A Christmas to Remember
Romance stars Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret prove in this collection of stories that love is the most magical during Christmas…
"I Will" by Lisa Kleypas
To be reinstated into his father’s will, Andrew, Lord Drake, must court a respectable woman-his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. After he blackmails Caroline into he...more
Note: A Christmas to Remember is a collection of four Christmas-themed novellas that have been previously published elsewhere.
Anthologies are, by their very nature, a mixed bag, and I usually find they consist of perhaps one excellent story, one poor one and a couple in between. In the case of A Christmas to Remember, however, while there is one poor story (the last) the quality of ...more
This novella almost didn't seem like a short story, it could have easily been made into a novel if Lisa Kleypas had the inclination to do so. It didn't feel super rushed like normal novella's tend to do more often than not. It's what I admire about Kleypas, every book she writes whether long or short, is a story you can become fully invested in and this is what happened with I Will. I truly adored this book. This story is about a f ...more
Let me start by saying that I absolutely adore LK, she's one of my top HR authors. But good god, what did I just read?
This was me for the last two chapters of the book :
The plot is simple. Rogue extraordinaire Andrew Drake needs to pretend to court spinster, bookish Caroline Hargreaves for innane plot point that I can't remember now. It's mostly been subdued by the fact that while I wasn't a fan of Andrew from the start I liked Caroline quite a lot. Should h ...more
I Will by Lisa Kleypas- This was a fun romp featuring an almost on the shelf heroine and a devilish rogue who hatches a scheme to fool his dying father but pretending to mend his ways and date a bluestocking. Andrew, Lord Drake
Deck the Halls With ...more
From rakes of the highest order who need a convenient lady to pose as their intended, lords who are desperate for a second chance with the woman of their dreams, men who do not want to be shackled down by a wife, to those who believe science will give them the answers they seek, these short stories have something for everyone.
Now, I myself am not a ...more
Lisa Kleypas and Megan Frampton's novellas were probably my favorites. Each novella contained a full story despite being a novella and therefore shorter. I didn't feel like there was much as far as the Christmas theme went beyond each story mentioning it was that time of year. Still, I enjoyed reading each story.
*i received an eARC from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Well it was short but perfect. It was fun and funny, it was sweet and cute, it had good characters, good chemistry between our two heros, and it was just a blast to read. So, yeah, going with the full stars for this one :)
This is what dreams are made of. Escapism, great storytelling and the creme de la creme in historical romantic fiction. Alone Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret take up more shelves on my ereader than even I can fathom. When they come together it's like Christmas comes early for any historical romance addict. From marriage of convenience, second chance love and ...more
First story, I Will by Lisa Kleypas - She can write excellent books but this isn't one of them. Totally predictable. The MCs know and hate each other but now he has to marry so he talks to her once and is desperately in lust for her. The same happens to her. Unbelievable and boring to boot. 1 star
Second story, Deck the Halls with Love by Lorraine Heath - A very short story with no surprises. But I really liked that our hero refused to trap her into marriage and insisted s ...more
These anthology-bait collections usually offer at least one first-time-in-print tale to introduce readers to an interesting newbie author.
- I Will (Lisa Kleypas): 2.5*
- Deck the Halls With Love (Lorraine Heath): 3*
- No Groom at the Inn (Megan Frampton): 4*
- The Duke's Christmas Wish (Vivienne Lorret): 2*
I Will by Lisa Kleypas
After being cut from his dying father's will, Andrew, Lord Drake has to prove that he can be a responsible man in order for his father to reinstate him. One of the best ways to do that is to pretend that he wants to settle down with a very respectable woman. That woman is his friend's sister Caroline Hargreaves.
Caroline thinks he is insan ...more
I Will (Lisa Kleypas)- No rating as I skipped this one since I find rakes boring.
Deck the Halls with Love (Lorraine Heath)- 2 stars. Decent character development for a short. There was no indication that the H was a rake, reformed or otherwise. I didn’t like how the author made the OM a seedy sort, but I guess it was to make the reader ok with the fact that (view spoiler)[ the h cheated on him with the H. :( (hide spoiler ...more
There were 4 stories in this book.
I Will by Lisa Kleypas
-The characters were interesting, but the scenario they found themselves in near the conclusion was too WTF for me. Definitely not as good as her full length novels.
Deck the Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath
The Duke's Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret
-Both okay, entertaining enough, not very memorable.
No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton
-Five stars, I loved the humorous tone and ...more
This is a great Anthology of Christmas Stories, and of course, finding love during the Holidays. There were three that I liked very much, two, I absolutely loved, the last one, by Vivian Lorette, I can't wait to see if there is a follow-up! I deducted one star for the first story, way too much graphic sexual content! I just skipped pages. However, over all, I truly enjoyed the Christmas Theme.
I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
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Side note: the feminist in me hates that the men in these stories are all rogues who sleep their way through the eligible women in town, while the women can have their virtue ruined simply by dancing more than two dances with a man. And yet, these upstanding young women of ...more
An Avon Historical Romance Christmas Collection.
I was unaware when I purchased the book that two of the four novellas are reprints: I Will by Lisa Kleypas (2001) and The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret (2015).
I Will by Lisa Kleypas
(Capital Theatre 2.5) Setting: London, 1833. To avoid being written out of his dying father's will, Andrew, Lord Drake, needs to court a morally upright woman and reform his profligate ways. The only one he knows who might be persuaded ...more
When I heard about these stories being released in an omnibus anthology, I was thrilled, as the original methods of release for the most part have been through Avon’s digital-first Impulse imprint, which are not always accessible to paperback readers (with the exception of “I Will,” Kleypas’ contribution, which had previously appeared in the Wish List anthology in 2001). But as is often the case with anthologies, it is a mixed bag in terms of qua ...more
Time for joy and
Time for cheer…
Time for anthologies.
A Christmas to Remember is my first Christmas anthology of the year and you would think with an author like Lisa Kleypas as one of the contributors, I would be ecstatic. You would think. But in the end it was just a so-so read, and one which I suspect will quickly disappear from my memory.
The first story is I Will by Lisa Kleypas and it is a reissue from 2008. Ms. Kleypas is lucky I hadn’t read this before and ...more
Andrew, Lord Drake, is a total and complete rake at the start of this novella. However, he needs to appear to have changed his ways in order to inherit his father’s fortunes. So, he solicits the help of Caroline, Caro, Hargreaves to help him appear respectable. While pretending to woo Caro, though, the two discover a fondness for one another that goes a bit deeper than expected.
I’m not a fan of the rake hero trope. Andrew's rakish ways were mentioned quite a few times in ...more
Starts out as a light historical read... then takes some wrong turns...
“I can’t conceive of what you could possibly want from me, Lord Drake,” Caroline said crisply. “However, I can assure you that you won’t get it.”
I Will: A Christmas Novella by Lisa Kleypas starts out as a light historical read. I recently discovered Lisa’s books and, when I ...more
I Will by Lisa Kleypas
Caroline Hargreaves has a problem, her younger brother is in with the wrong crowd and is sinking fast (and taking Caroline and her mother with him). She is most annoyed with his friend Lord Drake, Andrew and doesn't make any attempt to hide her contempt. That's why she's shocked that ...more