His Mistletoe Wager written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boons Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from the 1st October 2017.
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Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet–until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret–her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust–with her heart and her son…
My first festive read for the upcoming season and what a feast for your eyes it is. His Mistletoe Wager is a sequel to Virginia Heath’s Her Enemy at the Altar, you can find my review for this novel here. His Mistletoe Wager can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate and enjoy the full reading experience I would whole-heartedly recommend reading Her Enemy at the Altar first.
This story focuses on Hal, Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, brother of Connie who we fell in love with in the previous story. Hal is a notorious rake and has enjoyed many scandalous moments in his past however, he’s feeling a little out of sorts and now with the responsibility of the title bequeathed to him following his father’s death Hal has become more of a target to the ladies of society. Even the attention of the hordes of females cannot change his current mood but his brother-in-law, Aaron Wincanton, places a wager with him and challenges Hal to steal five kisses from a fair maiden between now and the Twelfth Night. The maiden Aaron has in mind is Lady Elizabeth Wilding.
Lizzie Wilding has been hiding from society after being jilted at the altar five years ago. Her father wants her to return to the society scene but Lizzie would rather stay at home with her son she has so far kept hidden from the world. If her secret son was to be revealed she would be shamed and her son would be shunned. Life for a single mother was very tough in Regency time and was frowned upon. Yet Lizzie has more to fear than her secret son being revealed when a would be suitor starts blackmailing her. What hold does this unscrupulous man have on her?
With Hal game on winning his wager and gaining five kisses from Lizzie he starts the challenge with his full charm offensive. However, Lizzie wasn’t to be easily won having sworn off men after being broken hearted. But the unlikely pair found they had more things in common than they first realised and a mutual understanding is sought.
Once again Virginia Heath has had me swooning over the dashing hero Hal in this story. I loved the banter between Hal and Lizzie and Hal’s cheeky charm had me smiling on many occasion. The author was very clever though and gave Hal a sensitive, loyal side which had me sighing with contentment.
A delectable regency romance story that had it all; swooning and charm, hero’s and villains, family saga, drama, love and longing. I adored it and I’m feeling bereft to be leaving my regency hero behind.
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