Who is ready for the holiday?A novella installment set in the world of The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels from Amelia Grey is on the blog today. Please read on for a review, excerpt, and a short Q & A with the author, as well as a favorite recipe.
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis:
A short novella set in the world of the Heirs’ Club is the focus of this story, with a rather outspoken and immature heroine doing her best to shake up Seth’s world.
Guardian of his nephews who lost both parents and governess to illness after exposure to the cold, Seth is hypervigilant that the boys (ages 5 and 7) are not exposed to such dangers. But, the house party brings him face to face (and snowball) with Lillian, as she is playing with the boys outside. The interplay between the two, full of lustful thoughts, harsh words and Lillian’s demanding and often interfering “I Know Best” attitude rankles, and justifiably so.
Seth has his reasons for worry, and he is the children’s’ guardian, so Lilian is stepping far beyond her remit, and her seeming determination to disagree with any of Seth’s choices does, at first, seem a bit cheeky and playful. Unfortunately, that quickly runs to annoying. She’s wholly without foresight or consideration of consequences to the children, or Seth’s wishes. And this back and forth is set as the stage for their attraction and connection.
Oh sure, they are well-suited, and some of Seth’s demands and expectations for the boys’ care and behavior are over the top, but he’s justified in them based on his own fears and grief. While the background of the why was clearly set, there wasn’t much development of Seth and his personality. With Lillian, she is obstreperous and immature, without the ability to empathize with anyone who doesn’t share her view that life should be fun. It was interesting to watch these two, but such a divergence from the earlier books in this series that it never quite seemed to fit.
A read best chosen without expectations of the flair or development from the earlier titles, it’s a simple diversion read, suitable for a quick escape in this busy season.
Title: Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis
Author: Amelia Grey
Series: The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3.5
Also in this series: The Duke and Miss Christmas
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Swerve
Published on: 29 November, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 him 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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Read an Excerpt
A Holiday-Themed Q & A with Amelia Grey
Favorite Holiday Memory (can be Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, etc.)
The smell of a pound cake baking in the oven
Favorite Holiday Movie
Miracle on 34th Street
Favorite Holiday Book
The Duke and Miss Christmas
Favorite Holiday Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Favorite Gift Received/Given
My parents gave me a ring with a tiny diamond in it when I was 16. My very first ring.
What’s on your wish list this year?
A bracelet that will hold some charms I’ve collected over the years
New Year’s Resolution
To lose the five pounds I didn’t lose last year
Favorite Winter Activity
Taking a walk when the air is cold but the sunshine is warm
All Sugared Up Spicy Pecans
1 cup white sugar 1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons warm water 3 cups pecans
Put everything but the pecans in a 1 gallon pot and bring to a soft boil over medium heat. Boil 2 minutes and then turn off heat. Add pecans. Stir and continue to coat the pecans until the mixture starts drying and clinging to pan. Empty onto a clean counter top and spread and separate the pecans. After the sugar mixture cools and forms a coating on the nuts you can put them in a Mason jar or candy dish to serve later or my favorite–immediately start eating them.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: