Jill Shalvis gives us another installment about a delightful group of friends. In Holiday Wishes, bad boy Sean O’Riley is in charge of his brother’s bachelor weekend. For once in his life, he wants to avoid screwing up. He owes it to his brother to make all the details perfect.
Being California, weather throws a monkey wrench into his plans. Fortunately, his first love happens to be running the B&B where the event is scheduled.
Her love life has gone off the rails and the last thing she needs is this blast from the past. Or so she says.
This Heartbreaker Bay story is novella length, so you will have no trouble fitting it in between shopping, cooking, and merry-making. Give yourself a wee gift. You deserve it.
One for the Rogue is the third in Charis Michaels’ The Bachelor Lords of London series. In this one, Beau, the lord, is fighting the title for all he’s worth. As the younger son, he was never groomed to take on the role.. Then it turned out his elder brother is not the legitimate heir after all.
Half in jest, the elder brother asks Emmaline, Dowager Duchess of Ticking, to school the new viscount in the ways of nobility. She herself was schooled on nothing else until her parents married her off at age 19 to a duke some 40 years her senior. He died son after, and now poor Emma is at the mercy of his odious heir.
To complicate matters, Emma has lost both parents and is now caring for her brother who, though a man, has the mentality of a child. She plots an elaborate scheme to escape, but the current Duke throws up roadblocks that only a fellow noble can counter.
Several of the characters from the other two books play prominent roles in this one, particularly the indomitable Lady Frinfrock, a soul sister of the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey if ever there was one.
While I love to read about this era, I am really glad I don’t have to live with the same constraints they had based on class and gender.
I had read and enjoyed the previous Heartbreaker Bay book by Jill Shalvis, so I was eager to read her novella One Snowy Night.
I’m working on book two of my own series and trying to read more books set in small towns. Even though the Heartbreaker Bay series is set in San Francisco, its close-knit cast of characters make it function like a little town. They all know each other’s secrets and have each other’s backs.
The couple in this one went to high school together, but their paths hadn’t crossed again until Rory came to work for a dog groomer near Max’s office. He’s heading home to Tahoe and. at her boss’ behest, insists she ride with him rather than take multiple buses and trains on Christmas Eve. She’s desperate to keep her promise to go home for the first time in years, but the weather isn’t cooperating.
Like the first book, this one includes a big, lovable dog, breezy writing, and good-at-heart people.
A nice Christmas present.