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Deck the Halls With Love

(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2.5)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  831 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A Lost Lords of Pembrook Novella

Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love.

In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to pursue her? It matters little, because she's on her way to the altar, heartbreak
ebook, 112 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Avon Impulse
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Lorraine Heath is one of my favorite historical romance authors so I’m not sure why I haven’t yet read the Lost Lords of Pembrook series. Well, after this delightful holiday novella, I assure you, I’m going to remedy that right away!
Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love. In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to purs
60 páginas son muy pocas para desarrollar una historia.
Un breve relato con pasión contenida, algunas frases bonitas y un romance muy bonito. Pero poco más da de sí.
Con Navidad de fondo, para las que os guste de leer algo bonito en estas fechas.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lady Meredith Hargreaves spent a season flirting heavily with Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn before he proposed to another. Except his fiance dumped him for another man, and now she's engaged to a slimeball, so obviously it's time for some romantic intervention!

As a novella, it was just what I was looking for: short, to the point, and semi-sweet. I could have done with a bit more development of the history between Merry and Chetwyn, and I also could have done without the casting of
Beanbag Love
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very short, but I enjoyed it very much. Now I have to go back and reread the second book of this trilogy to see if I was perhaps too harsh.

I barely remember Chetwyn from that book, although he played a major role. I do recall being annoyed at the ending though, and thinking it was contrived and senseless. This story gives it sense and explains Chetwyn's motivation.

Meredith is a lovely heroine. She came around to the hero's side of things in an organic way and I never felt like she was silly or
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn't think LH was going to be able to make me like Alistair. After all he gave Merry the kiss off in order to ask for Lady Anne's hand in marriage. This was due to some twisted guilt induced logic that Alistair applied after receiving a lost letter from his dead brother. But of course as we know, Anne chose Lord Tristan and now Alistair is free to pursue his true love, Merry. But all is not fair in love or war and Merry is set to marry a jerk after Christmas. So Alistair has got just a few d ...more
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
A short story but very well-written!
Sandy M
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I have to admit that I didn’t think about the Marquess of Chetwyn being hero of his own story when I read him in Lord of Temptation. He was marrying Anne out of a sense of duty, because it was his brother’s dying wish, and he treated her like a piece of property, pushing his wants and needs on her. So, needless to say, his character at that time didn’t endear him to me, even in the end when he became a gentleman – too late in my eyes. But as usual, Lorraine Heath is able to turn that character a ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an absolutely lovely holiday novella! It features a secondary character from the previous book in the series (Lord of Temptation), Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn. After letting his fiance choose her own path to happiness, Alistair is determined to get back the love he lost as a result, the lovely Lady Meredith Hargreaves...who is unfortunately engaged to another. Sneakily cutting into a dance with her, he expresses his desire to be with her and it causes just enough confusi ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lorraine Heath is the best.

I've been in a real reading funk lately. I simply haven't found anything that grabbed my attention. I bought Lisa kleypas's new novel. I love LK! What historical romance reader doesn't love LK? Not to mention I've waited YEARS for this book. Started it. Stuck on page 17. Wth? Something's wrong....

In a last ditch effort to get out of this funk, I bought this novella by Lorraine Heath. Thank goodness for LH!!!! This tale immediately hooked me. I truly enjoyed every minu
After reading Lord of Temptation, I found myself more intrigued by the future Lord Chetwyn than even the next Lost Lord of Pembrook. So I was really excited to see that Ms. Heath wrote a holiday novella focused on him. Overall, I liked this sweet story about getting a second chance at love. I continue to adore Chetwyn, but I wasn't as fond of Meredith. I liked her, but never felt like I got to know her enough to really make an opinion. Like most novellas, I was disappointed by the short length o ...more
4.00 Stars - Historical/Victorian Holiday Romance Novella.

Another lovely addition to the beautiful series, this one proves to be quite a romantic and fulfilling tiny novella with a stubborn heroine resisting love and a determined hero to win out her heart once in for all!
Katherine 黄爱芬
Ini cerita Natal ttg Cinta Lama Bersemi Kembali (CLBK).

Lady Meredith sempat menaruh hati pada Alistair, Marquess of Chetwyn. Sayangnya Chetwyn melamar wanita lain. Dan kali ini Chetwyn bertekad utk mendapatkan Meredith.

Sebenarnya kzl juga sih sama si Chetwyn ini, masa baru mengejar Meredith setelah ditolak gadis lain. Meredith juga mau-maunya jadi cadangan, kalau gw sih ogah. Tapi lumayan menarik melihat trik-trik Chetwyn utk mendapatkan hati Meredith ini.
Laura the Highland Hussy
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
cute and sweet

Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Es una historia corta , muy cortita de navidad. Difícil hablar mucho de ella debido a tan pocas páginas pero me ha gustado.
Stephanie Tracy
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Lorraine Heath's books so much, and this novella is no exception. I adore her characters because they are cleverly thought out and interesting, and her writing style is so witty and romantic! This was an adorable and simple Christmas tale of romantic misunderstandings and 19th century scandal. I loved every second of it and hope that she writes more Christmas stories for me to enjoy. If you already love her books, definitely read this one!
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
First time ready anything by Lorraine Heath and I will have to pick up the rest of her books!! This was a cute, charming novella. She packed a lot of fun in a short story. I am definitely going to read Rafe's book. Just his name intrigued me ;)
Elley Murray
Another Regency romance Christmas novella that I'd really like to rate 3.5 stars, but am rounding it up to 4 because it's Christmas and I've got the holiday spirit.

