Author: Amber Lin
Source: Amazon Freebie
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency, Christmas
Length: Short Novella
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn
Rating - 3
Sexual - 3
I originally read this story as part of A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology (which I gave a rating of 4) and when it showed up as an Amazon freebie over the summer, I figured I would pick it up to read again near the holidays. It is a cute story of two childhood friends that fall in love. But one has no fortune and needs to validate his ability to take care of her. So off he goes - but things don't happen the way he planned. Now that he's returned she's a bit peeved at him and he needs to win her back before Christmas.
Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants him to suffer.
After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend's sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager - he'll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he'll leave her alone forever. When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.
* Previously published in A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology
As I said, it was a fun read, but it didn't really stand out to me. At about 64 pages it is a good one to read all at once and the story does keep moving at a nice place. It was just a tad too cliche for me to rate it much higher.