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Betrothed by Christmas

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A madcap plan to avoid marriages they do not desire, leads two women to romance and passion they don’t expect in a duet of novellas by bestselling authors Jess Michaels and Elizabeth Essex.

A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels
Lady Evangeline is a Diamond of the First Water, but she fears her father will match her to his own advantage, not hers. She decides marry/>A
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by The Passionate Pen LLC
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Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Betrothed by Christmas features two great stories with a charming twist on the wallflower romance and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels — 4 Stars

In order to avoid the possibility of a match arranged by her father, Lady Evangeline decides the only thing to do is to pick her own husband first. Hoping to find someone she can easily manage, she settles on her friend Henry Killam only to quickly discover Henry isn’t as biddable as she expected. I loved Evangelin/>A
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Betrothed by Christmas
A Holiday Duet
Jess Michaels/Elizabeth Essex
Release date 10/15/2019
Publisher The Passionate Pen

A madcap plan to avoid marriages they do not desire, leads two women to romance and passion they don’t expect in a duet of novellas by bestselling authors Jess Michaels and Elizabeth Essex.

A Lady’s Gift for Seduction
Jess Michaels

Blurb :
Lady Evangeline
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
4.5 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I know it's way too early to read holiday romances, but I couldn't resist this anthology because I love Jess Michaels's books and I knew her novella would be a winner because she's tweeted about it before. Reading this anthology also gave me the chance to read Elizabeth Essex for the very first time. So this was a win-win for me. This anthology's theme is based on the pairing of wallflower heroes with popular belles of/>I
A Lady's Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels

I loved this short story!! Our hero, Henry, is wallflower. He has spectacles. He has a hobby that everyone in his family and social sphere seem to disapprove of. The heroine, Evangeline, has a take charge, be in control personality. She thinks she can manage the hero when she realizes she can use a relationship with him, but she quickly finds herself out of her depth. Really really enjoyed this story. It had enough conflict, tension, in dep
Fun Christmas duet!

What a quandary! Two young women know their families want them to marry. Neither wants to be married to an idiotic nobleman with nothing but hunting and other pursuits on their minds. Neither of them want to be relegated to being owned by a husband and the subsequent loss of their freedom. So after a chance meeting at a ball, a few laconic comments about the idiotic gentlemen playing a game where they all but singe their eyebrows off, the two decide to look for wal
Tracy Emro
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a loosely interconnected novella duo by Jess Michaels and Elizabeth Essex, featuring two ladies who don’t want to marry finding their HEAs - my average rating is 4.5 stars, rounded up.

A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels – 5 stars – Lady Evangeline & Thomasina “Tamsin” Lesley meet at a ball, both worry that if they don’t find a husband, their fathers will choose for them. When Tamsin says she doesn’t want to marry, Evangeline has a suggestion, they should consider “male/>A
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Lady's Gift for Seduction- Duke's daughter Lady Evangeline is much sought after and expected to marry well. Fearing her father is preparing to marry her off to his own advantage, she seeks to take matters into her own hands and decides to find herself a biddable husband. Her friend and avid astronomer Henry Killam seems the perfect choice, though she soon finds he's not so easily managed as she believed and her feelings for him are much deeper than she believed herself capable of.

Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michael
Lady Evangeline liked to be in control and enjoyed giving her opinion. She didn’t want a marriage like her mother’s or sister’s. Evangeline chose Henry Killam for her husband as she thought she would be in control in their marriage. Henry was such a lovely man, he had many problems with his family but he understood Evangeline. However, Henry was no pushover. I did enjoy how they came to terms with each other and came to understand what was needed.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Betrothed by Christmas A Holiday Duet by Jess Michaels & Elizabeth Essex.
There are two Christmas Themed Romance stories in the set to put us in the Christmas Romance mode. Both authors are ones that I love so I was excited to read them, but if you are not familiar with these authors then it is a good way to find them. Besides, who doesn't love a Christmas Romance Story. This set has about 400 hundred pages and these are the stories that you will be getting:
1. A Lady’s Gift for Seducti
Cathy Geha
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Betrothed by Christmas by Jess Michaels & Elizabeth Essex
A Holiday Duet

