrender [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk former army major Drummond MacIntosh meets governess in disgrace Joanna Forsythe ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk who s desperate to clear her name Both are eager to put their pasts behind them ➥ [Epub] ➟ Kholodovs Last Mistress By Kate Hewitt ➯ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but their scandalous affair will make for a very different future Dancing with the Duke s Heir by Bronwyn ScottAs heir to a dukedom ❮Télécharger❯ ➺ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) ✤ Auteur Carole Mortimer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Vale Penrith does not want a wife [KINDLE] ❃ If the Stiletto Fits... ❧ Wendy Etherington – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and certainly not one like Lady Viola Hawthorne So why does London s Shocking Beauty tempt him beyond reason Dare he try and tame her [Download] ➺ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk or is a Christmas seduction the best way to bring her to surrender I received a advanced review copy of this book in return for a honest review.Readers might find it interesting to read Scandal At the Midsummer Ball, an anthology by the same authors, but it is by no means necessary to have read that book first It does have the same principal Duke and Duchess characters.I give A Governess for Christmas fours stars, and Dancing with the Duke s Heir between two and three stars.For the Governess novella, I liked the hero and heroine Drummond and Joanna, though som I received a advanced review copy of this book in return for a honest review.Readers might find it interesting to read Scandal At the Midsummer Ball, an anthology by the same authors, but it is by no means necessary to have read that book first It does have the same principal Duke and Duchess characters.I give A Governess for Christmas fours stars, and Dancing with the Duke s Heir between two and three stars.For the Governess novella, I liked the hero and heroine Drummond and Joanna, though sometimes the problems of their pasts became a little wearying Drummond I suppose, hasconcerns as his past is firmly linked to his profession and his reputation Joanna too, suffers for her reputation and profession, but this does not bring her danger of execution Both are tough characters, partly by circumstance They are also wary of love and the Ball for them is about opportunities and redemption, not about betrothals.I liked the satisfying conclusion to their romance, which had just enough conflict to make the ending all the happier It was also not too implausible, due to their quite difficult circumstances Although the story contained sensual scenes this added a level of sweetness that worked well for a Christmas book.For the Duke s Heir novella, I m afraid I did not really enjoy this story This was mainly due to disliking the hero and heroine, but mostly the heroine The heroine in particular was implausible, and the characters felt divorced from the rest of those attending the Ball I was also irritated by americanisms, particularly for the Duke.Vale who to me sounded liked a place and Lady Viola are both privileged, and in fact do not really need the Ball to secure their futures It is their families that require their ducal connections to be furthered I.e heirs and connections for their families.In fact, Vale at times was quite likeable when taking into consideration the loss of his family members Viola felt selfish and silly I could get behind her wanting independence, especially in such a period However, her acknowledged several lovers and very frank sexual talk and experience was at odds with a romantic storyline Vale did not even stop to wonder why Viola acted in such a wayand then they were a couple.It was a shame the second novella let down the book, but as a whole, it is certainly a good, fast Christmas read for the holidays Scandal at the Christmas Ball is the second collaboration between historical romance authors Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott, and, like their previous work, Scandal at the Midsummer Ball The Officer s Temptation The Debutante s Awakening, takes place at the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Brock, a widely liked, respected and highly influential couple who are regarded as powerbrokers within the ton and whose invitations are much sought after.Among their guests this Yuletide are t Scandal at the Christmas Ball is the second collaboration between historical romance authors Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott, and, like their previous work, Scandal at the Midsummer Ball The Officer s Temptation The Debutante s Awakening, takes place at the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Brock, a widely liked, respected and highly influential couple who are regarded as powerbrokers within the ton and whose invitations are much sought after.Among their guests this Yuletide are the duke s nephew and heir, Vale Penrith, Lady Viola Hawthorne, a shockingly fast young woman who goes out of her way to do and say outrageous things, and a former officer of the Scots Guards, Drummond MacIntosh, whose army career ended somewhat ignominiously three years earlier, just after the Battle of Waterloo A Governess for Christmas by Marguerite Kaye Grade B Ms Kaye is one of the