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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball t Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas... "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?


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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball t Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas... "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

30 review for How the Dukes Stole Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah MacLean

    Three gorgeous novellas from three of my favorite writers...and a fourth from me! Merry merry!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    The main reason I got this book was “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. And it was as good as I thought it would be. Louisa meets at a ball the man who owns her family home. Duke of Thorndale only wants to sell all his London properties and go back to Yorkshire. He hates London and he believes that all the Londoners lie all the time and they want to take advantage of him. Louisa is desperate. Duke does not know who she is, but maybe she can enthral him convince him not to sell her home, so that her The main reason I got this book was “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. And it was as good as I thought it would be. Louisa meets at a ball the man who owns her family home. Duke of Thorndale only wants to sell all his London properties and go back to Yorkshire. He hates London and he believes that all the Londoners lie all the time and they want to take advantage of him. Louisa is desperate. Duke does not know who she is, but maybe she can enthral him convince him not to sell her home, so that her family does not move in the middle of nowhere. A night walk around frozen cold beautiful London will make Luisa and James fall in love. James is not that heartless and horrid apparently and Luisa decides that maybe moving to Isle of Jersey wouldn't be that bad. She likes James and she does not want to ask him anything in return. My favourite part of the book is when James finally takes Luisa back to her home. Louisa slipped her arms free of his coat and draped the garment over the the back of his chair, brushing his shoulder with her fingertips. Thank you for sharing your coat. Holding his teacup in one hand, he used the other to pull out the chair next to his. Sit next to me. She accepted with reluctance, edging her chair aside to create space between them. I don’t want to give my family ideas. Beneath the table, he caught her chair leg with his boot, dragging her close. Let them have their ideas. Her heart fluttered in her chest. They hadn’t exchanged a single word in the entire exchange. Not even so much as a glance. Yet as Louisa poured herself a cup of tea, he casually pushed the sugar in her direction, as though he’d been doing so every morning for years and years. There is a misunderstanding towards the end. Duke learns who Luisa is and he thinks that she tried to tricked him, but this is another story with happy ending. So nothing to worry about. The story is wonderfully romantic and sweet. Well, there are 3 more stories in the book by authors that I haven't read before, but I believe I have reached my limit with Christmas romance for this year. Maybe I will try them next Christmas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    2.5 Stars, rounded up due primarily to my obsession for everything Tessa Dare writes :) Argh, I hate being the lone grinch who's less than enamored with this anthology, but I just wasn't nearly as engaged and enchanted as I'd hoped. I tend to love novellas since I often lack the patience for the drawn out miscommunications and repetitiveness that longer romance novels bring us. Honestly, though, I found the last two of these four stories tedious even as novellas and can't imagine finishing them i 2.5 Stars, rounded up due primarily to my obsession for everything Tessa Dare writes :) Argh, I hate being the lone grinch who's less than enamored with this anthology, but I just wasn't nearly as engaged and enchanted as I'd hoped. I tend to love novellas since I often lack the patience for the drawn out miscommunications and repetitiveness that longer romance novels bring us. Honestly, though, I found the last two of these four stories tedious even as novellas and can't imagine finishing them if they'd been full-length novels. Another thing I often appreciate about anthologies is how the separate stories are clearly or subtly connected. In this case, the only commonality is that each one mentioned shortbread, which...really?! 1. Tessa Dare's novella was written with her usual sparkly, breezy yet intelligent prose, featuring another one of her clever, inspiring heroines and another surly, initially rude yet ultimately decent hero. The ballroom scene between Louisa and James reminded me a lot of Darcy and Elizabeth's infamous first dance in Pride and Prejudice. The story was sweet and mildly humorous (albeit not as witty as most of her longer work) and had a few well-written lines that I highlighted on my Kindle, but even as a huge and probably biased Tessa Dare fan, I can't claim this was among her most memorable and impactful pieces of work. 4/5 stars 2. Objectively, Sarah Maclean's story was extremely well-written and had more depth, insight and substance than one can usually expect from a holiday novella. For whatever strange reason, though, I just didn't fully fall in love with her characters. This might be a story that improves with a second reading for me, because there really is a lot to love about it, especially for those who love second chance romances. 3.5/5 Warning: this is where I get more Grinch-y :) 3. I can't recall whether I've read Sophie Jordan before, but this definitely didn't inspire me to search for her other books. The premise was kind of a 19th century "Home Alone", only involving a sensible yet (of course) plucky heroine and a---you guessed it---grumpy duke and a nearly deserted Scottish castle. Cue highway men and mayhem. This was actually the story I'd been looking forward to most: I'm weirdly obsessed with stories set in castles, and I love the element of mystery/suspense/adventure that the addition of highway men promised to provide. The actual writing made it impossible for me to get into this story or its characters, though, and I had to force myself to finish. 2/5 4. Joanna Shupe - Points for a different setting (NYC) and an original, promising premise (would-be journalist who's famous for her cooking column despite not actually knowing how to cook.) Sadly, this was another story where the characters and writing style just fell completely flat for me, and as those of you patient to read my rambling reviews know, characterization and writing style are the primary reasons I love - or don't love - any given story. 2/5 Overall, these weren't BAD, but I found myself disappointed. I didn't close the book with that goofy smile that the better romances (especially the holiday-themed ones!) tend to provide. As a minor pet peeve, I wonder why all four stories felt compelled to focus on dukes. The obsession with dukes in this genre is getting a little tiresome for me. It was monotonous enough when nearly every author decided to focus only on titled men (shout out to Theresa Romain and others for writing about - gasp - regular people and shedding some light on how other people lived during that era!). Lately, though, it feels like half the stories out there feature not just mere earls or lords or a marquess, but dukes, the very highest and rarest title. Because heaven forbid the hero not be the *very* richest and most powerful person in all of society...?! Sorry for the rant, but it's just something about the overall genre that's been irking me, and you guys are the only people I can vent to about this issue :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

