This short novella was just not for me. It features a hard-core case of insta-love, unlikely behavior, an annoying heroine, and absolutely no emotional realism whatsoever.
Crispin, Duke of Hurst, is on his way to the countryside for some Christmas parties, when he happens across a little girl who fell out of a tree. While trying to help her, he gets beamed over the head with a basket by the child’s sister, Gwen, who thinks he is trying to snatch the little girl. From there, Crispin and Gwen get in a tussle. He wants to kiss her but doesn’t. Her brother in law, another Duke, comes to the rescue and invites Crispin to dinner for his trouble.
Crispin and Gwen flirt over the table. They exchange a few notes. Then by THE SECOND DAY they see each other, they have sex and are in love. I have no words. Their first kiss morphs into sex. She is a virgin and a lady. And they do it outside in December and… what? How is this a romance?
I won’t even get into the hissy fit Gwen throws over him being late to a party and the 180 degree turn she takes after that.
What baffles me is the number of positive reviews this story has on Goodreads. Maybe these readers found more substance to this story than I could. It was only 60 pages and I realize there is only so much you can do there, but this did absolutely nothing for me… except leave me slightly irritated.
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The Duke and Miss Christmas
by Amelia Grey
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks