Seduction on a Snowy Night
This winter, steal away with the reigning queens of Regency Romance... plus one or two dukes, one heiress, and one headstrong beauty—to a surprise snow storm, the comfort of a blazing fire, and the heat of a lover's kisses...A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterCaroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection. A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina JeffriesWhisked away from a wintry ball by a commanding colonel, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for Lord Heywood. For he is a man sworn to marry only for money—and Cass is an heiress who will accept nothing less than love. ONE WICKED WINTER’S NIGHT by Mary Jo PutneyDressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now ensconced with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them?

Seduction on a Snowy Night Details

TitleSeduction on a Snowy Night
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherKensington Books
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GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Anthologies, Holiday, Christmas, Historical

Seduction on a Snowy Night Review

  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Three enjoyable stories set around the Christmas period and concern women who are intelligent and strong minded.Seduction on a Snowy NightThis features Caroline Dunham who has had to be a strong woman, looking after her father’s estate and caring for her spoilt younger sister. She has a reason for seeking out Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill but things do not go as planned. There are also a few surprises but a very pleasing end.A Perfect MatchThis story also has a strong, clever woman in Miss Cass Three enjoyable stories set around the Christmas period and concern women who are intelligent and strong minded.Seduction on a Snowy NightThis features Caroline Dunham who has had to be a strong woman, looking after her father’s estate and caring for her spoilt younger sister. She has a reason for seeking out Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill but things do not go as planned. There are also a few surprises but a very pleasing end.A Perfect MatchThis story also has a strong, clever woman in Miss Cassandra Isles. She has a fortune for her dowry but keeps it a secret as she is wary of fortune hunters. Class is also very protective of her cousin, Kitty. She meets Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe and there are a few misunderstandings and a definite attraction but he needs someone with a fortune. One Wicked Winter Night.Lady Diana Lawrence has been travelling the world and is now back in England. Here she meets again her first love, Anthony Rainer, Duke of Castleton. This is a second chance romance but will Diana take that chance. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • aarya
    January 1, 1970
    SBTB Review: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2...A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: D+A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries: C-ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney: F
  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION Madeline Hunterhttps://m.facebook.com/MadelineHunter/Blurb : Caroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . . .For a short read, it was an action packed tale with a wonderful duet illuminating the stage. Adam Prescott has the Christmas holidays all scheduled but everything went awry when he find himself abduct A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION Madeline Hunterhttps://m.facebook.com/MadelineHunter/Blurb : Caroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . . .For a short read, it was an action packed tale with a wonderful duet illuminating the stage. Adam Prescott has the Christmas holidays all scheduled but everything went awry when he find himself abducted.It does not take long for him to identify his jailer, his cousin’s neighbor. And every sooner to fall under her spell. But something is amiss and might separate them.Caroline is devoted to her family, why she herself came up with this plan. She is a hard worker and accepts what life has thrown on her path. It it does not mean she won’t fight back.Adam for all his sins is a great character, he knows his faults and flaws and is ready to accept the punishment he might deserve. Else he promptly realize his captor is so much more than her rash decision. Why he took the decision to take and enjoy his time with Caroline.In such a short read, Mrs Hunter has compiled so many events, matchmaking, second chance, saving one’s life, love scene, even blackmailing and a wedding. It felt like I had read a full novel.I just loved it.5 starsA PERFECT MATCH Sabrina Jeffrieshttps://www.facebook.com/SabrinaJeffr...Blurb : Whisked away from a wintry ball by the officer she knew only through letters, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for the commanding Colonel Lord Heywood. For he, secretly a fortune-hunter, must marry for money to save his estate—and Cass, secretly an heiress, will accept nothing less than love . . .    My review :What can two people do when they have different agenda, he is looking for wealth when she is seeking love. OMG, I am such a Dory!I forgot this one story was about one of the son of third time duchess from Project Duchess.It was when his brother’s title was named that everything clicked right.I loved both main characters, they fall for one another through the correspondance exchanged between his friend and her cousin, his sister’s friend. Cass is a very protective woman and after a deception, she knows what she really wants and it is not fortune hunter scoring to win her attention, why she hides her own wealth in the hope to meet the right man whom will see her for herself.Heywood has great hope when he came back from the battlefields, he wanted to meet the witty woman who wrote so delicious and clever letters to his friend. But he is for a disappointment when he realizes the heiress he needs is not the woman whom makes his heart beat faster.So he finds himself in the worst predicament possible, marry for wealth and lose the woman he cares for or marry for love and loose his inheritance.Mrs Jeffries has crafted a thriving and stirring Christmas tale with attaching characters. It was a pleasure to see again the protagonists of Project Duchess.5 starsONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT Mary Jo Putney https://www.facebook.com/MaryJoPutney/Blurb : Dressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now snowed in with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them? My review :Can two lovers rekindle after years apart when one broke the heart of the other.It was such a lovely spiritual read. Mrs Putney combined the perfect ingredients for a delicious and sweet tale.Diana has rebuilt herself when she left England to explore the world. She made herself an independent woman having created her own business. But she longs to go back to her native nation.So what a choc when she soon meets again her past lover.Anthony is a caring man, his harsh upbringing did not moved him in a bitter man. He is still the same gentle and good man he was when Diana fell in love with him. But can he reconquer the woman he never ceased to love.I loved Diana was older than Anthony, she is no mature woman as thrifty is not a ripe old age. She was the one whom decided to protect her young love against himself and not wanting to destroy his future, she preferred to sacrifice her own happiness than bring more turmoils to his life.A charming tale of second chance with a bundle of sweet kitties.5 starsI was granted through Netgalley by the publisher Kensington an advance copy.Here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...
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  • Katie Gallagher
    January 1, 1970
    For other fun, bookish stuff, visit my blog!Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Seduction on a Snowy Night debuted September 24th.Well, here we are; it’s not yet October and my Christmas ARC reviews are starting to go up. And from the publisher’s side of things, I get it, I get it, but I don’t necessarily have to like it. 😛So Seduction on a Snowy Night caught my eye because it seemed like a great way to become For other fun, bookish stuff, visit my blog!Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Seduction on a Snowy Night debuted September 24th.Well, here we are; it’s not yet October and my Christmas ARC reviews are starting to go up. And from the publisher’s side of things, I get it, I get it, but I don’t necessarily have to like it. 😛So Seduction on a Snowy Night caught my eye because it seemed like a great way to become acquainted with some more regency romance authors; I have not read anything by these authors prior to this. The book includes a novella by each author, with each story taking place during the Christmas season.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterThe first novella revolves around a baron making his way home on the holidays who finds himself kidnapped at gunpoint by a woman who has a mysterious grudge against him. She brings him to her estate, where the baron must figure out the reason he’s been kidnapped and what to do about it. Of course, the chemistry between him and his captor is fierce, grudge notwithstanding, and even once the baron is allowed a bit more freedom, he finds that he might not want to return home.I enjoyed this story, especially the baron’s POV sections. Hunter’s prose gets out of the way of the story, which is a quality I find absolutely crucial for romance in particular. I did feel that readers weren’t allowed to get to know the female MC as well as the baron, so it was a bit more difficult to identify with her. All in all, though, this was a great start to the book.A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesJeffries’s novel also involves a kidnapping, though this one is a bit more voluntary. Female lead Cass and her cousin Kitty are spirited away from Kitty’s dangerous suitor in the nick of time by handsome Colonel Lord Heywood. Cass is an heiress who pretends at future poverty so that whoever is wooing her is only doing so out of true love. Heywood is swiftly falling in love with Cass, but knows he can only marry someone with a substantial dowry, for his own funding is meager.This was probably my favorite story of the bunch by a hair. The chemistry between the two MCs is great, and we get to know each of them well. Jeffries’s writing wasn’t distracting from the story either. My only wish is that there weren’t so many family members introduced in the latter half; I have a feeling that most of them are characters from other books. I know this is a thing in romance, but it personally irritates me; I’d rather focus on the story than suddenly have all these inside jokes and call-backs to other books foisted on me as a reader. Just my two cents.One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo PutneyThis was the one novella of the three that I did not get on with. The premise is that a woman who has been in India for the past long while returns to England and immediately encounters the man who she was previously in love with, even sharing a kiss with him at a masked ball. Despite loving the male MC back in the day, she rejected his advances, but now in the present they find that they are both tempted to rekindle their relationship.A good part of my grievances with this third novella came down to Putney’s voice; it’s not a close enough 3rd POV for my taste, so there was a lot of “she realized/thought/wondered/etc,” which is mega-distracting to me. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but the writing style to me just felt a bit dated. I was also annoyed by the focus on cats in this book; it was too cutesy for my taste, even though I have nothing against cats.So there we go! This collection didn’t bowl me over the head with awesomeness, but I enjoyed two of the three. I’d say if you’re interested in trying out these authors without committing to a full book for each one, this is a solid pick. And if you’re a fan of them already and looking to get into the Christmas spirit, then this collection is an obvious no-brainer.
