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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.
Loved this book So much, Bianca was the fiesty lady and Ash the very Red hot Earl, wonderful.ending which has left me ready for the next two books in the series, I've preordered them with not too !omg to wait to read Poppy's story
I enjoyed this book a lot. Even though it was a short read, I didn't feel cheated in the development of the relationship between Ash and Bianca. I think Ms. Burke did a wondeful job pacing the storyline. I was really mad however that the idiots managed to burn down Ash's childhood home. I'm not sure I would have been so forgiving. I'm curious though to see why Chill is so 'cold', so I will definitely keep reading the series.
-The story tells you Ash & Bianca have known each other for a long time and it shows. There's an understanding there that doesn't go away even if you grew up apart later on. -I loved the teasing and the flirting - that was fun. I loved how they rekindled their friendship too. -We are left with a bit of a cliffhanger because 1. We don't know why her brother is so adamant to refuse to host the party 2. What's going on between Poppy and Gabriel - is it so bad? My first thought was because they thought she was barren.... -No one asked Ash if he needed Bianca's dowry, which she never received. -I hate bullies. The bullies in Ash's life were the ones who pushed him to be better and control his ticks more, even though he punched his frustration unto others, but they still hadn't grown up out of it - it just stays. They are nice now but in real life, it's not so.
I love the idea of these books re writing Christmas songs. With someone who doesn’t write as well as Darcy Burke things could have gone very bad. Instead we have this delicious confection right in time for the holidays. Can you tell that I liked it. Must now go read the others.