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Once Upon a Twelfth Night

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The honor of your presence is requested by The Earl and Countess of Stapleton at their house party to celebrate Twelfth Night, the most enchanting night of the year.

Festivities include:
• A titillating masked ball
• Ice skating
• A romp in the local village
• A naughty treasure hunt
• Midnight kisses in the garden
• And the Twelfth Night Ball where holiday magic brings about sev
Kindle Edition, 851 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Caffeine & Quills
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InD'tale Magazine
Readers will thoroughly enjoy delightful novellas filled with scandal, humor, and passion RSVP’d by seven talented authors.

Read full review in the 2020 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed these Holiday stories so much. It is unusual to find so many good stories in one collection. The women are mischievous, bold, challenging and fun. The men are handsome, intriguing and charming. The relationships are engaging and the endings perfect. A wonderful set of books for any time of the year.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Twelfth Night contains seven stories that link together, although each can be read as an individual story. There were some elements that I found contradictory when reading them back-to-back, but as a whole they made for a great collection.

The first story in the collection, Twelve Nights of Ruin by Carrie Lomax, was a four-star rating. There was a little bit too much back-and-forth between the characters for me, but I enjoyed watching the way the story developed. By the end, I was hoo
Once Upon a Twelfth Night was a delightful collection of stories centered around an annual holiday house party. Of the seven stories, only one didn’t work for me which is a pretty good success rate in a multi-author collection.

Overall average rating — 3.5 Stars

Twelve Nights of Ruin by Carrie Lomax — 1 Star

Holly Mayweather was one of society’s shining stars until a scandal destroyed her reputation. With a last ditch effort to restore her reputation, Holly’s parents arrange for her to marry former
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Earl and Countess of Stapleton are holding their annual house party to celebrate TWELFTH NIGHT. As usual the Countess plays matchmaker
Twelve Nights of Ruin by Carrie Lomax 4 Stars
Holly Mayweather was the delight of London society--until her reputation was tarnished by a shocking scandal. Now her parents have arranged a wedding with Reynard Sharp, a stoic former soldier. A new author to me & I enjoyed how Rey & Holly fell for each other & both discovered first impressions can be deceptive
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Twelfth Night
Release date 07/28/2020
Publisher Caffeine & Quills

The honor of your presence is requested by The Earl and Countess of Stapleton at their house party to celebrate TWELFTH NIGHT. Festivities include:
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Collection of 7 books by 7 different authors. Some of these authors I have read before, some it has been awhile since I have read them, and some are brand new authors to me. – This is the beauty of a collection of stories. At this time, I have only read 3 of the stories so I will review the ones I have read.

It Was Only a Kiss by Sofie Darling – This was a nice love story between Will and Violet. I think Will is kind of sweet and has a little place in my heart. Sofie Darling’s writing makes
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed these seven stories. They are Regency reads centered around a house party celebrating the Twelfth Night. They are all good stories with likable characters. I love the variety in these stories as well the characters. These writers did a good job. I can't say I have a favorite because they all bring something different and they are nicely developed. ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seven saucy stories centered around one Twelfth Night Soirée that I just gobbled up! 800+ pages that I tore through in no time. Each story is separate with very little cross-over. Refreshing in that there was no drawn out, painful suffering through characters not speaking their minds or hiding their feelings. Everything was right out there and fast-paced. I loved every one of the stories! (5 stars, but of course no great work of literature!)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Oh I loved all these short stories, every single one. Loved the steamy scenes, characters and storylines. Very enjoyable reading. I must admit that I did have a favourite: Tanya Wilde's - Three Kisses Before Christmas. 5☆ ...more
Linda J.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
1. TWELVE NIGHTS OF RUIN by Carrie Lomax - 3 STARS

I didn't care for the h at all, disliked her 75% to liking her 25%. The H was a military man and came from the wrong side of the blanket. He was harsh because of his background but I liked him.