I just finished reading this last night, and I've already forgotten the names of the leading lord and lady. So that pretty much sums up this story, haha. It was a cute Christmas tale, set at a house party at Christmastime.

Boy meets girl and feels instalove during the Season, boy and girl go to their homes out of town, boy gets life
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

“I won’t give up,” he said. “Not until Christmas.”

“What that particular day?”

“Because your love is the only gift I wish to receive.”

When we last saw Chetwyn, he was left at the altar by Anne when she left to marry Tristan, one of the Lost Lords of Pembrook (Lord of Temptation). Honestly, I never really thought twice about poor Chetwyn. He was only marrying Anne out of a feeling of obligation to his dead brother. He never loved Anne as his
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Courtesy of Avon through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

When Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn , she did not expect him to break it by proposing to someone else. Now with Chetwyn free to pursue her, Lady Meredith is on the way to the alter with someone else.

Chetwyn who set aside his wants and dreams in order to honor his brothers wishes, had asked Lady Anne to marry for all the wrong reasons. But with the coming of Christmas he has
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I pretty much never read novellas and I wasn't even aware that this one wasn't a full novel until I went to read the downloaded version on my nook. Lorraine Heath is one of my favorite historical romance authors, though, so I decided to give this one a chance and see what she could give me in only 50 pages.

Surprisingly, Lorraine was able to pack yet another enticing historical romance into such a short amount of pages. Chetwyn had left Meredith when their spark of passion was just being discove
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: egalley
I always forget how short novellas can be and after finishing them I'm usually left with this sense of disappointment they've already ended. Which probably means two things: I'm not much of a novella kinda girl and the novellas I do read are pretty good because else I wouldn't be wanting more. And this one sounded so adorable I just had to read it!

I really loved the second book in Lorraine Heath's Lost Lords of Pembrook series: Lord of Temptation, so when I saw this was about the jilted Chetwyn
Debra Taylor
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
You always want what you can't have . Chetwyn wants what he once had & threw away . He must convince Lady Merry to give him another chance . But Merry is betrothed to another man.
Merry once thought that they would marry . But her beau threw her over for another woman . Only to be jilted at the alter himself . Now that he's free Chetwyn wants Merry to give him another chance . But Merry's not so forgiving , even though the man still makes her heart race . And then there is the little problem
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00

Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012

How the Deck the Halls with Love put me in the Holiday Spirit: This was a very quick read with just the right setting for a holiday romance.

What I thought of the characters/story: Deck the Halls with Love packed in romance, love, and some very swoon-worthy moments. Y’all I about cried when not only did he want all her dances but he also gave her choices. Oh my, I lo
One of the rare romances by Lorraine Heath that is just mediocre. I felt the story lacked the author's usual, emotive writing: the passion and angst that make her stories compelling. Part of the blame also lies with the short length. Exploring Alistair and Maddie's previous relationship in flashback form might have helped to give the story more depth. But as it stands, the romance seemed underdeveloped as did the Christmas setting (the dance they danced together at could have happened on any occ ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Novella about the character of Chetwyn who had been the jilted fiance of Anna in the last Pembrook novel. His desire for Meredith consumes him while at a house party at the Duke of Pembrook's house at Christmas time. This was okay, but seemed to just sort of meander around. Meredith's character wasn't much, but it was nice to revisit the characters and see what's new with them while waiting for Rafe's story to come out.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
A short e-novella tying up Chetwyn's romance (with Meredith) after he and Anne had ended their engagement (2nd book). Who knew that Walter's brother had a romance before her? It's interesting that Heath used a minor character who's kind of the, well not bad guy, but not one that I needed to find out what happened to. But it was a cute romance.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, christmas
This was a complete novella. The hero is chomping at the bit because he may lose the woman he fell in love with at first sight but maintains his control out of respect for her. Read Sandy M's review (a couple below mine). She says it better than I can.

The novella was good enough that I want to go back and re-read the series just so I'm up-to-date on the characters.
Rashika (is tired)
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.5

I am being slightly generous but... I just encountered a guy who didn't force the female lead into marrying him. He gave her choice. Also he wasn't portrayed as some sort of rogue (he could have been for all I know).
So YAY for a guy who respects a female's choices.

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
I was sooo hoping that Chetwyn would get his own story! YAY!

Sweet story.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 12, 2015 10:37AM  
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  • Tis the Season to Be Sinful
  • Your Wicked Heart (Rules for the Reckless, #0.5)
  • Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
  • With This Kiss: Part Two
  • A Match Made in Mistletoe
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift (MacKenzies & McBrides, #4.5)
  • 'Twas the Night after Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #6; The Duke's Men, #0.5)
  • The Earl with the Secret Tattoo (House of Brady, #1.5)
  • Once Upon a Christmas Kiss
  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke
  • The Heart of Christmas (Carhart #0.5; Tallants #3.5)
  • Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2)
  • Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5)
  • A Season of Seduction (James Family, #3)
  • One Hot Scot (Scandalous Highlanders, #0.5)
  • Return to Clan Sinclair (Clan Sinclair, #3.5)
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Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® durin

Other books in the series

The Lost Lords of Pembrook (3 books)
  • She Tempts the Duke (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #1)
  • Lord of Temptation (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #2)
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #3)