on December 24, 2020
Genres: Regency Romance
Source: Personal copy
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A Christmas Eve ball.
A light-hearted beauty.
An earl who needs to come in from the cold.
All year long, Chloe Garland’s been trading witty remarks and heated glances with her nemesis, the arrogant Lord Cheverell. But when Chloe tricks him into wearing a hideous waistcoat—complete with sequins, pompoms, and jingle bells—to her family’s Christmas Eve party, she may have gone too far. Her penalty? A single, scorching kiss—and a Christmas gift she never expected.
This fun short story is just…delightful. It’s happy and fluffy and I smiled my way through it.
Imagine a stuffy earl who feels as if he’s constantly disapproving of a young and boisterous lady. Imagine she wants to poke at him a bit and convinces him that her family’s tradition every Christmas is to wear holiday-themed clothes. So she sends him a jingly, frilly, Christmassy waistcoat . His cousin has recently married into the family so he wants to show up and show support…and then the joke is on him. He is the only person wearing anything holiday-themed at all.
Her prank wasn’t supposed to be mean-spirited. She just wanted him to smile for once. And on her way to apologize, she gets so much more than she bargained for. She gets the sweetest, most impassioned declaration of love ever, and it has raised the bar for all Romances out there. He is wonderful. What she took for disapproving, was his way of trying not to be obvious in his affection for her.
The light and sweet story was fun and enjoyable. Tessa Dare has raised the bar for all declarations of love from every hero everywhere. This is only $.99 right now, so I recommend it.