    *rating only for Tessa Dare's story

  5. 5 out of 5

    Desi

    Rated thusly for the utter tripe that is “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. Why launch the book with this ridiculousness? Approaching men at balls with no introduction. Leaving an establishment in male company. Bare assed sex in a coach. Wandering about London at night on foot. A grown man of that era not knowing a woman can’t go to gentlemen’s clubs. An adult male willingly traipsing about Mayfair with a Virgin he picked up at a ball on some stupid sightseeing tour. For hours. Until 5am. Why? Rated thusly for the utter tripe that is “Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare. Why launch the book with this ridiculousness? Approaching men at balls with no introduction. Leaving an establishment in male company. Bare assed sex in a coach. Wandering about London at night on foot. A grown man of that era not knowing a woman can’t go to gentlemen’s clubs. An adult male willingly traipsing about Mayfair with a Virgin he picked up at a ball on some stupid sightseeing tour. For hours. Until 5am. Why? Him taking liquor from a club doorman and them doing shots in a doorway to “warm up”. What. The. Heck. Is. This. Who approved it? Are editors a thing of the past? It’s scandalous enough to remain on the dance floor after their dance (to begin with I don't get how she could, logistically speaking, 'take over' her friend's dance card) . I’m so so confused by every single thing that came after. They’re having bloody snow games in a deserted park at night? Can a pseudo Jack the Ripper just end them already, cause I don’t know in what century a man would accompany a young woman to loiter in a deserted park and expect That to end well. Do parent's not exist in this world? Societal norms? Logic? Should he not be returning her to her people? In other news, the second story by Sarah Maclean wasn’t half bad. A solid 3.5 Stars. And that’s as far as I got. Because I can only lay claim to a limited amount of patience

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debby "Piene Raven"

    So, I got my Christmas spirit going a bit early this year with my reads. I do have to say that I did enjoy all but the last novella on the Dukes. It was a delightful read and I must say that Sarah MacLean's novel was the height of them all. Recommend this read and as a summation of them all, I am rating this as a 3.5 rounded to 4-Stars. 4-Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aoi

    Terribly, terribly anachronistic.. We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight. And the who's who of society assembling into the kitchen(!!) to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party. And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia. All the while as his servants walk in on them , merrily without knocking. These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made it really hard for me to "get in Terribly, terribly anachronistic.. We have dukes triasping around London on foot with young girls past midnight. And the who's who of society assembling into the kitchen(!!) to watch the hostess bake cookies at a dinner party. And a duke getting buck naked and sharing body head to prevent the frozen heroine from hypothermia. All the while as his servants walk in on them , merrily without knocking. These novellas were a series of jaw dropping WTF moments that made it really hard for me to "get into" the book and enjoy That being said , while I go by chemistry and writing flair for judging enjoyment, Tessa Dare's contribution was the best of the lot.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers

