His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath
Date Read: September 19th 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
"Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal."
Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he'll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he'll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding's kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can't risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal's the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…
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Wonderful Christmas story! I really enjoyed it.
Hal Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, enjoys being a bachelor, but lately feels like he’s missing something. His sister, Connie, [Her Enemy at the Altar] is happily married to Aaron Wincanton and they have 2 daughters. Hal and Aaron love to bet on things and the loser has to muck out the winner’s stable. While at a Christmas party Aaron challenges Hal to steal 5 kisses by Twelfth Night from a woman Aaron chooses. Aaron’s choice is Lady Elizabeth Wilding.
Lady Elizabeth, aka Lizzie, was left at the altar 5 years ago by a man she believed loved her. She loved him and they anticipated their vows, resulting in her son, Georgie. She loves Georgie very much but he’s mostly housebound to prevent ton gossip. Her plan is to move to a cottage away from London, change her last name and raise her son. Her father keeps introducing her to men, but she doesn’t believe they would accept her son. She plans to tell her father, who loves his grandson, that she is moving after the holidays.
Hal talks her into pretending, for the holiday season, they like each other to avoid the women chasing him and the men her father introduces her to. The time spent together has him thinking of marriage but she is still planning on leaving London and society after Twelfth Night. Hal meets Georgie and his reaction is not what she expected. The rest of the story you must read as several things, not all good, occur before the HEA. I don’t like to write spoilers.
I can easily recommend this standalone book. Characters from his sister’s story do appear but you do not have to read that book to follow this one. Thanks to Virginia Heath for giving me an ARC.
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