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter:Wow, for a novella this had the feel of a much longer book. It was fully developed with engaging characters and a storyline that never felt rushed. I found it especially amusing that a young woman would be the instigator behind the kidnapping of a baron. Waiting to find out why exactly she did such a thing was agonizing and then when it’s revealed, it added to the drama and angst of the story.I loved both Caroline and Adam. This has some great banter betw A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter:Wow, for a novella this had the feel of a much longer book. It was fully developed with engaging characters and a storyline that never felt rushed. I found it especially amusing that a young woman would be the instigator behind the kidnapping of a baron. Waiting to find out why exactly she did such a thing was agonizing and then when it’s revealed, it added to the drama and angst of the story.I loved both Caroline and Adam. This has some great banter between the two as well as chemistry and definitely longing. I admired Caroline for all that she did to save her little family. And Adam was swoon worthy in that he dug right in beside her to help her where needed, especially in the end. There was definitely more to him than what his reputation led one to believe.I’m still amazed at how such a short book could carry so much within such a small amount of space. Worth buying the book for this story alone!Dual POVSafe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h is virgin; H is a bit of a man-whore (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries:Awww! We have more of the siblings in the Duke Dynasty series! I loved them in Project Duchess and now that I’ve met Heywood, I’m even more in love with them!Heywood was so darn cute! He refused to admit he was abducting Cass and her cousin Kitty, insisting he was rescuing them. It did feel like an abduction. But with such a charming gentleman leading the way, it was certainly an entertaining way to go. The fact that he fell in love with the woman who wrote the letters his best friend shared with him is a secret little check box I rarely have checked off. Of course, he doesn’t realize it was Cass and not Kitty that wrote them. In addition, he needs an heiress and while Kitty fits the bill, Cass does not. Enter the drama and angst. Sigh. So good!I adored Heywood. He was lighthearted and kind, always teasing his siblings and even Cass. And yet, he was plenty alpha enough to check off my other boxes, that are not so secretive. Cass was an amazing heroine. She was strong and independent, especially when considering society during this time. Even as she spoke her mind she was never brash or abrasive. Her fiery spirit was part of what capture Heywood’s heart and I loved him for that as well.Despite the conflict within the story, this was a relatively low angst read. Just enough to drive it onward but not enough to feel like a lead weight in the stomach. This also gives us a wonderful look at a bit of what life at Christmas time was like during this era. It was magical!Like the above story, this too has the feel of a fully developed novel. It never felt rushed or over the top. Every character included was well written, and I felt as though they were dear and close friends. Overall, a wonderful read that is perfect for the holidays!Dual POVSafe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama despite the H initially hoping to court the h’s cousin – it’s apparent pretty quickly he is only interested in the h; h virgin; H not a man-whore (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[villain seduced 15 yr old girl (hide spoiler)] One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney:Regrettably, this was not a favorite. It felt more like a story about cats than a romance and I found myself skimming a good portion of it. While the initial conflict between this couple was believable, the resulting issue was not. I did enjoy that Diana was a worldly woman and that she brought a lightness to Anthony’s life. However, I never felt the chemistry between the two. With a novella I need the story to start off pretty quickly and this did not, causing the build up and resolution of this relationship to feel rushed. This is my first book by this author and I’m assuming this is her usual way of writing which is not to my preference. That being said, I’m sure that her fans will enjoy this story.Dual POVSafe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h/H were each other’s first – both were with others through the 7 yr separation; H not a man-whore (hide spoiler)]Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jessica Grogan
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty standard Christmas anthology. This is an easy read for the holidays. Sabrina Jeffries’ novella was my favorite.
  • Debra Guyette
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing collection of stories! Some of romance's best contributed to Seduction on a Snow NightMadeline Hunter gifts us with A Christmas Abduction where Caroline Dunham devises an excellent scheme to ensure the undivided attention of Baron Thornhill in an effort to obtain some sort of revenge. It does backfire a bit as she finds his attention to be distracting to say the least.Next up is Sabrina Jeffries with A Perfect Match. Cassandra Isles is whisked away from a ball by Colonel Lord Hey What an amazing collection of stories! Some of romance's best contributed to Seduction on a Snow NightMadeline Hunter gifts us with A Christmas Abduction where Caroline Dunham devises an excellent scheme to ensure the undivided attention of Baron Thornhill in an effort to obtain some sort of revenge. It does backfire a bit as she finds his attention to be distracting to say the least.Next up is Sabrina Jeffries with A Perfect Match. Cassandra Isles is whisked away from a ball by Colonel Lord Heywood. He claims it is for her safety but Cassandra is not so sure. She finds herself struggling with her feelings for him, but he needs an heiress while she is hiding that she indeed just what he needs. She needs nothing short of love.One Wicked Winter Night is next by Mary Jo Putney. Lady Diana Lawrence finds herself tempted at a costume ball. She is even more amazed when she learns that her temptation, a mysterious corsair, turns out to be the Duke of Castleton, a man she loved once but lost. Have they found each other again?Seduction on a Snowy Night takes us into unexpected love found when the world is being blanketed with snow. Each story is unique and delightfully romantic. This is perfect for when you want something special but do not have a lot of time. Grab this one and carry it with you wherever you go.
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  • Carole Burant
    January 1, 1970
    Three wonderful novellas written by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney, that all take place around Christmas time. All three authors have such a magical way of writing their stories and these are no exception. A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: Caroline abducts Adam and plans to make him pay for what he's done to her sister but plans don't always work out the way you want them to! It doesn't take long before the truth comes out and Adam proves himself to be everything C Three wonderful novellas written by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney, that all take place around Christmas time. All three authors have such a magical way of writing their stories and these are no exception. A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: Caroline abducts Adam and plans to make him pay for what he's done to her sister but plans don't always work out the way you want them to! It doesn't take long before the truth comes out and Adam proves himself to be everything Caroline wants for herself. ****A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries: Cassandra and Heywood are attracted to each other but he must marry a heiress to save the dilapidated estate he was left by his father. Cassandra has hidden the fact that she is indeed a heiress because she wants to marry for love and not to a fortune hunter. It's a good thing Heywood declares his love to her before he discovers she's actually a heiress but all is not easily solved! **** ONE WICKED WINTER’S NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney: Diana and Anthony have a history and now, years later, they meet up again and discover the mutual attraction is still there. Anthony is determined to find out the truth of why Diana wouldn't marry him all these years ago and I loved how her cat, the Panda, has quite an important role in bringing them back together:) ****I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Mary Hart
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI enjoyed all these stories but especially the first one. A Christmas Abduction: Caroline adbducts Adam. She believes he is a rake and has ruined her sister. I thought this story was the most realistic. At the end the I understood how dark the villian's plans had been and happily his unveiling was a surprise to me and occured in virtually the last chapter. The second story: A Perfect Match reminded me a bit of Cyrano de Bergerac. The hero needs an heiress the heroine is hiding her wealt 4.5 starsI enjoyed all these stories but especially the first one. A Christmas Abduction: Caroline adbducts Adam. She believes he is a rake and has ruined her sister. I thought this story was the most realistic. At the end the I understood how dark the villian's plans had been and happily his unveiling was a surprise to me and occured in virtually the last chapter. The second story: A Perfect Match reminded me a bit of Cyrano de Bergerac. The hero needs an heiress the heroine is hiding her wealth because she wants to be loved for herself. The last story: One Wicked Winter night has a slightly older heroine. Perhaps it fits in a series of books. I really liked that Mary Jo Putney included feline characters. I think folk will like this compilation and I heartily recommend this book !I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin “A Christmas Abduction” by Madeline HunterCaroline Dunham’s family once owned a famous racehorse-breeding farm, but their luck has been spiraling downward for years. It’s the last straw when she learns that Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, has done something unforgivable to a member of her family. What’s a woman to do when she has no options? Abduct the lord in question, of course. Except this supposed villain is nothing like she expected…“A Christmas Abduction” started Reviewed for Wit and Sin “A Christmas Abduction” by Madeline HunterCaroline Dunham’s family once owned a famous racehorse-breeding farm, but their luck has been spiraling downward for years. It’s the last straw when she learns that Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, has done something unforgivable to a member of her family. What’s a woman to do when she has no options? Abduct the lord in question, of course. Except this supposed villain is nothing like she expected…“A Christmas Abduction” started out a lot of fun, mostly due to the chemistry between Caroline and Adam. Caroline has had enough and is determined Adam will do right by her family and Adam is anything but your typical hostage. I liked watching Adam start to care for Caroline and her friends, enjoyed seeing him work hard alongside Caroline. As for Caroline, I respected how hard she worked and her loyalty to others, her strength in holding her family afloat. That being said, the romance left me wanting a bit. Given what Caroline believed of Adam, her attraction to him and the way she gave into it made the love story feel a bit stilted and rushed. Added to that, the ending was tied up so neatly that it was not entirely believable. Still, “A Christmas Abduction” is an enjoyable story and Madeline Hunter’s writing keeps things moving along at a quick clip.