few authors of historical romance who regularly writes about untitled, non aristocratic progatonists, and she continues that trend in this poignant, tender and sometimes heart wrenching story about an ex army officer and an ill treated, down on her luck governess who find each other one Christmas but who will face some difficult choices if they are ever to make a life together.Drummond MacIntosh has lived a somewhat reclusive existence for the past three and a half years owing to the huge scandal that attended his catastrophic fall from grace With his reputation in tatters, he has finally accepted that he needs help if he is ever going to claw his way back from ruin and carve out a new and useful existence No less a personage than the Duke of Wellington himself arranged Drummond s invitation to the Brocks Christmas house party, but as Drummond wryly notes, the Duke wouldn t have done such a thing if it hadn t been ultimately useful to himself he needs a man of Drummond s good sense, practicality and ability to lead men at his back and is presenting Drummond to Brock for inspection as it were The whole thing leaves a bitter taste in Drummond s mouth he doesn t want to be beholden to Wellington or to anyone and certainly not on terms which attempt to brush years of exile under the carpet and blame Drummond for acting as his conscience dictated.Drummond s situation is mirrored by that of Miss Joanna Forsythe, a governess who has been invited to the party so she can meet a prospective employer Joanna had a comfortable position in the household of Lady Christina Robertson, but has been reduced to teaching at a ramshackle school in return for her bed and board, after she was wrongly accused of theft and dismissed without a character Like Drummond, she has been invited to the Brocks with a view to improving her situation, but also like him, the hoped for improvement falls short Joanna had hoped for an apology after her innocence was discovered and the real culprit owned up But instead, her former employer wants to buy her off by the offer of an excellent new position and a sum of money.Even before they know of the similarities of their respective situations, Drummond and Joanna are strongly drawn to each other and very soon find themselves exchanging confidences and increasingly heated kisses I admit that the pair progresses to this stage rather quickly but Ms Kaye creates such a strong emotional connection between them, and imbues their burgeoning relationship with such depth and longing that it s possible to overlook its somewhat speedy beginning This is a pair of ordinary people in very difficult circumstances who demonstrate the importance of a spotless reputation to those who had to earn their living, for without it, there was little to no chance of their ever securing decent employment But with Drummond on the verge of a prestigious appointment and a return from the cold, how can Joanna and her tarnished reputation stand in his way This is a beautifully wrought, heartfelt romance between two people in difficult circumstances I was completely gripped by Drummond s story and applaud Ms Kaye for the introduction of a character motivated by compassion whose actions were so misunderstood and reviled He s not a character type I ve read in historical romance before, and I could be singing the author s praises for that alone But added to a very well crafted romance and a strong, determined heroine in the form of Joanna, A Governess for Christmas makes my list of favourite seasonal reads Dancing with the Duke s Heir by Bronwyn Scott Grade C In this story, a rather proper gentleman finds himself reluctantly fascinated by the most unsuitable sort of woman he could ever have imagined would attract him Vale Penrith, heir to the Duke of Brock, has still not recovered from the deaths of his father and older brother some years ago, and continues to find his role as a ducal heir somewhat ill fitting He really would prefer to be left to his own devices in the library, but knows he will have to do his bit and take part in the various activities planned for the duration of the party He is also aware that while the Brocks Christmas parties don t have the same match making reputation as their summer affairs, his uncle has a prospective bride lined up for him something else he doesn t want anything to do with.Lady Viola Hawthorne, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Calton, is a determined, high spirited woman whose deepest desire is to go to Vienna to study music The Shocking Beauty as she is known, has quite the scandalous reputation, all of it designed to put off any suitors so she can remain unwed and pursue her dreams of Vienna and a musical career She reckons that one final, massive scandal at the Brocks party should do the trick once and for all and cause her parents to give up on their attempts to marry her off Hence her decision to climb a ladder to hang mistletoe from a chandelier in the hall while wearing no underwear perched at the top, affording the crowd of young men below a glimpse of her ankles and possibly other things besides she manages to achieve her end just before the ladder wobbles and she falls literally into the arms of Vale Penrith, who is appalled and annoyed at such reckless, outrageous behaviour.Viola likes what she sees, but Penrith, while gorgeous, is a