Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis by Amelia Grey

Publisher & Release: Swerve, November 29, 2016

Time and setting:  Regency, England

Genre: Historical Romance

Length: 337 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about her kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play, in Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

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Vikki’s Musings

I found Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis while browsing Net-Galley for Christmas stories. The book description sound interesting, and since I always enjoy Christmas tale with children, I requested it in exchange for an honest review.

Seth Wythebury, Marquis of Wythebury is looking forward to a relaxing time away from his responsibilities. While attending a house party at his friend’s estate with his two young nephews, he encounters Miss Lillian Prim, the sister-in-law to his host. She has brought his nephews outside and is engaging in a snowball fight. He left his nephews quietly reading.

Miss Prim is determined to get to the two little boys’ guardian to realize they are only five and seven years old and need to have outside pursuits. What she does not count on is developing feelings for the man.

Who will win in this tug of war? The free-spirited miss, or the serious-minded marquis? Will they find out that opposites really do attract?

Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis is a delight Christmas tale of a man trying to do best for his two young nephews. Ms. Grey has spun an enchanting romance with engaging characters. The novel is fast-paced and engaged my interest from the start and held it until the end.

Lillian Prim is an endearing character. She speaks her own mind, even to the austere Marquis of Wythbury when others would hold their tongue. I loved how she was constantly putting him in his place. Throughout much of this lovely story, Lillian is trying to show the marquis that little boys need to have fun. I loved how she goes about it.

Seth, the marquis, is very serious-minded. He does not know how to have fun and has no desire to learn, yet the annoying Miss Prim is determined to help his nephews. I loved watching him war with himself over the feelings he has for her. Once he makes up his mind to win her heart, he does it in a big way. I absolutely loved the ending of this book!

Ms. Grey is a talented author, and she has penned an enchanting Christmas story that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. The two little boys will steal your heart. If you enjoy regency romances with a good sense of the time-period with delightful characters, then you will love Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis. Happy reading!

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