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A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology by [Boyd, Heather, Monajem, Barbara, Davidson, Nicola, Vella, Wendy, Cummings, Donna, Oakley, Beverley]
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Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance. Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams - but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson's Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.

This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925239209
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LLD Press (18 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01K5ZRWGO
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By Tessa TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 December 2016
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An excellent anthology out just in time for Christmas.
Each was good in it's own way. I had my favourites as I'm sure any reader would but I'll leave you to make your own choices. Whatever you decide you can't go wrong as each is a gem in its own way.
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Some fairly steamy love scenes but all in all, enjoyable stories to pass the time. The adding of intrigue and "baddies" gave some of the tales another dimension!
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Stories got rather boring, plots all too similar
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4.0 out of 5 stars SOME ARE HOT AND SOME ARE NOT! 27 October 2016
By NavyWave62 - Published on Amazon.com
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1: 4 STARS - The Christmas Affair by Heather Boyd: HOT-HOT-HOT! Wow not your usual Christmas Story that is for sure. I don't care for stories about prostitutes and couldn't see how one at Christmas time would endear me to our h. But, I did enjoy this novella about an h who was left alone to try and survive and an H who was still grieving for his late wife.

There is a warm story in between lovemaking, which is somewhat descriptive. We get HEA and a satisfying epilogue.

2. 5 STARS - Love At First Dance by Barbara Monajem: Loved this story because it was full of twists. 1 very mile lovemaking, suspense, plot twists, HEA and intrigue too. H/h and secondary character'd were written so well and everything was satisfying. Hated to see it end.

3. 4.5 STARS - Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson: So different. We get a man who is a virgin and it is one laugh after another. I loved the litte girl and her Aunt and Uncle. The story had some sadness too, but because our H was the man he was, it made him stronger and more caring. We get Hot sex and a lot of it, HEA that was sweet, a misunderstanding that was resolved quickly, which is something for a novella.

4. 4 STARS - Mistletoe & the Marquess by Wendy Vella: h behavior was confusing at times. I loved how the story began and the caring relationship with her cousin. I really enjoyed the masquerade party during this time period and thought this hit the mark for the time period. But when the H and h meet up again I had to reread it over and over because our h seemed to have a split personality for the middle of the story. She was rude and arrogant. But then the h that I liked in the first part reappeared for the ending. It made for confusing reading. We get passionate sex, somewhat descriptive, HEA, no epilogue though but the ending was tidy up nicely.

5. 3.5 STARS - Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings: Didn't feel a connection to the H/h. The author usually hits a home run for me, but I didn't feel it in this novella. There isn't romance either , just lust =hot sex. We do get HEA finally, and I did enjoy the ending.

6. 3 STARS - Glittering Prize by Beverley Oakley. No romance, not much lovemaking - never felt a connection to anyone. There is murder, some suspense. Didn't hold my interest and found myself skipping pages to the end.

I didn't go into all the storylines, as the publisher and reviewer's have. I just wanted you to know what I felt reading each story, and maybe you too.

I do recommend this bundle, some are great reads, and some are not. But, what makes us individuals, you may love what I didn't so enjoy. (ljb)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some hits - some misses! 5 November 2016
By Jo McLennan - Published on Amazon.com
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Book 1 - The Christmas affair by Heather Boyd - a great first book to start the series - it has the right mix to make the story flow well and be an enjoyable read. 4 stars for this book.

Book 2 - Love at first dance by Barbara Monajem - I did not get into this book - i kept hoping it would get better but the story was a bit too non realistic for me and not really any romance (as it is supposed to be a historical romance series) If this had been the first book in the series I'm not sure I would of read the others. Two stars for this book.

Book 3 - Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson - after book 2 this book saved the day - a very well written book with the right mix of everything to make it a great page turner. Loved the family dynamics and found myself having a bit of a giggle in places. A great read that I would recommend to others. Five stars for this book.

Book 4 - Mistletoe and the Marquess byWendy Vella. I enjoyed this book with a great story line - felt that the heroine was a bit up and down but she was under stress. 4 stars for this book.

Book 5 - Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings. Another good read - I enjoyed the story line and it is a great addition to this collection. Three and a half stars for this book.

Book 6 - Glittering Prize by Beverley Oakley - I never give up on a book - but this one I couldn't finish - I made it to chapter 9 and gave up - it had potential but compared to 4 of the other books in the series it was a waste of time. No romance so far and just seemed to drag. I'm not sure how this book got included in the collection. I give this book no stars.

