The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation: Dukes of War #0.5 by Erica Ridley

Book Review:

A prequel to a new regency series, Erica Ridley brings us Amelia: the ‘ultimate’ manager in a dress. Amelia is the woman everyone turns to when they need something done.  When she hears that Sheffield is cancelling the annual Christmas Ball, a highlight of the season.

Amelia will not stand for it: the ball will go on if only she offers her own management and organizational skills, as well as a venue to replace the damaged ballroom. She approaches the Viscount, Benedict both to get the ball moving forward as well as her own worries that her management of her brother’s estate is hindering his own prospects.

With an eye to using the ball to set her own foot on the marriage mart, Amelia is not to be deterred. Benedict is at first annoyed, then intrigued and before he knows it, completely enchanted.  But, there are small problems: his own sense of responsibility to the title mean that he won’t give up control or management to anyone else, despite his rather debauched moments after ‘business hours’.

Amelia and Benedict are well crafted without great miscommunication: these two play off each other equally well, and neither holds a serious power advantage over the other. In fact, their interplay shows that they enjoy one another, and while Benedict is a work hard, play hard sort of man, he is a good example for Amelia who seems to work too much.

Light, fun and fast reading: this title is a perfect quick read with great promise for the further series.

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation: Dukes of War #0.5 by Erica Ridley

Title: The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
Author: Erica Ridley
Series: Dukes of War #0.5
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Intrepid
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 100
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love

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.

About Erica Ridley

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.

She is the author of three Gothic romances, Too Wicked to Kiss, Too Sinful to Deny and Dark Surrender, the vampire romance "Never Been Bitten" in the paranormal romance anthology Born To Bite, contemporary paranormal romances Charmed and Midwinter Magic, and the holiday fantasy romance Let It Snow.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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