”It’s Christmas time and Rafe Bowman, an uncivilised American rake, has come to London for an arranged marriage with the perfect aristocratic bride, the very proper and beautiful Natalie Blandford. But before the courtship can begin, Rafe needs to learn the rules of London society. When four former wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen.”
Yet another great story from Lisa Kleypas involving the former wallflowers, it left me with a satisfyingly warm feeling that had nothing to do with the central heating. If I had one criticism it would be that it was too short, if it was longer, some aspects of the story could have been fleshed out a bit. As an example the single page epilogue had lots of updates about everyone, some of which could be incorporated into the story. Having said that, this is a pure romance novella with no great mystery to solve and some people may get fed up with it if it was longer (not me though!).
I loved Rafe as I love all of Ms Kleypas’ male leads, the glimpses we were given into his past were good, the story about the toy soldier made me want to cry, and that letter – hot! It is clear early on that it is not Natalie Blandford who captures Rafe’s interest, but her companion and cousin Hannah Appleton and we then have the problem with head and heart – what should be and what could be. Hannah is feisty and loyal while Natalie comes across as spoilt and a tease but both of them have each others best interests at heart.
If you have read the wallflower series you definitely need to read this to catch up with our favourite heroines, I am disappointed we did not get to see a bit more of their husbands too – mind you all that hotness together might have caused more than a slight rise in my temperature and this is primarily Rafe and Natalie’s story after all. If you have not read the Wallflower Series you may not appreciate this as much, but if you are a fan of romance you will enjoy it. Read it curled up beneath the Christmas tree and get lost in a world of romance and happy ever afters.