The h was very flighty and called off their wedding 3 times - ridiculous for this time period. If you are a stickler for Regency Rules, you will not enjoy this. They just didn't ring true as a couple to me. Editing issues - the h's godfather's last name is
Joyce Fredlund
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Twelve Nights of Ruin
Holly Mayweather and William Sharp were brought together at the yearly party celebrating Twelfth Night and the story depicts how they ended up with their own HEA.
Christmas Chase
Sarah Sommer had been shuffled between distant family members and friends. She was on her way to another set of guardians -- the Stapletons -- under the watchful eye of Monty Witmore. She manages to give him the slip as she has plans to find her own HEA. Unfortunately this did not turn out the way s
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
TWELVE NIGHTS OF RUIN by Carrie Lomax: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Where do I start? Holly is an unusual character. She paraded around with a facade to get along within the ton. It did not serve her well when a scandal broke out and few believed she was innocent. Her parents took her to the country and arranged a marriage to a stranger. Reynard is a military man and knows little else. He is suspicious by nature and cautious in everything. He does not take anything at face value. When he meets Holly, he was determined t
Lana Birky
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will review the books as I read them; so more to come:

THREE KISSES BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Tanya Wilde. I loved this friend to lovers' story, which was fun, humorous & romantic! Wolfstan Ward, Earl of Wicke & Selborne has been in love with his best friend's sister for fifteen years, after saving her from a bully, when she was 9 years old. But Rebecca has been infatuated with his cousin since that day and so Wolfstan never showed anything other than being best of friends with her. Rebecca Flowerdy
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tantalizing! This immensely talented and uniquely impressive group of authors pull together this incredibly enjoyable treat, laying out all the frills, spills and fiascos, wrapping this baby up sleek, shiny and tight. Crushed lines and broken boundaries, limitations are amplified and bent, shifting this gem into overdrive, slamming it into a tizzy with an astonishing culmination. Bound, wound and tightly banded, displaying the soaring ups and agonizing downs, breathtaking
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These stories are centered around Lord and Lady Stapleton’s annual house party, known for the matches that result.

Twelve Nights of Ruin – Fresh from a sandal, free-spirited Holly meets her betrothed, stiff, formal ex-soldier Rey. But neither is who they appear to be.

Christmas Chase – Monty agrees to escort Sarah to the party, but she leads him on a chase to find her long-lost father.

Three Kisses Before Christmas – Wolf has loved Rebecca for years. When his cousin decides to find a wife, an tu
Jess Downing
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon a Twelfth Night is a fun collections of stories that all take place at the same house party. I loved seeing how each of the authors were able to make the premise work while keeping their stories unique and entertaining. I want to say the stories are each novellas, but they felt more like full-length novels, and I had the same satisfaction reading one of the tales as I did from reading a nice long book.

My favorite of the bunch was Three Kisses Before Christmas by Tanya Wilde. Wolfstan h
Jamie Jack
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-2020, regency
Several Stories Centered Around an Event

While I almost always enjoy multi-author box sets even if not all stories are my cuppa, I particularly loved the idea of this one, that the authors set each story around the holiday house party and Twelfth Night ball of a prominent earl and countess. With so many stories by so many authors, this collection touches on many themes we often see in Regency romance, like unrequited love, second chance at romance, scandal, and wards/guardians. There's even one r
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of stories.
This is a beautiful collection of stories. I loved reading each one with the setting for each of the stories the Annual Twelfth Night Ball. I found" Twelve Nights of Ruin by Carrie Lomax" so entertaining. With a fall from grace, our Miss Holly is now faced with marriage to a man she called a gargoyle. Reynard or Rey for short had a very different view of his future spouse. That could easily change as he gets to know her. I have to be honest for most of the book
Nicole Normand
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-challenge
I received a copy from Hidden Gems; this is my honest review - 3.85 stars
General comments:
-All the main characters in the stories have intimate relations before their wedding. Open door scenes.
-Many characters didn't speak to me because of their other behavior, like cancelling a wedding not once but three times or forcing a kiss on someone just to prove a point, etc.
-Some other stories touched me to the core and I really enjoyed them.
-Editing needs another pass for all 7 stories. Wrong names (St
Marcia Burke
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three Kisses Before Christmas by Tanya Wilde

This is a lovely story of unrequited love. The characters Wolf and Rebecca, as well as the supporting cast of characters were all so wonderful. Filled with humor and romance, there is really good chemistry between Wolf and Rebecca.

A very entertaining story! I enjoyed watching Wolf and Rebecca navigate the relationship once Wolf declares his feelings.

Thank you Tanya for such an entertaining and well written story.

A Twelfth Night Wager by Christina Alex
Margaret Watkins
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I read the novels that make up this boxset, I could not help but imagine the fun the authors had putting this book together, despite the many challenges facing them. The setting for the stories is the Annual Twelfth Night Ball held in the castle of the Earl and Countess of Stapleton, where the Countess makes no secret of the fact that she has put people together who are potentially the perfect match. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these well-written novels, the romance, wit, humour and ten ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, christmas
All the novellas in this book relate in some way to a Twelfth Night house party. This is NOT a book of Christmas novellas nor anything festively relating to Christmas.

Twelve Nights of Ruin - marriage of convenience, Rather silly, but his dialog at the end saved the story 4 stars

Christmas Chase - abandoned daughter and knight in shining armor 4 stars

Three Kisses Before Christmas - childhood friends to lovers, she was annoying and the resolution to her unresolvable problem unrealistic, 3 stars

Marcy G
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It Was Only A KISS by Sophie Darling
The story of Lady Violet Hotchkiss and Will Sinclair started in
there childhood years. Only now Violet believes she is heading
into spinsterhood. Will just returning from his travels after three
years still has eyes for Violet and she has no idea.
Sophie Darlings writing is so detailed that she makes you feel like
you are there and living the experience. The hidden love, desire, and
the seductiveness all add to the story.
It is a Great, Enjoyable Read .Highly Recom
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Can a bastard soldier find love with a young heiress touched by scandal? Can two lovers get past a failed elopement ten years in the past? Can a spinter find love with a rougue?
These and other questions are answered in this collection of stories following different couples during Twelfth Night celebrations.
Some of the stories I found to be sweet, and others had a little heat. I don't usually read this particu
Anonymous 5
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful collection of romances written by a group of seven very talented authors centered around an annual holiday house party. All are are new to me authors and I got to experience a variety of writing styles. I am glad I picked this one up because I now have 7 new authors to follow! Each one did a fantastic job with providing vivid descriptions and interesting plots. The storylines were all artfully crafted with well defined characters and kept me hooked until I finished. I had to ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Romantic. Exciting. Unique. Fun. This collection has it all. I found some new authors and have already downloaded some of their other books to read. Each book builds to give you the whole of the Christmas party and the people in the surrounding area. They have done an amazing job of bringing Christmas to July. I can't say this often but I loved every single story in the collection. It includes all my favorite tropes and some even with a twist you don't expect. Their is definitely some sizzle. Th ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Twelfth Night is a great collection of stories. I am new to some of these authors but I will definitely follow them in the future. I love how this book is centered around Lord and Lady Stapleton's house party. The characters are determined, lovable, passionate, easy-going, and sometimes spirited. When you take these characters and put them into seemingly impossible situations, all kinds of good things happen. Most of these stories can be read in one sitting which is a good thing. I g ...more
Deb Diem
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon A Twelfth Night is an anthology of 7 books by different authors with the Twelfth Night Ball the thing that connects the stories. Authors Carrie Lomax, A.S. Fenichel, Tanya Wilde, Clair Brett, Christina Alexandra, Erica Taylor and Sofie Darling have all contributed books to this collection. The common denominator in these stories is the stellar cast of characters in each book. I enjoyed reading this collection. The books in this anthology are complete books, not cliff-hangers.

I volunta
Lori D
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love when there is a collection of stories centered around one event and this amazing group of authors have outdone themselves!! I have read books by most of these authors and enjoyed them all..

Christmas Chase by A S Fenichel
It should have been simple. Monty was to pick up his uncle's new ward and bring her to their home. He was given a new carriage for his trouble. What he did not expect to find was lovely Sarah Sommers, with all of her heartache and sorrow. Sarah had been pushed from relativ
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Christina Alexandra is a romance writer from Southern California. Always on the lookout for an adventure, she has worked many different jobs including both medical and veterinary offices, music teacher, law enforcement instructor, service dog puppy raiser, emergency grief counselor, coroner's assistant and, currently, an emergency services operator.

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