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Published: December 30, 2013
Author: Eva Devon & Maire Claremont
Synopsis: Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he’s quite displeased, even if she is one of the most intelligent women’s he’s ever met. His ward deserves a reputable governess, so he threatens to give Adriana the sack mere days before Christmas.
Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to prove she’s not the reputable governess he believed he hired. If he can seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, she will leave without protest.
But when they find the challenge more difficult than either imagined, can they face the consequences of their decisions?
Opinion: This was the Christmas short story that put all the other Christmas short stories that I read this holiday season to rest. It was cute, heartfelt, touching, and just absolutely wonderful all around story.
I think the author gave the characters a lot of depth in just 120 pages. We got to learn about them as we went and what all they have been through. We didn’t focus on the romance entirely, which is a wonderful break from some over produced Christmas romances.
I definitely think the introduction to the child helped mold the story into what it was, as well as the main character having a horrid back story. It wasn’t all, “Everyone is a billionaire and has too much money to be happy and blah, blah, blah.” Definitely worth your time! Give it a read.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★