Mrs Lily Mereworth’s List of Bold New Life Resolutions. For completion by Christmas Eve, 1814.
– Burn Miss Pikesworth’s Guide to Etiquette – Achieved.
– Visit a gaming hell and win oneself lots of money – Achieved.
– Imbibe new-fangled absinthe – Preparations underway.
– Seduce a rogue – ?
Attending a Christmastide gathering is surely the best way for the most proper widow Mrs Lily Mereworth to complete her list and banish her past. After all, there will be more than a few suitable gentlemen present.
If only a shrewd, hazel-eyed viscount didn’t keep disrupting her plans…
Newly ennobled Viscount Asher Rainham has no schedule for seduction, Christmas or dallying with women. He has merely turned up for the good company, intelligent card playing and excellent brandy. But as snow swathes the land, a certain Mrs Mereworth confounds his expectations and assaults his methodical senses.
Asher, spymaster, a man who never takes risks, finds himself in need of some Rules of the Rogue…
Ghost stories on a windy night, swordplay down the Great Portrait Gallery, snapdragon in the dark – a lady and a gentleman with no thought to love… Merry Christmas.
Review: I had been looking for a historical romance with a Christmas theme to read this holiday season. So when Emily Windsor requested to do a guest spot at Romancing the Book, I knew I had finally found the read I was looking for. Ms. Windsor is a new to me author, so it was doubly exciting to start reading. This is the second book in a series, and having not read the first one, I wasn’t at all lost. It stands well on its own.
Lily is recently widowed and, with the help of one of her friends, has created a bucket list of things to accomplish before the end of the year. The goal was to break free of all of the restrictions that her late husband had placed on her. As she attends a house party for Christmas, she has 2 remaining goals and there are two gentlemen at this house party who can help with the final goal.
Enter Asher. He’s a spymaster and recently titled viscount. He’s at the house party as a favor to a friend and is feeling out of place. He’s not sure what to make of these feelings that Lily stirs in him and it bothers him that he can’t find a logical explanation.
Asher is my kind of hero. A little quirky, awkward, while still an alpha male. He’s confident in his job and in life in general, but Lily just throws him for a loop. And speaking of Lily, she also the kind of heroine I enjoy reading about. She’s not a young miss out husband hunting. She’s trying to find herself after her lackluster marriage comes to an end. She’s unsure, but also wanting to take risks and explore her new freedom.
These two together was interesting. They brought out the best in each other while accepting each other’s flaws. The Christmas house party made their romance all the more fun. I could feel the chemistry, enjoyed the flirtation and understood their insecurities.
The story was well rounded and well written. It was just what I was looking for and now I need to go add Ms Windsor’s other books to my ever growing TBR pile. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance, this might be the one for you.