This delightful duology provided me with escape, fun and holiday cheer as I read about two women who meet and form a plan to provide for their future. One wants nothing to do with marriage though she has been chosen as most beautiful of her sisters and thus more likely to land a wealthy husband so given a month to find him and the other knows her father will soon marry her off if she doesn’t find someone she prefer
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These novellas are a nice holiday read. A bit of reversal of characters, where the men are wallflowers and the women are the center of attention, diamonds of the first water. Both stories slightly overlap, but are still their own. Love is found where it is least expected and nothing is as it seems. One is afraid of love, based on her own parents' marriage, fearful of having someone chos
Dot Salvagin
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A breath of fresh winter air, two delightful novellas that are truly worth reading and totally enjoyable. They are stories that are related to each other, with heroines who are friends. Tamsin wants Evangeline to help her find a man to ruin her so she won't have to get married. But she only wants to be “a little ruined” . Simon is the man Evangeline picks out for her and that's when the delight of Jess Michael's novella starts. While Evangeline is picking out Tamsin's object of ruination she is ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC courtesy of Netgalley

3 for Michaels' "A Lady's Gift for Seduction"
4.5 for Essex's "A Lady's Gift for Scandal"

I requested this anthology of two interrelated Christmas Regency novellas because I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Essex. I hadn't read any Jess Michaels' books before.

The collection opens with Michaels' story, "A Lady's Gift for Seduction." The opening scene features the heroines of both novella at a December party in 1814, where twenty-two-year-ol
Stephanie Panach
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a sucker for a holiday regency - especially a novella collection. That being said, although these take place around the holidays - they are definitely NOT holiday books. The holiday stands as more of a deadline than anything else. I did enjoy both stories - and the role reversal of sorts. Both stories relate to a male "wallflower" and a diamond of the first water. The female part of the paring plotting to use the male wallflower to acheive her ends.

A Lady’s Gift for Seduction is the first
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library holiday-themed historical romance ebook collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.

Rose Blue
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Lady Evangeline and Thomasina meet at a ball, and discover they share some untypical views of marriage. As Christmas approaches, they each come up with a scheme which will hopefully allow them to avoid wedding unwanted suitors, a scheme that involves wallflowers of the male variety.

4, hot
Lady Evangeline is the daughter of a duke, and her father has been hinting that it’s time for her to ma
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Betrothed by Christmas is a lovely pair of Regency romances by Jess Michaels and Elizabeth Essex that take place during the Christmas season. It's a fun setup that the stories are related, as the heroines meet at a ball and plot to avoid marriages they don't want. Also, both heroes, attractive as they are, appear to be "masculine wallflowers", which just adds to the fun.

First up is A Lady's Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels. Lady Evangeline doesn't want her father to choose a husband for her; she prefe
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
A wonderful duology of independent women who seek control over their own lives rather than being forced into marriage and being ruled by a husband. Jess Michaels' A Lady's Gift of Seduction is about a Diamond of the First Water, Lady Evangeline, a Duke's daughter, and a scientist. Elizabeth Essex's A Lady's Gift of Scandal is about a bluestocking miss who wants independence and Simple Simon Cathcart, former Lieutenant Colonel under the Duke of Wellington. These stories are closely tied and both ...more
Sheila Melo
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a duet of two stories which are separate but take place at the same time and the characters do meet.

A LADY'S GIFT FOR SEDUCTION by Jess Michaels: Lady Evangeline doesn't intend to submit to her father's plans for her. If she doesn't find a man to marry quickly, he intends to marry her off to someone "appropriate". Evangeline is having nothing of that and intends to take her future into her own hands by marrying a "biddable" man who will allow her to control her own life. Evan
A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels

I follow the author on twitter, and I was beyond excited at the hints she was given for this book. I loved the idea of the hero being the wallflower and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Lady Evangeline isn't my favourite heroine; there was just something about her that I didn't connect with. I could see why she made the decisions she did, but she was almost too controlling, and I didn't like that she became so upset that Henry helped hi
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a lover of anthologies (I feel like too many short stories in one go tend to dilute each other in my brain) but I am lover of all thins Christmas. So when I saw this book had two historical romances, both set at Christmas time and both about romances involving masculine wallflowers, I was all Sign Me Up!

