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Kiss Me at Christmas

(Playful Brides #10)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  261 reviews
A spirited lady facing spinsterhood. A common man with a noble mission. And a surprise that just might be waiting for them under the mistletoe. . .

Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns t
Mass Market Paperback, 301 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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I am so very torn…

On the one hand, I absolutely adored the romance between these two extraordinary people! To begin with, I love that Daffin and Regina had already met and flirted in the book before, so already had an established relationship. It was nice to see them again and to have their story unfurl. I loved that Regina knew what she wanted - i.e. to not have to marry the boring aristocrat her family picked out for her just because she is almost thirty, but be cherished, and just ONCE get t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I can't resist a holiday historical romance, and though I haven't read any of the previous books in the Playful Brides series, I decided to just jump in. Unfortunately, while Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman was nice, it didn't rise above that.

My favorite thing about this book was how sex-positive the female MC was. She was going to get her man and her good time, goddamnit, and I liked that about her. I also liked the male MC, who had his own reasons to resist our female MC, and his own p
I typically think 10+ books is too many for a series, but I have been entertained by each and every one of the Playful Brides. This one was probably one of my favorites of them. I liked both Daffin and Regina. Daffin had a difficult childhood; but in spite of those challenges, became a man of character. Regina is strong, honest, and unafraid to go after what she wants. I also appreciated that it didn't have to work out in the end so that both would become part of the aristocracy. ...more
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The past twenty-four hours with him had been unbelievable. Not only had he nearly been killed, but when she’d treated the man for a pistol wound, of all things, she’d been lusting after him like a common street doxy.

The leads, Daffin and Regina started off cute and sweet. I really liked Regina as she was a wonderful combination of vulnerable and courageous. When she is talking with Daffin you could feel how much she liked him and how nervous that woul
Tanya Sridhar
4/5 stars.

I received this book from Netgalley and St.Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review and opinion. It does not affect my view in any way.

To start with, I really dig that cover okay.

I've read a few books from Valeria Bowman before, and while in general I have liked her writing and enjoyed several of the stories - nothing has stuck me as awesome! This books comes close to that feeling.

This book revolves around secondary and primary characters from the lask book in the series - A
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiss Me At Christmas was an amazing read featuring a woman determined to make decisions for herself for once and the man who tempts her as no other has.

Lady Regina is a month away from her thirtieth birthday and is considered firmly on the shelf. While Regina has given up on finding a love match, she does want to experience pleasure at the hands of a man of her choosing and she knows just the man for the job. Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf has been captivated by Regina since the moment he met
Sissy's Romance Book Review
KISS ME AT CHRISTMAS by Valerie Bowman is book 10 in the Playful Brides series. This is the story of Regina and Daffin. I feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Regina is nearing 30 years old and headed to the 'shelf' although her Uncle wishes her to marry a neighbor to benefit him. Daffin has been attracted to Regina from first site but knows that him being a Bow Street Runner puts him out of her class. But Regina finds him attractive too and wishes to know what passion is bef
Barbara Senteney
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-2018
This story has everything I want in a Historical Romance. Regina and Daffin being the main characters. Regina is a rich socialite , and the niece of a Duke. Nicole her cousin is married to Gram, a dear friend of Daffin. Two times Grams carriage has been almost ran off the road, he fears someone in his family is in danger, so he asks Daffin to watch after their safety while he has to be away on business.

Regina is about to be forced to marry a man she doesn't even like, let alone think she could
Maggie Whitworth
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful love story , set during the Christmas period.
Lady Regina offers Daffin a bow street runner , and a man not of her station b , the ultimate gift , but he can accept, the two of them have been flirting for months and now she’s destined to be married to a man she doesn’t love , however in Daffin she sees a lot to love .
This is their story , it a great seasonal tale that will have you on the edge of your seat and your brain all over the place trying to figure out the plot .
Tracy Emro
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Regina Haversham is turning 30 and with the prospect of an unwanted marriage looming, she decides that she wants to make her own choice of who she gives her virginity to and she has selected the perfect man for the job, Bow Street Runner, Daffin Oakleaf. She met him over the summer when he helped her cousin Mark investigate the murder of their cousin John. They flirted and she has not been able to forget him and has been following his exploits in the Times. Her mind made up, she goes to see ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Lady Regina Haversham has long been holding out for a love match. But as she nears thirty, her uncle is determined to see her wed. Regina knows she cannot put off her uncle’s chosen suitor forever, but she’s determined to at least have control over who she loses her virginity to. And there’s only one man she wants: famous Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. Though he’s tempted, Daffin turns Regina down. That would be the end of it, except it seems that someo
Lady Regina Haversham's thirtieth birthday was precisely one month away, which didn't leave her much time to lose her virginity. Not that she wanted it lost. She wanted to know where it went and choose to whom she gave the dratted thing.

This novel was such a delight! It starts out with our heroine, Regina, meeting with our hero, Daffin, at his Bow Street office in order to offer him a proposition. As Lady Regina is nearly thirty and is being forced into marriage by her aged Uncle the Duke to
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Lady Regina is fast approaching 30 years of age and decides to choose her own man to lose her virginity to. I liked that Regina and Daffin had met before so it wasn't "insta-love". They had good chemistry but unfortunately in order to move the story along, Ms. Bowman once again, gives us a lame threat. She herself said this was hard to write and it's not hard to see why. This story needs more meat to it to really make it shine.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had a smile on my face all the way through Lady Regina and Daffin Oakleave's story.
A fascinatingly intelligent romance with the added spice of murder and the plight of two seemingly star crossed lovers. Well at least two people mad for each other with one from the wrong side of the tracks and fighting the attraction every inch of the way.
Bow Street Runner Daffin takes his mind off Christmas' a painful time for him, by agreeing to be the bodyguard for Lady Regina. Regina is definitely
Juliana Philippa
3.5 stars
Setting. London and the countryside, England, December 1818-January 1819.

