For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow-and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him.
Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks-if his family deems him responsible enough. There's no better way to prove his maturity than with a wife. But though Veronica will share his bed, she refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan: An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica's mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together-in this, and every season to come…
"This Victorian yuletide romance provides erotic sizzle and delectably clever dialogue on every page." -USA Today
Alexander's inconsistent second 'Mistress' Victorian romance (after The Perfect Mistress), her first in hardcover, piles on the cliches. The widowed Veronica, Lady Smithson, decides to take Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, intrepid explorer and incorrigible rogue, as her lover. An outspoken red-haired beauty, Veronica charms Sebastian with debate and brash enticement. Sebastian, meanwhile, is entirely set on marriage, as his inheritance depends on his family finding him sufficiently respectable. To justify her improprieties, Veronica rolls out simplistic aphorisms about women's equality. To demonstrate his deep wisdom, Sebastian makes observations like "The journey [is] more important than the destination." Victoria may find such things "profound," but the reader hardly will. The story drags through several overt references to The Taming of the Shrew before the inevitable set of mutual realizations plods to a rote conclusion. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 23, 2012
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