Three beloved Regency romance authors join forces in this heartwarming holiday anthology.
In this collection of novellas, the Christmas season brings the gift of love. A Christmas Abduction by Hunter (Never Deny a Duke, 2019, etc.) finds Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, abducted by a mysterious but familiar woman. Caroline Dunham is out for revenge, and kidnapping Adam seems the easiest way to expedite her plans. Fleeting touches and forced proximity add a wonderful tension to this slow-burn romance. Heiress Cassandra Isles becomes taken with the charming Col. Lord Heywood Wolfe in Jeffries’ (Project Duchess, 2019, etc.) A Perfect Match. Too bad he’s a notorious fortune hunter. The most dramatic of the three novellas, A Perfect Match is overwhelmed by too many characters and a thwarted kidnapping. One Wicked Winter Night by Putney (Once a Spy, 2019, etc.) is, by far, the standout of this trio, with a lovely second-chance romance as lovers reunite at a magical costume ball. Lady Diana Lawrence committed herself to a life of travel and adventure to mask her heartache over a whirlwind love affair that ended poorly. Now, seven years later, she never expected to reunite with the dashing Anthony Raines. The only common thread between the three novellas is the wintry setting; a stronger connection might have made the collection feel less stilted. However, it’s clear that these historical romance dynamos know their craft and can make any dubious reader believe in a happily-ever-after despite the shorter format.
A solid and varied collection for readers who adore a holiday setting.