Heroine: Lady Regina Haversham (1 month shy of 30th birthday), niece of the Duke of Colchester
Hero: Daffin Oakleaf (30s?), Bow Street Runner

Regina is soon going to be 30 years old and she wants to give herself a gift in celebration: one night with a man she desires. She wants to rid herself of her virginity but also give it to a man whom she chooses, because her uncle and grandmother are pushing
Joana V.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


I have to admit first and foremost, I love Christmas stories. So, just for that it gains a few points. Not that it needed the extra points – it’s a great story on its own.

Daffin Oakleaf is a Bow Street Runner, which makes him a bit of an unconventional hero. I loved learning about his past, who he really is, and why he abhorred Christmas. He’s a good man, with a troubled past, which does not stop him from helping others – on the contra
J. W. Garrett
“A man’s kiss is his signature.” –Mae West

Book 10 of 11 in the Playful Brides series. Rating: MA: mature audience, adult themes, mild language, graphic descriptions of sexual encounters.

Maybe I just wasn’t in the right spirit. I started this story and was ticked-off within the first paragraph. So, I put it down and didn’t pick it up until closer to Christmas. That didn’t help one bit. I found myself ticked-off all over again. Here we have a spoiled ‘Lady’ of the ton approaching her thirtieth bi
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. Review to come.
Rose Blue
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

In thirty days, Lady Regina Haversham will turn thirty years old. She’s never married, never been in love, and now her guardian uncle insists that she marry the Earl of Dryden. Dryden has long sought her for his wife, lusting not so much for her, but the property she would bring to their marriage. Resenting her lack of control over her own life, Regina decides to take a lover before she is forced to marry, and it will be a man of her own choo
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

I was introduced both to Lady Regina Haversham and Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf in the previous book of this series, so I was curious to read how their romance plays out. Both characters have some baggage to deal with.

In Lady Regina's case, her uncle (who is her guardian) is dying and wants to see her married and settled while he's still alive. She's not fully resigned to the match he's promoting with the Earl of Dryden. He's a nice enough gentleman, but he doesn't
Whitley Birks
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Regina is about to turn thirty and about to be engaged to a peer she doesn't care for, but before she resigns herself to a dutiful marriage she wants to make one choice just for herself: take a lover of her own choosing. Unfortunately, Daffin doesn't go along with her request. And immediately after her rather embarrassing proposition, he moves in to serve as her bodyguard following a series of mysterious accidents. Over the weeks they grow closer while trying to figure out who is trying to ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman. Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she
Lori D
I love stories set at Christmas and this one just warmed my heart. Lady Regina is set to become engaged to a man, who she has not choice but to wed. Why is that? Unfortunately it often happened during these times. She decides that even if she has to marry, she will do what she wants before all her decisions are taken away. Her focus turns to Daffin, a renowned bow street runner, who she knows and has flirted with in the previous book in this series. So she goes and offers herself to him because ...more
Tracy  C
3 1/2 stars. Nice romance with a touch of intrigue. Regina, as all the women seem to be in this series, is ahead of her time. She wants Daffin to take her virginity before her uncle marries her off. He wants to avoid any entanglements, especially a lady. He feels unworthy and doesn't want to "soil" her. I liked seeing him slowly succumb to his feelings and I loved how open Regina was to new experiences. I did have a bit of an issue with the uncle at the end. He told Daffin one thing and then see ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
It has been a while since it was hard to put down a book, but this book did it! Bowman excellently added another sexy, mysterious romance to her Playful Brides series.

Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.
Susan Peterson
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dashing man with a hidden past, a lady approaching her thirties and spinsterhood looking for one night of passion, lead to this wonderful Christmas romance set during the Regency era in England. Daffin and Regina are engaging characters...courageous, spirited and fighting long odds that they could ever end up together. There is a mystery in this book, as well, that puts the couple and their futures in danger. Steamy and endearing, this book will enthrall readers at Christmas or any time!
Jessica Grogan
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
For the most part, I enjoyed this title. I found Daffin and Regina to be very enjoyable characters. I really enjoyed having a hero that wasn’t a typical member of the aristocracy but actually had an occupation.

Probably my biggest “issues” with the book were the fact I hadn’t really read the previous 9 books in the series. While this book works as a stand-alone, there were several mentions of characters and plot from previous books and it could be distracting at times. Also, I was much more inte
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the most delightful book I’ve read in a while! Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman had me grinning from start to finish with the cutest heroine and a sweet, dashing hero. I didn’t even know this was the tenth book in a series until a friend pointed it out to me! It stands alone that well. There are characters from the other books mentioned but, if you’re a first time Bowman reader like I was, you won’t have any problems picking this one up.

Picture me giving a standing ovation to all
Lilly Charysma
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Looks like this Christmas I did read books with a theme. It is a great feeling, I liked that! Some were great, others were just good for the time. Unfortunately, “Kiss Me at Christmas” falls under the latter category. I liked the premises so much, but sadly the plot was not at all what I had expected.

This is Regina and Daffin’s story. She is a lady of the ton, he is a Bow street Runner. Their interaction starts before the action in “Kiss Me at Christmas” and those flirtatious moments are what br
Adria's Musings
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Daffin hates the memories Christmas brings so when his closest friend asks him to guard a lady he readily accepts not knowing that the lady in question is Lady Regina who is in serious danger. Lady Regina is considered "on the shel
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Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h

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