Date: October 5, 2004
Reviewed: Advance Reader Copy
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Regency Romance [London, March 1818]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: Holiday: Christmas
Sex: Mildly spicy
A Christmas Baby
By Annette Blair
ready to run the gamut of emotions!
being jilted for the second time, the future is looking bleak for
Ashford Blackburne, Fifth Earl of Blackburne. Discouraged by his
lack of prospects for a bride to impregnate before Christmas, as
stipulated in his grandfather's will, Ash attempts to drink away
his blues. When the tavern owner challenges him to a high stakes
poker game - winner gets the tavern, loser gets the owner's daughter
- Ash believes he only stands to gain. Until he meets his consolation
McAdams picks pockets out of need, not greed, dresses like a boy,
and considers a monthly bath an evil necessity. She has often fantasized
about meeting the handsome Lord Blackburne again, but marrying him,
especially under false pretenses, was never part of her dreams.
With pistols pointed at his head, she has no choice but to speak
a feisty guttersnipe into a lady becomes Ash's social responsibility;
seducing away her mating misconceptions becomes his pleasurable
challenge. Along the way, both learn the importance of family, the
value of trust, and the glory of love.
Blair is a master artist in the world of romantic fiction. A strong
plot provides the canvas for her compelling characters. Vivid settings
and engaging minor characters beautifully augment the portrait.
Fascinating subplots add depth. Spicy sexual encounters supply bold
strokes, which are contrasted by one of the blackest dark moments
ever painted with words.
Christmas Baby is a romantic masterpiece that's sure to make
readers laugh and cry. Though old St. Nick adds a touch of Christmas
magic, this fast-paced and enchanting novel warrants reading the
whole year through. Don't miss the wedding night scene; it's almost
to die for!