Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Historical Romance Review: The Earl's Christmas Colt by Rebecca Thomas

Title: The Earl's Christmas Colt
Author: Rebecca Thomas
Source: Entangled Flirt
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating: 3 - Liked this one. Swap it when you're done.
Sexual: 1 flame: All show. No heat.

Lady Arabella Sutton is stunned to learn her brother has betrothed her to a stranger despite
his promises for a season in London. Although she is the first to admit no man would suit, since she’s more interested in horses than marriage, the last thing she wants is to become a brood mare to a stuffy old earl. Facing a future she cannot abide, she takes an impetuous ride to clear her head and ends up tending her injured mare instead.

Oliver Westwyck, the Earl of Marsdale, can’t believe his luck when he stops at an inn the night before he’s to meet his fiancée. In the stable, while tending the colt he intends to give to his future wife, he happens upon her—rain-drenched but beautiful. She assumes he’s a stable hand, a fine joke he means to end...until Lady Arabella declares all noblemen are egotistical, conceited, and arrogant. How can he reveal his true identity before he’s managed to change her mind and win her heart?

 My Review:
This was such a cute story.  I loved the emotion Rebecca Thomas was able to explore in such a small novella.  Lady Arabella isn't your typical noblewoman, she would rather be out riding her horse than try to find a husband.  It's a good thing that Oliver Westwyck, her betrothed, ends up being just as much a horse lover.  They meet for the first time and they don't know who the other is at first.  Arabella mistakes him for a horse breeder.

I'm not a big fan of intential mistaken identity storylines, but he way this one plays out is quite humorous.  It was a great Christmas story.

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