Book One A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels
I loved the scheming mind of Lady Evangeline and her bespectacled Scientist hero, Henry who was just so ver
A Lady's Gift for Seductionby Jess Michaels
The daughter of a duke, Lady Evangeline could marry anyone. And her father really wants her to marry someone who can strengthen the family connections. But not more than Henry Killam's social-climbing father. So when Lady Evangeline sets her sights on Henry, the third son of a viscount, Henry's father is at first excited, but then super pissed because Henry has published an astrology paper and that smacks of.... working.

I didn't really connect to
Diane K. Peterson
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Two terrific entwined stories. Lady Evangeline and Miss Tamsin Lesley meet at a party. Both are frustrated with the confines of the marriage mart and resolve to take their lives into their own hands by finding biddable husbands. Instead of looking in the ballroom they search for the dullest guys around -- the ones hanging out in the library.

A Lady's Gift for Seduction - Jess Michaels
Evangeline sees her friend, Henry Killam, in the library. She has always liked him an
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished, arc
Betrothed by Christmas is a interesting take on the problems of women who must wed by their choice or their families. Jess Michaels and Elizabeth Essex do an interesting take on the usual story. Their two heroines are independent bluestockings who do not wish to be saddled with overbearing husbands who will control their actions. So, they decide to do what a man in the same situation would do - they look for male "wallflowers" who would not be adverse to a marriage for money or for ruining a mis ...more
Amy Alvis
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Lady's Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels

Evangeline has no plans to marry anytime soon as she's found anyone that will make her happy. But fearing that her father may choose her spouse, she decided to find a biddable man that will let her continue as she has. Henry has just been told by his father that unless he stops with his astronomy research, he will be cut off. But when Evangeline starts to flirt with him, he thinks she might be the solution to his dilemma. But since she has
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both these stories are wonderfully done, and I really enjoyed the interplay between to two and seeing scenes told from both sides.

A Lady's Gift For Seduction: This story hit all my buttons hard. Really hard. I couldn't stop reading it and I had tears in my eyes the entire time because it made me so happy. All my catnip in one place! Friends to lovers, pining, an adorable hero who loves the heroine beyond all measure. The love scenes between these two sizzled. I adored how much they both tried t
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Two women meet at a party and each for their own reasons decide a male "wallflower" is the solution to their problem. In the first story, Evangeline fears her father is near to choosing a husband for her without caring about her wishes. She decides to woo astronomer Henry thinking at least she would have a husband on her terms. In the second story, Tamsin has no desire to marry. She'd rather be free to write her book and converse with other intellectuals. She wants Simon to lightly ruin her so n ...more
Lori D
As I adore both of these authors, I knew this would be fabulous. Was I right? Oh yes because I could not put it down until I had read both stories. What was a surprise was the different twist of the "male wallflower"! What a great concept and one I'd like to see explored more.
When two ladies get together and decide they need to avoid having their fathers choose a husband for them, their lives change forever!
Lady Evangeline has known Henry for a long time and thinks he will be a husband sh
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Lady’s Gift for Seduction by Jess Michaels
Lady Evangeline is a duke’s daughter & fears her father will match her to his own advantage, not hers. So she sets about trying to seduce her friend, astronomer Henry Killam. Two well matched people who lay down the stipulations for their marriage of convenience, with benefits.
A Lady’s Gift for Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
Miss Tamsin Lesley desires above all else to be a bluestocking and lead an intellectual life. The only thing standing
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here we have two very different Christmas short stories set at the same time, they both feature some of the same characters even though they are written by two very different authors. Both books are set around two young ladies that come to the same conclusion that they would rather be ruined than be married off to a man not of their own choosing. They both form a plan to find a man each, a wallflower to be precise that will help them become gently ruined in the eyes of society so that they can l ...more
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USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in the heart of Dallas.

When she’s not obsessively checking her steps on Fitbit or trying out n