"Exciting entertaining story of Regency love!"
Lady Veronica Smithson has been a very happy widow for
three years now. After all, her marriage was a good one and
she loved her husband. She's financially secure, has good
friends, and a position in society. In fact, Veronica has
everything she could possibly want in life, except for one
thing—a man. Not that she plans on giving up her
independence and turning everything she owns over to a
husband, for you see, marriage is simply not in Veronica's
plans. Oh no, instead she plans on becoming some man's
mistress. And when Veronica goes to a lecture of one of
Portia's relatives, she decides he's the man for her. Sir
Sebastian Hadley-Attwater has all the qualities she wants
in a lover—handsome, a reputation as a rake, intelligent
After all these years of being the black sheep of the
family, Sebastian has finally decided it's time to stop
traveling the world and to become respectable. Of course,
it doesn't hurt that his birthday is quickly approaching
and he has to be deemed responsible enough to receive his
inheritance by his brothers. So he's finally back in
England and earning a good income giving lectures and
writing books. He's even bought a house in the country.
When he spots a woman talking with his cousin Portia in one
of lectures, he's instantly smitten with her. Tall,
imposing, with beautiful red hair and surprisingly
outspoken, Lady Veronica Smithson is everything he's looked
for in a woman. And so he decides to pursue her, however,
his goal is marriage.
Now these two have very different goals in mind and when
Sebastian doesn't respond to Veronica's overtures, she flat
out tells him she wants to be his mistress. Sebastian is
taken aback by this and responds by proposing marriage.
When Sebastian's two interfering sisters get involved,
everything becomes even more interesting.
Which one of these two very headstrong people will win?
Will Veronica become Sebastian's wife or mistress? What of
Sebastian's inheritance? Will his brothers deem him worthy
enough to receive it?
HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS is a witty, lighthearted romance,
complete with heartfelt sigh at the end. Victoria Alexander
does what she does best with this story—write an
entertaining, engaging Regency romance. I was pulled in
from the very first page and really didn't want the story
to end. I really enjoyed the Christmas holiday with all the
Hadley-Attwaters at Sebastian's home, uninvited though they
were. This story is funny and heartwarming and an extreme
pleasure to read. I highly recommend HIS MISTRESS BY
CHRISTMAS to all lovers of Regency romance! Well done,
Victoria Alexander! Can't wait to see what happens to
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 20, 2011
For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow — and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him. Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks — if his family deems him responsible enough. There’s no better way to prove his maturity than with a home and a wife. But though the lovely Veronica will share his bed, she steadfastly refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan. An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica’s mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And even in the midst of mischief-making relatives and unexpected complications, he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together — in this, and every season to come...