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Home for the Holidays

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,762 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Left to handle the rumors other family's bankruptcy and impending eviction, Larissa Ascots wishes for a merry Christmas seem to be in peril for the first time in her sheltered life. A charming would-be "benefactor,"Vincent Everett, the Baron of Windsmoor, has offered to shelter Larissa and her young brother. But more than Yuletide spirit seems to have inspired the baron's ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2000)
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Arlenis
Dec 28, 2015 Arlenis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente no es lo mejor de Johanna Lindsey. Por supuesto su escritura es realmente buena. El problema aquí es la historia y su desarrollo. El plot prometía pero no supo desarrollarlo, para explicarme, no me gustó lo absurdo del enamoramiento de la protagonista, es decir, en un segundo Larissa estaba llorando por su padre y odiando a Vincent y al siguiente segundo está completamente enamorada de él, se entiende que en eta clase de libros los romances ocurren rápido pero en este fue para na ...more
Trudy Miner
Following rumors of her father's death, Larrisa Ascot was stunned when she and her brother were also evicted from their home by Vincent Everett, Baron of Windsmoor who bought the mortgage to their house in his attempt to seek vengeance on her father for causing the "death" of Vincent's only brother. However, when he lays eyes on Larrisa, he's so taken by her beauty that he moves them into his home in order to seduce her. Raised by cold, indifferent parents, Vincent didn't know what to make of La ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was an interesting and enjoyable read. Vincent is an intriguing hero who thinks he feels nothing, but clearly has never gotten over his childhood of emotional neglect. He does some pretty bad things because he is exacting revenge for his brother's suicide. However, he does have a turnaround and truly does repent as his love for Larissa changes his heart and melts the layer of ice that encloses the little-used member. It's a very good Christmas read that captures the elements of A Christmas ...more
Gemma
Dec 13, 2010 Gemma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The hero was unlikeable. The "seduce your enemy's daughter/sister/fiance for revenge" theme has been done to death. It's a hard sell, since it makes the hero into a villian. The heroine was so naive I started to wonder if she had a mental problem. TSTL, as many romance readers call it.

I also found historical mistakes in this book. There is mention made of the colonies, so this book must be set in the 1700's, before the American revolution. Yet there is mention of Christmas trees, which didn't be
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Maura
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Maria
May 30, 2012 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-2012
I thought this flat, insipid, and a bit pointless. Larissa isn't very interesting at all, Lord whatever-his-name-is is a pretty detestable character, who suddenly becomes obsessed with a pretty face. I read it because I was too bored to do anything else. I'm actually glad I bothered. Now I know that I don't immediately like every book just because he and she 'fall in love' at the end. No. I can actually exercise JUDGEMENT within this genre! Fantastic!
Jenell
Dec 09, 2015 Jenell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a quick, holiday romance to read. This is it...kind of. It's definitely quick and definitely a romance. It takes place around Christmas, but it didn't have much of a holiday feel for me. There is only one scene that really is Christmas-y. Besides that, I enjoyed this. It was predictable and I actually found the whole thing quite appalling. So maybe it's a surprise that I liked it. Vincent, the main man, tries to ruin Larissa's family because of something he thinks her father has done. H ...more
Angela Noviana
Keinginan balas dendam kepada keluarga Ascot membuat Vincent Everett menutup hatinya dan membuat Larissa Ascot kehilangan rumah yang ditempatinya. Tapi keinginan balas dendam Vincent tidak hanya sampai situ, ia berbuat baik dengan membiarkan Larissa tinggal di rumahnya sehingga wanita itu merasa berhutang budi pada pria itu.

Larissa Ascot, sepeninggal ayahnya melaut, merasa kehilangan arah, ditambah lagi tiba-tiba diusir dari rumahnya dan demam Thomas yang belum kunjung reda, membuat wanita itu m
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Lona Yulianni
Kisah bermula ketika Vincent Everett, Baron of Windsmoor ingin membalas dendam pada keluarga Ascot, karena telah membuat adiknya bunuh diri dengan menyita rumah kediaman keluarga Ascot, tepat pada liburan Natal dan ketika sang Ayah keluarga Ascot belum juga pulang dari luar negeri dan meninggalkan hutang yang cukup banyak pada keluarganya. Padahal di rumah itu masih ada Larissa dan Thomas Ascot, kakak-beradik keluarga Ascot. Diperparah dengan Thomas, sang adik, sedang sakit. Larissa yang menerim ...more
Frances
Where are the editors?
Marie
Jan 22, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h-r, johanna-lindsey, 2014
Bintang 3.

Saat mereka bertemu, saling tertarik, berkah ataukah kutukan ketika takdir pertemuan merekmelibatkan balas dendam?

Vincent Everett, Baron of Windsmoor, pria yg kesepian, tanpa keluarga dan sahabat, terikat balas dendam pada George Ascot yg menurutnya menjadi penyebab kegagalan dan juga kematian adiknya, Albert walau adiknya itu tidak memiliki ikatan emosi yg kuat dengan dirinya (Vincent bahkan menaruh rasa iri karena adiknya itu lebih disayangi oleh orangtua mereka). Saat Ascot tertahan
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Tonileg
Historical English romance with a holiday theme that pulls at your heart strings because Larissa Ascot is seriously sweet and wholesome. She can't even hate the guy that is ruining her family and then takes her virginity, she still thinks that he is going to do the right thing by her and her family. She is really naive, but really loveable. I wish she was my sister!
She finds out that she lost her house and has to move out in the next day while simultaneously worrying about her very sick younger
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Hannah
Review originally published on my blog: Snuggle Up and Read (http://nurseatkins.blogspot.com/2010/...)