stuffed shirt and not at all the sort of man she d be interested in But when her friend, Lady Anne, tells Viola that her parents are trying to arrange a match with Penrith while she Anne is in love with someone else, Viola agrees to help her out by providing a distraction The problem is that she finds herself being distracted by Vale who is not at all the cold fish she had first imagined as much as he is distracted by her, and thetime they spend together, thethey discover about what lies behind their social masks and thethey are drawn together.I have to say straight off that I really didn t care for Viola in this story I admired her desire to forge her own path in her life, but her methods which are, basically, to shock as many people as often as possible are childish, and she behaveslike a mistress or courtesan than a duke s daughter, drinking spirits, smoking and playing billiards with the men I m sure not all young ladies at this time were as pure and virginal as fiction would have us believe, but Viola goes a little too far in the opposite direction for my taste Vale is muchlikeable, but because I disliked the heroine, it was difficult to understand what he saw in her beyond the physical and I found it difficult to believe that two people possessed of such opposing personality types could forge a lasting relationship.If you retolerant of the spoiled and outrageous type of heroine than I am, this story might work better for you than it did for me Ultimately, Scandal at the Christmas Ball is something of an uneven read, but is worth it for the Kaye story alone Last year, I read and very much enjoyed Scandal at the Midsummer Ball, the previous collaboration between Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott Once again, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Brock, forms the backdrop for both stories The couple is holding their prestigious Christmas house party culminating in the Christmas Ball on Twelfth Night Unlike their Midsummer House Party, this is not a matchmaking event, but it seems that cupid s arrow can strike the most improbable couples Last year, I read and very much enjoyed Scandal at the Midsummer Ball, the previous collaboration between Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott Once again, the country estate of the Duke and Duchess of Brock, forms the backdrop for both stories The couple is holding their prestigious Christmas house party culminating in the Christmas Ball on Twelfth Night Unlike their Midsummer House Party, this is not a matchmaking event, but it seems that cupid s arrow can strike the most improbable couples at any time.REVIEW OF A GOVERNESS FOR CHRISTMAS BY MARGUERITE KAYEThree and a half years ago, army major, Drummond MacIntosh, was cashiered from the army for refusing to follow a direct order Shunned by society, he has been forced to lead a purposeless existence until the Duke of Wellington approaches Drummond to say that he wants him to serve as his aide This would give Drummond the opportunity to forge a new life, but first he must attend the Brock Christmas festivities and impress his hosts enough to earn their patronage It is well known that the Duke and Duchess have great influence over society where the Duke and Duchess of Brock lead, all of society follows Their support would be instrumental in repairing his damaged reputation and smoothing his way back into society.Joanna Forsythe was employed as governess to the eldest daughter of Lady Christina Robertson until wrongly accused of theft and dismissed on the spot Lady Robertson did not inform the authorities in view of Joanna s previously unsullied reputation However, with her reputation now in tatters, no respectable school will employ her, and she is forced to take a post which provides only bed and board and where she is treated as littlethan a drudge when she isn t teaching Knowing that the Duchess of Brock is a close friend of Lady Christina s, when Joanna receives an invitation to the house party, she believes that the real thief will confess, thereby establishing Joanna s innocence and restoring her reputation Instead, Lady Christina tries to buy her off with financial recompense for the loss of her reputation and the offer of a new position.Often it is difficult for an author to create characters with any real depth and a believable romance within the constraints of a novella, but I feel that Ms Kaye does this admirably.When Drummond and Joanna first meet, they talk and share confidences, discovering that they are each looking for a fresh start, and I felt a genuine affinity between them which made the budding romance believable Drummond is a man of principle and I admire him for choosing to follow his conscience, knowing full the consequences of his actions I love Joanna s selflessness in her determination that Drummond should not jeopardise his opportunities for her sake.They share some passionate interludes but there seems no future for them because neither can afford to have any further scandal attached to their name Ms Kaye conveys their longing for something they cannot have so well, and I really wanted them to find a way to be together It takes some soul searching before a Happy Ever After is within their grasp, although they are fully aware that their life won t be all plain sailing, but I felt as Drummond doesI can t help but feeling