The 4 books I enjoyed made this series great value for money - I'd recommend this series, however books 2 and 6 I don't think worked well with the other books - The different styles potentially could work if they were not marketed as romance!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this set -- some stories are good, and some are not 5 November 2016
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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1: 4.5 STARS - The Christmas Affair by Heather Boyd: This was a sweet, and very steamy, romance about a lonely widower and a young woman who became a prostitute just to keep from starving. He takes her in on a cold night, and they end up falling in love. I liked that he didn't treat her like a prostitute, and didn't blame her for what she had to do. Their love story is sweet, with an HEA and a nice epilogue.

2. 2 STARS - Love At First Dance by Barbara Monajem: I didn't like this story much. It was just strange. It is a paranormal story, with a very odd H, and other odd characters. I just didn't feel the connection between the H/h -- seemed like mostly lust to me, not love. And I really didn't like the way he went about trying to win her -- it was very underhanded, and made him hard to like.

3. 4 STARS - Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson: This is a sweet story, with a virgin Hero, and a heroine that works to help couples who have sexual difficulties. Some of it is funny, some is a bit sad, some is very steamy, and their love story is very sweet. His family is awful, and her family is wonderful and funny (I loved her little girl and her uncle). They make a fascinating couple, and I enjoyed seeing them find their HEA.

4. 3 STARS - Mistletoe & the Marquess by Wendy Vella: This is about a couple that meets at a masquerade party, and fall into instant lust (with some steamy sex). Then he spends a long time trying to find her, and finally does, but does not recognize her. She is about to be married to an awful man, but the H rescues her from that, and they find their HEA. Parts of this story were confusing, in that the h's behavior kept changing. At the masquerade party, she is sweet and likeable. When they meet up again (before he recognizes her), she is rude, arrogant, and annoying. Then, at the end, she is sweet and likeable again. It was hard to like her, as her behavior was just so odd. But I was glad to see them find their HEA.

5. 3 STARS - Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings: I just didn't feel a connection with this couple. It seemed like their relationship was all about lust, and not love. There is a lot of steamy sex, but I just didn't feel any romance. They do find their HEA, and there is a nice epilogue, but this story just wasn't romantic to me.

6. 1 STAR - Glittering Prize by Beverley Oakley. I hated this story -- I would give it zero stars if I could. We have a heroine who has all kinds of awful things happen to her, and an H who is partially responsible for much of it -- yet she still falls in love with him? Good grief, that just disgusted me, because he so did not deserve her love. And she is supposed to be a very intelligent, educated young woman -- that is ridiculous. He treated her terribly, like most of the men in the story, and there was absolutely no reason why she would have fallen in love with him. On top of that, the man who was responsible for the murder of the h's father and the H's brother -- we never found out whether he was caught, or what happened to him. The only reason I read the whole novella is because I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. It was so frustrating.

All in all, I give the entire set 3 stars -- mostly because of my low ratings for two of the novellas. Except for two of the stories, I also felt like the couples were mostly just in lust, and not in love. I just didn't feel enough romance. I don't mind the steamy sex, but I like some romance to go with it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too much heat to my liking in some but overall a very readable collection 25 October 2016
By Silvatrend8553 - Published on Amazon.com
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Publisher's Description:

Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance.

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams - but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson's Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.
This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

My Thoughts:
I like all of the stories in this collection to some extent but found some to be much more engaging than others.
The Christmas Affair by Heather Boyd, Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem and Joy to the Earl by Nicola Davidson all were well written but had some language included that I personally find distasteful.
Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella and Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings are both indeed very wicked and include a lot of sexual byplay. The Glittering Prize by Beverley Oakley is a very intrigue-filled romance topped off with murder and mayhem with a minimum of sex scenes.This last story in my opinion deserves a 4.75 star rating. It is both an intriguing and a hard to put down story.
I gave the overall collection a 4 star rating.
Maybe too much heat to my liking in some but overall a very readable collection.
I received a complimentary digital ARC to read of this book from the publishers through Netgalley. This did not in any way affect my opinion of this title.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Head-Shaking 3 Star Review 27 December 2016
By Rural Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really torn over this review of A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology. My overall impression is that, although a little wicked can spice up a very good story, this boxed set did not make the cut. With the exception of book five, Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings (a five star read), this set of six novels/novellas was a total waste of my time. The first three books were on the average 1 star reads because they were just a lot of porn amid weak stories. The fourth book, Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella was a pretty solid four star read, but the sixth book was not even a complete book. It just ended in the middle of the story. So, because of book 5, Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, I'm giving this set three stars. Like I said, this set was hard to rate and review.