I read this book for my Christmas Challenge. I received it in a goodreads swap. I just picked it out because it sounded good. It was my first book of Johanna Lindsey.

The book would be what they call historical romance. It was set in the 1800s, and I enjoyed the time period. I found some of the historical stuff to be probably not accurate, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I also enjoyed the idea o
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Kari
Oct 10, 2011 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
It has been a long time since I read a Johanna Lindsay novel. I used to read them secretly in my senior year in high school as a secret indulgence. I know I used to think that she was really racy, but this one was pretty mild. Vincent Everett is bent on revenge against a man who he thinks caused his brother to kill himself. He evicts the man's family and upon seeing the daughter, Larissa, he decides to give them a place in his home and seduce her. At this point, Vincent wasn't scoring high marks ...more
Kshydog
Dec 22, 2015 Kshydog rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Donna
Jan 25, 2016 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real stinker. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator didn't do any favors for the peculiar story. The idea is that due to a lack of attention from his parents during his formative years, our 'hero' has decided to eschew emotion and become a living robot. At least that's what we're told. Throughout the book, he is driven by emotion (some love and kindness, but mostly creepy stalkerishness) to either ruin or marry the daughter of his arch nemesis. There were times when it ...more
Donna
Dec 30, 2012 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real stinker. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator didn't do any favors for the peculiar story. The idea is that due to a lack of attention from his parents during his formative years, our 'hero' has decided to eschew emotion and become a living robot. At least that's what we're told. Throughout the book, he is driven by emotion (some love and kindness, but mostly creepy stalkerishness) to either ruin or marry the daughter of his arch nemesis. There were times when it ...more
Amanda
Feb 24, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely read for the holiday season. Grab a cup of coffee and snuggle up with this historical romance.

Vincent Everett, the Baron of Windsmoor, is bent on revenge against Ascot, the man he thinks caused his brother to commit suicide. After evicting the man's family and, after he gets a good look at Larissa Ascot, invite her and her brother to stay in his home. Naturally, being a vengeful rake, he decides to seduce the naive Larissa.

Larissa is sweet and does not have many options. Her fa
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Judy
Dec 10, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home for the Holidays by Johanna Lindsey
Vincent Everett, Baron Everett of Windsmoor, was out for vengeance for his brother. George Ascot had ruined him and brought him to his death. Vincent was slowly ruining the man. He knew Ascot was out to sea when he had the eviction papers delivered, what he did not know about was Larissa Ascot. A perfect plan came to mind the moment he set his golden eyes on her. But plans don't always go the way we think, do they?

Larissa was devastated at the loss of the
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Amy
Dec 18, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just I really enjoyed the short little story center rob christmas. It was very short and very sweet. It was a little short on plot, but it had enough to keep you interested. I really enjoy reading these short adorable stories because they're easy reads at always have an ending that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Especially around the holidays.
Pam Masters
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Mahareni Sukadi
80% kayaknya hampir narasi semua. Isi buku didominasi jalan pikiran dua tokoh utamanya, conversation-nya dikit banget. Sedang ceritanya sendiri so so saja.

Btw, kenapa gak pake ukuran font normal siiiiih? Kalo hurufnya gak gedong-gedong kek gajah kan bukunya bisa lebih tipis, hemat kertas, and yang utama...harga bukunya bisa lebih murah.

Edit :

Eeeehh...uneg-unegnya ada yang ketinggalan nih. Soal lukisan La Nymph yang konon bikin pria yang melihatnya bisa gila kalo tidak segera 'begituan'. Masa luk
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April
Jul 21, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, short Christmas-themed historical romance by Johanna Lindsey using the revenge trope, where the hero seeks to wreak revenge on someone, and the heroine becomes an unwitting victim of that revenge —and of course, the hero eventually falls in love with the heroine, and it turns out there was a mistake anyway, and there was no need for revenge at all. Not too different from the Ebenezer Scrooge story either, without all the ghosts, of course. Just the hero and heroine getting together.

Sorry,
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Cindy
Dec 18, 2015 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Christmas Regency romance with sex.

When I was in high school I had an English teacher who used to write TRITE in red pen & big letters on my papers (I wasn't an imaginative writer!). That's what I'd like to do with this book. It's a cookie cutter novel that JL has written over & over.

Vincent isn't a likable male lead. He's boring & heartless which is a bad combination. His bloodless attempt at revenge incites a yawn rather than any interest. It's hard to imagine him passionate at a
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Francesca
Feb 20, 2015 Francesca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ugh. I like a good trashy romance as much as the next person, but this really felt like it had been slapped together in an afternoon and published purely based on the author's track-record.
Cathleen
Nov 27, 2015 Cathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one I ended up skimming because I didn't like where it was going and then ended up predictable. I've never read Johanna Lindsey before. I was hoping for a fun light Christmas Read. Nope!
Kathy G.
Dec 04, 2011 Kathy G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a love story set during the Christmas holiday. Larissa is left with her ten year old brother, alone in their home while their father is "missing" at sea. He is a merchant who has gone on a buying trip to different ports and is extremely delayed in coming home. In the meantime, Lord Everett is seeking revenge on Larissa's father for the ruination and death of his brother. Lord Everett evicts Larissa and her brother out of their home, but he immediately is attracted to Larissa and decides ...more
Laurla2
super cheesy. 'oh you're a horrible person but i forgive this massive list of awful things you did to me, lets get married'.
Monica
I guess this is why I stopped reading romance all the time.. It had a very awkward start and felt like a poor man's version of A Christmas Carol.. What with him throwing the girl out on Christmas eve and all, the writing could've been better, I feel like this is not even her writing this book. It seriously felt like an authors first novel. But once you ignore all that the story seems ok.
Fanny Roswita Ria
My 1st book of 2015

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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

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