All I Want for Christmas is a Duke Anthology | Book Review + Giveaway

Posted December 28, 2015 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews | 3 Comments

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke Anthology | Book Review + Giveaway

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke Anthology | Book Review + Giveaway
Title: All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke
Written by Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, Ashlyn MacNamara
Published by Avon Impulse
Publication Date: December 1st 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton…

A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple ’tis the season of second chances…

Sophie Kinsley planned to remain a wallflower at the Duke of Hollyshire’s ball. Yet when a dance with him leads to a stolen kiss, will the duke be willing to let her go? Or will Sophie’s Christmas wish be granted at last?

To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything—even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

Patience Markham never forgot the fateful dance she had with the future Duke of Kingsbury. But when a twist of fate brings them together for Christmas Eve, will the stars finally align in their favor?


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MY THOUGHTS

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All I Want for Christmas is a Duke is an anthology written by 4 historical romance authors: Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, and Ashlyn Macnamara.  It also features four heartwarming Christmas stories perfect for the Holidays.

Is it a series?

Because it is an anthology, it follows a theme: there is a Duke, and it is Christmas.  For those of you who are not familiar with anthologies, this is not a series but a collection of four separate stories centered on one theme.

Four Dukes?  Say it isn’t so!

Instead of reviewing each novella extensively, I decided to review my overall enjoyment of this book and just add a few thoughts about each story.  I know it’s an anthology so I was expecting the four novellas which weren’t an issue for me.  In all honesty, there were a couple of stronger stories here that I really enjoyed.  On the downside, there are also two weaker stories, which is not to say they were horrible stories at all!

I really enjoyed Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare and The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret.  I felt that those stories were pretty strong and inspiring and perfect for the holiday season.  Sophie and the Duke is a Cinderella retelling and I thought it was cute!  This is also a reunited friends romance, which is a theme that I absolutely adore.  The Duke’s Christmas Wish is a retelling of The Frog Prince and is just adorable.  I love my heroes to be a little on the serious side paired with a fun, and outgoing heroine.  The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman is a retelling of The Parent Trap (see the title there) and felt a little too cheesy for me.  Sure, I enjoyed the movie, The Parent Trap (especially the older version), but this one felt too short for me to even think it was believable for the Duke and Duchess to reconcile.  One Magic Season by Ashlyn Macnamara was also enjoyable but it was an okay read for me and I didn’t feel that anything stood out.  I really love a good second chance romance but again, this too felt so short.

Recommendations

If you love holiday Christmas stories, definitely grab a copy.  These stories can be read in one sitting or one at a time, perfect for reading in-between any New Year preparations that you have.

If you want a longer Christmas themed story, then read ‘Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries.

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Rating Report
Plot
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Characters
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Romance
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Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3

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About Ashlyn MacNamara

USA Today bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara writes Regency romance with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers writing her mid-life crisis but reckons it’s safer than hang-gliding or rock-climbing. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters, and one loudmouth cat. Although she writes about the past, you can find her in such newfangled places as her website Facebook, and Twitter.

About Tiffany Clare

Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children and housework of any kind (unless she’s on a deadline when everything is magically spotless), TIFFANY CLARE opened up her laptop to write stories she could get lost in. Tiffany writes sexy historical romances set in the Victorian era. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and two dogs and you can find out more about her and her books at www.tiffanyclare.com

About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

About Vivienne Lorret

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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