I got my jingle bells on with the new holiday duet, Holiday for Two, by Maggie Robinson and Elyssa Patrick. Maggie Robinson is a favorite author for m...moreI got my jingle bells on with the new holiday duet, Holiday for Two, by Maggie Robinson and Elyssa Patrick. Maggie Robinson is a favorite author for me (can anyone say auto-buy?), and I’m delighted to say that Elyssa Patrick is a new find. Both stories feature couples stranded in a snowstorm-one of my favorite storylines. Oh, this is delicious -- both novellas feature heroes who wear glasses. ; )
Maggie Robinson’s All Through the Night is the first one up. A blizzard keeps Carrie Moore, personal assistant for a famous mystery writer, from making the last ferry to the island where her rich employer lives. It’s Christmas Eve, and she’s stranded. The night gets interesting when she meets up with her employer’s nephew. He’s a genuine “frigging” English Viscount named Lord Griffin Archer who’s missed the last ferry too. (BTW, he’s so hot!)
With the blizzard in full force and no place to stay – the local inn is closed – the intrepid couple finds refuge in the inn’s garage! Seems Carrie is a wiz at breaking locks. Let’s just say the hijinx continue in typical Maggie Robinson fashion. There’s a “Jag-U-ar” (not “Jagwar”) car, picnic on the garage floor, and other delights. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I have to share this; Carrie and Griffin get special presents this Christmas – each other. It makes me sigh thinking about it.
This is a laugh-out-loud story that left me happy. For my tastes, it’s perfect for the holidays. During November and December, I may only have an hour or so a day that I can dedicate to reading. This story is short and satisfying. It’s what Santa knows I need to make it through the busy holiday season. Elyssa Patrick’s While It Was Snowing features Felicity Evans, a successful small business owner of the Fat Lady Sweets candy store. (Love the name!) Imagine this opening scene: She’s naked with cold whipped cream covering her “woman parts,” and she’s waiting to seduce her best friend since childhood. When her bestie, Harry Walsh, walks through the door, reality hits both of them in the face.
I was immediately rooting for these two. Harry is a shy and awkward accountant, but he’s been crazy in love with Felicity for years. Felicity, a refreshing normal size romance heroine, has been noticing that Harry is looking at her in a way that will take their relationship to a whole new level. Oh, by the way, did I tell you that HARRY IS A VIRGIN? Yep! There’s a shiny bow for your Christmas package. Thanks, Elyssa!
Both Harry and Felicity are in love with one another, and it’s obvious to Felicity that she has to make the first move. Love is a rocky road with whipped cream (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) for these two as hurt, angst, and the terror of losing their friendship is served up in a story that grabs you from the start. It has a sweet finish with an epilogue that I loved! Double sigh! I thought this was such a heartfelt story about friends who become lovers. I will definitely be purchasing additional books of Elyssa Patrick’s. Love her voice!!
It was fun spending time with these two couples. Both stories just sparkled. For me, holiday romances should be special, and these two stories hit the mark. (less)
It is not an exaggeration to say I’ve been waiting for The Duke’s Match Girl for a long while. When I heard that Lila DiPasqua was writing a story loo...moreIt is not an exaggeration to say I’ve been waiting for The Duke’s Match Girl for a long while. When I heard that Lila DiPasqua was writing a story loosely based upon the Hans Christian Andersen tale, I didn’t know how she’d pull it off. Boy, did she deliver.
Leopold d’Ermant, the Duc de Mont-Marly (Leo for short) is given a second chance at finding his happily ever after with the one woman he can’t forget – Suzanne Machet (clever right?). Seems Leo and Suzanne grew up being best friends before they became lovers. I won’t spoil the story for you, but let’s just say Leo has a lot of work ahead of him to make amends for his bad deeds. He wants Suzanne back into his life and into his arms. She’s smart, quick-witted, and a joy to all that know her. But she’s not going to forget the past. It’s a wonderfully told tale that caused me to laugh one moment at the opening scene with Leo’s brothers then cry minutes later as Suzanne reveals her grief at the loss of her father and the loss of Leo all those years ago. It was easy for me to fall in love with Leo and Suzanne within the first few pages. As I’ve come to expect of Lila DiPasqua stories, this one is hot (fans hand across the face) and the characters are vibrant.
During the busy holiday season when I have little time for myself, I plan to grab a glass of wine, hide out, and enjoy this beautifully told Christmas story again. Yes, I think it’s that wonderful of a story that I want to read it again. It’ll be on my keeper shelf. (less)
I really enjoyed the first of Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series, and her latest in this series in my opinion doesn’t disappoint. Set in the earl...moreI really enjoyed the first of Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series, and her latest in this series in my opinion doesn’t disappoint. Set in the early 1900’s highlands of Scotland, the hijinx keeps this story rolling. With great characters and the author’s trademark banter it was hard for me to put the book down when other duties demanded my attention.
I loved the way the romance developed between the hero, Alec, and the heroine, Mary Evensong, as they ferret out the bad guy. With a lively and clever supporting cast that includes a wonderfully described hotel (yes, I’d characterize the hotel as such! LOL!) and the accompanying highlands, I could imagine being there at the turn of the 20th century.
It’s refreshing for me as a historical lover to find a new era to read about and enjoy. These stories bring lots of joy and ‘modern conveniences’ to the forefront. It was an era that struggled with the ways of the past as the people desperately wanted to head face first into the new century. For me, I love the added pleasure of reading these tales -- Ms. Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series – as we approach the centennial of WW1.
I for one will be looking forward to the next in the series. It’s a breath of fresh air for me as a historical reader. (less)
What a terrific ending to this series. I'll be honest, I'm sad that this series is ending. It was one of my favorites from the last year. I so enjoy t...moreWhat a terrific ending to this series. I'll be honest, I'm sad that this series is ending. It was one of my favorites from the last year. I so enjoy the way Maggie Robinson tells a story. She writes about some serious matters while keeping me entertained as a reader. I easily fell in love with the flawed characters of Lady Anne and Major Gareth. I must be honest-I wasn't a big fan of 'Lady Anne' in the other London List stories, but came to love her as her own story was revealed. What makes the author's writing wonderful for me is the odd tidbits that make me howl with laughter. For example, I will never forget the mouse droppings scene. I found myself hooked into a story that was serious and bittersweet while never losing the touch of humor that I enjoy so much when reading. I loved it, and can’t wait for the author's next story. IMHO you don't need to read the other two in the series, but you're missing out if don't. Loved it! BTW, it doesn't hurt that the cover model looks like Brad Pitt-just saying!!Lady Anne's Lover(less)
Perfect read for a summer break. This is the first new historical of the summer that I enjoyed enough to write a review. Maggie Robinson is a master a...morePerfect read for a summer break. This is the first new historical of the summer that I enjoyed enough to write a review. Maggie Robinson is a master at creating flawed, and I mean flawed, characters and turning them into special ones that you root for time and again. Picture it-Charles is a veteran of the Boer Wars who suffers from PTSD and an overly enthusiastic penchant for alcohol. Louisa can't stand up to her own relatives who've been mooching off her siince she was five years old. In a clever farce where Charles and Louisa pretend at being married, while helping each other obtain their true desires, you never know what to expect. I loved the "take charge" attitude of Mrs. Evensong and her employment agency. I can't wait for the next book in the next Ladies Unlaced series! (less)