    To be fair, I didn't read the whole thing. It's $5.99 and I have a high bar for $5.99. I can get very good books for a lot less, so unless this was a sure thing, I'm not spending the $$. I read the sample. Which is like 7-8 chapters of Tessa Dare's story in the anthology. Since she's the author I like best in the group, if her story can't hook me, there's little hope for the rest of the book. And unfortunately, it didn't hook me. 1. Most anthologies are too rushed. I like depth in a book, and thes To be fair, I didn't read the whole thing. It's $5.99 and I have a high bar for $5.99. I can get very good books for a lot less, so unless this was a sure thing, I'm not spending the $$. I read the sample. Which is like 7-8 chapters of Tessa Dare's story in the anthology. Since she's the author I like best in the group, if her story can't hook me, there's little hope for the rest of the book. And unfortunately, it didn't hook me. 1. Most anthologies are too rushed. I like depth in a book, and these short stories don't let that happen. Rarely, anyway. For a sample, I'm already half way done with one story! That's how much depth I'm getting. 2. Maybe because it's too rushed, TD's story just didn't appeal that much. I don't really feel the chemistry between the H/h, the tension or anticipation. And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get any hot love scenes in these short stories. Or if I do, they will be very brief. So overall, it wasn't good enough for me to click buy, which means it's definitely not above 3 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    5 'The Shortbread Talisman' Stars< What an absolutely and utterly BRILLIANT Christmasy HR anthology this book was! From start to finish How The Dukes Stole was undoubtable perfection, with each of the four tales enchanting me to no end and making me crave even more of these enrapturing characters and their stories! Complete and wholehearted holiday warm and fuzzy feelings that made me feel as though I was living the holidays right along with them! True Christmas in October feels that I recomme 5 'The Shortbread Talisman' Stars< What an absolutely and utterly BRILLIANT Christmasy HR anthology this book was! From start to finish How The Dukes Stole was undoubtable perfection, with each of the four tales enchanting me to no end and making me crave even more of these enrapturing characters and their stories! Complete and wholehearted holiday warm and fuzzy feelings that made me feel as though I was living the holidays right along with them! True Christmas in October feels that I recommend to every single HR lover out there! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Full review to follow.... ARC kindly provided by the authors for an honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's that time of year.  The weather is changing and I'm ready to get into the holiday spirit!  One of my favorite books to read this time are holiday books and historical romances are the understated choice.  The small town contemporaries and cowboys get all the glitz and glamour (I blame Hallmark) but there's something endearing and sweet about a I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's that time of year.  The weather is changing and I'm ready to get into the holiday spirit!  One of my favorite books to read this time are holiday books and historical romances are the understated choice.  The small town contemporaries and cowboys get all the glitz and glamour (I blame Hallmark) but there's something endearing and sweet about a holiday historical romance.  Enter this anthology.  First of all, I had to read it because Tessa Dare writes some of the best holiday novellas you'll find.  These three stories have a common factor revolving magical shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare - 4 Stars “I tell you,” Kat said, “this marrying scheme is balderdash. If I were the eldest, I’d be carrying out a different plan tonight.” Maggie sighed. “We’ve discussed this. Murdering the duke is not a plan.” “Of course it isn’t,” Kat replied. “Murdering the duke is an objective. A plan requires specifics. A concealed pistol. A hidden dagger. Poison-tipped darts.” “Shortbread,” Louisa suggested. Kicking things off with the reason why I decided to read this.  A Duke is in London to settle some of his business, including evicting some tenants from his city properties before returning home.  Louisa Ward needs to find a husband in order to save her family from ending up without a home.  But as luck, or the holiday spirit turns out, she finds the very Duke evicting them.  This is everything charming and romantic I've come to expect from Ms. Dare.  I gobbled it up without stopping. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean - 3.5 Stars ...he was struck with twin emotions -- a desperate desire to hear what she had to say and abject terror that she was about to tell him that he was too late and she had chosen another. I don't remember having read Sarah MacLean before so this may be my first.  While I also enjoyed this story and it was sweet an charming as well, I found myself a little less connected.  The Duke of Allryd has loved Lady Jacqueline (aka Jack) since they were young.  But it's been 12 years since she's been gone.  Decisions that were made affected the course of both of their lives and now it's time for that second chance.  I just wanted a little more and at times I found this fell into the miscommunication category. "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan - 4 Stars Damnation...Perhaps he wasn't decent. After all, he'd brought this lass here. He'd put a soon-to-be-nun in his bed and he'd done things to her no one should ever do to a virtuous woman with such holy aspirations. She was right. He was not a decent man because he wanted to continue right where they'd left off this morning and corrupt the hell out of her. Ah but there's nothing better than a sexy Laird.  Wait... being stranded, snowbound, alone in his castle for the holidays.  Annis family rushes to England for the holidays from their home in Scotland and they don't realize they've left her behind.  It's not safe for her to stay alone with thieves running around.  I really enjoyed these two! They had great chemistry and the story was cute and entertaining.  I've only read Ms. Jordan in other genres so this was my first attempt at her historical romances and it won't be my last. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe - 4 Stars She was having a hard time remembering why kissing him was a terrible idea. Inhaling, she tried to shake her head despite his gentle grip. “I am not one of those women.…” He swept an errant strand of hair behind her ear. “I know—and that is not why I am here. This is not some sort of a game or passing fancy to me. Quite the opposite. You are remarkable, Rose. Unlike any woman I’ve ever met.” He gave a dry chuckle. “In fact, if this were a century or two ago, I might challenge your husband for you.” Her chest tightened but she strove to keep the mood light. “Pistols at dawn?” I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one.  It's my first time reading Joanna Shupe, but also my first time reading this particular setting (both time and place).  Duke Havemeyer is the owner of the paper and single Miss Rose Walker is actually the real person behind the pen name Mrs. Walker, the married socialite advice columnist that seems to be the biggest hit his publication has.  Now, after a big scandal, he needs her help in charming the board to keep his position and wants her to host a dinner party for them.  Shouldn't be a problem for a woman of her standing.  Except she now has to face all the lies she's created around her persona.  And fight the supposedly wrong attraction they feel for each other.  This was probably one of my faves from this anthology.  It was so much fun!  And different.  Plus packed full of holiday spirit.  I'll be reading more of this author as well. So as you can see, if you are ready to get in the holiday spirit look no further.  HOW THE DUKES STOLE CHRISTMAS will warm your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. *ARC provided by author Reviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  11. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: nothing that springs to mind! So here's the deal: if you're looking for historical accuracy, you won't get it in any of these stories. Like, AT ALL. They're riddled with anachronisms and things that would literally never happen. So if you want a historical romance that contains anything even remotely resembling authenticity, you should probably just nope your way to the exit right now. But. If you're looking for a Christmas-themed dose of cheesy romance? This is pretty stinking g Trigger warnings: nothing that springs to mind! So here's the deal: if you're looking for historical accuracy, you won't get it in any of these stories. Like, AT ALL. They're riddled with anachronisms and things that would literally never happen. So if you want a historical romance that contains anything even remotely resembling authenticity, you should probably just nope your way to the exit right now. But. If you're looking for a Christmas-themed dose of cheesy romance? This is pretty stinking great. Tessa Dare's story is ridiculous but delightful. Sarah McLean's was my favourite of the collection purely because it features a 32 year old heroine. Sophie Jordan's was...slightly eye roll worthy but still fun. And while Joanna Shupe's was my least favourite, I really enjoyed seeing how she included a "Duke" in stark contrast to the other three authors. Also, I loved the fact that all four stories featured terrible shortbread. In short: it was great.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    If you love historical romance, this might be the year that you get the present you’ve always wished for. Four superstar authors have combined their talents to craft this fabulous anthology, which will have you experiencing a gamut of emotions in a real historical Christmas atmosphere. Also, the novellas can be read in any order, as they are entirely independent from one another. Tessa Dare’ MEET ME IN MAYFAIR is delightfully romantic and sweet as a duke who is more of a Yorkshire country boy an If you love historical romance, this might be the year that you get the present you’ve always wished for. Four superstar authors have combined their talents to craft this fabulous anthology, which will have you experiencing a gamut of emotions in a real historical Christmas atmosphere. Also, the novellas can be read in any order, as they are entirely independent from one another. Tessa Dare’ MEET ME IN MAYFAIR is delightfully romantic and sweet as a duke who is more of a Yorkshire country boy and a city miss who risks eviction share a waltz. It’s such a lovely story with utterly charming characters that I’m hoping for a little glimpse at their lives in Yorkshire in the future. In THE DUKE OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT, Sarah MacLean gives A Christmas Carol a fabulous spin as Eben – the Duke of Allryd – faces twelve years of Christmases past when Lady Jacqueline Mosby reappears. Dear readers, this is a real tearjerker as Eben realises where he went wrong. A wonderfully emotional story with spectacular secondary characters as well; I think I fell in love with Charles Lawton! Who but the inimitable Sophie Jordan could give a historical twist to Home Alone? In HEIRESS ALONE, the Highlands in winter have never been hotter when Annis Ballister’s boisterous family leaves her home alone when they leave in a mad rush. The grumpy Duke of Sinclair insists on rescuing her from incoming perils, but is the Duke the biggest danger of them all? Ms. Jordan’s story is fast paced, delightfully written, and is guaranteed to keep you warm with all the steam generated by our very unlikely, but utterly charming couple. Ms. Jordan infuses this novella with Scottish charm, and a touch of Christmas magic. On the other side of the pond, Joanna Shupe takes us to New York’s Gilded Age with CHRISTMAS IN CENTRAL PARK. The celebrated advice columnist Mrs. Walker does not really exist: she is Miss Rose Walker, who cannot bake to save her life, and when her job depends on hosting a very important Christmas dinner for the big bad boss himself, Duke Havermeyer, Rose is very worried. He is so very handsome and so unattainable, but Rose needs this job! This novella barrels along at a very quick pace, with some serious steam. I really liked Rose: she has a lot of chutzpah, still she was even more daring than I ever expected, but boy, was Duke ever a Scrooge if I ever saw one, until he saw the (Christmas) light. HOW THE DUKES STOLE CHRISTMAS is a rare gem: none of the four novellas skate around the Christmas theme. To conclude, we even are privy to a shortbread recipe, courtesy of Sarah MacLean; how cool is that? So grab your tissues, hot chocolate, a fan – some of those stories are hot! – and enjoy this fine historical Christmas anthology! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Avid Booker

