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A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton & Vivienne Lorret

October 10th, 2017 by dsuzuki

 

Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…

“I Will” by Lisa Kleypas

To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into helping him, the charade begins-but is it really a charade once love takes hold of their hearts…?

“Deck the Halls With Love” by Lorraine Heath

Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, devastated Lady Meredith Hargreaves when he proposed to another. But when he becomes free to pursue her, it’s too late for she’s on her way to the altar…. As Christmas approaches, Chetwyn vows to lure Lady Meredith back into his arms.

“No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton

James Archer detests his mother’s matchmaking ways. When ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with simpering maidens, he produces a fiancée-Lady Sophronia Bettesford. James and Sophronia pretend to be in love for one month. But their pact soon turns into love.

“The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret

To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything-even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

My Thoughts

I loved this anthology and really the only reason it wasn’t a 5 star read for me was I wasn’t a fan of The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret. I really enjoyed the other three stories though and it was a close call between I Will by Lisa Kleypas and No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton of which was my favorite.

I Will by Lisa Kleypas read more like a full length read to me than a novella. I felt the pacing was wonderful and the story never felt rushed to me. I fell in love with both characters and thoroughly enjoyed watching Andrew and Caroline fall in love with each other. The supporting characters are great too and I want to go back and read the rest of Lisa Kleypas’s books.

No Groom at the Inn was also an engaging book to read. I loved the characters and I loved the grand gesture James plans for Sophronia. This was my first time reading Megan Frampton but now I need to go check out her other books because I enjoyed this one so much!

Deck the Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath is a second chance at love story which works well in a novella since the hero and heroine already have a history together and it doesn’t lose a lot by not having much time to show the couple’s love building. Instead we get to enjoy the romantic tension as the couple struggle to fight their feelings for each other and finally give in.

Sadly I never did get into The Duke’s Christmas wish by Vivian Lorret. Neither character grabbed me and there’s an instant attraction between the two but it felt too much like insta-love to me. The story seemed rushed and was a struggle for me to get through. I only kept reading because I knew it was a novella and wouldn’t be too long.

Still, the other three stories definitely make this an anthology worth picking up!

About the Book

A Christmas to Remember Anthology
by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret

Genre
Adult
Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
September 26, 2017

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About Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction under the name Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. You can visit her website at http://www.meganframpton.com. She tweets as @meganf and is at Facebook.com/meganframptonbooks.

Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two teenage sons (not necessarily in that order . . . but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is the author of Avon Impulse’s “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone” and The Wallflower Wedding Series. For more on her upcoming novels, visit her at http://www.vivlorret.net.

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