- Blue Rose Romance
- Release Date
- December 2018
- Book 3 of Seductive Scoundrels
He's entirely the wrong sort of man. That's what makes him so utterly right.
After a horrific marriage, widow Everleigh Chatterton is cynical and leery of men. She rarely ventures into society, and when she must, she barely speaks to them. As a favor to a friend, she reluctantly agrees to attend a Christmas house-party. Unfortunately, Griffin, Duke of Sheffield is also in attendance. Even though Everleigh has previously snubbed him, she can't deny her attraction to the confident, darkly handsome duke.
For almost a year, Griffin has searched for the perfect duchess to help care for the orphan he's taken on. He sets his sights on the exquisite, but unapproachable Everleigh Chatterton after her sweet interactions with the child impress him. He is convinced he can thaw her icy exterior and free the warm, passionate woman lurking behind the arctic facade. Only, as Griffin pursues her, it's his heart that's transformed.
Can Everleigh learn to trust and love again? Will Griffin get his Christmas wish and make her his bride? Or, has he underestimated her wounds and fears and be forced to let her go?
This Christmas Holiday Regency historical by a USA Today bestselling author will make you smile, laugh, and sigh as Griffin woos Everleigh, his reluctant widow.
If you enjoy reading second chance romances featuring strong heroines, dukes, house parties, and loveable rogues with a pinch of mystery, a dash of humor, and gripping emotion then you'll adore Collette Cameron's enthralling SEDUCTIVE SCOUNDRELS SERES. Buy A DECEMBER WITH A DUKE and settle into your favorite reading nook for a page-turning, entertaining Regency Yuletide adventure you can't put down.
Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.
Book Review by Blue (reviewer)
Feb 11, 2019 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
Widowed Everleigh Chatterton has been dubbed the "Ice Queen" because of her aloofness and avoidance of men. Everleigh has good reasons for steering clear of men--she suffered a brutal attack, and was forced to marry an elderly lecher who regularly abused her. Then the only good thing to come out of the marriage, her daughter, died shortly after birth. Everleigh felt no grief when her husband was killed, and vowed to never put herself under another man's power again. She avoids socializing, but gave in to her friend's pleas to join her "small" Christmas houseparty. Everleigh is shocked at the number of guests, many of them unmarried men, including the very handsome Duke of Sheffield.
Sheffield is on the hunt for a wife, a woman who will be kind to his adopted daughter, Sarah, who will no doubt face some prejudice from society due to her heritage. Sheffield owes his life to Sarah's deceased parents, and felt it only right that he care for their orphaned daughter when she was left to the streets of India. Though Sheffield is aware of Everleigh's reputation, he can't help but be attracted to her beauty.
During the party, little Sarah misses her new papa and bursts into the room, crying for him. Everleigh is charmed by the toddler and immediately goes to her. Normally shy, Sarah is also entranced by Everleigh's beauty and doesn't hesitate to go into her arms. As the two immediately bond, Sheffield comes to claim his daughter, and he notices that the Ice Queen has melted. A warm and loving woman is holding Sarah, and Sheffield believes he's found the woman he's been seeking.
With Sarah as a buffer between them, Sheffield and Everleigh spend much time together. She slowly begins to feel at ease with him and to see that he's not cruel or manipulative. When Everleigh finally permits a kiss and discovers how wonderful it is, Sheffield proposes. Everleigh panics, as a kiss is one thing, but marriage, and being a man's possession, is totally another. Everleigh refuses, but comes up with a proposal of her own, one that involves seeing if she is capable of experiencing genuine passion.
Sheffield is genuine hero material, and I adore him. His kindness and consideration is evident by his taking in of Sarah, and the care, patience, and protectiveness he showed to Everleigh. He let her know that he was willing to wait as long as it took for her to accept him, and also took steps to ensure that her fortune would be saved and remain her own. His tender passion was just what the skittish Everleigh needed, and it was wonderful to see her finally experience love the way it should be. A DECEMBER WITH A DUKE is a sweet, yet spicy short story with a warm and tender romance and a very satisfying happy ever after.
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