Published by La Loma Elite Publishing on September 27th 2016
Genres: Regency, Romance
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Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?
Lady Pippa Godfrey spent an embarrassing season in London. She is glad to retreat to her family home the Somerset estate. Away from scandal, she is expecting to spend a quiet Christmas. It is interrupted when Lucas Hartfeld shows up after being stranded from a strong storm. Lady Pippa is reluctant to let him into the estate but propriety demands that she does. Lord Lucas was on his way to a holiday party where he inevitably is being arranged to marry. Lord Lucas finds Lady Pippa a welcome distraction. The relationship that ensues between the two of them is conflicted at first. Lord Lucas finds a way to soothe Lady Pippa’s fears.
In an Oyster Shell – A quaint novella that has a spicy sweet romance.
The Pearls – The length of this novella is short, so it can be devoured in one sitting. It’s a nice holiday read.
The romance is steamy but fairly clean. I love Lady Pippa’s reluctance at first, makes Lord Lucas work hard to charm her. The conflict makes for a more spicy romance.
The setting was quaint and believable. I love regency settings of estates. It felt like you were right there with the apt descriptions. Lady Pippa getting ready for the Christmas season gives the story it’s festive feel.
The Sand – It was too short and could have used more substance.