There’s no Christmas like a Regency Christmas spent under mistletoe! New York Times Bestselling author Cheryl Bolen and friends invite you to discover true love in an all-new collection of steamy romances this holiday collection.
- Countess by Christmas by Cheryl Bolen
- Silver Bells by Heather Boyd
- Convincing the Countess by Alina K. Field
- Rescued By A Rake by Wendy Vella
- Unwise but not Dishonorable by Barbara Monajem
- Meet Me at the Mistletoe by Donna Cummings
- While You Were Roguish by Samantha Grace
- Wedded to the Welsh Baron by Sasha Cottman
- Once Upon a Kiss Gone Horribly Wrong by Bree Wolf
- A Rogue and Some Mistletoe by Lana Williams
- The Duke’s Christmas List by Bronwen Evans
Publishers note: If you adore steamy Regency romance, you’ll devour this new anthology!
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Convincing the Countess
A penniless widowed countess with trade in her blood descends upon the country manor of her sons’ negligent guardian, intent on confronting him and setting a course for her boys’ futures. Instead, she finds his younger brother, a business-minded aristocrat with a penchant for widows and a distaste for emotional entanglements. A man who once witnessed her greatest humiliation. A man offering tempting distractions that threaten to derail all her plans.
Called home at Christmas to bring his older brother to heel and sort out the family finances, a baron’s younger brother wishes nothing more than to finish the task and return to his railway project. But when he finds his mother entertaining a fetching widow he met many years earlier as the unfortunate bride of a ne’er-do-well earl, temptation steers him along a different track, one that may derail all his plans.
Can he convince the reluctant countess to set a course for her future that includes him?
Sophie spooned a mouthful of soup, her insides churning.
For the sake of her cook and the hungry boys, Lady Loughton had started dinner without Fitz. Though she hadn’t entirely given up. Not one, but two empty places remained, one at the head of the table, and one directly across from Sophie, and the footmen made no moves to clear away dishes.
“Who else is coming, Mother?” Twelve-year old James called from his place near the vacant seat at the head of the table.
“You shall see,” Lady Loughton said.
“Is it Fitz’s fiancée?” Cassandra asked.
Nancy leaned over her plate and peered down the table. “Why have you placed her between Charlotte and me, Mama, and not next to Fitz?”
Lady Loughton smiled.
“Mama,” Cassandra said. “Tell us.”
Sophie glanced at her hostess and cleared her throat. “The soup is delicious, my lady.”
“Not too tepid?”
“Not at all,” she lied. As in many great houses, the kitchens were a good distance away.
“Lady Glanford,” Cassandra said, “you are purposely diverting our mother.”
Just as Sophie opened her mouth to defend herself, the dining room door burst open.
“Here we are.” Windblown and damp, Fitz filled the doorway and paused with a grin and a flourish. “And look who I’ve found. Your favorite brother.”
A man appeared next to Fitz and Sophie’s heart leapt into a gallop.
“I knew it would be you,” Cassandra cried.
Sophie steadied her spoon and tried to quiet the bolt of instant, unbidden attraction, and the rollicking tumult inside her. Taller than Fitz, the brother’s profile revealed a strong stubbled jaw, straight nose, and full lips. Dark hair brushed the edge of a white collar and crisply tied neckcloth; wide shoulders filled the dark superfine of a coat that tapered down to buff breeches covering the powerful legs of a man who must spend a great deal of time in the saddle.
Her gaze traveled back up and met blue eyes, and her breath left her. The same hard-planed cheeks, the same stubborn jaw, the same sardonic lips—but young Lovelace had grown into a shockingly handsome man.
It would have to be that brother.
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