    Tessa's book was too short. In meaning, I would have loved to see a little more of these characters especially since they were complete opposites. She was a city girl and he was a country boy. I really loved everything about them except, (view spoiler)[their argument in the park didnt feel very real (hide spoiler)] . I was really attracted to James for some reason. He gave off a vibe. Lumbersexual? lol It was cute. Fast. 3.5 stars And So Is Love by Kate Bush MacLean's story gave me the feels. STRO Tessa's book was too short. In meaning, I would have loved to see a little more of these characters especially since they were complete opposites. She was a city girl and he was a country boy. I really loved everything about them except, (view spoiler)[their argument in the park didnt feel very real (hide spoiler)] . I was really attracted to James for some reason. He gave off a vibe. Lumbersexual? lol It was cute. Fast. 3.5 stars And So Is Love by Kate Bush MacLean's story gave me the feels. STRONG. This feels so profoundly sad because of how beautiful it is. I've been emotionally lately so dont take that too seriously. But I really believed in these characters. It worked for them because the love was previous. You'll see what I mean. But I found myself tearing up a bit. The only thing that irritates me is that it took 12 years. I wish it was five or even eight. 12 is just a long time. 4.5 stars Songs for this particular story Shrike by Hozier Sophie's story had such a promising start and I absolutely loved the tropes that were included. What fell a bit short was the (view spoiler)[love scene (hide spoiler)] was TOO soon. Even for a novella, for me to believe in it. Without it, I would have really trusted it all. It was cute. I liked it. I wish she would have spoke more about her goal for it to also be believable. But it does make me want to read more from this author now. 3.5 stars Song for this story Human Being by Robyn So we finish with Shupes story. I was kind of shell shocked. The New York setting threw me! I know the title mention Central park but for some reason I ignored it lol. But I didnt mind the setting, but as yall know, with an American setting comes free-er values. So you do have to set your sensibilities up for the area. Such as men can be alone with women, dukes don't have a standing, etc. The story was decent. Probably the weaker out of all the stories. But I do like the humor and language so that helped. I know this is a novella but I couldnt believe the love. 3 stars. Goodnight and Go by Ariana Grande Quotes: Sit next to me. [...] I don't want to give my family ideas. [...] Let them have their ideas.-Dare's Book Christ, he'd missed her. No. No. There was no missing her. He couldnt miss her. If he missed her, he might never not miss her, and that would certainly kill him. It was bad enough he'd never stopped loving her. "I want every moment I can still with you." {...] "If you're to theive," he whispered, "do it in my house, where your Aunt Jane wont have me strung up for tempting you to darkness." [...] "Everyone would know that it was I tempting you, you know."-MacLean's story Pink, plump lips parting enough to reveal her teeth--straight save for one incisor that was slightly crooked. That tiny imperfection fascinated and drew his gaze, tightening his stomach muscles. Her smile was a bit of sunshine amid this winter's night. He looked away. No sense looking for sunshine in this storm.--Jordan's Story Jesus, she was unmarried... and employee... and he'd fucked her on a counter.-Shupe's story

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    4 Stars … I’m a little late, but I really enjoyed this. I love holiday Audio books, it just gets you into the spirit. So I totally forgot I had this and I’m a bit late since the holidays are over, but I really enjoyed this Anthology. I don’t usually read Anthologies, but audio Anthologies are the way to go! The narrator is pretty popular and she does a lot of the historical romance novels. Her voice is a bit deep for my taste, but she acts really well and I like her voice transitions so overall, 4 Stars … I’m a little late, but I really enjoyed this. I love holiday Audio books, it just gets you into the spirit. So I totally forgot I had this and I’m a bit late since the holidays are over, but I really enjoyed this Anthology. I don’t usually read Anthologies, but audio Anthologies are the way to go! The narrator is pretty popular and she does a lot of the historical romance novels. Her voice is a bit deep for my taste, but she acts really well and I like her voice transitions so overall, she was good. I think if you are like me and like short audio stories this really works out. You get a little glimpse and taste of different stories with a Christmas theme (although some are more Christmas than others. Sarah MacLean had the most Christmas theme book. I liked each book equally and if I had to rate each book, each would get four stars. Tessa Dare had the shortest story, ending around the 2 hour mark, verse the other stories ending around the 3 hour mark. Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare I liked this story, but this one wouldn’t be at the top of the list had I to rank each story. I found Tessa Dare’s story the shortest and the least Christmas theme. Oh and her was the tamest so I’m kind of glad this was the first story. I did enjoy it, but had it been a full novel, I think I would have expected a lot more. The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean is probably my favorite. It didn’t hurt that her book had the most Christmas theme. Even though it was a novella, it felt like it read like a full novel. There was a lot of tension in this book and second chance lovers is a theme I enjoy to read. 12 years is a long time to wait to see someone again. I liked how there was flash backs and each time was around Christmas. Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan was the least memorable for me. I don’t really know Sophie Jordan and when I began to research her other books I realized I’ve already read one of her books and gave it a low rating. This one had the most sex! Which is a plus in my book. I’m not sure I will pick up her other books because she doesn’t really write Historical Romance, I tend to like HR authors that focus on HR genre. I did like the story though, like I said, I gave all the novellas 4 stars. Christmas in central Park by Jordan Shupe was the last book I listened to and it read the easiest for me. Overall, it was a cute story. I don’t usually go for the “secret” storyline, but the lightness of the book made it, like I said easy to read. I’m not sure I will pick up her other books, but I don’t mind looking into what else she has written.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maud

    Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare - 4.5 stars I started reading historical romance last year and I do know about Tessa Dare but had never read anything by her. I know that she is a well known and loved author in this genre and I have been intrigued to try something of her. So when this anthology started with her story it was really a perfect chance for me. Short stories always seem so much harder to write than a full length novel but with this one I enjoyed the writing style, the characters and th Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare - 4.5 stars I started reading historical romance last year and I do know about Tessa Dare but had never read anything by her. I know that she is a well known and loved author in this genre and I have been intrigued to try something of her. So when this anthology started with her story it was really a perfect chance for me. Short stories always seem so much harder to write than a full length novel but with this one I enjoyed the writing style, the characters and the plot. I felt connected to both the main characters and I liked how, even though they fall in love rather quickly, they also take things slow in the end. Christmas isn't my favourite holiday so I wasn't sure how I would feel about that vibe but there was a perfect amount of Christmas touches in this book to make me actually enjoy the setting! It was a very sweet romance, even though our female mc had a bit of an agenda at the beginning. I thought the couple was very sweet together and I definitely shipped them which is my #1 priority when reading a historical romance. Definitely going to pick up a full length novel by this author sometime soon! The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean - 5 stars This was such a well crafted story (and I loved the return of a certain terrible tasting shortbread...). Our couple has known each other for years, ever since they were children really, and I loved finding out their backstory while also seeing them in the present. The combination of flashbacks with the revelations and happenings of the present was so very well done, this story read like it was a full novel! We had characters that were well build and flawed and a romance that I shipped from the moment chocolate was introduced! Had it been a full length novel the side characters would probably have been developed a little bit more which I would have enjoyed but I can't hold such a thing against a short story. It was perfection. Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan - 4.75 stars I loved loved loved the drama in this one. It's super dramatic and all high stakes with hypothermia and brigands and love biscuits (again). It was such a fun read! I also really liked how the story was set up, I actually felt bad for Annis! The love moves a bit fast but you know it is a short story so I will forgive it. There were two things that kinda bothered me which is why I just couldn't give it 5 stars: Annis who keeps giving the same arguments why Calder doesn't like her and Calder could be a bit too dominant and possessive at times (which, because it is such a short story was maybe 2 or 3 times). Other than that it was an absolutely perfect, high-stakes, dramatic romance! Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe - 4 stars I loved the plot of this one, especially the advice column part. I really enjoyed the whole idea of Mrs. Walker the newspaper version and the real Miss Walker. I also loved the side characters in this one probably best out of all stories. The way they were connected with the mc and how they worked together was lovely. The thing that I liked least about this story though was Duke. I felt a bit disappointed with the fact that he wasn't a real Duke (as in, the title). There is still a difference in power/standing between our two main characters but I like the idea of the ton and society and titles and stuff. But that is forgivable... What was less forgivable for me was how freaking forceful and demanding Duke was towards Sara. He kept demanding things of her, even when she made clear she didn't want to do things. He simply threatened her or told her he saw things in her eyes (or that her husband gave the okay). His reasoning was just utter crap and it really annoyed me and made me feel unable to fall a little bit in love with him myself (which I kinda want to happen when reading a historical romance). So because of my dislike for Duke I'm giving this one 4 stars. The plot was great, the side characters were fun and that saved the story for me. Side note: I might also have felt a teeny tiny bit disappointed that no disgusting shortbread was eaten in this story. I was looking forward to that reaction. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection of stories. The shortbread recipe included at the back is one that I'm definitely going to try out at some point!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars A fun round up of novellas from some of my favorites. I will say that I loved one more than the others and that I did struggle with liking the characters of another. As much as I wanted to be swept away with this grouping, sadly it wasn’t as amazing as I was expecting. Cute, yes. Overall, it was a quick and fun holiday read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    herdys

    I only enjoyed Tessa's story. The rest I couldn't get into, no matter what. The last one I almost didn't even finish. The reason were the dukes of course. They were jerks to their heroines and since this is a short story we didn't have time for them to grovel properly. I also didn't feel the Xmas spirit since it's basically October lol

  18. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. This takes place under a rather magica "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. This takes place under a rather magical night. Louisa meets her bitter enemy and shares a dance. And then they are sort of stuck with each other and get to know each other better. He is no ogre after all. No, James is a hardworking man who never wanted to be Duke. And Louisa just wants to save her family. It was a fun little story and I knew a little drama was coming but they handled it well. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas. I was not that keen on this one. It was rather depressing for a Christmas story. Eben is lonely and does nothing else but work. Once upon a time he wanted to marry Jaqueline, but he was busy saving his Dukedom to be worthy of her so he forgot her. I mean idiot much! Jack loved him for the 12 years she was away and now she is back. It just left me with the feeling that if he forgot about her once he will do so again. Rather depressing yes. Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. I liked this one. The Duke is so grumpy, and Annis is well normal! She wants some peace and quiet to read and garden. Her family gives me Pride and Prejudice vibes. Mum wants to marry off the daughters and they are so loud ;) Then it becomes Home alone and she is left behind and there are bandits. Luckily for her a grumpy Duke is nearby and sparks fly as they spar and fall in love. Of course I would have ADORED an epilogue when her mum comes back and is all omg wasnät it great we forgot you so you could catch a Duke. All loud and such. Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe. Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love? What? No real Duke, just a guy named Duke? Blasphemy! Wow, the theme really is that all these Dukes are grinches. This one works works and works some more. In romance, all romance is plausible. But here it did stretch a bit, they had not spoken a lot. They fell in love, but really it was just lust since he thought she was married after all. But hey love is love and then they lied happily ever after. Narrator Justine Eyre I do like her stuff! She is great fun as a narrator