“A Perfect Match” (Duke Dynasty, Book 1.5) by Sabrina Jeffries Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe has come to a ball to warn his best friend’s sister, Kitty, that one of her suitors is a villainous fortune hunter with a dark past. One thing leads to another and Heywood ends up abducting Kitty and her cousin, Cass, and taking them to his family home for the holidays in order to protect them. Kitty is an heiress and Heywood needs funds to restore the estate he inherited, so she should be the one he’s courting. Except he can’t take his mind off of Cass, the intelligent beauty who is his perfect match in every way…“A Perfect Match” was my favorite novella of this anthology and the reason I picked it up in the first place. Sabrina Jeffries brings Christmas cheer and charm with her story of a soldier in need of a fortune and a secret heiress who will only marry for love.Heywood and Cass sparkle, their chemistry wonderful and their back-and-forths made me smile. Cass has sworn her family to secrecy about her being an heiress and she’s been burned in the past by fortune hunters. So even though she’s quickly falling for Heywood she doesn’t want to reveal she has money and risk not finding a man who wants her for herself. I adored Cass and Heywood and was rooting for their happily ever after. The only thing that detracted from the story was a turn in attitude from Heywood at the end, one that was out of character and seemed forced in to add drama. It’s a pity, because otherwise “A Perfect Match” is a fun, aptly-titled story with two protagonists I adored and a cast of supporting characters who made me smile. “One Wicked Winter Night” (Rogues Redeemed, Book 3.5) by Mary Jo PutneyAfter exploring the world for years, Lady Diana Lawrence has decided to return home to England. The only thing she’s wary of is running into the man who was the reason she so quickly took to exploring all those years ago. On the night of her cousin’s masquerade ball she meets a dashing corsair who tempts her in a way she hasn’t been tempted in a long time. Of course, it’s none other than Anthony Raines, Duke of Castleton, the man she loved and lost. It’s clear the attraction between them has never died, but is that enough for them to take a risk at opening their hearts for a second chance at love?I love a good second chance romance so I was eager to dive into this story of a duke who wants to marry for love and the intrepid explorer he never got over. I liked that Diana was older than Anthony, that she was worldly and well-traveled, had an adventurous spirit, and knew her own mind. I also really liked that Anthony accepted and loved Diana for who she was, unreservedly and without any alpha male posturing. The two of them had a lot of promise and their sense of humor charmed me. However, partway through “One Wicked Winter Night” the story took a turn and I was flabbergasted by both Anthony and Diana’s stunning lack of maturity. I won’t spoil the story, but Anthony’s way of securing Diana’s attention was childish and her response to it was reckless and irresponsible. It left a sour taste in my mouth and the two of them didn’t have enough chemistry to overcome it. And because it was so distracting, I must point out that Mary Jo Putney’s overuse of exclamation points did not help her characters seem more mature (truly, the sheer quantity was alarming!). Still, fans of the Rogues Redeemed series (which I have not read) might enjoy this story more than I did. Previous heroes and heroines play strong supporting roles and that will undoubtedly mean more to people invested in the characters. Seduction on a Snowy Night has its ups and downs with a bit of unevenness in tone in each of the stories. Being snowed in plays a part in each story and close quarters helped with the accelerated falling in love timelines the novella length necessitates. If you’re a fan of any of these authors it’s worth picking up this anthology. I particularly enjoyed Sabrina Jeffries’s “A Perfect Match,” but there’s something for every historical romance lover in Seduction on a Snowy Night .FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    When I discovered that three of my all-time favorite authors of historical romance were writing stories with a central theme, I was overjoyed. After reading their compelling creations, I have been introduced to spirited characters and entertained by a trio of original storylines. I never doubted for one instant that the imaginative developments were not real, as details seem so accurate while individuals have such credible behavior. Each novella held my full attention, and I could not stop readi When I discovered that three of my all-time favorite authors of historical romance were writing stories with a central theme, I was overjoyed. After reading their compelling creations, I have been introduced to spirited characters and entertained by a trio of original storylines. I never doubted for one instant that the imaginative developments were not real, as details seem so accurate while individuals have such credible behavior. Each novella held my full attention, and I could not stop reading any of the stories once started. Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney make these enchanting romances come alive with charmingly delightful characters and unique premises, and I thoroughly enjoyed every compelling scene in SEDUCTION ON A SNOWY NIGHT. A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter –https://www.madelinehunter.com/ On the way to begin a new stage of his life that will hopefully not be too trying, Adam Prescott, involuntarily ends up accompanying Caroline Dunham to her home. He does not know her identity or why she went to so much trouble in order to detain him from his destination. What Baron Thornhill eventually learns is rather unsettling, but it does not keep his fascination for Caroline from mounting whenever they interact. “A Christmas Abduction” is filled with a wide variety of situations, where each event is always convincingly depicted. An intriguing scheme is behind several incidents, and I had no idea how anyone would react to what they faced. All the emotions being expressed had me connecting with Caroline and Adam, an interesting pair. The unique circumstances this couple faced time and again are expertly carried out by Madeline Hunter, and wanting to discover what happens to them kept me completely immersed in their story. Wintertime scenes and routine daily life add realism to the book.A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries – https://sabrinajeffries.com/Cassandra Isles happens to meet Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe during a ball being held near the Christmas holiday, and she soon realizes he is the fellow solider of a male cousin with whom she has been corresponding. He has come with a message from her relative, but before it can be delivered, events have them leaving the festivities because trouble is brewing. What neither knows is that some important facts are never spoken, ones which could greatly affect their futures if disclosed. Whenever Sabrina Jeffries comes up with a storyline, all the occurrences seem like her realistically portrayed characters could have lived through each one. In “A Perfect Match”, there are riveting incidents along with plenty of emotions being displayed. Cassandra is a woman who takes charge and speaks her mind, while Heywood is torn between carrying out his duty or going after what he really desires. As the couple try to find a workable answer that would also bring happiness, they will have to carefully ponder various resolutions. The author kept me engrossed at all times.ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney – https://maryjoputney.com/After a relationship did not work out, Lady Diana Lawrence travels to various countries and visits quite a few places of interest. But seven years away from family is long enough, and she returns to England. A ball is held by her niece shortly after her arrival, and she inadvertently comes in contact with the only man whom she ever loved. While Anthony Raines, who is now the Duke of Castleton, may have let Diana get away from him once before, he is wiser now and comes up with a plan which just might keep her in his life.Overflowing with heartwarming moments and a wide range of emotions, “One Wicked Winter Night” delights with memorable romantic ventures. Risks are taken in the hope of finding happiness, and Mary Jo Putney took me on a journey of cleverly imagined what-ifs. Every feeling being expressed by Diana or Anthony was also felt by me, and whether the situation was serious or a joyous event, I was pulled into what was occurring as though I was right there. There are a number of incidents concerning adorable cats, and I laughed at their antics while smiling over the responses of any people involved. A dynamic cast of wonderful characters make appearances throughout and greatly enhanced the story.I voluntarily reviewed the book, and all comments are my honest opinion
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterAdam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, is expecting to spend his Christmas at his cousin's house avoiding marriage to an eligible heiress who is after his title. He's not expecting to be kidnapped off the coach and taken to a remote location. He's also surprised that one of the two kidnappers is a woman. A very attractive woman. Either way, he's pretty comfortable because he knows that they are going to be disappointed. No one will pay any sort of ransom for him. A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterAdam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, is expecting to spend his Christmas at his cousin's house avoiding marriage to an eligible heiress who is after his title. He's not expecting to be kidnapped off the coach and taken to a remote location. He's also surprised that one of the two kidnappers is a woman. A very attractive woman. Either way, he's pretty comfortable because he knows that they are going to be disappointed. No one will pay any sort of ransom for him. Even when he finds out that it's about more than money, he knows that he's innocent of the accusation being leveled at him. At least, he's pretty sure he is...An okay story. Adam seemed like a decent hero but I wish we had gotten to know Caroline a little bit more.Three starsA Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesI have been excited for this short story since I read a preview at the end of Project Duchess. Cass is just trying to protect her young cousin from a rogue, Captain Malet. Several characters try to tell her that she is jealous of her cousin's youth (Cass isn't that old, just poised) and fortune (Cass is also an heiress but doesn't want anyone to know because she's been burned before. At a ball, she is startled to learn that she is not the only one suspicious of her cousin's suitor, Kitty's brother has sent an emissary in the form of Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe to protect her. When Heywood believes that Malet is going to whisk Kitty away to Gretna Green, he decides to steal both ladies away first. Like Project Duchess, this story was great for the first 3/4 and then falters. The last Big Misunderstanding didn't need to be there and seemed antithetic to Heywood's character.Three and a half stars One Wicked Winter's Nightby Mary Jo PutneyYears ago, Anthony fell in love with a woman who was a little bit older than he but when he proposed marriage, she told him he wasn't grown-up enough yet. It didn't quite break his heart but it definitely made him think twice about marriage. And now that he's a duke, women are knocking down doors to get to him. So, while he's sort of thinking about marriage, he is definitely thinking about it once he realizes that the veiled woman dancing an exotic dance at the home of his sister's friend is his long ago love, Diana. A nice story that built characters nicely considering it was so short.Four stars
