My Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
A Kiss at Christmastide is a clean regency era romance novella. I found it a fun read, but the characters were just okay, there was far too much repetitious internal reflections, and their romance didn’t feel very natural.
In the prologue we’re introduced to Lady Pippa, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Midcrest who was about to be introduced to society. For some reason (that we never discover) her best friend (Lady Natalie) turns on her, making her the embarrassment of the Season before it even begins.
Lucas, the Earl of Maddox, is forced to find shelter during a winter storm and comes across the Midcrest country manor. After strong-arming his way in and declaring that Lady Pippa, who is home alone with very few servants, would shelter him, the two find themselves quickly falling in love over the next few days.
Of course things aren’t that easy, but anything further would be a spoiler. There’s a happily ever after following a lot of redundant musings, reveals of the past, and some awkward/bad situations. The pair shares a kiss, but that’s as racy as the book gets.
I do wish there had been more of the two main characters interacting and less of them alone with their tortured thoughts. While it’s obvious that they were attracted to each other, I’m still unsure of what pushed them into “in love” territory (which may just be a pitfall due to the book’s length).
I was confused that neither Pippa nor Lucas made a big deal out of him staying with her, unchaperoned, at the house. It seemed that he didn’t even care that his presence was permanently ruining her reputation. More of the Lady Natalie subplot would have been a nice addition, too.
Despite my above comments, I did enjoy the book and think it would be a fun holiday read. When the two characters interacted, A Kiss at Christmastide shined.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.