Sunday, January 13, 2013

'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries + Featured Freebie

'Twas the Night After Christmas
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.

My Rating: 5/5

Another brilliant book in the Hellions series! Twas the Night After Christmas was an emotionally charged, sweet romance that I absolutely adored.

I loved the plot of the book. It's a unique idea that I've never seen used before. And it was very well done.

I really liked Camilla. Her loyalty to Lady Waverly was admirable. But it wasn't blind loyalty. She was determined but that didn't stop her from listening to Pierce and keeping an open mind about what truly happened. She was clever, kind, strong. A heroine that anyone can like. 

I adored Pierce so much. As a boy, Pierce was abandoned by both of his parents and he is understandably resentful of his mother for it. Which is the whole broken relationship that Camilla is so determined to mend. His past made Pierce a sympathetic character immediately and his actions throughout the book made him more and more endearing. He was very sweet and, mark my words, he will find a way into your heart. 

The relationship between Camilla and Pierce was so realistic. Though it didn't have the most illustrious beginnings, they had an immediate connection. And  that connection slowly grew into a true love. It was very sweet to read. There was very real tension between them as they struggled to find the truth of Pierce's abandonment-which wasn't as simple as it seemed. And the sexual tension between them was constant. And when that tension snapped, it was VERY hot. I really loved the two of them together.

The mystery of Pierce's abandonment was well done. The secrets kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. And, when the full truth was finally revealed, it was worth the wait to find out.

The pace of this book moved quickly and the plot kept me hooked the entire time. The ending was a sweet holiday ending that warmed my heart. 

Twas the Night After Christmas is an excellent historical romance. Romance lovers, you have to read this.

*Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy!
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Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical romance that was an excellent read: Rogue's Honor by Brenda Hiatt. This book is a uniquely wonderful book that I truly enjoyed. Go forth and  get it for free!
Rogue's Honor (The Saint of Seven Dials)To escape her stepmother's matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from the near-disaster of recognition by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as the notorious Robin Hood-type thief, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing he needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection. But "Purdy" proves to be anything but simple—or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl's sweet kisses may just be worth it.

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