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How the Dukes Stole Christmas

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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball
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Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published October 15th 2018
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Sarah MacLean
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Three gorgeous novellas from three of my favorite writers...and a fourth from me!

Merry merry!
Sophia Triad
The main reason I got this book was “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. And it was as good as I thought it would be.

Louisa meets at a ball the man who owns her family home.
Duke of Thorndale only wants to sell all his London properties and go back to Yorkshire. He hates London and he believes that all the Londoners lie all the time and they want to take advantage of him.

Louisa is desperate. Duke does not know who she is, but maybe she can enthral him
convince him not to sell her home, so that her
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Pamela
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars, rounded up due primarily to my obsession for everything Tessa Dare writes :)

Argh, I hate being the lone grinch who's less than enamored with this anthology, but I just wasn't nearly as engaged and enchanted as I'd hoped. I tend to love novellas since I often lack the patience for the drawn out miscommunications and repetitiveness that longer romance novels bring us. Honestly, though, I found the last two of these four stories tedious even as novellas and can't imagine finishing them
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Sammy Loves Books
"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
3 stars
Adorable "love at first sight" story about a Duke and a poor girl with a family in need of rescue.
Total suspension of reality that reduced this from a 4 to a 3 star.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
2.0 stars
Didn't enjoy this one at all. Would have skipped it if it weren't an audio book. Didn't care for the hero.


"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
3.0 stars
Totally enjoyed this one! Dislike at first sight followed by Instalove and a serious case
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Desi
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Rated thusly for the utter tripe that is “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. Why launch the book with this ridiculousness? Approaching men at balls with no introduction. Leaving an establishment in male company. Bare assed sex in a coach. Wandering about London at night on foot.

A grown man of that era not knowing a woman can’t go into gentlemen’s clubs.

An adult male willingly traipsing about Mayfair with a Virgin he picked up at a ball, on some stupid sightseeing tour. For hours. Until 5am.
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Aoi
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Terribly, terribly anachronistic..

We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight.

And the who's who of society assembling into the kitchen(!!) to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party.

And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia. All the while as his servants walk in on them , merrily without knocking.

These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made it really hard for me to "get
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Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
My favorites were surprisingly the ones not by my favorite authors! I loved Sophie Jordan's Scottish Duke romance and Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age romance (it was my first time reading JS too). This anthology is just perfect for anyone looking for Christmas romances–there are FOUR of them! ...more
Anita
Delightful Christmas stories, each a different take on a classic Holiday story. Watch out for the secret Scottish shortbread, it is said that is can make a couple fall in love.

Meet Me in Mayfair - by Tessa Dare 5-Stars
This was a delightful story and I loved it. A take on "Little Women". The heroine, Lousia Ward, and her family are losing their home because the new Duke of Thornedale is calling in a debt her father thought had been forgiven by the old Duke who was a dear friend. Her only hope is
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Debby "Piene Raven"
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors-c-d
So, I got my Christmas spirit going a bit early this year with my reads. I do have to say that I did enjoy all but the last novella on the Dukes. It was a delightful read and I must say that Sarah MacLean's novel was the height of them all. Recommend this read and as a summation of them all, I am rating this as a 3.5 rounded to 4-Stars.

4-Stars
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
To be fair, I didn't read the whole thing. It's $5.99 and I have a high bar for $5.99. I can get very good books for a lot less, so unless this was a sure thing, I'm not spending the $$.

I read the sample. Which is like 7-8 chapters of Tessa Dare's story in the anthology. Since she's the author I like best in the group, if her story can't hook me, there's little hope for the rest of the book.

And unfortunately, it didn't hook me.

1. Most anthologies are too rushed. I like depth in a book, and
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K.
Trigger warnings: death of a sibling (in the past), death of a parent (in the past), implied domestic violence towards a child.

26/12/2019
Does this feature a lot of instalove? Uh, yes. They're romance short stories, of course it does. Did I care? Fuck, no. This is pretty stinking cute and it was the perfect thing to read on Boxing Day when my brain was mush.

29/11/2018
So here's the deal: if you're looking for historical accuracy, you won't get it in any of these stories. Like, AT ALL. They're
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Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
.5


"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean


"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan

would've enjoyed it more if i wasn't told that the main character wasn't like other women every two pages tbh

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
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Gi's Spot Reviews
5 'The Shortbread Talisman' Stars<

What an absolutely and utterly BRILLIANT Christmasy HR anthology this book was!
From start to finish How The Dukes Stole was undoubtable perfection, with each of the four tales enchanting me to no end and making me crave even more of these enrapturing characters and their stories!

Complete and wholehearted holiday warm and fuzzy feelings that made me feel as though I was living the holidays right along with them! True Christmas in October feels that I
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Jacqueline's Reads
4 Stars … I’m a little late, but I really enjoyed this.

I love holiday Audio books, it just gets you into the spirit. So I totally forgot I had this and I’m a bit late since the holidays are over, but I really enjoyed this Anthology. I don’t usually read Anthologies, but audio Anthologies are the way to go!