  19. 4 out of 5

    Timitra

    Meet Me In Mayfair by Tessa Dare- Rated 4.5 Stars This story was quite humorous. I loved the witty banter between the main characters. Although the romance was whirlwind I felt the connection between Louisa and James. The was it was done was very believable, there was no doubt that they would fall for each other or that they were well matched. The Duke Of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean- Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this story about a broody, grumpy hero and the heroine who wouldn't allow him to wall Meet Me In Mayfair by Tessa Dare- Rated 4.5 Stars This story was quite humorous. I loved the witty banter between the main characters. Although the romance was whirlwind I felt the connection between Louisa and James. The was it was done was very believable, there was no doubt that they would fall for each other or that they were well matched. The Duke Of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean- Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this story about a broody, grumpy hero and the heroine who wouldn't allow him to wallow in his solitude. I liked this take on the classic Dickensian tale. Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan- Rated 4 Stars I have a weakness for Scottish lairds so of course I loved Calder and his feisty heroine, Annis. There story was cute, sweet and a wee bit sexy. Christmas In Central Park by Joanna Shupe- Rated 4 Stars I loved the pairing of Duke, a broody and somewhat reclusive hero and Rose, an independent, level-headed heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed their story. I definitely recommend this anthology to those looking for a great historical romance Christmas stories.

  20. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    I love holiday novellas. I think they are the perfect way to get a quick jolt of that Christmas spirit. And I think this is a strong collection, overall. I can DEFINITELY see myself returning to this collection every year. A very fun read. Meet Me In Mayfair - 3 stars To be honest, I think this was the weakest one of the 4. But whatever, it's Tessa Dare. It's still cute. I just think that after the low moment, we needed to see more from the hero/ heroine and instead it just fast forwards to the re I love holiday novellas. I think they are the perfect way to get a quick jolt of that Christmas spirit. And I think this is a strong collection, overall. I can DEFINITELY see myself returning to this collection every year. A very fun read. Meet Me In Mayfair - 3 stars To be honest, I think this was the weakest one of the 4. But whatever, it's Tessa Dare. It's still cute. I just think that after the low moment, we needed to see more from the hero/ heroine and instead it just fast forwards to the resolution. Given that this is the shortest story, I'm not entirely sure why Dare couldn't have included a little bit more. Rushed ending. The Duke of Christmas Present - 5 stars OK, so obviously I am biased since I do a podcast with Sarah, but this was best story in the collection to me. It's highly structured with a back and forth between now and then, and it makes for a really pleasing story. Given that it's a Novella, I was thought there was some really wonderful character development of both Eben and Jack. Also, this book had really strong secondary characters, Jack's Aunt and Eben's business partner. Super great. Just what I want from a Christmas novella. Heiress Alone - 5 stars I loved this story, maybe because I've always loved Home Alone. I love that Annis is thrilled to be left alone and the whole way the story with the Sinclair evolves is pretty awesome. Very sexy and I was absolutely into it. Again, really strong secondary characters. Loved this story. Christmas in Central Park - 5 stars This book actually made me SO NERVOUS when I was reading it. Like, I was ACTIVELY ANXIOUS about how it was all going to turn out. I loved the heroine and her big group of friends who work together to basically make sure she can keep her job. This one gave me ALL THE FEELS.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    My rating for this book is primarily for the Sarah MacLean story. It was the perfect story. Childhood friends and second chance perfection. I could have read even more about those two characters. It was a highlight. The rest suffered from people who hardly knew each other and so everything at the end felt too quick. Tessa's was cute and fun and my second favorite, but the wrap up was all a bit too quick. Sophie's had it's moments and was enjoyable enough. I loved the Scottish hero and setting. Sa My rating for this book is primarily for the Sarah MacLean story. It was the perfect story. Childhood friends and second chance perfection. I could have read even more about those two characters. It was a highlight. The rest suffered from people who hardly knew each other and so everything at the end felt too quick. Tessa's was cute and fun and my second favorite, but the wrap up was all a bit too quick. Sophie's had it's moments and was enjoyable enough. I loved the Scottish hero and setting. Sadly, despite loving Joanna's books in general, hers was nearly unbearable. It had way too many issues and the setup was too hard to believe or connect with. It was difficult to finish. I am sad to think this could be someone's first experience with her work.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)

    I really enjoyed all of these stories! That hardly ever happens when I read a collection of stories. Meet Me In Mayfair - 3/5 Stars The Duke Of Christmas Present - 3/5 Stars Heiress Alone - 4/5 Stars Christmas In Central Park - 4/5 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roses R Blue

