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Review: Her Christmas Pleasure

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Her Christmas Pleasure
Author: Karen Erickson 
Release Date: Nov. 28, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
The Merry Widows series #2
Genre: Historical Romance, novella
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
About the book:
Damien Morton is madly in love. Unfortunately, it’s with his best friend’s widow, Lady Danver. Damien is not worthy of Celia. Or so he thinks. Desperate to escape his feelings for her, he plans to leave the country at the first of the year. Celia treats him as a family friend and nothing more—until they share a heated kiss beneath the mistletoe…
Celia is shocked by the passions that surge within her at her dear friend’s kiss. One touch and one taste aren’t enough to satisfy her cravings, and she is startled into action. Damien has stirred something inside her that she never expected to experience again, and she must have more. Full of shameless desire and emotions newly discovered, she decides to pursue Damien and won’t be deterred. Will she be able to convince him to stay—both in her heart and life—forever?
What VampBards talking about:
What a lovely little read for a Sunday morning! You know, some people read the paper over coffee? I read a novella. Ms. Erickson definitely had a winning combination with Damian and Celia’s chemistry in Her Christmas Pleasure
Even though Damian is the bestie of Celia’s departed husband, it doesn’t stop his heart from loving her. He doesn’t feel he’s worthy of her love, doesn’t feel that she even cares about him, and is wrestling with his upcoming move out of the country, where he won’t even be able to see Celia for an indefinite period of time. 
Celia, on the other hand, seems to be empowered to make things happen in her life. All it took was a teeny-tiny kiss under the mistletoe to set-in-motion a series of rather fortunate events, bringing Celia and Damian together *finally*. Strange thing? Celia’s in-laws (yes, the parents of her dead husband) condoned the relationship. I actually thought it was pretty cool. 
Even though historical fiction isn’t really my cup-o-tea, Her Christmas Pleasure was a great read for Sunday morning coffee. Author & editors did a great job – the Grammar Police didn’t have to prevent my latte from spewing on my Kindle this morning 🙂 Strong characters, and detailed situations (and HOT ‘coupling’ – keeping it in the time period!) provided an excellent base for a novella that was a nice, quick read.
VampBards Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
Purchase Info:
Her Christmas Pleasure (The Merry Widows)



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