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  • Stephanie (Jump)
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas Abduction by Madelaine Hunter4 stars. This was my favourite. An interesting premise, the heroine kidnaps the hero, believing he did something bad to her family. The story keeps me interested, but it is always to make the falling in love part believable in a short period like this. A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jefferies3 stars. I am a fan of SJ's work, this one was not up to par. The characters were just so obvious, the villain, the heroine being able to see right through it, the cousin A Christmas Abduction by Madelaine Hunter4 stars. This was my favourite. An interesting premise, the heroine kidnaps the hero, believing he did something bad to her family. The story keeps me interested, but it is always to make the falling in love part believable in a short period like this. A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jefferies3 stars. I am a fan of SJ's work, this one was not up to par. The characters were just so obvious, the villain, the heroine being able to see right through it, the cousin who is not very bright and makes it as obvious as day through her comments, thus leaving easy clues for the hero to figure out she is not the author of the letters to her brother, and the hero's friend. For some reason Christmas novellas for the most part never quite deliver what they promise, and are below the authors' standards. Most of them fall into Christmas cheesiness and you get hit over the head with Christmas cheers and scenes that lend very little to the story more than cliches. I wish authors would accept they could write a story around this time of year, and just accept that as if it was just a story set in Spring. A good story set around Christmas or any time is enough to get me reading. I don't need to feel the fuzzy warmth of Christmas.One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo PutneyI didn't like this second chance romance. First of all they lost me at the Indian dance performance from a lady, then to find out the break up occured when (view spoiler)[ heroine made a decision for both of them without a communication. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Amy Alvis
    January 1, 1970
    A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter - 4 starsAdam finds himself abducted on the way to his cousin's for Christmas. He has no money, so can't imagine that they want to ransom him. Caroline has a bone to pick with the baron, and has decided to keep him at her home until he gives into what she demands. But what happens when she starts to see a different side to him?I really enjoyed this quick read. Watching Adam and Caroline's antics had me laughing out loud. A great way to spend a cold winter A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter - 4 starsAdam finds himself abducted on the way to his cousin's for Christmas. He has no money, so can't imagine that they want to ransom him. Caroline has a bone to pick with the baron, and has decided to keep him at her home until he gives into what she demands. But what happens when she starts to see a different side to him?I really enjoyed this quick read. Watching Adam and Caroline's antics had me laughing out loud. A great way to spend a cold winter's night!A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries - 4 StarsCassandra and her cousin are abducted from a ball by Lord Heywood. Although they later learn he did it to protect them from a scoundrel. They both seem to be attracted to each other, but she soon learns that Heywood is looking for an heiress, which everyone believes she is not... Can these two get their HEA?I really enjoyed this one. I belongs in the Duke Dynasty series (Project Duchess and to be released in 2020, The Bachelor). I really enjoyed revisiting this family! Cassandra wants to marry for love so she doesn't want anyone to know that she is actually an heiress. But when she falls for Heywood and doesn't tell him this fact, it causes all kinds of angst.ONE WICKED WINTER’S NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney - 5 StarsDiana and Anthony had fallen in love at an early age, but they were torn apart. In the man time, Diana travels all over the world. When she comes back, she soon runs into Anthony and the spark is still there. She doesn't think their romance can be revived, but Anthony has other plans. Who will win this battle of wills?I loved this reunion story! The attraction between Diana and Anthony was read hot and kept be devouring the story! An the antics with the cats, LOL!!I believe that this is part of the Rogues Redeemed Series...
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  • Kate McMurry
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding anthology with novellas by three talented, bestselling historical romance authorsThere are three Regency-romance novellas by bestselling historical romance authors contained in this Christmas-themed anthology. A description of the setup of each novella follows with my opinion of each story below that.A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterTwenty-five-year-old Caroline Dunham belongs to a famous, race-horse-breeding family which has experienced crippling emotional and financial damag Outstanding anthology with novellas by three talented, bestselling historical romance authorsThere are three Regency-romance novellas by bestselling historical romance authors contained in this Christmas-themed anthology. A description of the setup of each novella follows with my opinion of each story below that.A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterTwenty-five-year-old Caroline Dunham belongs to a famous, race-horse-breeding family which has experienced crippling emotional and financial damage at the hands of the powerful Marquess of Haverdale. But what concerns Caroline far more at the moment is the harm caused to a near-and-dear relative of hers by the Marquess’s 27-year-old reprobate cousin, the notorious rake, Adam Prescott, a military officer with the title, Baron Thornhill. Caroline abducts Adam at the point of a gun and holds him captive at her family’s horse farm, baldly informing him that he must right the wrong he has done before she will permit him to regain his freedom. Unfortunately for the success of Caroline’s daring scheme, handsome, charismatic Adam refuses to admit that he is guilty of the cruel act he is accused of, and the more time he spends beneath her roof, the more Caroline begins to suspect he is not at all the unprincipled rogue she has been led to believe.A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina JeffriesTwenty-two-year-old Cassandra Isles and her eighteen-year-old cousin, Kitty Nickman, are both heiresses, but Cassandra has sworn her family to secrecy about her wealth because she is determined to marry for love. No fortune hunters need apply. Then one snowy night, twenty-seven-year-old Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe, lately of the Twenty-Fifth Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars and best friend of Kitty’s older brother, Douglas, a fellow soldier, appears at a winter ball the two women are attending. He informs Cass and Kitty that Kitty is on the verge of being kidnapped by a villainous, fortune-hunting suitor of hers, and they must leave the ball with him immediately in order to keep her out of harm’s way. Thus begins an adventure that throws Cass constantly into Heywood’s company. Her heart is drawn to him, and he seems equally drawn to her, until Cass learns to her dismay that Heywood must marry for money in order to afford to restore a dilapidated estate he has inherited, and she refuses to admit to Heywood that she could be the answer to his impoverished prayers.ONE WICKED WINTER’S NIGHT by Mary Jo PutneySeven years ago, when he was barely 19 and she was 23, Lady Diana Lawrence, daughter and sister of earls, and Anthony Raines, heir to a dukedom, fell madly in love. But soon after Anthony proposed, Diana ran from him, with no explanation. She broke his heart, and he has not seen or heard from her since. Anthony is now the fifth Duke of Castleton, and Diana has returned from a life of adventure, traveling around the world, in order to settle down again in England. When Anthony unexpectedly encounters her at a masked, costume ball, he realizes he is as attracted to Diana as he ever was, but she refuses to have anything to do with him and will not tell him why. Until Anthony conceives of an outrageous scheme to draw Diana to his side at a remote lodge on his country estate and, once there, a blizzard makes it impossible for Diana to escape from his side.OPINIONI am a big fan of Mary Jo Putney, and I very much looked forward to reading this Regency-romance collection for the main purpose of experiencing her reunion-romance novella. I was not disappointed—I greatly enjoyed this story. It is an unusual departure for MJP to create a hero who is only in his mid-20s and, for an additional twist, who is almost five years younger than his lady love. Anthony and Diana are both honorable, compassionate, and very intelligent people, which makes them exceptionally sympathetic characters. There are many sensual, emotionally compelling, and also humorous moments in this extremely well written story. Animal lovers, and cat lovers in particular, will especially appreciate the three different cats who are important parts of the plot. They are also major contributors to the humorous moments within this fun read. I had never previously read anything by either Madeline Hunter or Sabrina Jeffries, but I was satisfyingly entertained by both stories. The heroine in each is strong and dynamic, and both heroes in these two stories are a sympathetic mix of Alpha and Beta traits. One of reasons I personally only very selectively read historical romances is that it is difficult for me to discover authors who avoid larding their novels with gratuitous, anachronistic sex scenes. That approach never occurs in MJP’s novels, but I was a bit leery trying out these two, unknown-to-me authors out of concern that, in spite of the shortness of the novella format, they would not resist cluttering up the romance plot with a lot of cringe-worthy, ahistorical sex. I was delighted to find that the emphasis in these two stories is not, in fact, on heaving and humping, but rather on the growing feelings of respect, friendship and desire between the romantic protagonists. I will definitely look for other novels by both of these two authors.All in all, this is an excellent historical-romance collection and a terrific opportunity for fans of each of these talented authors individually to introduce themselves to the work of the other two authors, whom they may not have read before.I rate this collection as follows:A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: 4 starsA PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries: 4 starsONE WICKED WINTER’S NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney: 5+ starsOverall Rating: 5 stars
