It has been a long time since I was excited about an anthology. When four of the reigning queens of historical romance decide to pair up, I was over the moon ready for these sweet novellas. I mean, a whole anthology featuring grouchy Dukes?? What’s not to love! This book was the epitome of sweet. To be honest, I have read excellent novellas from both Tessa Dare and Joanna Shupe, so my expectations were a little higher for those two. Overall, this book is the perfect Christmas read and I highly recommend. All four novellas are connected by ~love~ shortbread cookies.
“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare
I feel like Tessa Dare has recently read Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This was a cute little story about a woman who had one night to convince a Duke not to evict her family and fell in love instead. I could have used a little bit more steam to be honest.
“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean
You know, I am glad I’m not the only one who wondered what Scrooge would have been like if his young love had worked out or come back. This was everything I didn’t know I needed in a second chance Christmas novella and I loved everything about it.
“Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan
Home Alone retelling! The heroine’s awful family leaves her in their drafty Scottish castle. Hot Scottish Duke comes to the rescue of course! This one just missed the mark a little bit for me. Still sweet and sexy, which I enjoyed.
“Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe
Joanna Shupe knows how to write a dang good novella. I don’t know what she was basing this off of, but I loved it. The heroine was amazing and Duke, the hero, was adorable and pretty darn romantic. So much great story building packed into a few pages.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
How the Dukes Stole Christmas is out now!