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The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

(The Dukes of War #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,975 ratings  ·  742 reviews
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual
Paperback, 146 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Intrepid Reads (first published October 21st 2014)
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Written September 20, 2015

3.4 Stars - Bickering cute with an impressive ( be honest quite 'tyrannical') heroine

A quickly done (Christmas) audio novella. Subtle cute but probably soon forgotten. A new author for me and two "easy & light" audiobook hours narrated nicely by Stevie Zimmerman.


The Viscount's Christmas Temptation is a short tale about Lady Amelia Pembroke who is the managing sort of female. Maybe an overly organized resolute pedantic, bu
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*3.5 stars*

Well THAT was an unexpected surprise! I enjoyed this one, quite a lot, actually.

I was expecting very little from this historical romance novella. First of all, this was a freebie, and with only $1.99 extra for the matching audiobook, a total bargain. Second of all, this was an unknown author to me, with some very mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends. However, this was a very sweet story, with a smart, interesting heroine.

I adored the female MC, something that I sometimes struggle
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

****Kindle version is up for free right now on Amazon!!!****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

Amelia is the ultimate type A personality, she has been managing the household ever since at a young age her father died and her younger brother inherited the dukedom. She can anticipate any situation, is aware of any potential issues, and is the Shakespeare of to-do lists. At the horrendously
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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Amelia Pembroke is a close approximation of what I imagine Mrs. Bennett was like as a young woman. She micromanages lovingly & is determined to make the best match for herself so she can move out of her brother's home. And what better place to meet a new beau than at the fête of the year?

Viscount Sheffield's parties are always full of men and women of the hour. But this year he has been forced to cancel because a bolt of lightning destro
Isa Lavinia

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In case my rating left someone in any doubt I'll just go ahead and say: I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this novella!!!

I'm one of the stingiest reviewers out there, I'm not proud of this because it means I usually don't get to enjoy things to the fullest over sometimes trivial matters, but THIS BOOK!

Lady Amelia is a very straight-forward and practical kind of lady. She anticipates contretemps, unexpected guests, dire changes of menu at the very last
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chaste, romance
This was short, but fun. Despite Christmas being in the title, I wouldn't call this a holiday read, really. I mean, it centers around a long-running party expectation but it could as easily have been any traditional annual event for all that "Christmas" (as itself) plays any kind of role.

Why'd I go off on that tangent? Anyway, the characters are charming and I liked them together. It's light so the short length works for it so I'm giving it four stars. Lady Amelia is a little too much to warrant
3/2 - I really liked Amelia and found her managerial skills laugh-out-loud funny and very impressive. I wish this had been a full length novel, I definitely think there was scope for both characters to be expanded into a 300ish page book. There wasn't really anything about the content of the book that I didn't like, it was what was missing that brought this down to a four star. I will definitely read more from this series (from the library or cheap Amazon purchase, might go check for further boo ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Oh my gosh! This was a fabulously fun, sweet read. I LOVED IT. Yes, I'm gushing, just a bit.

Lady Amelia is a managing sort. But...that doesn't mean she's BOSSY. Far from it! She leads her troops (from her brother, to the staff, to Lord Sheffield) gently to where she wants them to be. They can almost imagine that it was their idea to follow through on her directions. I loved her.

Benedict was worried that she was going to be BOSSY. But then he finds himself following her directions, too! And tha
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Look at that monstrosity of the book cover. Horrible, just horrible. Don't pay attention to it.

This story is a lovely way to pass the time.
Lady Amelia Pembroke has decided that Lord Benedict Sheffield needs her help organizing a seventy-fifth annual family ball. Her plan is to choose a husband there because she has decided that her brother needs a wife. Neither will know what hit them. I like both characters.
She is never annoying. Her accomplishments are reasonably explained. She is that goo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This was a short and cute read. Clean, just a couple of (heated) kisses. Absolutely adorable. I really liked both MCs and felt their relationship believable. The time and place felt like the old Regencies I read as a teen, so it seems research, or enough to send my mind back to my high school years, was done by the author. This was a freebie ages ago when I downloaded it, it may or may not be free now. It’s a novella, so not a full book. An intro to the full books in the series. 5, brought me ba ...more
2.5 Stars

A cute albeit short novella _ yes, I am familiar with the concept of novella _ about two people who are used to having everything controlled in their lives.
Amelia was quirky I admit, but I thought everything was just too quickly done.
Despite that, this was a cute and fast novella to occupy the time with.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benedict and Amelia

Lady Amelia Pembroke is the sister of the Duke of Ravenwood. When the seventy-fifth Annual Sheffield Christmas Ball is canceled by Viscount Benedict Sheffield, Lady Amelia takes it upon herself to organize the ball in an alternate location. The problem is getting Lord Sheffield to agree.

Viscount Sheffield is a man who organizes his day on the eights. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. he conducts business. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. is for the pursuit of pleasure. When Lady Amelia disrupts his
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Amelia Pembroke plans everything, including Lord Benedict Sheffield's cancelled 75th Christmas ball. When she shows up to inform him she's going to plan his party for him, he decides he'll go along with it—but only because something something boners.

