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Feature book: Kiss Me at Christmas

17 April 2019

Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman

Subgenre: Regency historical romance
Release date: 30 Oct 2018
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 299 pages
RRP: $6.28 (ebook); $15.99 (print)

Who is the target of the assassin? It is something that the famed Bow Street Runner needs to find out.

Daffin Oakleaf is a famed Bow Street Runner. He solves cases and catches his prey. He is the subject of new stories, and is being stalked by the newspaper man who wants to write about Daffin’s exploits. Daffin is visited by Regina for a job that he’d like to do but it somewhat compromises his principles. He tries to keep his background to himself but as in all good stories, his background does come out, in spectacular fashion. But Daffin has to keep his wits about him as he tries to keep Regina safe.

Lady Regina Haversham is approaching thirty years of age. She wants love. She wants to love her husband, and for him to love her, and doesn’t want to make a choice based on what her uncle wants. And he wants her to marry the Earl of Dryden. She willingly offers her virginity to Oakleaf as they had a small flirtation previously. He refuses. He is then within her sphere when there are several attempts on her life. The trick is to figure out why she is the target. Then Regina is kidnapped. Naturally there is a resolution to get the HEA and there is lots of angst before then. The journey to the HEA does have some funny moments as Daffin finally gets his girl.

I really loved this story. The heroine is slightly older and has some of the flexibility to do what she wants which is something that may not have happened at the time, but it adds to the story for the reader. The one scene that I did like was when Regina was able to put her intelligence into practice and escape all by herself!

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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