The narrator is pretty popular and she does a lot of the historical romance novels. Her voice is a bit deep for my taste, but she acts really well and I like her voice transitions so overall,
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Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I was excited about an anthology. When four of the reigning queens of historical romance decide to pair up, I was over the moon ready for these sweet novellas. I mean, a whole anthology featuring grouchy Dukes?? What’s not to love! This book was the epitome of sweet. To be honest, I have read excellent novellas from both Tessa Dare and Joanna Shupe, so my expectations were a little higher for those two. Overall, this book is the perfect Christmas read and I highly ...more
Avid Booker
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Want To Read Cute Christmas Stories
Tessa's book was too short. In meaning, I would have loved to see a little more of these characters especially since they were complete opposites. She was a city girl and he was a country boy. I really loved everything about them except, (view spoiler). I was really attracted to James for some reason. He gave off a vibe. Lumbersexual? lol It was cute. Fast. 3.5 stars And So Is Love by Kate Bush

MacLean's story gave me the feels.
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Monique
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love historical romance, this might be the year that you get the present you’ve always wished for. Four superstar authors have combined their talents to craft this fabulous anthology, which will have you experiencing a gamut of emotions in a real historical Christmas atmosphere. Also, the novellas can be read in any order, as they are entirely independent from one another.

Tessa Dare’ MEET ME IN MAYFAIR is delightfully romantic and sweet as a duke who is more of a Yorkshire country boy
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Stacee
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 stars

A fun round up of novellas from some of my favorites. I will say that I loved one more than the others and that I did struggle with liking the characters of another. As much as I wanted to be swept away with this grouping, sadly it wasn’t as amazing as I was expecting. Cute, yes.

Overall, it was a quick and fun holiday read.
Maud
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare - 4.5 stars
I started reading historical romance last year and I do know about Tessa Dare but had never read anything by her. I know that she is a well known and loved author in this genre and I have been intrigued to try something of her. So when this anthology started with her story it was really a perfect chance for me. Short stories always seem so much harder to write than a full length novel but with this one I enjoyed the writing style, the characters and
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare
5 Stars
Loved James and Louisa. It was funny, romantic and 100% entertaining. Ends on a HFN but has a cute epilgue with a wedding! This was a enemies to lovers, insta-love christmas miracle read. After re-reading it again (lol) revising to 5 stars.

The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean
3 Stars
This one was a little too angsty for it being a holiday read. It's a second chance romance between Eben and Jacqualine. There's been a 12 year separation and the reason
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Rose Blue
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Combined 4.5 stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Ox

Four outstanding authors have teamed up for an amazing collection of Christmas novellas, three set in England, and one in America. Each story includes a mention of some shortbread cookies, which are rumored to have special capabilities, though they taste like dirt. There’s also a clever salute to various Christmas movies or novels, such as Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, etc. This collection is top notch – entertaining, and
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Lady Day
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This review contains spoilers

Christmas In Central Park
Overall, I found Joanna Shupe's story most entertaining. It takes place during America's Gilded Age. "A time of glitter on the surface, but corruption underneath" according to Mark Twain. The working-class newspaper magnate, the heroine, and the secondary characters were relatable.

Meet Me In Mayfair
I giggled once or twice with Tessa Dare's meet-cute.

The Duke Of Christmas Present
Sarah MacLean's had my head spinning from being subjected to
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Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe - The basic premise to Rose and Duke’s story reminded me of the movie Christmas in Connecticut. This was a good read. Misrepresentation, misunderstandings, and the magic of the holidays leading to a sweet romance.

Meet Me In Mayfair by Tessa Dare - Louisa and James’s story was my favorite story with the witty banter and comedic mishaps.

The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean - a slight remake of Ebenezer Scrooge-okay, so it was a good story, but
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herdys
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I only enjoyed Tessa's story. The rest I couldn't get into, no matter what. The last one I almost didn't even finish. The reason were the dukes of course. They were jerks to their heroines and since this is a short story we didn't have time for them to grovel properly. I also didn't feel the Xmas spirit since it's basically October lol
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"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.

This takes place under a rather
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Andree
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I may be being crotchety with this rating. Part of it could be mood. But this promised fun, and then just, I ended up with annoyance, every time.

The first, the Tessa Dare, has potential. But too much was ramped up to 11. There is of course a ridiculously headstrong young sister who speaks whatever she is thinking, jumps to conclusions, and won't listen to advice, or be shushed. All the better to provoke a crisis, is basically what I'm saying here. There are catastrophic family financial woes,
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Timitra
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet Me In Mayfair by Tessa Dare- Rated 4.5 Stars

This story was quite humorous. I loved the witty banter between the main characters. Although the romance was whirlwind I felt the connection between Louisa and James. The was it was done was very believable, there was no doubt that they would fall for each other or that they were well matched.

The Duke Of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean- Rated 4 Stars

I enjoyed this story about a broody, grumpy hero and the heroine who wouldn't allow him to
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Teresa
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
My rating for this book is primarily for the Sarah MacLean story. It was the perfect story. Childhood friends and second chance perfection. I could have read even more about those two characters. It was a highlight.

The rest suffered from people who hardly knew each other and so everything at the end felt too quick. Tessa's was cute and fun and my second favorite, but the wrap up was all a bit too quick. Sophie's had it's moments and was enjoyable enough. I loved the Scottish hero and setting.
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Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
I really enjoyed all of these stories! That hardly ever happens when I read a collection of stories.

Meet Me In Mayfair - 3/5 Stars

The Duke Of Christmas Present - 3/5 Stars

Heiress Alone - 4/5 Stars

Christmas In Central Park - 4/5 Stars
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“If anyone or anything frightens you, shout.” “Shout what?” He made an aimless gesture. “‘Help,’ I suppose. Or ‘Fire’ or ‘Murder.’ In a pinch, ‘James’ would suffice.” She nodded. “‘Come to me, you magnificent stag,’ it is.” 5 likes
“Louisa was left to wonder how grown men found the smallest words the most difficult ones to say. “Thanks,” “please,” “sorry”… From the way their tongues tripped over the syllables, you’d think those words were Latin names for species of exotic fungi. When it came to “love,” some of them lost the power of speech altogether.” 5 likes
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