This was cute! It could have used slightly more development—the feelings happen in a matter of paragraphs—but the characters make sense together and I always love a hero that knows what he wants (i.e., the heroine) and isn't afraid of having fe
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nov-14
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation is a delightfully charming historical romance novella. It is the prequel to Erica Ridley's "The Dukes Of War" series.
Lady Amelia Pembroke has managed the affairs of her brother's (the Duke's) estate since the age of 14 when her mother passed away. And quite efficiently too! At 29 she feels she is holding her brother back from finding a wife and producing an heir and decides it is time to find a husband.
The annual Sheffield Ball would be the perfect venue for
Anna Maria
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book, it was a fabulously fun, sweet read., and I will look forward to reading other novels of Erica Ridley!
Al George
It's a meh. Just didn't feel it. It started out cute enough and then? Downhill.
Two managing people, one cancelled Christmas ball, and a pinch of Christmas magic might result in a holiday they will never forget. I spotted this one as a freebie a few years back and it looked like a fun one. I'm finally getting around to it for one of this season's holiday reads.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation has since received a title change to The Viscount's Tempting Minx and received a new cover, but my review is of the older edition so I'm not sure if there have been updates since th
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency, aar, arc
I gave this a C at AAR.

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation is an entertaining novella/short story which is the prequel to Ms Ridley’s forthcoming Dukes of War series.

Lady Amelia Pembroke , sister of the Duke of Ravenwood, has run her family’s grand household since her teens and is now, at the grand old age of twenty-nine, quite happy organising her younger brother’s ducal existence. Until it occurs to her suddenly that while her brother is three years her junior, he’s not a boy any more and
J. Kahele
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet story

I love historical romance, based in an era where men were gentlemen and where women were ladies.

The heroine in this story I like a lot she was very studious and had a lot of charm. Great story.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is charming as all get-out. This is one of those novellas that gets the balance right. There's enough drama/action, that it feels like it's own story, but it also doesn't shoehorn in unnecessary drama, or too many plot twists so that the book feels like it needs to be longer.

This is just one of those romances that reads like a good story. It's a nice romance. The characters complement each other well. The characters and setting are well written. It doesn't try to do to much, or be something
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, sweet, funny
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Funny, witty and entertaining short story. I really liked it.
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley is a 2014 Intrepid Reads publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lady Amelia is a character I admired greatly for her ability to manage and organize everything. She could foresee problems in advance and was always prepared for them. When she realizes her single status is holding her brother back, she decides it is time to find a suitable husband. She approached this the sa
Lady Amelia Pembroke knows the only way she could get her younger brother, the Duke of Ravenwood, married, is to get married herself. And what better way to find a husband than at the annual Sheffield Christmas ball. Unfortunately, the annual ball is canceled due to a lightning strike, so Amelia decides to help Viscount Sheffield find another venue and organize the ball so she can find a suitable husband. But you know what they say about the best laid plans...

I've been meaning to read this for a
Delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed this 'short' until the story ended at 77%! I HATE it when books do that without any warning! And yes, it was free to download but it leaves an unpleasant sense of being cheated. Why don't authors warn us at the start of a book that it ends before the 100% mark? I read, expecting the story to go on to at least the 95% mark.. so mentally I am geared up to read much more of the story and to find it ending so abruptly, is off-putting. That is the only reason I didn't ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, silly, predictable, entertaining. It feels like a much shorter story, although the print editions manage to be around 200 pages. Well plotted, believable characters, no big surprises. The ending feels a bit rushed. A little bit more build-up would have been nice. And maybe a twist or two. Good choice to get a glimpse into the series and to see, if you might like Ridley's writing for a bit of mindless Regency romance fluff.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Viscount's Christmas Temptation from Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.*

Delightful characters, with funny banter, and lots of chemistry.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet and easy read - loved the characters and the story - probably wouldn't want to read a whole one (!) but as a short story it was cute and festive
Sophie Barnes
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely novella! I absolutely loved the characters and the plot.
Lady Amelia Pembroke has decided she needs a husband. Efficient and practical to the core, she has decided to make her selection of candidates using Debrett's, But of course, she will need to meet with her potential husbands in person. What better place to do so than at the party of the year? It's a perfect plan, until she discovers that said party has been cancelled. Not one to have the lack of a venue or a protesting viscoun
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Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really short but real sweet too! A cute little romance before Christmas

Lady Amelia is a very managing woman. she does things perfectly and on time. And when she sets her mind to do something she does it without hesitation
so when she finds out that the 75th annual Christmas party that the Viscount Sheffield' s family usually organise will not take place due to lightening damaging their ballroom, Lady Amelia takes it to her hands to help Lord Sheffield organise the party regardless
But she isn't
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“At this, the duke stopped mid-step and nearly choked with laughter. “Beg your pardon, Sheffield.” He cast a speaking glance at his sister then turned his merry gaze back to Benedict. “Did you try to get your way?”
Benedict lifted a shoulder with a self-deprecating smile.
The duke clapped him on the shoulder, unabashed. “You’ll learn soon enough.”
Benedict gazed down at Lady Amelia. “I believe I already have.”
“Ravenwood ran a hand through his wavy chestnut hair, upsetting the careful work of his valet.

Or not. Given the popularity of the “frightened owl” hairstyle today, Amelia couldn’t fathom much effort being involved at all.”
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