absolutely sure that together we can do anything we want REVIEW RATING 4 5 STARS REVIEW OF DANCING WITH THE DUKE S HEIR BY BROWEN SCOTTFollowing the death of his father and older brother four years ago, Vale Penrith, the Duke of Brock s nephew, had become the duke s sole heir It is a position he didn t want and one he feels ill fitted for He was a politician by conscience when the occasion demanded it, an anthropologist by choice He was not a duke.He has shut himself off from the world since losing his father and brother, preferring to spend his days in his library reading, researching or writing However, Vale has no choice but to accompany his mother to his uncle and aunt s annual Christmas house party and knowing his uncle s notorious reputation for matchmaking at such events, he is sure that the duke has already selected a suitable lady for him Vale certainly has no immediate plans to marry but, when he does, it will be to a lady of his own choice.Independently minded Lady Viola Hawthorne has no desire to marry, a state she considers nothingthan enslavement to the whims of a man She dreams of travelling the Continent and studying music in Vienna, where she believes a woman can enjoy greater freedoms To achieve her dreams, she has indulged in the most scandalous behaviour, earning her the title London s Shocking Beauty , thereby discouraging ny would be suitors However, Viola s parents refuse to give up hope of their daughter finding a husband, and their hopes are raised when an invitation to attend the Duke and Duchess of Brock s Christmas house party arrives Having already had three seasons with no husband in sight, Viola knows that, if she can sustain her outrageous behaviour for oneseason, she will be officially on the shelf and able to pursue her dreams This was the last year she had to maintain her reputation After this Season, she d be a candidate for the shelf out three Seasons and no husband in sight She could get on with her dreams.I like Vale whoever decided that was a suitable Regency gentleman s name and could sympathise with his feelings of loss, sorrow and guilt following the tragic death of his father and brother He had been thrown into a role that he neither expected nor wanted and felt inadequate to fulfil, and he has dealt with it by closing himself off from everyone There is a particularly poignant scene where his uncle hugs him which conveys Vale s emotional vulnerabilityMy boy, it is good to see you, he said simply before wrapping him in his arms For just a minute, he wasn t the heir, but simply a beloved nephew and this man was not the mighty Brock, a powerful duke, but his uncle, his father s older brother, a living link to the man he d lost And Vale savoured it.Generally, I love unconventional, outspoken heroines, but I just didn t like Viola While I understood her desire to be independent and pursue her dreams, her outrageous behaviour the casual sex, drinking, smoking and playing billiards alone in the company of several men seemed totally unrealistic She behavedlike a member of the demimonde than a duke s daughter I know opposites attract but the idea of Vale falling for someone like Viola stretched credulity a little too far for me It is only towards the end of the story that Viola shows some redeeming qualities, but this felt too contrived and didn t really convince me that these two were meant for each other.REVIEW RATING 3 5 STARSGeneral ThoughtsOnce again, there is a lovely Epilogue, courtesy of the Marcus and Alicia, the Duke and Duchess of Brock and I hope, at some point, they will have their own story I would love to know how they met and fell in love, especially as Marcus tells Vale he had proposed to Alicia twice and she had refused him each time I also like how Marcus really cares for his nephew and only wants to help him rediscover a zest for living again.MY VERDICT Marguerite Kaye always delivers a well written and emotionally satisfying love story Although I found Bronwyn Scott s story disappointing, I very much enjoyed the one in SCANDAL AT THE MIDSUMMER and will certainly be readingof her books I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors in return for an honest review 3.5 StarsThese were two very enjoyable stories They take place at the same location and at the same time, but don t rely too much on each other I adored the characters and the story lines.By far my Favorited was the historical aspects of how England in the 1800 s celebrated Christmas and Twelfth Night and the kind of foods they ate and games and activities Challenges Harlequin Romance Monthly Theme Reading Club December 2017 Anti Stress Holiday Challenge 9 AMMP Rocking Around The Christm 3.5 StarsThese were two very enjoyable stories They take place at the same location and at the same time, but don t rely too much on each other I adored the characters and the story lines.By far my Favorited was the historical aspects of how England in the 1800 s celebrated Christmas and Twelfth Night and the kind of foods they ate and games and activities Challenges Harlequin Romance Monthly Theme Reading Club December 2017 Anti Stress Holiday Challenge 9 AMMP Rocking Around The Christmas Tree Challenge 1 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Read a book with a red cover 50% OR a book about an outcast

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