Today Tanya Kaanta reviews Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman. This historical romance is 340 pages and is published by St Martins Press.
-Back of the book
Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman…
Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be denied the pleasure married ladies experience. Daffin has long captured her attention…and when a threat calls him to her side, the sparks between them ignite. But how can a hired bodyguard find his way into Regina’s noble heart?
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning historical romance author who writes racy Regency romps! Her debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.
Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, travelling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
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–Book Review by Tanya Kaanta
I’m not sure there’s anything Valerie Bowman could write that I wouldn’t like. Kiss me at Christmas is the tenth novel in her Playful Brides series and I adore it. What do I adore about it? The characters and how vibrant they become. How I feel like I’m a fly on the wall witnessing all of their interactions. And I am zapped repeatedly by the chemistry.
So, let’s meet these characters. First, we have Daffin Oakleaf, a Bow Street Runner. He’s a commoner, though lately he’s been heralded for his ability to track down criminals and bring them to justice. If he lived today, he’d be on the cover of every gossip magazine as Man of the Year. Because not only is he brilliant at sleuthing, a champion for the underdog, he’s also a beautiful specimen of a man.
Enter our heroine, Lady Regina Haversham. She has one goal in her life. To lose her virginity before she’s forced to marry. And even more special, her thirtieth birthday is a month away. And what would be the best birthday present? To be with the one man she can’t have forever, Daffin Oakleaf.
Lady Regina Haversham’s thirtieth birthday was precisely one month away, which didn’t leave her much time to lose her virginity. Not that she wanted it lost. She wanted to know where it went and choose to whom she gave the dratted thing.
Well, suffice to say, as this is a romance, Lady Regina and Daffin will have their Happily Ever After. Though it’s not so quick and easy. Lady Regina will have to work to peel away Daffin’s layers, and Daffin will have to realize his worth is more than he thought.
It’s a feel-good Christmas historical romance with medium steam. One I highly recommend for the holidays.
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