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    An early Christmas present from Kensington Books that gives the gift of three novellas from three great romance authors.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterBelieving notorious rake Baron Thornhill has comprised her little sister, Caroline Dunham decides to kidnap him to force him to do the right thing. During his confinement, he begins to find purpose in his life and she finds a friend to help bring her family’s horse farm back from near ruin. Then, her sister arrives…A Perfect Match by Sabr An early Christmas present from Kensington Books that gives the gift of three novellas from three great romance authors.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterBelieving notorious rake Baron Thornhill has comprised her little sister, Caroline Dunham decides to kidnap him to force him to do the right thing. During his confinement, he begins to find purpose in his life and she finds a friend to help bring her family’s horse farm back from near ruin. Then, her sister arrives…A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesAt a ball Cassandra Isles and Colonel Lord Heywood meet in person. He fell for the girl who wrote charming letters to her cousin, his best friend that got him through dark times. She fell for him from her cousin’s descriptions his exploits. They are the perfect match, if only money, or lack thereof, can get out of their way. This one was my favorite since characters from Jeffries’ Project Duchess were in attendance. One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo PutneyThis one was slower to develop but had a good pay off. Lady Diana and the Duke of Castleton were young lovers who had to part. His horrible father and an age difference had Lady Diana running away to travel abroad. Now that she is back in England, the Duke takes some drastic measures to ensure he will have his second chance at love.At the end of each novella, I wanted more. More story, more of these great characters, and more of their families. Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for this ARC
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    “A Christmas Abduction” - Madeline HunterAdam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, 27, is riding atop a stagecoach heading to his cousin’s home for a week. While waiting at a coaching in for a change of horses, he is abducted at gunpoint by a woman named Caroline (Dunham) and a man named Jason. They take him to a nice home that he recognizes as Crestview Park. The place is a struggling horse farm. Caroline accuses Adam of seducing and impregnating her sister which he vehemently denies. When her sister arr “A Christmas Abduction” - Madeline HunterAdam Prescott, Baron Thornhill, 27, is riding atop a stagecoach heading to his cousin’s home for a week. While waiting at a coaching in for a change of horses, he is abducted at gunpoint by a woman named Caroline (Dunham) and a man named Jason. They take him to a nice home that he recognizes as Crestview Park. The place is a struggling horse farm. Caroline accuses Adam of seducing and impregnating her sister which he vehemently denies. When her sister arrives she admits that she lied and the father is a married man.Adam is impressed with how hard Caroline is working to keep the horse farm going and steps in to help. Spending time together of course sparks an attraction. Can there be a future for them?I just didn’t care for this story. For Adam to allow himself to remain “captive” by this group made no sense at all. I’m sure he felt sorry for her but I can’t see him dropping his plans and hanging around.“A Perfect Match” - Sabrina JeffriesYorkshire - December 1808Welbourne Manor is the venue to a Christmas ball. Miss Cassandra (Cass) Isles, 22, is attending the ball and is sweltering with the number of people. She needs some fresh air. However, she trying to make sure that Captain Lionel Malet is not trying to find her cousin, Katherine (Kitty) Nickman, 18. As the youngest son of a viscount, Malet should be a catch, but he has repulsed Cass. In addition, Kitty has a very nice dowry that he would like to get his hands on. Both Kitty and Cass are heiresses.While taking some air on the terrace and looking for Kitty, Cass encounters a man who introduces himself as Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe who is bringing a message from Kitty’s brother, Douglas. It appears that Captain Malet truly is after marrying Kitty and plans to abduct her and take her to Gretna Green. So, Lord Heywood rescues both Cass and Kitty by taking them in his carriage and explains that he is saving Kitty from Malet. Haywood is in need of marrying an heiress himself. Even though he is more physically drawn to Cass, he knows he must marry an heiress which Cass says she is not. He takes them to the home of his mother where they are preparing for Christmas and he finds himself falling in love with Cass. Will they be able to find a future together?This is a pretty good story. Cass loves Kitty, is very protective of her, and does not want someone to take advantage of her. She does feel something for Heywood but is still afraid that someone may take advantage of her. I liked his family and the way they all welcomed the two young ladies into their homes and their lives.“Winter Night” - Mary Jo PutneyBombay India - Summer 1816Lady Diana Lawrence, is enjoying the cool of early morning. Today, she is missing he England she left 7 years ago. She has just received a letter from her niece, Lady Aurora (Rory) Lawrence Vance. Rory has married a man who had spent years at sea and is now settling on an estate in England. Rory’s letter to her aunt Diana has asked her to return to England and live with her. She is expecting and wants to name the baby after her. Diana can sell her books of travel she has written over the years.London - December 1816Back in London, Diana is happy to be with Rory and her family. Diana is only 30-years-old. They are discussing hosting a masked ball for Christmas.Anthony Raines, the fifth Duke of Castleton, has declared that he has no interest in attending the masked ball. However, his sisters, Julia and Athena, convince him to go. That night, Diana and Rory do a special Indian dance that the attendees love. Afterward, Anthony asks Diana to dance and when they remove their masks, they recognize one another. They had had a flirtation before and when he proposed, Diana fled to India. She was 5 years older than he was and he was not of legal age. His father threatened her if she stayed. Now, the family is urging him to court her. Is there a future for them after all these years?This is a good story that I certainly enjoyed. I didn’t mention the part about the interesting cats. This was a big draw as I love cats!Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    NOVELLA 1: A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterI had a very hard time getting into this story. It started off well enough, even if kidnapping a Baron at gunpoint and holding him hostage was a bit far-fetched. It continued to be interesting, even when said Baron managed to escape his "prison" (in reality an attic room) and yet decided to remain there any way instead of traveling on to his destination. I even enjoyed the banter between Caroline and Adam. In fact, I admired both her courage and NOVELLA 1: A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterI had a very hard time getting into this story. It started off well enough, even if kidnapping a Baron at gunpoint and holding him hostage was a bit far-fetched. It continued to be interesting, even when said Baron managed to escape his "prison" (in reality an attic room) and yet decided to remain there any way instead of traveling on to his destination. I even enjoyed the banter between Caroline and Adam. In fact, I admired both her courage and her loyalty to her sister. Until she allowed Adam to kiss her. This was the man she believed not only ruined her sister and got her with child, yet she allows him to take liberties with her person as well? I will say that for a novella, this one moved along at a fairly steady pace, although it seemed that all the loose ends were tied up a little too neatly. I would have expected more of a fight from the true father of the child considering what we were led to believe about him.On the whole, it was an okay read. Maybe not the book I would have put first in the anthology, but it wasn't bad by any means. I would read more both from this author and from this series if she chooses to continue it. *****************NOVELLA 2: A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesThis started off as such an enjoyable read. Sure, the fact that Lord Heywood absconded with two unmarried women was a surefire way to ruin their reputations regardless of his well-meaning intentions, however for this story it worked. I enjoyed watching Cass and Kitty as they interacted with Heywood's family as they prepared to enjoy the Christmas season. However, this story started to fall apart as the ending neared. First, there was Kitty and her "surprise". I find it nearly impossible to believe that not only did no one see it coming, but that she was also able to do what she did without anyone seeing ger. I could have overlooked that. After all, with all the preparations happening around them, perhaps it was possible. Where I lost all respect for Heywood is when he turned into a raging asshole for no reason. After deciding that he loved Cass enough to marry her, even if it meant not having the funds needed to fix his crumbling estate. He takes her to bed, telling her of his decision. Unbeknownst to him, Cass is an heiress in her own right, however, no one knows of her circumstances as she will only marry for love. Bolstered by the fact that Heywood has just admitted to loving her enough that he wants to marry her, she tells him the truth. They can be married AND he will have the funds he needs. Instead of being overjoyed, he turns on her. Accusing her of keeping things from him. Of pretending. Of not being who he thought she was. Excuse me? This seemed like just a bunch of unneeded and unnecessary drama to up the word count before the happily ever after was allowed to happen. Aside from that, this was a cute and enjoyable read. I would read more from this author! *****************NOVELLA 3: One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney This one for me, was the best of the three, even if the synopsis is a bit misleading. To begin with, she wasn't a veiled princess tempted away from a costume ball. She had performed a traditional Indian dance in Indian garb and then kissed a man after their dance at a masked ball. Also, they don't exactly become ensconced until near the end of the story, and before that, they had already discovered that passion still burned brightly between them. Those are things that are fairly easy to overlook, and honestly had this been a full-length novel instead of a novella, I feel like it would have been even better. The potential was definitely there. As for the rest of these characters? I definitely enjoyed reading about his sisters and their husbands, and the made-up species they gave their cats was nothing short of golden. From now on I will be calling my own East Pinelands Devil Chasers. Overall, I would definitely read more from this author. And I feel like this novella is a perfect addition to the stories already out there about this family.
