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An Improper Holiday

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  722 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
He followed all the rules until one man showed him a dozen ways to break them.

As second son to an earl, Ian Stanton has always done the proper thing. Obeyed his elders, studied diligently, and dutifully accepted the commission his father purchased for him in the Fifty-Second Infantry Division. The one glaring, shameful, marvelous exception: Nicholas Chatham, heir to the Ma
ebook, 108 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Heather C
Dec 08, 2013 Heather C rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
Hmm, I wasn't really sold on Nicky and Ian. For one, I'm not a big fan of reunited lovers and I just wanted more romance from them then what I got. The sex was hot, though not up to the usual kinky standards that I'm used to seeing from this author.

I really liked the secondary characters and the overall plot, even though it was entirely predictable. I would also love to read a story about Lewes or Simmons.

3.5 stars
Dec 22, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, i-own
Typical hot Mitchell in an historical setting. I didn't like it as much as her full length books, but the chemistry was good, the historical setting not overly detailed (for someone not usually a fan of historical books, this is great), and a lot of fun.
Aug 22, 2013 Shelby rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed Ms. Mitchell’s writing on a fair number of occasions and “An Improper Holiday” is no exception. This is a lovely sweet holiday story for the ages.

Ian Stanton has returned from the Continent, alive, but sadly no longer whole. Having lost an arm to the war he is at loose ends in his life. As a younger son, and having been forced to resign his commission, he has no set path before him. When his brother, the new Earl of Rayne, calls him into his office Ian can image nothing but the wors
Dec 13, 2009 Betryal rated it really liked it
It is when I read books like this one that I realize we are grateful to be in the 21st century where being attracted to the same sex is more acceptable than it was in that day and age.

This was to me a beautifully written story about the joys of two men coming together, sharing pleasures denied by the era they live in and finding a way to be together without discrimination. To me this was a story I would say is about Soul mates and no matter what they found their way back to each other and forsak
The thing is, I never really enjoy Historical stories. English is not my native and I find hard to connect to a story using "old" language that I don't really care about. So I end up not caring for these characters. Maybe it's a nice story but it's hard to feel it when I basically struggle to like the writing. I think I will stick to contemporary/future, thank you very much.
Nov 24, 2012 C rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-romance, amazon
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Dec 13, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
An Improper Holiday by K.A. Mitchell was a charming historical romance read. I do think an accurate historical depicting a gay relationship is a particularly difficult thing to do and there is only a certain amount of scope. But, I think the book was well executed and a very sweet read. This author consistently delivers the goods and this gem is no exception. Totally sexy reading and the story has one particularly intriguing secondary character that totally deserves a HEA too.

Dec 01, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Ms. Mitchell writes historicals as beautifully as she writers her contemporaries, and I hope she revisits these characters in the future. Lewes is deserving of a story all his own, I think.
Dec 02, 2009 Kassa rated it liked it
I am a fan of KA Mitchell, so naturally picked up this holiday story. The scenic depiction of a snowy historical is fun and very fitting to the theme while the characters are interesting. Unfortunately the ending is slightly contrived and strained, mostly due to the importance of staying historically accurate. While this won’t bother most fans it does decrease my overall enjoyment of the book and ultimately this offering is not one of my favorites of the author. It’s not bad but here the histori ...more
May 25, 2010 Erastes rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-historical
At last–a Regency that reads like a Regency! K A Mitchell was not an author known to me, so I was pleasantly surprised to be drawn in immediately with dialogue that was perfectly formal and with a real sense of time and place.

It’s quite nicely researched, and I wish I had that to say more often. Usage of the word “marquisate” for example which is entirely correct, a journey by carriage to Derbyshire over vile, rutted roads which took days–and extended further because of the inconvenience of Ian’
Sep 18, 2013 Melanie~~ rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet read. Nicky was most understanding and devoted until pushed so far that he couldn't be. I had guessed the plan before it was revealed but thought it could have been more complete. Then again, Ian's injury could easily explain why he might not ever marry. Still a very satisfying ending.

I liked the story and the use of language and imagery. It all seemed apropos for the setting.
I'm getting the grasp of K.A. Mitchell's character standards and I like.

Ian and Nicky find away to solidify their love during the Regency period which makes for some pretty tough fences to overcome. They find a way to wrangle through the fences and a way to be together. Enjoyable quick, holiday read with major substance.
A.B. Gayle
Nov 26, 2012 A.B. Gayle rated it it was amazing
Just re-read this and picked up little bits I missed the first time, so I have lifted the rating.

This is so different from her contemporary books, but the Regency period comes through very well.

I'd love to read a story pased on one ofthe minor characters, Julian Lewes.
Nov 08, 2015 Lucy rated it it was ok
No, nicky wasn't waiting, or pining or even,loving as far as I'm concerned . I wanted more for Ian, not the slutty Nicky who flaunts it
Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jan 05, 2010 Saritza rated it really liked it
This was such a delectable quick holiday read! K.A. Mitchell delivers again with a steamy historical romance that keeps the fires in the heart as warm as the ones in the hearth.

Summary: He followed all the rules…until one man showed him a dozen ways to break them.

