Book Review: Deck the Halls with Love (The Lost Lords of Pembrook #2.5) by Lorraine Heath
|Rating: 3.5 Stars|
Published December 18th 2012 by Avon Impulse
Summary: Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love. In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he’s free to pursue her? It matters little, because she’s on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.
Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she’s always belonged.
First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith’s heart, once and for all.
Review: I just finished reading this last night, and I’ve already forgotten the names of the leading lord and lady. So that pretty much sums up this story, haha. It was a cute Christmas tale, set at a house party at Christmastime.
Boy meets girl and feels instalove during the Season, boy and girl go to their homes out of town, boy gets life changing news and sacrifices self and love for what he sees as his duty, girl is crushed but bravely hides it, boy is miraculously let off hook for said duty (the story of which I assume is either book 1 or 2 in this series), boy tracks down girl at Christmas house party to try to make amends even though girl is already engages to someone else (who is rather slimy, actually).
There’s the requisite trapped away from the main house in a snow storm trope. I wanted to like Meredith, actually, and how she loves sports and the out of doors but is kept from them for propriety’s sake. I just didn’t feel like I really got to know her, likely because of the very short nature of this story. There was nothing bad about this book, there just wasn’t anything spectacular or surprising about it. It was a nice little Christmas read.
Definitely spoilers for earlier books in the series.
Available as a stand alone or as part of the A Christmas to Remember anthology.