This is the first novella in a Christmas trilogy by Darcy Burke. The three siblings will all hopefully find their HEA by the time the traditional St Stephen’s Day celebration takes place. In this book Bianca reunites with her long ago friend who is now the Earl of Buckleigh. Bianca is a loyal and loving young lady who has spent the last few years tending to her father and supporting her local community. When her brother refuses to have anything to do with celebration she seeks help elsewhere. When she meets up with Ash, at a house party, they have an instant connection helped along by their past as children. Bianca is determined enough to go after what she wants and she wants Ash and the St Stephen’s Day tradition. Ash has a condition which gives him ticks and involuntary verbalisations. I found that when he describes it as a disease it annoyed me. He has attempted to control this through boxing. He is the victim of bullying by men he went to school with and he has greater forbearance than they deserve. He is loving, loyal and capable of endless compassion. This is a fast paced story due to its length. The St Stephen’s Day celebration seems set to become a recurring theme. If you like Christmas novellas then I’d put this on on your list of TBR’s.
A great start to another great series. Who doesn’t love the tormented boy who grows up to get his revenge and show that he is the better fellow and the strong girl who wont take no for answer and knows what she wants. For a short read this book has a lot in it and the set up for the next two books will have you waiting with batted breath. There was a couple of sex scenes and this reviewer as usual skipped them and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. I am now looking forward to the next two books to see what happens. I received this as an ARC and freely give my review.