Deck the Halls With Love
By Lorraine Heath
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Source: PublisherA Lost Lords of Pembrook Novella
Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love.
In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to pursue her? It matters little, because she's on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.
Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she's always belonged.
First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith's heart, once and for all.
Surprisingly, Lorraine was able to pack yet another enticing historical romance into such a short amount of pages. Chetwyn had left Meredith when their spark of passion was just being discovered in order to honor his brother's dying wish. But now that he's single and back to seeing Meredith more and more in society, Chetwyn realizes just how much of an amazing person Meredith is. After being caught kissing Litton in the gardens, though, Meredith is now engaged to be betrothed on the day after Christmas, much to Chetwyn's dismay. Chetwyn has to find a way to win Meredith's heart back before it's too late.
Like I said before, I was so shocked by how much romance and passion Lorraine was able to squeeze into 50 pages. The story definitely left me wanting much more, but I kind of enjoyed how fast paced things were. Historical romances tend to drag on for well over 300 pages of cat and mouse games, so it was refreshing to have a story with only a few back and forth feelings before you got down to the heart of the romance. And Chetwyn is definitely a main character that made you understand why a girl could fall for him in that short of a time frame.
Overall, this novella was a short and sweet read that's perfect for the holiday season. I read it during a car ride on the way to celebrating Christmas with some family, so it was a great holiday read for the mood of the day. If you want a read that's not too long but the perfect dose of holiday romance, definitely check out Deck the Halls With Love!