Kiss Me at Christmas

Playful Brides, #10

Valerie Bowman brightens readers seasons with this historical holiday story. Lady Regina is the type of Regency lady I’ve always wanted to be. She is spirited and strong willed, intelligent and kind. She is no stranger to heartache and she has no problem finding the bright side of things without being superficial or shallow.

Daffin Oakleaf is a heartthrob of a hero, a self made successful man with a tragic past. I loved watching how he and Regina interacted. It was so natural and yet so complicated while being so easy. I appreciated the fact that he appreciated Regina’s intelligence and insights, listening to her opinions and actually given consideration to her suggestions during the investigation.

I loved how everyone fit together; how even when her uncle was making her dreadfully uncomfortable, the love was still evident. I also found the fact that while the holidays were a part of the story they were not the reason for the story itself. I guess the best way to put it is that this author truly took me out of my everyday and delivered me to a time and place I couldn’t get enough of. The setting was beautiful with detail that enhanced and didn’t overwhelm. The characters all were beautifully written, enhancing the story and the lead couple. The mystery was solid, not too clever to make me feel dull and not too fluffy. If you are looking for a wonderful world to enter this is the one.

The Story: Lady Regina is considered a spinster but her uncle wants her to marry a gentleman of his choosing. But she wants to take control of her own life and she chooses Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. When she’s threatened he protects her but will he protect her heart?

Book Blurb for Kiss Me at Christmas

A spirited lady facing spinsterhood. A common man with a noble mission. And a surprise that just might be waiting for them under the mistletoe in Kiss Me At Christmas by Valerie Bowman.

Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman...

Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be denied the pleasure married ladies experience. Daffin has long captured her attention…and when a threat calls him to her side, the sparks between them ignite. But how can a hired bodyguard find his way into Regina’s noble heart?

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2018 5.00