Review: Christmas in Duke Street anthology

Christmas in Duke Street by Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, Grace Burrowes
Release Date: October 10, 2015
Publisher: self published
Pages: 304
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Christmas in London is a busy time at the little bookshop in Duke Street, for love, literature, and shopping. Four couples come and go and discover that happy ever after makes the perfect Christmas gift. A new anthology from the bestselling authors of Christmas in the Duke’s Arms and Dancing in the Duke’s Arms.

The Rake Who Loved Christmas by Miranda Neville
Sir Devlyn Stratton wants to save his brother from an unprincipled adventuress, especially when he meets Oriel Sinclair and wants her for himself. Oriel won’t marry for convenience or become a rake’s mistress. But succumbing to Dev’s seduction is all too tempting.

A Seduction in Winter by Carolyn Jewel
He’s an artist and a duke’s heir. She’s sheltered and scarred. Can he show her by Christmas that love can be theirs to share?

A Prince in her Stocking by Shana Galen
Lady Cassandra has always done as she’s been told. Meek and malleable, she’s lived a life devoid of passion. When she meets a handsome man rumored to be an exiled prince, she sees one last chance at excitement. Little does she know, too much excitement can be dangerous.

The Appeal of Christmas by Grace Burrowes
The best Christmas present is the one he didn’t realize he desperately needed.

 

Review: The Rake Who Loved Christmas: I adored this story! Honestly, the title itself is hilarious and so true to Sir Devyln’s story. While shopping for Christmas he happens upon a young shop keeper who is working herself ragged to keep her fathers shop alive, she basically sells art and after a series of misunderstandings (where our rake of course pursues our shop keeper) he is lead to believe that another rake is trying to steal her away only by promising her money in return for her hand…meanwhile she’s had a proposal from Sir Devlyn’s brother. This is a fun regency romp that has a lot of heat and shockingly, moves at a pace that’s extremely believable.

A Seduction in Winter: Honoria has been following Lord Wathrell’s adventures since she could remember, after all they knew each other before he left for Bombay, now that he’s returned, she hopes that she’ll at least see him at a passing glance, so she’s more than bewildered when they bump into one another at the same book shop. Despite his insane good looks, he’s easy going, fun to talk to, and engages her without looking at the scars that the people of the ton would tip their noses down at.  Wathrell falls for her because of her passion and when he see’s her he doesn’t see scars, but a beautiful vibrant woman. The setting of the story is perfect and I adored the way that Wathrell treated Honoria. There was never a time that I felt like he was being unfair, he truly was the perfect hero.

A Prince in her Stocking:  Mr Glen, aka The Royal Prince of Glynaven has been using the book store as his own personal heating space for the past few weeks. After being forced to flee his country for his life, he’s stopped at nothing to gain back his title and his fortune. Every day he goes to the book store to search for the book his mother said she’d put all of their belongings in, basically his money and proof of royalty. He’s searching when he bumps in to Cass, a widow who’s always been very amicable, doing exactly what she’s told. She takes pity on him, allowing him to come into her household even though her sister in law was up in arms about the situation. Together, they embark on an adventure to prove he is who he says he is. This story as fantastic and as a lover of princes and fairy tales, I adored it, the only issue I had was that I feel like the ton would have been more scandalized, with that being said, I fully understand that it’s fiction so I’m just going to go with it and embrace the fact that the story as beautifully written and provided me an amazing escape.

The Appeal of Christmas: Leave it to Grace Burrows to finish off this amazing anthology with a crescendo of her own…Easily my favorite story of the book. Gervaise, a well known and successful barrister is hunting for a distraction when he bumps into long time childhood friend Hazel, they flirt, as they always do, but for some reason, maybe the excitement of the holidays, something shifts in the air between them. What has always been teasing and flirting turns into more as Gervaise discovers a love letter on the book he just pulled from the shelf. He wonders who would write such a letter and as he and Hazel shop for trinkets, their banter creates a fun filled adventure that leaves them to their own happily ever after. It’s no secret that Burrows is a delight with dialogue and this novella was no different.

As a whole this anthology was JUST what I needed to get excited for Christmas, I would recommend to anyone who loves regency romance!