Blame It On The Mistletoe. . .
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl's granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn't long before she is challenging his rules--and surprising him in and out of bed. . .
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas's stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she's more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly...
First impression: this book is way longer than it needs to be by at least 100 pages.
Character wise - I loved all the characters in the first half of the book; then things soured for me with the female MC (Phoebe). She was strong, brave, and yet warm and approachable as she left the colonies and the life she knew among her Quaker community and joined her aristocratic family in England. She had enough sense to ask questions and not just assume or wing it. Then, in the second half of this book, she turned needy and insecure, plus she tried to force her Quaker views and beliefs on her English aristocratic family (especially on Lucas, her husband) in matters that did not involve her. However, Lucas was an amazing Alpha; the romance between the two was unbalanced since I didn't like Phoebe and thought she was too stupid for a guy like Lucas.
There is a minor plot (basically used to illustrate the difference in cultural and religious beliefs between Lucas and Phoebe) about smuggling on the manor lands. Meh.
There was a fair bit of cheese in this very holiday story; Phoebe joins her family in England right around Halloween and by the end of November she and Lucas are wed. So the real part of the romance happens in preparation for the big Christmas season. Lucas and Phoebe inherited a run down manor house named Mistletoe Manor; the servants last name is Christmas; Phoebe finds a stray dog, brings him home and names him Holly; and it goes on and on.