'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall #6)
First, there's Pierce's mother. I could not, for the life of me, understand how the hell she managed to ignore her son for so many years. I don't think any reason is enough to justify that cruelty. Granted, she may have been coerced or blackmailed o ...more
This book… I don’t know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t this! I mean, I started tearing up while reading the prologue. Yeah. The prologue. And I don’t think my eyes were ever completely dry again. From those very first few pages, Pierce had me. Unequivocally. His pain was my pain. He got his tiny little eight year old fingers latched around my heart and never let go.
Because, at a very young age, Pierce Waverly learned a hard lesson: Life isn’t fair. Aband...more
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 6, Hellions of Halstead Hall
Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As a Standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Favorite Tropes: Neglectful Parents, Closed off From Love, Unhappy First Marriage
Pet Peeves: Wanna Be My Mistress?, Stretching Out The Mystery
This book ...more
I felt for the boy Pierce, at the beginning, but unfortunately this promising beginning was the last point in which I felt fully sympathetic.
Despite her later apologies, Pierce's mom really screwed up. I don't judge her for seeking (view spoiler)[love outside of a horrible marriage, as at that time it was really one of only a very few options for women (hide spoiler)] but her behavior during Pierce's visit at age 21 was absolutely reprehensible ...more
I loved how both hero, Pierce, and the heroine, Camilla, were very open with each other.
Of course there's angst. It's present in every book of the series, but here it was contrasted by a very level headed reasoning.
Pierce was having very real, very understandable issues with his mother and his angsst was born from them.
Camilla's actions and reasoning were also very logical and her angst was burried deep in he ...more
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, visited two of Sabrina Jeffries’ HELLIONS OF HALSTEAD HALL series. Now readers have the opportunity to witness him shed the “rogue” mask and dig deeper into his psyche. Oh, Freud would have a field day with Pierce! His parents shipped him off to boarding school at age 8 and banned him from returning home. Even when he achieved his majority, his mother shun ...more
Another brilliant book in the Hellions series! Twas the Night After Christmas was an emotionally charged, sweet romance that I absolutely adored.
I loved the plot of the book. It's a unique idea that I've never seen used before. And it was very well done.
I really liked Camilla. Her loyalty to Lady Waverly was admirable. But it wasn't blind loyalty. She was determined but that didn't stop her from listening to Pierce an ...more
Wow and I do mean wow. After I finished reading this book, which by the way I couldn't put down once I really got in to it, I hugged my e-reader. The book left me all warm and tingly, a truly beautiful Christmas story.
The book was about Pierce Waverly, the Early of Devonmont who has been estranged from his family since he was around seven years old and he doesn't know why. One day his parents just let him ...more
Despite not really loving the H/h, I enjoyed this book tremendously. Perhaps it’s because I was in the Christmas spirit that I didn’t mind some things that I usually wouldn’t like.
Some things I didn’t love:
1) Our hero is written so sympathetically, almost to the point that he’s not accountable for anything bad because he’s had a sad childhood from his parents’ abandonment. Pierce is an adult and his refusal to grow up and live for himself instead of living to spite his family is off-put ...more
The Earl of Devonomnt, Pierce Waverly, at the age of 8 was suddenly abandon by his parents to a boarding school and distant relations for his care. Now a man he still holds great resentment for his lack of parents during his childhood.
When his father passes, Pierce inherits everything. He sets his mother up comfortably, she even has a lady companion (Camilla Stuart) but he still refuses to have contact with his mother.
Determined to mend the fences broken in ...more
Recommendation : This book is perfect for the upcoming holidays! It is filled with Christmas charm and magic. A must have for the holidays!
“‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the place, the only ones stirring were the lord and his mate.”
“That is an awful rhyme.”
“Shh, I’m not done.” He rose with her in his arms, and headed for the door. “They went off to nestle all snug in their bed, while visions of lovemaking danced in their heads.”
She eyed him suspiciously ...more
Read for the 2015 TBR Challenge--December--Holiday Themes. The challenge is hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian.
I bought this book two years ago when it was released in paperback. Sabrina Jeffries is one of those authors that makes me think and makes me happy whenever I read one of her books. I planned on reading it as soon as I brought it home, but, as we all know, life got in the way and 'Twas the Night After Christmas got pushed back on the shelf.
This is a holiday romance that acts ...more
This book starts off heartbreaking and sad. It’s the set up for what comes later. Why the hero is as he is, the thawing that takes place from the clues and revelations that slowly bombard him as he comes to the realization that his whole life is based on a mistruth; and how the diabolical hatred of one man can have a domino effect on so many people. It’s going to take a daring woman full of innocence, hot passions and a secret of her ...more
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012
How ‘Twas the Night After Christmas put me in the holiday spirit: I love stories about families reconnecting after misunderstandings and estrangements. Throw in a precious little boy who loves the season and this book is just perfect for a holiday read.
What I thought of the characters/story: ‘Twas the Night After Christmas was a wonderful combination of location, st ...more
This is the story of Pierce Waverly, whom we met in the Hellions series. I loved Pierce from this series. He is funny, with a devil-may-care attitude. I love his roguish ways. Pierce is ready to move onto a new mistress and is torn on what he wants. He then receives a letter from his mothers companion telling him his mother is sick and he needs to come. He races off to find her just fin ...more
I really enjoyed this sweet regency romance. The characters were well-developed and likable, and the plot was well-paced. I found it hard to put down because I wanted to find out what the 'secret' was that was being kept, and I couldn't wait to see what happened between Pierce and Camilla. This was a very light, easy read, but enjoyable at the same time.
After hi ...more
I fell in love with Sabrina Jeffries' Hellions of Halstead Hall series earlier this year and was so excited when I heard Pierce Waverly was going to have his story told as well. And I mean total squealy fangirl excited. After little glimpses of him in the series I was dying to find out more about him and let me tell you he was so much more than I could have hoped for. 'Twas the Night After Christmas was an amazingly powerful read that's both s ...more
Pierce Waverly, Earl of Devonmont, wants nothing to do with his mother. That being said, when his mother’s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes that his mother is gravely ill, Pierce returns to his childhood home. Within minutes of crossing the threshold, he realizes Camilla has tricked him in the hopes that she may arrange a Christmastime reconciliation between he and his mother. Pierce has no desire to sta ...more
When Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont receives a letter from his mother's companion that says it's dire he sees his mother before it's too late, Camilla Stuart has no idea the trouble she has set in motion as she lacks the knowledge as to why the Earl has been estranged from his mother and feels it's more his petulance than anything else that keeps him far from Lady Devonmont.
Pierce has not had an idyllic upbringing. Having been sent away to a boarding school at eight years of age by his in ...more