As second son to an earl, Ian Stanton has always done the proper thing. Obeyed his elders, studied diligently, and dutifully accepted the commission his father purchased for him in the Fifty-Second Infantry Division. The one glaring, sh
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An Improper Holiday is a m/m romance novella set during the Regency period. Regency people weren’t all that big on the actual day of Christmas (this was post-mistletoe, but pre-Christmas trees, cards, and presents). However, Regency people loved to party, and they kicked off their festivities on Christmas night and carried on for twelve days. Apparently there was some controversy over exactly when the twelve nights actually started and stopped. I like to
Jan 10, 2017 Sierra rated it really liked it
There are so many comments on how sweet this book is--which is too true--but what most fail to mention is how very hot and sexy it is. All that stiff correctness can hide a lot of smoldering passion! So many, many sexy times. Now aside from that there was a great romance--frustrated by Ian's guilt and sense of propriety and duty. Nicky was a great character, the sort of laughing, funny, free-spirited person that everyone loves to be around; he certainly charmed me. These two make such a contrast ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-1/2 Stars
An Improper Holiday is a wonderful blend of historical, drama, and romance wrapped together in a beautiful Christmas package. Ian and Nicky may not quite remember their time together the same but it's pretty obvious the feelings are still there and with the help of a younger scheming sister and the traditions of the holiday, maybe their future is not quite as unhappy as Ian thinks he's destined for. A great addition to my holiday library.
Nov 12, 2016 Liza rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, bingo, zz-2016
A hot little holiday interlude set in Victorian times. I loved this story. It was a nice start to the holiday season! I liked the party and all the characters, how they all came together to create the perfect deception for Ian and Nicky to be together without questions. A case of Love Wibs for all!
Nov 08, 2016 Hrtnsoul28 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Enjoyed the book. I used to read a lot of hetro regency romances and this one rated up with them. I loved how they mixed a Ian's sister in the same boat as he is in. Nicky was great, he knew what he wanted and how he was going to get it. I don't think a cold (bath) was part of it but it worked out in the end.
Oct 28, 2012 Charly rated it really liked it
Well written and sweet

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

- Ian and Nicky’s past together is revealed in just enough detail early on that it made me instantly curious to read more about them.
- I love the fact that Ian is not physically perfect. The author examines his thoughts and feelings (both mental and physical) pertaining to his amputated arm in a good amount of detail. His musings about it are pervasive, but I didn’t find them annoying;
May 14, 2014 tacitus rated it it was ok
This isn't a love story. It's a friends-with-benefits making an arrangement story. No, thank you.

This story was well written and all that, but I found it difficult to give it more than three stars simply because I didn't really like the characters. Well, to be frank, I didn't like one and simply couldn't understand the other.

Ian ran off to be a solider after his disastrous first time having sex with his lover Nicholas, only we're not actually sure if that's WHY he ran off. This is just the firs
Blackravens Reviews
Jan 08, 2011 Blackravens Reviews rated it it was amazing
Taz’s Review:

In An Improper Holiday by K. A. Mitchell, we follow Ian Stanton who recently returned from war. He and his sister attend the New Year’s party thrown by his former lover, Nicholas Cartham, and all of the old feelings he had experienced years ago resurfaced. As the weekend progresses, Ian fights his urge to reconnect with Nicky. Unbeknownst to Ian, Nicky and a slew of other characters are working to bring them together and what unravels by the end of the story is an ending that leaves
May 17, 2016 Bo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ying and Yang in Merry Olde England

I love Regency M/M romances but this one is off the charts as far as a plot, and characters, are concerned. The characters are not sympathetic at all--Ian is a martyr, Nicky is a carefree dreamer, Charlotte is an outrageous flirt and Emily is just too good to be true.

None of them communicate well enough to each other or us because each is hiding real secrets. And that turns out to be the linchpin here. The terrible physical and mental suffering Ian experienced
Nov 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
An Improper Holiday is a sexy, enjoyable historical story most of which takes place during a house party between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. I am not an historian, but I thought the details provided set the time and place well, without taking over the story. I liked learning about the different ways people at that time celebrated the holidays. The two MCs were opposites in many ways, which sometimes caused them to clash, but ultimately helped them make the other feel complete. Ian's self-c ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Trix rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-novels
The story was nice. I enjoyed the Regency feel of it and the witty and sexy feel of the characters. [spoiler ahead]It was rather short though, so although I could relate to Ian's suffering over the missing limb and Nicky's eagerness to delve into male romance, it seemed a bit too rushed. As well as Ian's surrender to a physical relationship with Nicky (not that I minded XD). Whereas Charlotte and Nicholas' wedding seemed much too convenient.[end spoiler] However, despite all this, the story flow ...more
I had a lot of fun reading this book. The characters are all likeable and the story is entertaining. Yes, you could see most of the plot twists coming from far off, but it didn't ruin the experience.

One of the things i like most about the book is that the author didn't simply take a female character and make them male and gay. These feel like gay characters as we understand "gay" today. When the lovers are reunited after a several year, conscious separation, the one lover is like.."Hey, you left
D.H. Starr
Dec 24, 2010 D.H. Starr rated it liked it
I Enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others as a quick and enticing read. As a novella, the story does a good job of creating character and developing plot, but it took quite some time to get the sex. For me, when I am reading books of shorter length and, especially when the book's title suggests a holiday theme, I'm anticipating that my eye balls are going to burn out of their sockets. I would have enjoyed this more if there had been more heat and action between the two main characters ...more
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K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Ch ...more
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