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review 2018-11-13 01:56
Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Lady Regina Haversham has long been holding out for a love match. But as she nears thirty, her uncle is determined to see her wed. Regina knows she cannot put off her uncle’s chosen suitor forever, but she’s determined to at least have control over who she loses her virginity to. And there’s only one man she wants: famous Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. Though he’s tempted, Daffin turns Regina down. That would be the end of it, except it seems that someone is targeting Regina. With her cousin out of town, Daffin is the one tasked with protecting her. Close quarters have a way of bringing down barriers, but given the difference in their stations, Regina and Daffin will need a Christmas miracle to get their happily ever after.

Kiss Me at Christmas is a warmhearted, sparkling holiday romance. Regina and Daffin absolutely charmed me; they’re both incredibly likeable and they have wonderful chemistry. Regina is open, curious, and kind while Daffin is protective and devilishly handsome. Physically, intellectually, and emotionally Regina and Daffin are a match and their romance builds from flirty and sweet to spicy. Yet while it’s clear they’re meant for each other, class differences aren’t always easy to overcome, even if Daffin is close friends with Regina’s cousin.

The romance in Kiss Me at Christmas makes the pages of the story fly by. But the romance is intertwined with the mystery of who is trying to kill Regina. At first, I enjoyed this subplot and had my theories about who was behind everything. Unfortunately, a mystery needs to have a satisfying – or at least logical – conclusion and this one was both unsatisfying and seemed to come out of left field. It felt manufactured for plot reasons, which was a pity because Daffin and Regina are such entertaining characters that you can’t help but feel they deserved better. This isn’t an insignificant quibble, but I still honestly enjoyed this book anyway. There’s a buoyancy to Valerie Bowman’s writing that just lifts me up whenever I read her books and Kiss Me at Christmas is no exception.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-kiss-me-at-christmas-by-valerie.html
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review 2018-11-12 17:48
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

This was a cute holiday story with adventure, a kidnapping, an indecent proposal, love and hope, and two characters that are strong on their own but unstoppable together. I liked the story. The romance was good; the passion and emotional tension was great. I liked Daffin and Regina a lot. They were strong characters and I enjoyed their interactions with each other and I’m glad that they got their happily ever after.

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review 2018-11-05 03:15
Danger, mystery, boundaries to cross, some steam, good read.
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman
Regina and Daffin were a wonderful, hot couple. She accepted the fact that she would have a loveless marriage dictated by family. I loved her determination to find some control to her life and to help end the danger she was in. Daffin was a man who wanted to protect Regina and resist her as best he could. Secrets could keep them apart, but their honesty with each other led the way to love. I recommend this story.

I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

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review 2018-11-01 03:31
Kiss Me at Christmas (Playful Brides, #10) by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

 

 

A bruised heart and a raging libido make for an enchanting Christmas. Bowman puts the temptation back in romance with these two lonely hearts. Kiss Me at Christmas brings the heart full circle with a meeting of souls. Regina and Daffin are in a class all their own. Between arranged marriages, social prejudice and hidden danger, the odds are slim to none that love can win, but Christmas is the season of miracles. When the hearts involved anything is possible. An intriguing dance of charming emotion.

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review 2018-10-31 00:50
Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

We met Lady Regina Haversham in A Duke Like No Other....she is Mark Grimaldi's cousin.  During Mark's story, Regina was very attracted to Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf.  So much so that she decides that she wants to lose her virginity to some one of her choosing before her 30th birthday when she will be forced to marry the Earl of Dryden.  Of course Daffin turns her down even though he is attracted to her.

Skip forward and it appears that someone is out to harm Lady Regina so Mark calls on his good friend Daffin asking if he would be Regina's bodyguard while he is out of town.  Daffin reluctantly agrees even though this means he will be staying under the same roof as Regina.....now the sparks can ignite!

While trying to figure out who is after Regina, Daffin and Regina spend a lot of time together making their chemistry combustible!  Just as things heat up, all hell breaks loose.  Now they just need a Christmastide miracle to get these two love shy people to open up their eyes and see what is right in front of them.  When all the dust settles, Daffin and Regina will finally get their happy ending!

I loved these two characters.  They both had such sad events happen in their childhood which had left both of them fairly jaded.  Together they brought out the best in each other.  Overall I really loved this story! 

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