The Duke and Miss Christmas is a charming little novel set in Grey’s Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series and I’d absolutely recommend it for anyone who is a fan of that series. Anyone else may find the family connections and short hands of relationships a bit confusing, but the book is delightful nonetheless.
The book opens with the duke in question coming to the aid of a child in seeming distress. Once he ascertains that the child is, indeed, in a spot of bother he seeks to help her because, hello, he’s a duke and it’s kind of the law in these books that even if he’s a rake he’s a good Duke. Our buddy Crispin helps the girl, only to be attacked by her aunt, our heroine Gwen, who is convinced that he’s causing harm and not bringing help.
Once they have their meet cute and Gwen finds out who he really is (to her utter mortification), Grey sets out having them fall in love. When the story was just focusing on them, I was totally in. I thought they were charming together and really fell for them both. However, the setting against the family of Bray who I’m assuming was a hero of a previous book was less than great for me. Not because they weren’t wonderful characters, but simply because I felt like I was walking into the middle of a story that I hadn’t been given the first few chapters for.
That’s why I say this book is excellent for anyone who has read the Heirs’ Club books and it has inspired me to hunt them down, but for this read, I felt a little lost. Nonetheless, it’s an enjoyable Regency romp through the snow and season. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, cozy in front of the fire or by the light of the tree and enjoy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thanks!