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightful anthology with a Christmas theme and if you follow these authors you will recognize many of the characters from previous books!!A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter – 4.5 stars – Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill is on his way to celebrate Christmas with his cousin Nigel, the Marquess of Haverdale and if all goes according to plan, he may be announcing his betrothal to a wealthy debutante. But all does not go according to plan and when Adam tries to help a young woman he th This is a delightful anthology with a Christmas theme and if you follow these authors you will recognize many of the characters from previous books!!A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter – 4.5 stars – Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill is on his way to celebrate Christmas with his cousin Nigel, the Marquess of Haverdale and if all goes according to plan, he may be announcing his betrothal to a wealthy debutante. But all does not go according to plan and when Adam tries to help a young woman he thinks is being assaulted, he finds himself abducted at gunpoint. Caroline “Caro” Dunham is trying to keep what is left of her family and their legacy together, so when she learns that her younger sister Amelia has been compromised and pregnant at the hands of well-known rake, she does what any older sister would do, she abducted the scoundrel and will make him marry her! This was a cute story that was paced nicely, has a little bit of steam and a HEAA Perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries – 5 stars – Cassandra “Cass” Isles has been tricked before by fortune hunters and is extremely distrustful of the men on the marriage mart, so much so that she lets everyone believe she is a poor relation. She has also made it her mission to protect her cousin Kitty, who is sweet and kind, but not quite as savvy as Cass. Currently she is attending a ball and is trying to put off one of Kitty’s suitors, Capt. Lionel Malet, Cass is sure he is a fortune hunter and will do her best to keep Kitty away from him. While searching for Kitty, she stumbles upon Col. Lord Heywood Wilde, son of the late Duke of Armitage and younger brother to the new duke – he is also a close friend of Kitty’s brother Douglas. Heywood says he must speak with Kitty on an urgent matter and asks Cass to locate her for him. Heywood is attracted to Cass, but the woman he wants to marry is Kitty – the heiress. This was an excellent story with a lot of depth for a novella. It was also the steamiest of the three offerings. If you have been reading the “Duke Dynasty” series, you will recognize most of the characters and enjoy catching up!One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney – 4 stars - Lady Diana Lawrence is the black sheep of her family, she left England 7 years ago after a doomed love affair and spent years traveling, finally ending up in India. But a letter from her niece Rory has Diana returning to England, she believes that at 30, she is a spinster and the man she loved is probably long ago married with children and she is in no danger of meeting up with him. Anthony Raines, the Duke of Castleton is bullied by his sisters to attend the Masked ball at Vance’s townhouse and is mesmerized by the woman who performed an Indian dance – he approaches her and they share a dance and a kiss, which causes both of them a bit of shock when they realize who it is they are kissing! Anthony wants answers as to why she left him after he proposed and she just wants to forget and carry on with her life. When she tells him to leave her alone and never call again, Anthony is forced to resort to abduction to get the woman he loves to talk to him. This was a great second chance romance, but it did feel a little rushed, had very mild love scenes and the issue keeping them apart was resolved way to easily, but the ending was wonderful.*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This anthology has 3 novellas all taking place during winter. One story each by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo PutneyA CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterThe heroine abducts the hero and keeps him hostage due to some information she has about him. Their relationship forms during his 'imprisonment'. There are a few twists and turns in the this story that keep it a bit more interesting.I think I am the only person that didn't like this story. The premise was definitely different This anthology has 3 novellas all taking place during winter. One story each by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo PutneyA CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterThe heroine abducts the hero and keeps him hostage due to some information she has about him. Their relationship forms during his 'imprisonment'. There are a few twists and turns in the this story that keep it a bit more interesting.I think I am the only person that didn't like this story. The premise was definitely different, but I could not understand how the heroine could begin to form feelings, or do anything physically with the hero, thinking what she was thinking in the beginning. I can't say their conversations brought me butterflies or anything, in fact it was a lot of just boring or downright negative dialogue. I get that the heroine has reason to not like the hero in the beginning, but I don't understand how there was any chance of them having feelings for each other. I found the heroine completely unlikable and couldn't understand any of her actions. I didn't see how the hero had come to care for her. I would give this story alone 2 stars, but perhaps it was just a character disconnect with me personally. A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina JeffriesI completely adored this novella. I didn't realize it would be a continuation of her Duke Dynasty series (Book one being Project Duchess) so was extra excited to have another story from that family tree. This story is about Heywood and Cass.Heywood needs an heiress so he can restore his home upon his return from being an officer. Cass has become an expert at avoiding fortune hunters by keeping her dowry a secret and vowing to marry only for love. This story is just fun, past faced, and well developed for a novella. I feel like I am right in with the family getting ready for the holidays. Sabrina Jeffries characters come to live and have bursting personalities, even the secondary characters. 5 starsONE WICKED WINTER'S NIGHT by Mary Jo PutneyI loved that the beginning of this novella took place in India. Wish I got to see a bit more of Diana's time there. She returns to London after receiving a letter from her favorite niece and realizing it's time to go home. Upon her return, she meets a dashing corsair at a masquerade ball who turns out to be her lost love and the reason she fled England years ago.I really enjoyed this novella. It actually felt like a full story. I usually don't like where the hero and heroine have a previous history because I feel like I'm missing things but with this it worked really well. The story felt full bodied, I loved the characters including the secondary ones and adored the Panda and the Spook.My only complaint about this, which probably would be another positive if I was caught up with Putney's work, was this novella also felt rather like a giant epilogue for all the characters of the Rogue's Redeemed series. So if you have read those, this is wonderful to see all the characters again I'm sure. As it was, it made me feel extremely curious about their stories, as I've only read the first in the series. 5 starsSo overall a great set of stories, especially to curl up with this fall/winter.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This is an anthology with a Christmas theme to it, and it includes three heartwarming, entertaining stories from a trio of well known popular authors in the historical romance genre.In “A Christmas Abduction” by Madeline Hunter, Caroline has taken it upon herself to abduct a man named Adam whom she feels has wronged her sister. Caroline has taken on the roll has her sister’s protector seeing as her parents are no longer with them. Unfortunately, not all is as it seems to be, and Caroline finds o This is an anthology with a Christmas theme to it, and it includes three heartwarming, entertaining stories from a trio of well known popular authors in the historical romance genre.In “A Christmas Abduction” by Madeline Hunter, Caroline has taken it upon herself to abduct a man named Adam whom she feels has wronged her sister. Caroline has taken on the roll has her sister’s protector seeing as her parents are no longer with them. Unfortunately, not all is as it seems to be, and Caroline finds out quickly that she might have been just a little too impulsive when it came to stealing Adam! Luckily, the attraction between her and Adam ignites and this becomes a Christmas neither one of them will forget!I have always loved Madeline Hunter’s stories, and this one was no different! I loved the interaction between these two and when it came to their passion... I enjoyed every moment they were together as well!In the second story: “ A Perfect Match” by Sabrina Jeffries, I was reminded of why I have always devoured any work of hers! She not only creates an exciting world, but one that has you rooting for the characters involved! I also love her humour... her characters have personalities that never fail to put a smile on my face! In this story, cousins Kitty and Cass get kidnapped by Heywood who was in the army with Kitty’s brother. If you were to ask him if he actually kidnapped them... he would say, “Heck No!!” He really was saving them from a villain whom was going to try and steal Kitty and demand she marry him! Heywood is correct... but I am thinking he may have gone about his saving them in a different way! He takes the ladies to his family home where he ends up having to explain his actions to his Mother and Sister!!I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and the whole time I read it I was grinning ear to ear! This has definitely made me want to dive into more of the brilliant author’s work again! An absolute must read!Last but not least is “One Wicked Winter Night” by Mary Jo Putney who is a new author for me. I did like this story, although it wasn’t my favourite. It was a second chance romance between a couple who separated when they were younger, and meet again seven years later and find their attraction is still alive and breathing. Instead of any of the main characters abducting each other in this story... the hero catnaps Diana’s beloved Cat to make sure he gets another chance with the woman he loves!This was a cute and unique story and even though it wasn’t my favourite, I did enjoy it!This anthology is definitely worth reading when you are looking for a low angst, feel good read just in time for the holidays!Thanks to the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! The book has been released on September 24th, 2019!
