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"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 and witty.

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 Portia now.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 20, 2011

SUMMARY

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...

 

His Mistress by Christmas
by Victoria Alexander

Kensington Publishing
October 1, 2011
Available: October 1, 2011
ISBN #0758255675
EAN #9780758255679
352 pages
Hardcover
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Victoria Alexander

My Wicket Little Lies
The Perfect Mistress
Desires of a Perfect Lady
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Pursuit of Marriage
The Lady in Question
The Night Before Christmas
Yesterday & Forever
Love with The Proper Husband
Her Highness, My Wife
The Prince's Bride
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