Review: All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke

Reviewed by Jen

This duology features two fantastic novellas, featuring historical Christmas romances.  I would absolutely recommend, since I adored them both.

“Merry Christmas, Mrs Robinson” – I really, really enjoyed this one!! Years ago, Jane fell in love with a secret admirer.  A man who called himself only Mr. X sent her beautiful letters… letters she responded to in kind.  She had no idea they were coming from Martin, a younger friend who never believed she would return his affection if she knew who she was.  When an older, dashing man came forward, claiming to be Mr. X, Jane believed him and married him.  It only took a couple of weeks for his lies to surface and for Jane to demand a divorce.  Only, her husband dropped dead before he could grant her wish.

It’s been eight years since that happened.  Martin, who left town when Jane got married, is back.  And circumstances bring him back into Jane’s life.  This time, however, he refuses to hide who he is and how he feels.  Can they find love after all that has happened?

This story was so good!  The characters were so engaging. It’s impossible not to root for Martin as reaches for his dream of a life with Jane.  The sexual tension is palpable. The sex is hot.  And in just 100 pages or so, Delilah Marville had me completely emotionally invested in their future.  Loved.

“The 12 Days of Seduction” – The day Adrianna has long dreaded has finally come to pass.  Her employer has finally learned about her past and real identity. She had adopted a softer, more proper, persona as governess to Alexander’s daughter.  The position, and the child, have come to mean the world to her.  But all is not lost. Alexander wants her as his mistress. She challenges him to seduce her and as he works to do that, he ends up peeling back the layers of Adrianna’s true self she has hidden for so long.

Adrianna has worked hard to shed her horrible past, and she is a good person. I loved watching Alexander discover what a treasure she is. Just the right combination of romance and sensuality, this novella really hit the spot.

It’s rare for a novella to truly satisfy for me, but both of these really did.  I was already a fan of Marvelle, but now I won’t hesitate to try more from Clairmont.

Rating: B+

*ARC Provided by Entangled via NetGalley

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All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke
by Delilah Marvelle & Marie Claremont
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

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