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  • Dot Salvagin
    January 1, 1970
    Descriptions from Amazon:A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterCaroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . .Deet's review: He was on his way to his brother's estate for Christmas and to secure a wealthy wife . Caroline kidnapped him and took him to her crumbling estate because ...well, let's just say she had a reason. But that Descriptions from Amazon:A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline HunterCaroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . .Deet's review: He was on his way to his brother's estate for Christmas and to secure a wealthy wife . Caroline kidnapped him and took him to her crumbling estate because ...well, let's just say she had a reason. But that reason did not include her falling for the handsome baron. This novella is Madeline Hunter at her best; terrific development of characters and a unique plot. I loved this story. My Rating:5 Christmasy feeling: 4.5 A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina JeffriesWhisked away from a wintry ball by the officer she knew only through letters, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for the commanding Colonel Lord Heywood. For he, secretly a fortune-hunter, must marry for money to save his estate—and Cass, secretly an heiress, will accept nothing less than love . . .    Deet's review: Melodramatic, but delightfully so. Deliciously sexy. Splendidly entertaining. Everything I expect from Sabrina Jeffries. My Rating:5 Christmasy Feeling: 5 ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney Dressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now snowed in with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them? Deet's Review: Mary Jo Putney's story is an offering of a second chance love story. The hero and heroine were torn apart by his wicked father. She left for the continent and India and has returned seven years later. They accidentally meet again at a ball, Diana, and her cousin Rory, are a bit scandalous in their dancing but it does attract Anthony's attention. They are at a masquerade, he a pirate and she an Indian dancer. They find their attraction to each other to be still strong. But can the Duke convince Diana that they have a future? Here is one of those book boyfriends to swoon over. Tortured past, heartbroken over Diana's refusal to marry him seven years ago, determined to sway her to love him again. Sigh.....So romantic!!Deet's Rating: 5 Christmasy Feeling: 5I'm so used to having at least one “bad” novella in an anthology that it blew me away with this anthology having three five star stories! Each of these stories centered on an abduction. Two of humans one of a feline. You really can't go wrong with this anthology.More reviews on my blog: http://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com
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  • Sheila Melo
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This is an anthology of three novellas connected only by theme of snow and Christmas holidays.A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: Caroline Dunham abducts Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill intending to bring the notorious rake to heel for his deeds. But Thornhill turns out to be different than she though. I enjoyed this story especially bec I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This is an anthology of three novellas connected only by theme of snow and Christmas holidays.A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter: Caroline Dunham abducts Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill intending to bring the notorious rake to heel for his deeds. But Thornhill turns out to be different than she though. I enjoyed this story especially because of Adam who turns out to be a pretty decent guy. I especially liked that he has made mistakes and this story deals with those issues. It has a nice holiday theme. Rating: 4 stars.A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries: Cassandra Isles and Colonel Lord Heywood end up spending Christmas together when Cassandra and her cousin are escorted/kidnapped by Heywood in order to protect Cassandra's cousin (and his best friend's sister) from a man with evil intentions toward her. I thought this story was enjoyable as Cassandra is a woman with a fortune who wants to only marry for love and so she hides the existence of her fortune. Of course, Heywood is a man in need of a fortune to rehabilitate the estate he has inherited. That leads to difficulties and definitely enriched the interaction between these two characters. I enjoyed the working out of this story which was well constructed for such a short novella.  Rating: 4.5 stars.ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney: Lady Diana Lawrence returns to England after seven years of traveling the world. She is the guest of honor in a masquerade ball where she unexpectedly encounters the man she loved and fled, Anthony, Duke of Castleton. This book was filled with some of my favorite catnip: older woman/younger man, second chance at love, opposites attract and catnapping. This was my favorite of the anthology because I just loved Anthony. He was in love with Diana and he had never forgotten her. Given a second chance, he has no intention of allowing her to slip through his fingers again. He is so accepting of her and is supportive of her even though she broke his heart in the past. Lots of cats in the book as well. Rating: 4.5 stars.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own. This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterLord Thornhill is on his way to celebrate Christmas with his cousin when he's kidnapped. But he's not being held for ransom, he's being held responsible. A gentlemen does the right thing.Caroline Dunham wants nothing more than to right a wrong. Yet the more time she spends with Adam the more she wishes things could be different. He doesn't seem like the rake she was expecting. A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesI'm not sure why this isn't listed under the A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterLord Thornhill is on his way to celebrate Christmas with his cousin when he's kidnapped. But he's not being held for ransom, he's being held responsible. A gentlemen does the right thing.Caroline Dunham wants nothing more than to right a wrong. Yet the more time she spends with Adam the more she wishes things could be different. He doesn't seem like the rake she was expecting. A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesI'm not sure why this isn't listed under the series for Project Duchess, since it's one of the five siblings from the main storyline. But it's definitely part of the series since several of the characters are obviously included here.Lord Heywood is the second son of the Duke of Armitage. His bother has recently taken over the title after his father's death. He comes from a very interesting family. His mother is a widow three times over and has five children, all grown now, three of which are Dukes. Heywood had returned from the way with important news for his best friends sister, Kitty. He is charged with protecting her from a despicable fortune hunter. Best laid plans don't go entirely the way they should as he comes to find out the Kitty is not as she appears. And he's drawn instead to her cousin Cass. She is not what he needs, but she's precisely want he wants. And shouldn't you get what you want, especially at Christmas.One Wicked Winter's Night by Mary Jo PutneyAnthony Raines, the fifth Duke of Castleton, knows he will need to take a bride soon. He simply can't get onboard with the marriage minded mamas and the uninspired options of the debutantes. He rarely comes out to society events. So when encouraged to attend a masquerade before the Christmas holidays takes everyone from London he is ill prepared to come face to face with his past.Lady Diana Lawrence has returned from her travels. It was time after seven years to come back to the fold of her family. When she returned she knew she'd eventually come across her first love, Anthony. However, circumstances developed quite outside the social norms. And she is forced to take action. Then they have to be quick determine where they stand once they are stranded in a snowed in lodge.
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  • Darlene Foster
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Seduction On A Snowy Night is a trio of holiday stories by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney. Available on 9-24-19, it's my start on Christmas love story reading. A snow storm that strands our 3 couples is the tie-in, all the stories can work as stand alone with no problem.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter presents our first couple, Caroline "Caro" Dunham and Adam Prescot I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Seduction On A Snowy Night is a trio of holiday stories by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney. Available on 9-24-19, it's my start on Christmas love story reading. A snow storm that strands our 3 couples is the tie-in, all the stories can work as stand alone with no problem.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter presents our first couple, Caroline "Caro" Dunham and Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill. Caro wants revenge and she's figured out a way to have it. Adam's no good cousin killed their breeding stock & ruined their horse business. A female member of her family is in "a delicate condition" & Adam is the baby daddy, so she thinks. Caro wants revenge but also justice for Amelia, she needs a husband fast. Adam doesn't know a thing about any of this but begins to see the light soon enough. He's an affable guy & wants to help. He and Caro are made for each other, they realize this & now have to find a way to have a HEA. I liked these 2 characters a lot.A perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries is our next story. A nasty fortune hunter is after Kitty, her cousin Cass is determined that the snake will not get his way. She's fierce & the guy is crazy to let her in on his plan, he's bragging. Enter Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe. He's a friend Kitty's brother. He abducts they girls from a ball, just in time, & takes them home to his family. He intends to court Kitty, he loved her letters & thinks she's peachy keen. Lots of misunderstandings happen. Turns out Kitty didn't write the letters, Cass did. He's been infatuated with the wrong girl for years. He's torn, needs money, but love wins out. HEA.One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney involves second chance lovers Lady Diana Lawrence and Anthony Raines, Duke of Castleton. I had a hard time with this story, these two weren't very emotionally mature for people of 30-ish. A little conversation goes a long way. Theirs was 7 years in the making. There are some terrific cats in the story. Everyone gets an HEA, even the cats.#Netgalley #KensingtonBooks #SeductionOnASnowyNight #MadelineHunter #SabrinaJeffries #MaryJoPutney #Romance
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  • SH
    January 1, 1970
