Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

This novella was a wonderful beginning to the Dukes of War series.

Lady Amelia Pembrook has been organizing her brother's life since she was four and managing his home since he became the Duke of Ravenwood.  The day after Christmas, she is going to turn 30 and has decided in her uber-organized world that she is going to make a list using Debrett's Peerage, barons and viscounts need not apply, and meet her choices at the Viscount Sheffield's seventy-fifth annual Christmas Eve Ball.  However, the ball has been canceled for the year since the needed ballroom was struck by lightning and is now under renovation.  Amelia invades the Viscount Sheffield's home and announces that she is going to find a new venue for the ball and plan it for him.  What she doesn't plan on is falling in love with Sheffield.

I loved the humor in the novella. After Sheffield gets over his initial shock of Amelia insisting she is going to organize his family's annual ball,  he humors her by going from location to location to find the "right" location for the ball.  The characters were well written.  The back of the novella has nice sized teaser for "The Earl's Defiant Wallflower" that shows that the quality of the novella wasn't just a one-hit-wonder.  I can't wait!

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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