Series: Book 1 in the ‘Dukes of War’.
“Anonymity is its own reward. There’s something to be said for doing whatever you like without fear of judgment. It’s an experience to be sampled at least once in your life.” ~~ Erica Ridley (Book: The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation)
This book has been in my Kindle for a while. Then I found out that it’s also part of a box-set ‘Wicked Temptations’ I don’t remember downloading now. 😀
My experience with box-sets like this one is not good so far. When I download a box-set of a series, I like it fine. But I’m not confident in this case.
Let’s get to ‘The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley’s’ review…
Genre: Historical/Regency Romance.
Main Characters: Lady Amelia Pembroke, Lord Benedict Sheffield.
‘The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley’ ~~ Synopsis:
Lady Amelia believes in the power of planning and all her plans are perfect. She is always prepared to take care of things, if something does not go according to her plan.
Planning everything in detail is her specialty. But it’s not something that makes her interesting to the suitors. Not that she worries about impressing anyone. She’s happy with her life of a spinster.
Until one day while discussing a popular Christmas party cancellation with her brother, Amelia realizes that one day her brother would get married.
After that day, her sister-in-law would be responsible for running the house that she loves to manage at present. That means she would not have to plan anything. What would she do?
She decides that marriage is a necessary evil in her case. It’s time to find a suitable husband. So her planning begins to narrow down her hunt for the husband.
But her first mission is to meet Lord Benedict, who has cancelled his family’s annual ball, after flash lightening destroys the venue.
Amelia wants the ball to happen; it’s one the places where she’d begin her search for a husband.
So she decides to meet Lord Benedict to convince him to not cancel the ball. Instead, allow her to organize it at her brother’s place or some other suitable place.
Lord Benedict is not far different a creature than Amelia. He wasn’t born with the title and he does not like to do all the work that comes with the title.
But he does it anyways. His way of doing things is simple: devote the day for work and the night for fun.
Like every other day he’s working when his butler informs him of Lady Amelia’s visit. He wants him to tell her to go away politely.
As it turns out, Amelia is not ready to take no for an answer. She has come prepared to wait for him to finish his work.
Since he could not allow her to wait for him on the stairs of his house, he agrees to meet her.
He’s surprised to find, she wants him to continue with the annual ball. She even offers him unsolicited solutions to make the annual ball happen.
Benedict is not in the mood to discuss the annual ball, as he sees it, it’s not important. Completing work for the day and running away to have some fun does hold appeal.
He soon finds out that Amelia gets what she wants and she plans for all possible outcomes. There’s no distracting the determined lady. Somehow Amelia manages to lure him into his plan.
While they are hunting for a venue for the ball, Benedict wonders if there’s a way to show Amelia that there’s more to life than micro-managing everyone around.
So the story ends even before it starts and that’s when I realize that it’s a novella. I’m no fan of novellas, unless it’s good. This one is not interesting enough.
Let’s begin with the writing style, which I found boring and tiresome, and it helped me yawn quite often.
Despite that I liked Amelia & Benedict’s characters and their story. The idea is a good one, but as I see it’s poorly executed in the novella form.
It could have been a full-length novel and that probably would have made the more satisfying story.
The so-called love between Amelia & Benedict is so poorly developed that I had difficulty digesting their happy ending. There’s no connection between them.
I couldn’t believe it how unsatisfying I found the storytelling, when the start is so promising and Amelia the kind of character I would have liked to read about.
I’m worried about the rest of the books in this box-set after this start. If you don’t mind missing details, then probably you would like this story.
Hit or Miss: Miss.
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