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'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,458 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere b ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF@25%. I can't read a book when I don't even have a modicum of respect for any of the characters. In the case of 'Twas the Night after Christmas, I found everyone—except Pierce, the hero, since I think his actions were justified—to be unredeemable.

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
Rating: A ... Heat: Warm

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

Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
Author’s Website:
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
Apparently, this book brought out the Humbug in me.
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) but her behavior during Pierce's visit at age 21 was absolutely reprehensible
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This, even if only loosely connect with the Hellion of Halstead series, is the best one!

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
Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For an emotional read and all the SJ fans out there
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Inshirah Kamal
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
“Love is for children and fools.
No grown man with an ounce of sense
makes monumental decisions based on some
half-baked sentiment he read on a St. Valentine’s Day card.”

SOS Aloha
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. - Erma Bombeck

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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

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
'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS exemplified the emotionally tortured hero. Physically abandoned at the age of eight, Pierce Waverly tried to understand why his parents no longer loved him. Fast forward twenty-five years later and he was now the Earl of Devonmont. His father had died two years before and his mother had been sending him weekly letters since his father's funeral. All of which had gone unread into a box. Now he was informed by his mother's companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, that Lady D ...more
Terri Wino
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2015
I enjoyed this story, even though I thought the secret Pierce's mother was keeping from him was a bit of a stretch to justify not being a part of his childhood. However, I guess in the time period the story takes place it really would have been quite detrimental to his future. Being that I liked the story and characters, I could overlook any doubts about the relationship between Pierce and his mother and just enjoy the story.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yam
Empat bintang untuk Pierce dan Cammila. Tapi yah, sebenernya kurang panas kalo dibandingin sama karya Tante Jeffries yang lain... :p
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Courtesy of Galley Books (Pocket Books) through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

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
Anna D.
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr
4.5 stars

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
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect Christmas romance!

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
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 Stars

Recommendation : This book is perfect for the upcoming holidays! It is filled with Christmas charm and magic. A must have for the holidays!

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“‘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
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
3.75 Stars

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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

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
Lover of Romance
Twas the Night After Christmas bridges two series together, "Helliions of Halstead Hall" and "The Duke's Men". After recently reading the first book in the Dukes Men series, I was really excited to read this story. It does take place before the first one begins where we do see a involvement Of Dominic. This story is centered on Pierce and Camilla. Pierce is a Earl, but hasn't had the easiest of upbringings. When he was younger, his mother was everything, until he was sent away to school, and she ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Pierce Waverly was eight years old when his parents abandoned him. He was expecting them to pick him up at school for the summer break when his father’s cousin picked him up instead. He didn’t see his parents again until he was twenty-one, and they rejected him again. Pierce is now earl of Devonmont, due to his father’s death two years ago. His mother has been writing letters to him every week since the late earl’s death. Pierce has never read any of them. They had been really close until that s ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
kesinlikle mükemmel bir kitaptı bence tek eksiği hikayedeki sırrın biraz daha sır olamamasıydı, evet biraz gari bir söylem ama spoiler vermekten hoşlanmıyorum. o tek küçük eksiklik bile o kadar güzel kapatılmış ki normalde beni hiç duygulandırmayacak o olay gözümün dolmasına neden oldu! kitap gerçekten çok ve güzel ve hellions serisini okumak istememi sağladı. normalde ana karakterlerin birbirlerinden önce başkalarını sevmelerine dahi katlanamayan biri olarak camilla nın daha önce evlenmiş ve bi ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read for Review (Edelwiess)
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
Chris Bails
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I also loved this book. Another great one by Sabrina. If you loved the Hellions series you will like this one.
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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

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.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the new Christmas books. I loved all the characters and was so eager for the resolution that I stayed up late to finish the book. And Jeffries earns an extra star from me for avoiding a too-easy, overused windup of the thread concerning the heroine's past.
Very good book full of intense emotions on the parts of all three main characters. We start out seeing Pierce as an eight year old child waiting for his parents to pick him up from school for the holidays. His confusion over being sent to relatives instead, and the later hurt and then anger as he is banished from his family from then on. He tries to see them one more time as an adult and is rejected, whereupon he does his best to show them he doesn't care by becoming something of a rake.

After hi
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Anna's Herding Cats
Originally Posted for Herding Cats & Burning Soup

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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

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
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

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
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million book ...more
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