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All I Want For Christmas is a Duke by Máire Claremont and Delilah Marvelle

A Christmas anthology by two hot names in historical fiction... Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance. Shy and retiring Martin ...

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All I Want For Christmas is a Duke by Máire Claremont and Delilah Marvelle

A Christmas anthology by two hot names in historical fiction... Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance. Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning. The Twelve Days of Seduction By Máire Claremont Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess isn't quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas. Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622668588
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Series: Entangled Scandalous
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 48,504
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


2011 Golden Heart winner Maire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own - until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Maire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know that her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.

Delilah Marvelle spent her youth studying various languages, reading voraciously and playing the pianoforte. Confined to her room on many occasions due to childhood misadventures, she discovered the quill and its amazing power. Soon, to the dismay of her parents, she rather enjoyed being confined to her room and finished writing her first historical romance (which was a heart-stopping 800 pages long…) at the age of fourteen. She is a two time Golden Heart finalist, a Reviewer's Best First Historical Romance nominee, and a double Bookseller's Best Award finalist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    So Good!

    The first story was the best for me. Hard to admit seeing as i enjoyed both stories. I just wish they were both longer....i loved both. I hope you enjoy them as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    2 short stories

    Filled with so much love. I really enjoyed the first one, but the second one was amazing. The best ending I've had the pleasure to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Enjoyed it. Sweet and sexy.

    Enjoyed it. Sweet and sexy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book. I will read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Nice short story I enjoy it very much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    BOTH FANTASTIC

    I had a wonderful time reading this novellas! I would love having a combo MARTIN & ALEXANDER!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Good short reads

    This is 2 short good reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Lovely

    Two lovely, romantic regency stories. I so thoroughly enjoyed both, they were all one could ask for. FL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Glad it was free

    Ok for free wouldnt pay for it though

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    The details of the holiday season shine through in this lovely a

    The details of the holiday season shine through in this lovely and sweetly sensual novella by new-to-me author, Delilah Marvelle.
    “The brightly lit windows before her were festively trimmed with thick garlands of holly and ivy that displayed a grand tiered variety of honey-glazed spice cakes, marzipan, eclairs, and dried candied fruit towers delicately kissed by sprinkled sugar.” (p57)
    Martin Pierce is, above all things, a kind and compassionate man, the true sign of a real hero in my book. It’s what Jane most remembers about him, despite their age difference.
    He always loved Jane but, because he is five years younger than she, he was afraid to reveal his true feelings. So he hid behind a facade of romantic and erotic letters, revealing his true passionate nature.
    “Tortured, romantic, and real.” (p125)
    Jane is an earl’s daughter who left her comfortable and privileged life to pursue a career in opera, a scandalous decision. When she believes she has met the man who is her Mr. X, the writer of her beloved love letters, she marries him, unknowingly breaking Martin’s heart (and later, when she realizes her mistake, her own).
    A sexy and sweet romance about true love that is right before your very eyes.
    The Twelve Days of Seduction By Màire Claremont




    Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.




    Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint
    This is very much a Jane Eyre influenced story, with a strong-willed governess hiding a secret past and a handsome, entitled duke, with a young daughter. Màire Claremont, a relative newcomer to historical romance, has said that Charlotte Bronte’s classic story is one of her inspirations. In her dark Mad Passions series, set in Victorian England, her heroes and heroines are tortured souls who stumble on the path to  true love.
    Adriana, the  granddaughter of an earl, whose mother made a tragic love match, barely survived the rough streets of London. Yet she is a survivor and has made a respectable life for herself, rising to a position of governess, caring for Georgiana, the duke’s young ward. Yet Adriana also has a passionate side, which she reveals in her secretly-authored provocative stories, based on her life. When the duke discovers this, he threatens to throw her out but instead offers her the position of his mistress. She challenges him to twelve days to seduce her and, along the way, Alexander longs to discover the real Adriana even as he longs for her body.
    “No, his seduction had been of her very soul.” (p326)
    Adriana loves Alexander, but knows she must give him her body to keep her lifestyle. For his part, he wants her to want him for himself, not for a roof over her head. Each longs for love, but is afraid to let the other know their true feelings. Their sexual attraction is palpable and beautifully and sensually portrayed.
    The stigma of a handicap is a pivotal moment in the story, when Alexander supports Adriana’s impassioned defense of his daughter to a snobbish peer.
    “His dinner jacket, which likely would have fed a family in St. Giles for well over a year, barely wrinkled with his movement.” (p309)
    It is notable that, as today, the Christmas holidays were not always happy for everyone, even in history; for Adriana, it brings memories of a painful childhood.
    Alexander’s Christmas gift to Adriana is very beautiful and touching, if so very simple.
    “And yet, the present was incredibly intimate, one very personal to her.” (p286)
    And hers to him is just as intimate and meaningful.
    “Words were her altar, and she was sharing her most sacred beliefs with him.”  (p324)
    I very much enjoyed how each chapter opened with a homage to the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with snippets of sensual eroticism:
    “On the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me Touches Oh So Sinful” and “On the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me Many Words of Mischief.”
    A few typos mar a beautiful story but not enough to be distracting. The cover, a stock photo apparently, is also the cover to Amara Royce’s wonderful Never Too Late.
    Memorable moments:
    ”’I was born to be a duke,’ he said factually. ‘I’m a duke because of the fortune of my birth. You make me wish to be a better man. One of my making, not birth.’” (p301)
    “He had rescued her. He had walked down to her side and defended her as no other man had done in her entire life. And the feeling she felt was not of gratitude but of something infinitely more terrifying. Love. She felt love.” (p316)
    Two beautiful love stories that can be enjoyed any time of year.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Both good. Enjoyed the first more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Very enjoyable stories

    I really enjoyed these 2 xmas romances. They are about 80 pages each. Perfect for this time of year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    About it

    Is it a good story to read at 14 years old

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    You will enjoy it...great read!

    Enjoyed the story. I love Christmas and period romance novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    For Christmas themed short romances

    Both of these were excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Great read

    I loved both stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Averaged at four

    This gets 4 stars because the first story deserves 5 and the second deserves 3 in my opinion. The first story is a poignantly sweet story that explores how life can get in the way of true love. But it also tells us that if the love is true, it will always be there in some form when needed. I've read the first story a couple of times and the magic seems new each time. Marvelle has created a rare treasure. Each character has a personality that has matured in is own way over life and through experience.
    While Claremont's story did not suit my tastes, that may be beacaue it is a story of lust to Marvelle's tale of love. The duke seemed like a caricature. The female lead had a great background and while I appreciated her strength, she fe like a different character with her duke. In any case, it gives the impression that Claremont is riding on Marvelle's coattails.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Awesome

    Awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Anonymous

    Story of lust..follows by love. Can be better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Good storylines

    Too much sex description.

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