    Combined 4.5 stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Ox Four outstanding authors have teamed up for an amazing collection of Christmas novellas, three set in England, and one in America. Each story includes a mention of some shortbread cookies, which are rumored to have special capabilities, though they taste like dirt. There’s also a clever salute to various Christmas movies or novels, such as Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, etc. This collection is top notch – entertaining, and Combined 4.5 stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Ox Four outstanding authors have teamed up for an amazing collection of Christmas novellas, three set in England, and one in America. Each story includes a mention of some shortbread cookies, which are rumored to have special capabilities, though they taste like dirt. There’s also a clever salute to various Christmas movies or novels, such as Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, etc. This collection is top notch – entertaining, and sometimes emotional. I greatly enjoyed reading HOW THE DUKES STOLE CHRISTMAS, and highly recommend it. I just wonder, are those cookies really magical? Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare 5.0, warm Louisa Ward must find a wealthy husband immediately, or her family will be ousted from their home. She’s hoping to meet some eligible men at her friend, Fiona’s, party. Unfortunately, Fiona has some secretive plans of her own and pleads with Louisa to fulfill all her dances. One of those dances turns out to be with none other than the new Duke of Thorndale, the very man who called in her father’s debt, and may cause them to be evicted. James never planned on inheriting a title, and is tired of the fawning and single ladies fighting for his attention. Louisa’s plain speaking and lack of deference catch James’ attention, and circumstances find them spending the next several hours together. MEET ME IN MAYFAIR is a warm and delightful story of two people falling in love one enchanted evening, and working through the ensuing difficulties. The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean 5.0, hot, tears Eben James and Jacqueline “Jack” Mosby were childhood best friends, then lovers who intended to marry. Their homes were next door to each other, and there was a secret passage which was often used by Jack to sneak to Eben’s room. When Eben inherits the title of Duke of Allryd, he discovers that he is all but penniless, and vows to repair all the damage done by his father. His hard work consumes him, and he postpones his marriage until such time as he’s solvent again. All Jack wanted was to be a partner with Eben, but instead he becomes more and more distant. Finally, feeling that she has no place in his life, Jack leaves to be companion to her aunt and travel the world. Twelve years pass, with Eben living only to work, until one Christmas Eve, Jack shows up. Is there any chance this couple who never stopped loving each other can find a way to bridge the great chasm between them? THE DUKE OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT is a painful, yet beautiful tale of second chances, which is guaranteed to bring a lump to your throat and a few tears to your eyes. Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan 4.5, hot Annis Ballister cannot believe that her boisterous family packed up from their Scottish vacation, and hurriedly left, intending to outrun the impending snow, leaving her behind with only two servants. Even worse, the weather is so bad, it appears that Annis may be here for months. When a neighbor arrives, intent on removing the servants to his home for safety, he grudgingly orders Annis along, too. Annis is mortified at having to face the Duke of Sinclair again, as they had a disastrous meeting a week ago, with her family mistaking him for a servant, and her sisters blatantly scheming how to lure the duke into marriage. The rough-around-the-edges- duke made short work of sending the Ballister family away a week ago, but now he finds he’s growing quite fond of Annis, whose plans are about as far removed from marriage as it’s possible to get. HEIRESS ALONE is a passionate story with a duke determined to win the lady he never knew he wanted or needed, and some sneaky servants determined to make sure the unwilling lady changes her mind. CHRISTMAS IN CENTRAL PARK by Joanna Shupe 3.0, hot Rose Walker desperately wants to be a reporter, but has instead become a popular advice columnist, who is portrayed as an older, well-to-do, married woman. When the owner of the newspaper she works for, Duke Havermeyer, insists that she host a holiday dinner party, Rose knows she can’t refuse, or her job will be in peril. The problem is, Duke doesn’t know that her whole background is fictitious, so Rose has to find a husband, some servants, a borrowed home, and plan a fabulous dinner. Rose’s sham dinner appears to be coming together, and her deception seems to have worked. What could possibly go wrong? Duke is a hard man, a workaholic who abhors lies above all else. I did have one major issue with this story, and that’s Duke’s interaction with Rose, a woman he believes to be married. That colored my opinion of him even though he subsequently showed a willingness to make some major changes in his life. CHRISTMAS IN CENTRAL PARK is a passionate story of a couple who manages to navigate a rocky path to find love and forgiveness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JoRead

    For starters, DUKES! I don’t care how many make-believe dukes have been created, I’ll read them for as long as they keep writing them. Secondly, Christmas! I’ll admit that I prefer to read dark, scary, paranormal stories during the month of October, but c’mon, who can say no to Christmas stories, specially when they are written by some of your favorite authors and they all come together in one pretty package! And that actually brings me to say that thirdly, it’s freaking Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLea For starters, DUKES! I don’t care how many make-believe dukes have been created, I’ll read them for as long as they keep writing them. Secondly, Christmas! I’ll admit that I prefer to read dark, scary, paranormal stories during the month of October, but c’mon, who can say no to Christmas stories, specially when they are written by some of your favorite authors and they all come together in one pretty package! And that actually brings me to say that thirdly, it’s freaking Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe, what?! If you haven’t read books by them then let me tell you, you are missing out on some serious awesomeness. And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a super fan of all of these ladies so forgive me if I gush too much. Tessa Dare’s Meet Me in Mayfair was clever, funny, and oh, so romantic. It probably is one of the most charming and memorable “date” nights I have ever read. Sarah MacLean’s The Duke of Christmas Present is a second-chance love story. There were some serious tug-at-your-heart scenes, specially when the heroine returns “home.” It was kind of hard for me to understand the reasoning behind both the hero and heroine’s actions but once I got to the end, everything made complete sense. Sophie Jordan’s Heiress Alone was another great example of how chemistry between hero and heroine affects a story, even if it’s a short one and even if the romance happens rather quickly. Joanna Shupe’s Christmas in Central Park had me worrying and suffering along with the poor heroine, and had me wanting to slap the hero upside the head for acting like a spoiled brat that just had to have his way. Their love story may had been full of funny and cringe-worthy moments but the way their forgive and reach their HEA made it all worth it. In short, four different settings, four different kinds of delicious dukes, four great Christmas stories, and one happy reader that recommends this set to all historical romance lover. Even if Christmas is not your cup of tea, the romance alone make this a perfect read. 4.5 stars. *I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    Review posted on Got Fiction? Each story in this anthology is from a different time, with a Scottish shortbread recipe following the action. While no dates are given,Tessa Dare's feels Regency, Sarah MacLean's feels mid-1800s, Sophie Jordan's is Victorian, and Joanna Shupe's is around the turn of the century. I love this concept. I love the connection between each story, and I love how the shortbread recipe follows everyone. It's an old book of Scottish Folklore, and it tastes absolutely awful in Review posted on Got Fiction? Each story in this anthology is from a different time, with a Scottish shortbread recipe following the action. While no dates are given,Tessa Dare's feels Regency, Sarah MacLean's feels mid-1800s, Sophie Jordan's is Victorian, and Joanna Shupe's is around the turn of the century. I love this concept. I love the connection between each story, and I love how the shortbread recipe follows everyone. It's an old book of Scottish Folklore, and it tastes absolutely awful in any time. (although the recipe is at the end, and it's delicious, not at all awful, and I hope you read it and fall in love). "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare 4.5 stars This story kicks off the anthology, beginning in the Regency. Louisa's sister is forcing some terrible shortbread on her, telling her it will make every man fall in love with her. This is important because she needs to secure a marriage proposal that night. The new duke of Thorndale is calling in old debts and that includes her father's old (and forgiven) debt of their home. Thorndale is planning on selling their home out from under them at Christmastime. Circumstances align, and the duke falls for Louisa, but then he finds out she knew who he was the whole time, where he had no clue who she or her family were. I enjoyed watching Louisa charm Thorndale and I loved watching him change. He wanted nothing more than to go back to the country, and she loved London. She shared her joy and wonder of the city with him, opening his eyes, and it was sweet and adorable. "The Duke of Christmas Present" 5 stars Eben is alone every Christmas. Every Christmas since that one. And while he doesn't drink normally, on Christmas he gets rip-roaring drunk. But this Christmas, a ghost from Christmas Past visits him...except, she isn't a ghost. And she's no longer past. His Christmas Present can absolutely change all of his Christmas Futures (sorry, I'll stop with the bad puns). Lady Jacqueline is back in his life, and she isn't willing to let him drink his Christmases away anymore. This story is told through a series of memories and present time, which I thought would bother me, but it didn't. It's so well-done and emotional. It's evocative and heart-wrenching. Reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, you feel the longing, the lost love, the want. It's delicious and heartbreaking all at once. "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan 5 stars This was probably my favorite story in the bunch. In homage to Home Alone, Annis is forgotten and her large family leaves her stranded in Scotland during a snowstorm. Deciding that it's not really that bad, she decides to hunker down with the library at their Scottish estate, and the two servants who have stayed behind. However, the nearest neighbor, a duke who hates her boisterous and obnoxious family, has come to take those servants to his castle. There are a band of thieves roaming the area breaking into every empty house they can. The two elderly servants could be harmed. But, he isn't counting on seeing Annis again, let alone, seeing her home alone. He drags her with him to his castle and then we have two of my favorite tropes: forced proximity, and a Highlander Duke! I loved this story so much. Annis was a treat. She was fiesty, enjoyable, and relatable. Her Scottish duke had to reassess his own biases over her and her loud family, and it was wonderful. "Christmas in Central Park" 4 stars Instead of a duke, this hero was Duke. His first name. This was hysterical. So Rose is an advice columnist, but seeing as she is young and unwed, her editor feels she should use a penname. Mrs. Walker is the reclusive society dame who is everything from Dear Abby to Martha Stewart. Until Duke Havermeyer comes in. His newspaper has just suffered a scandal, and he needs to earn back his board members' trust. His brilliant idea is to have his most famous columnist host a dinner party at her home, showing off all the amazing tricks and tips she's mentioned in her column. But...Rose has merely made up Mrs. Walker. She herself is the daughter of a maid. Well, she needs this job, so she enlists her friends to help secure a vacant house near Central Park where they can pretend to own the place. Everything goes to plan until Havermeyer sets his sights on Rose. I enjoyed this one a lot. It was fun and funny, and oh my gosh the second-hand embarrassment is real, you guys! But I felt that the ending was rushed. Other than that, it fit so so perfectly, and the comments about the shortbread recipe made me laugh so hard. This anthology is a gift in every form. From a Scottish shortbread cookie recipe that finds itself the center of each story, to the lush and vivid descriptions, all four of these stories were enjoyable and something I think I'll read again, especially closer to Christmas. ***ARC courtesy of the author