    How could any reader go past a collection of novellas with Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney? With three books following a Christmas theme, it felt like an early Christmas gift for me.Madeline Hunter’s ‘A Christmas Abduction” begins with Baron Thornhill’s (Adam Prescott) abduction by his cousin’s neighbour, Caroline Dunham. He soon realises that Caroline is not attempting to ask his cousin for money for his release but for something far more personal. Caroline realises that he How could any reader go past a collection of novellas with Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney? With three books following a Christmas theme, it felt like an early Christmas gift for me.Madeline Hunter’s ‘A Christmas Abduction” begins with Baron Thornhill’s (Adam Prescott) abduction by his cousin’s neighbour, Caroline Dunham. He soon realises that Caroline is not attempting to ask his cousin for money for his release but for something far more personal. Caroline realises that her feelings for Adam have grown, as she enjoys his company and values his strength. He is an honourable man, and not the wastrel that she thought him to be. There is just the problem with her compromised sister….This was one story that I wished had just gone for so much longer as these were two very captivating characters. Definitely 5 stars!Sabrina Jeffries’ ‘A Perfect Match’ finds Cassandra Isles struggling to keep her secret from Colonel Lord Heywood, whilst she protects her younger niece. However, Cassandra wants to help Heywood in his quest to save his estate, yet she wants to marry for love. He must marry for money otherwise, he would be taking a wife with him, in his role in the Hussars. Having read ‘Project Duchess’, I loved reading about Heywood, and found his strength of character delightful if not frustrating as he attempts to do the right thing by all. Cassandra’s wit is also well highlighted and made for an interesting read. A fantastic addition to the series and a great fit with this trio of novellas. Another 5 stars.‘One wicked winter night’ by Mary Jo Putney, finds Lady Diana Lawrence returning to England after her extensive travels. She has grown tired of running from Anthony Raines, the Duke of Castleton, a man she once loved. Is it possible that they can resume the romance that began many years ago? Both characters are quite unique with Diana, a strong and independent character, and Anthony, a determined but very accepting man. Whilst this might not have been my favourite, it still had me entertained throughout. 4 stars.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Charming Regency Christmas tales.Three stellar stories bringing that extra taste of Christmas happiness into being for those involved, despite the obstacles that always seem to cut across many of the delightful, and often stubborn protagonists' paths. And yes, snow is involved in all!A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterWhen Baron Thornhill, noted rake, finds himself kidnapped and held in a cottage he's somewhere between annoyed and amused. His captor is a rather unorthodox young woman who ma Charming Regency Christmas tales.Three stellar stories bringing that extra taste of Christmas happiness into being for those involved, despite the obstacles that always seem to cut across many of the delightful, and often stubborn protagonists' paths. And yes, snow is involved in all!A Christmas Abduction by Madeline HunterWhen Baron Thornhill, noted rake, finds himself kidnapped and held in a cottage he's somewhere between annoyed and amused. His captor is a rather unorthodox young woman who managed this feat with a younger man and a couple of older retainers. The big question is why? Caroline Dunham has planned this matter carefully. The Baron will make up for his perfidy. So a Christmas journey, where Thornhill was contemplating being engaged to a rather demanding woman has become something quite different. A Perfect Match by Sabrina JeffriesThe problem of writing as someone else comes home to haunt Cassandra Isles.Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe must marry an heires. He has been enthralled by letters ostensibly from his fellow officer's sister Kitty during the long continental campaign. He has come to woo this compelling heiress, only to be throughly confused, puzzled by the person he'd hoped to marry, as over against her delightful cousin. Cassandra is also an heiress but that knowledge is not broadly known. She wants to be loved for herself, not her money. After some rocky moments and intrigue, including a displorable cad, it seems Christmas time can be a special time of year for all.One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo PutneyHaving fled lost love, Lady Diana Lawrence traveled the world. Her decision to return to England, despite enjoying her current years in India will put her back in touch with her beloved family. She looks forward to starting a specialized import business and to write her about her journeys as travelogues. Anticipating a leisurely pace in London as an older single woman, love has no place in her heart, until extreme measures come into play.A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley (Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Seduction on a Snowy Night is a collection of three stories that take place in the 1800's in England. I'll review each one separately because I have very different opinions from story to story.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter is the story of how Adam Prescott found himself kidnapped from an inn on the way to meet with his family for Christmas. Caroline abducts him with good reason but quickly discovers that the Baron isn't exactly like she thought he would be and that's a major problem b Seduction on a Snowy Night is a collection of three stories that take place in the 1800's in England. I'll review each one separately because I have very different opinions from story to story.A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter is the story of how Adam Prescott found himself kidnapped from an inn on the way to meet with his family for Christmas. Caroline abducts him with good reason but quickly discovers that the Baron isn't exactly like she thought he would be and that's a major problem because now she sort of likes him. I enjoyed how their relationship grew. In the end it was a little goofy because "the bad guy" was obvious but that's okay because Adam and Caroline were a good match that made sense.A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries is the story of how Cassandra manages to find true love while avoiding fortune hunters. Heywood is home from serving in the military and he needs to find a rich wife to help him get his estate up and running. They like each other almost right away but there are some very real obstacles in the way. And there is even a textbook bad guy who has bad intent in everything he does. Cass and Heywood made good sense as a couple. I liked how their relationship grew out of similar interests and desire to settle down.One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney is a second chance love story. Diana has lived away from England for 7 years. She decides to move back to England and is content that at the ripe old age of 30 that she is done with trying to find a husband. Anthony has recently become Duke of Castleton and feel the weight of his responsibilities. He and Diana were once in love but that was a long time ago. A chance meeting rekindles their feelings and they have to figure out if they can be a couple again. I didn't really like this story. I can't really pinpoint a single reason except that the characters, story and tension never connected with me. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes books set in 1800's England and short stories. Won a copy of this book
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  • Sarah Peters
    January 1, 1970
    2.5* Possible spoilersAs happens with many of these brief anthologies, the short stories in this collection either lack depth, have under-developed characters and caricature villains, are over-populated with Dukes, contain awkward dialogue or are missing the tension that is necessary for a satisfying romance. They’re fine for when you need a half-hour to fill and don’t mind putting them down, but are otherwise forgettable. An additional problem are the too-frequent modern references that aren’t 2.5* Possible spoilersAs happens with many of these brief anthologies, the short stories in this collection either lack depth, have under-developed characters and caricature villains, are over-populated with Dukes, contain awkward dialogue or are missing the tension that is necessary for a satisfying romance. They’re fine for when you need a half-hour to fill and don’t mind putting them down, but are otherwise forgettable. An additional problem are the too-frequent modern references that aren’t consistent with the time period, including oddly-placed 20th-century Christmas song lyrics as dialogue. In A Christmas Abduction by Hunter, the premise is that the heroine is kidnapping a nobleman to force him into marrying her sister who claims that he’s the father of her unborn child. Despite this less-than-savory reputation, she’s having trouble fighting her attraction to him, yet doesn’t think to question her sister’s story. In A Perfect Match, Jeffries gives a nod to Cyrano de Bergerac, but, in this case, the Cyrano in question is a lovely young woman to whom the hero is instantly attracted, but he’s under the assumption that she lacks the fortune he needs. Regardless, he ends up falling in love and seducing her, then throws her over when he finds out she has the requisite fortune. Biting off his nose to spite his face! In One Wicked Winter Night by Putney, there are a few different types of felines that, for some reason, the author has chosen to give made-up breeds. To further confuse the reader, she names the heroine’s cat Panda, then goes onto describe it as being panther-like. The heroine is returning to England after running off to India for seven years, but, despite time and distance, the hero and heroine have never fallen out of love with each other. There are also numerous characters from earlier books, so it would help to have read them. Overall, this is a lackluster collection and entirely forgettable. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Kensington Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    Seduction on a Snowy Night is a compilation of three novellas by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney. As you can imagine, the stories are quite good with these three fabulous authors. I enjoyed each story and to be frank, wished that they were full length novels because I did not want them to end so quickly. The Christmas atmosphere adds to the story’s interest level. A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter features Caroline Dunham and Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill The novel s Seduction on a Snowy Night is a compilation of three novellas by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney. As you can imagine, the stories are quite good with these three fabulous authors. I enjoyed each story and to be frank, wished that they were full length novels because I did not want them to end so quickly. The Christmas atmosphere adds to the story’s interest level. A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter features Caroline Dunham and Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill The novel starts off with Adam Prescott, Baron Thornhill being kidnapped by the fearless Caroline Dunham. Adam realizes who kidnapped him rather quickly and pitches into help until he can understand what is happening. Of course, he falls for Caroline. I loved Carolines’s passion for her family and for her land and horses. I also think her bold plan was a fun plot line. A fun read. A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries is part of her current series, although it can be read as a stand alone perfectly. Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe is a soldier on a mission. He is coming to warn his best friend’s sister of a rogue to avoid. While warning Kitty he meets Cass (Cassandra Isles) and ends up kidnapping them both to keep them safe. Heywood needs an heiress to help save his estate, but Cass wants to be married for love and not her fortune. A dilemma for sure. One Wicked Winter’s Night by Mary Jo Putney features Lady Diana Lawrence and Anthony Rainer, Duke of Castleton. Diana left England years ago, but upon her return she runs into Anthony Rainer, Duke of Castleton, an old flame and her first love. Of course there are mistruths between the two of them and things to figure out. I think they were a fun couple and I loved the parts about the cats.Seduction on a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney is a great read. Novellas of just the right length that help highlight the holiday.
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