Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman [Review]

 Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas (Playful Brides #10) by Valerie Bowman
Format: ebook
Source: provided through NetGalley
Date read: October 20, 2018

Playful Brides
1. The Unexpected Duchess
2. The Accidental Countess
3. The Unlikely Lady
4. The Irresistible Rogue
4.5. The Unforgettable Hero
5. The Untamed Earl
6. The Legendary Lord
7. Never Trust a Pirate
8. The Right Kind of Rogue
9. A Duke Like No Other
10. Kiss Me at Christmas - Paperback | Kindle
11. No Other Duke But You

Valerie Bowman
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
A spirited lady facing spinsterhood. A common man with a noble mission. And a surprise that just might be waiting for them under the mistletoe. . .

Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman…

Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be denied the pleasure married ladies experience. Daffin has long captured her attention…and when a threat calls him to her side, the sparks between them ignite. But how can a hired bodyguard find his way into Regina’s noble heart?
Thoughts on Kiss Me at Christmas: This is my first foray into the Playful Brides series and, well, I liked it. I might have gotten a teeny bit more out of the interactions between the background characters if I'd read the previous books, but I kept up. For the most part, at least. That said, seeing as how this is book 10, there's a pretty big cast of supporting characters and it took a little brainpower to keep them straight. Again, though, it wasn't insurmountable.

So. Lady Regina and Mr. Daffin Oakleaf. On paper, they don't necessarily sound like a perfect match, but they kinda are. She's determined to do things her way (up to a point) and he's pretty much the epitome of a successful rebel. While Regina want to spend at least one night with someone of her choosing and she takes steps to make that happen, she's also resigned to the fate she sees looming on the horizon.

Frankly, she's not enthused with the prospect her uncle has chosen for her. Especially not once she begins spending even more time with Daffin.

On his end, Daffin is attracted to Regina, but he doesn't think anything can come of it. It takes a pinch of danger and the risk of nearly losing the woman he's come to admire before he dares to take the leap and go all in.

Danger, intrigue and a wide cast of characters to keep things moving, I was thoroughly entertained.

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