Three bestselling Regency romance authors dish up a holiday feast of jewel-tone ball gowns and smoldering glances. Feather (To Wed a Wicked Prince) introduces Lady Georgiana Carey and Ned Vasey, aka Viscount Allenton, in “A Holiday Gamble,” where they must circumvent their respective betrothals to consummate their attraction. In “Snowy Night with a Highlander,” London (The Book of Scandal) sends a masked stranger to help unescorted heiress Lady Fiona Haines travel a deserted road through Scotland’s infamous Highlands. In the best of the three, “When Sparks Fly,” Jeffries (Let Sleeping Rogues Lie) strands holiday traveler Elinor Bancroft with her aunt and cousins at the home of the despicable Black Baron, Martin Thorncliff. While the endings are no surprise, there’s plenty of romance and charm to enjoy along the way. (Nov.)
Kristin Ramsdell – Library Journal
This trio of novellas makes good use of wintry snow and ice to set the stage for delightful romantic encounters that are touched with passion and adventure and are perfect fireside fare. A young lord is accosted by thugs on his way to Northumberland and takes shelter in the manor house where a young woman is held captive by her duplicitous cousin in Feather’s compelling “A Holiday Gamble.” An icy road sends a coach careening and strands a wealthy young heiress and her relatives at the home of a grouchy, Christmas-averse nobleman in Sabrina Jeffries scintillating “When Sparks Fly.” A young lady searching for her brother in Scotland is accompanied by a scarred, bitter Highlander who is much more than he seems in Julia London’s touching “Snowy Night with a Highlander.” A thoroughly enjoyable anthology with a few unexpected twists.