Blog Blitz for Hot Winter Nights boxset: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection
Review and Excerpt
For 8 days I’m introducing each book in this boxset.
Today highlights An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
Attempting to mend a broken heart by indulging in an affair with a rakehell would not be the wisest course of action for a young lady of the ton. But when Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.
“It would be an indulgent Christmas gift to herself that might help to mend her dented confidence and bruised heart.”
New to me author, Amy Rose Bennett, packed quite an emotional and very sexy read in An Improper Christmas. I truly loved Lily as the strong heroine who refused to put up with her unfaithful fiancé. She leaves early Christmas morning with her heart bruised and an uncertain future. Known rakehell, Lord Nash offers her a lift out of the snowstorm and soon gives Lily a Christmas she’ll always remember. A fun read.
An Improper Christmas Excerpt
Lily wiped away another tear with a gloved finger. She supposed she owed Lord Nash some kind of explanation as to why she’d decided to abscond from Horwood in the early hours of Christmas Day. And perhaps talking about her humiliation and heartbreak would help. But how to begin? She sighed and sat up a little straighter. “This was not how I imagined Christmas would be I suppose.”
Lord Nash sat up straighter too. In the close confines of the carriage, his knee bumped hers as they hit a rut in the road. “You and Lord Hardwick have had a falling out, haven’t you?”
A look of compassion crossed Lord Nash’s face. “Tell me what happened,” he said gently.
Lily frowned and fiddled with the tassels of the wool blanket across her lap. How much should she venture? She barely knew this man. Yet he looked genuinely concerned.
“It’s difficult to talk about,” she admitted, “but I’m no longer betrothed to Lord Hardwick. He … ” She drew a deep breath to loosen the tightness in her chest. “Last night I caught him. With another …” She met Lord Nash’s gaze. “With Lady Crawford.”
Lord Nash shook his head and his mouth flattened into a hard line of disapproval. “What a complete ass.”
Despite how awkward she felt making such personal disclosures, a smile tugged at the corners of her mouth. “Yes. I think he is too.”
Nash nodded. “For what it’s worth, I think it’s very brave and wise of you to have broken off your betrothal. I trust you are going to some place safe, where you will have support?”
“Yes … My godmother is the Marchioness of Solsbury. She will provide a safe harbor, so to speak.”
Nash smiled. “Excellent.” He settled back in his seat again and Lily couldn’t help but notice that he hadn’t buttoned his black wool greatcoat. It fell open revealing his charcoal-gray tailcoat and navy silk waistcoat—both garments fit him like a glove; not a seam was out of place. In stark contrast, his snow-white silk cravat was in elegant disarray just like his light brown hair.
As though deliberately courting her gaze, he raked a bare hand through his tousled locks and stretched out a long leg, drawing attention to the length of tight muscle beneath his breeches. The man was lean and athletic. A veritable Corinthian.
Humphrey was attractive in an austere, mysterious way but aside from a little fencing and horse-riding, he preferred indoor scholarly pursuits. Indeed, he was thin rather than well-muscled. Brooding rather than playful like Lord Nash. She had adored Humphrey’s dark thoughtful gaze and the gift of his smile. But not anymore.
Not one little bit.
Perhaps sensing her interest, Lord Nash’s gaze caught hers and she couldn’t look away. A speculative gleam lit his blue eyes and the smile curving his full lips was pure sin. Lily’s pulse quickened and she held her breath as desire bloomed low in her belly. Humphrey had never stirred these sorts of potent feelings inside her, not when he’d courted her, not when he’d proposed, not when he’d first kissed her.
Not even two nights ago when he’d attempted to bed her.
But she didn’t want to think about Humphrey right now. Not when Lord Nash’s eyes devoured her. He made her feel wanted. Desired and aroused.
A rational part of her brain urged her to say something to weaken the magnetic allure of the man opposite her, but it was Lord Nash who spoke first, his voice a low, seductive purr, stroking over her like a lover’s touch. “I could help you forget all about Lord Hardwick,” he murmured.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favourite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed, racy stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after. Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has been a speech pathologist for many years but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling – writing romance.
Hot Winter Nights – boxset
A Racy Regency Christmas Collection
Brook Ridge Press (October 3, 2017)
This fabulous collection features eight sexy new tales of Regency era Christmastide romance by beloved authors Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith. Here’s a list of the never-before-published novellas in HOT WINTER NIGHTS:
Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.
An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett Attempting to mend a broken heart by indulging in an affair with a rakehell would not be the wisest course of action for a young lady of the ton. But when Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.
The Duke and I by Heather Boyd The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?
Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.
Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?
The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?
Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight Brigham Clarke,Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. When Brigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!
The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.