  26. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    How the Dukes Stole Christmas is an anthology written by authors Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe. I loved each and every one of the stories, they filled me with the joys of Christmas despite it only being October when I read it. Such beautiful romances with loveable characters and such palpable emotions growing between the heroes and heroines. Passion abounds, and love must win out. Each book had a perfect ending which left me smiling ear to ear. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by T How the Dukes Stole Christmas is an anthology written by authors Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe. I loved each and every one of the stories, they filled me with the joys of Christmas despite it only being October when I read it. Such beautiful romances with loveable characters and such palpable emotions growing between the heroes and heroines. Passion abounds, and love must win out. Each book had a perfect ending which left me smiling ear to ear. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare sees Louisa Ward needing to find and marry a rich man in order to save their family from eviction from their home. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling for the very man who is to evict them! The Duke of Thorndale finds himself attracted to Louisa until he realises who she is and can't believe that she has honest feelings for him. She must be trying to catch him or find herself compromised with him just to save her home. She doesn't honestly like him for himself, does she? "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean shows us the Duke of Allryd, Eben, reuniting with the only woman he ever loved and consequently lost. That woman is Lady Jacqueline Mosby (AKA Jack). Years ago they thought they had a future together but circumstances drove them apart. Neither stopped loving each other, so now that they are reunited is there any chance that they can forgive each other and finally have their happy ever after? "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan starts off with a likeness to 'Home Alone' when Annis Bannister's large family leave their holiday home in Scotland, rushing home to England without even realising that they left Annis behind! Being snowed in until at least March was not the news Annis needed to hear, nor that Brigands were thieving from all the houses in the area. The latter news was brought to her by the Duke of Sinclair. He insists that she and the two servants left moved to his castle until the Brigands are caught. He is as unhappy at having Annis being part of the trio as she is, especially after their first meeting previously where he made it obvious he wanted nothing to do with any of her family. Soon enough time together makes him realise he could have been mistaken, at least about Annis! "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe Duke Havemeyer worries that the board of directors could oust him from his own newspaper. One of the star features of that paper is the column written by Mrs Walker. It gives advice to women about keeping a home and a happy husband. The woman in question is a fraud, only taking the job in the hope of getting a proper reporting job. MISS Rose Walker isn't married and she can't even boil an egg! When Duke asks her to host a dinner party to introduce her to them and to show them how wonderful she is she can't think of a way to get out of it and that's when the falsehoods steamroller...Will Duke discover the truth, she will not only lose her job if he does, she will lose her heart too. Each and every one of these stories was a delight to read and I recommend them 100%. You will fall in love with the characters just as I did!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    3 stars. Those 3 stars are only for the short story The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean. That was the best story in this collection and the only one that was worth reading honestly. The rest were boring with unlikable Dukes and I just didn't care for them. All of the stories are well written but the other ones besides MacLeans story were underwhelming and lacked heart. It wasn't a horrible read because I found some new HR authors to read so I'm very excited about that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Really enjoyed this anthology. Joanna Shupe is a new to me author. I love my historical romances, it was a nice change of pace to read one taking place in NYC. I'll have to check out more of her books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Romazing Reader

    Oh so romantic! Each story in this historical romance anthology is so so good! A couple of the authors are new to me, and I loved experiencing their heartwarming book-worlds ... this is a must get for historical romance readers!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was a little disappointed in this collection. I really liked the first story, dnf the second, liked but still skimmed the third and dnf the fourth.

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