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How the Dukes Stole Christmas (2018)

af Tessa Dare (Bidragyder), Sophie Jordan (Bidragyder), Sarah MacLean (Bidragyder), Joanna Shupe (Bidragyder)

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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare: Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean: Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas... "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan: When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe: Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?… (mere)
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Meet Me at Wayfair by Tessa Dare - 4 stars

Meet Me at Wayfair is a super cute novella. Louisa needs to get married soon, or her family's home will be lost to them. The mortgage has come due and they cannot pay. She goes to a ball and unexpectedly meets the man who is calling in the loan. After a rough beginning, they both realize that neither one of them is what the other expected.

Most of the novella is concerning the first night that Louisa and James meet, but it didn't feel rushed. The chemistry and romance between the characters was really sweet.

The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean - 3.5 stars

The Duke of Christmas Present is a spin on A Christmas Carol. Eben and Jacqueline (Jack) met when they were teenagers and fell in love. When Eben's father died leaving his estate in ruin, Eben was determined to solve the financial problems. So much so that he became obsessed and neglected everything else, including his relationship with Jack. Eventually Jack left Eben to travel the world and Eben was left with only his money. Twelve years later, Jack returns.

This is a cute second-chance novella. Jack and Eben both feel betrayed, but they still love each other. Most of the chapters focus on Eben's perspective, and his eventual guilt over how he acted, with flashback chapters of their past together.

Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan - 1.5 stars

Heiress Alone didn't work for me. The heroine, Annis, is accidently left behind by her family in Scotland. When raiders begin attacking homes in the area, her neighbor, Calder (who happens to be a duke), arrives to bring Annis and her two servants to his castle to keep them safe.

Annis and Calder are both uninteresting and behave in very unbelievable ways. They have almost no chemistry together and their romance is rushed and contrived.

Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe - 2.5 stars

Christmas in Central Park is set in New York City in the late 19th or early 20th century. Rose is a successful advice columnist who is posing as a married, high-society woman for her readers. No one at the newspaper, except for her editor, knows the truth. When her editor is fired, the president of the company, Duke, pressures Rose into hosting a dinner party for the newspaper's board members. Rose, with the help of her friends, tries to make it work in order to keep her job.

This novella has an interesting premise, but I didn't like it very much. So much time was devoted to the secret about Rose's identity, with almost no time devoted to the resolution. Rose and Duke weren't terrible, but they both annoyed me at times. The end is alright, but hurried and improbable. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
Loved all these stories - even the one featuring the Scottish duke. (Which is a feat because I hate the trope.) I expected Tessa Dare's to be good but Sarah McLean's got me with the emotion around two people who have spent so many years pining for each other. And I loved the last one, which started out to be a gilded age Christmas in Connecticut but thankfully found its own twist. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire collection. ( )
  mktoronto | Jan 25, 2023 |
How the Dukes Stole Christmas is another anthology that didn't match my expectations. I have enjoyed stories from Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean in the past, so I was hopeful that I would at least enjoy their novellas. Unfortunately, Tessa Dare's Meet Me in Mayfair was the only one I liked.

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  RsReading | Dec 2, 2022 |
This was a delightful collection of four regency romance novellas, each with a Christmas theme.

In “Meet me at Mayfair” Louisa attends a ball hoping to catch a wealthy husband because her family is about to become homeless due to her father being unable to pay the debt that has suddenly come due on the house they live in. At the dance, she unfortunately catches the attention of the very Duke who is threatening to turn them out in the street. This was very cute, with a midnight walk, snowball fighting and Christmas caroling.

In “The Duke of Christmas Past” Evan and Jac were lovers when they were children, but a disagreement over a decade ago caused a split. Jac shows back up in Evan’s life, but with news that distresses him. All the stories feature magical shortbread that causes the person who eats it to fall in love, which was a fun addition.

In “Heiress Alone” Anise is left behind in the midst of a terrible snowstorm and is rescued by a reclusive Scottish duke from criminals threatening the countryside. This novella had lots of steamy scenes. Anise is planning to become a nun, but a night with the Duke changes her mind.

In “Christmas in Central Park” Rose is an advice columnist who gives household tips, but can’t even do the simplest cooking herself. When her boss requests a dinner party hosted by “Mrs. Walker” she has to find both a house to hold the party in and a fake husband. This one was funny. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare- Maybe I was particularly in the mood for this sort, but I was just delighted all the way through. I like pretty much all Dare's other work too though, so I lean toward believing it's just a solid novella. Great premise, wonderful execution. 5 stars.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean- I tend to not enjoy stories that bounce back and forth between past and present as much, but this one was handled pretty well. I enjoyed the slight Christmas Carol vibes. I would have liked for the hero to out with his feelings earlier, but I did enjoy the great access to his inner thoughts and feelings. And there were some very sweet moments. 4 stars.

"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan- This one seemed sort of simplified compared to the others. Not complex, the plot was more unlikely. It wasn't painful to get through or anything, but it wasn't great. 3 stars.

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe- I haven't read any from Shupe previously, so I can't say wether she just let holiday whimsy carry her away, or if she simply doesn't concern herself much with grounding her writing in reality. But this story was preposterous. Ridiculous scenarios, numerous inconsistencies, very apparent contortions of circumstances to arrange for drama. Also, the side characters weren't well developed and I didn't particularly care for either of the leads. I just did not enjoy this story. All the way to the climax of the story I just kept thinking 'seriously?... really??...'. It was like watching a car wreck in very, very slow motion. Their make-out scene was better written I think, but also the plot was set aside during that, and that may have been part of the seeming improvement. I will still try Shupe at another point, anyone can write a weaker piece here or there, and some people just don't shine as much at short stories. But this one did not inspire much interest in me for more. 2 stars.

Despite getting worse (for me) as it went, I'm still giving this 4 stars overall. I liked the variation between the stories, different times and settings, and it was fairly cute how they were tied loosely together by Dukes, Christmas, and a cookie recipe. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare: Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean: Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas... "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan: When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe: Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

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