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Christmas in Duke Street
     

Christmas in Duke Street

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by Carolyn Jewel
 
Christmas in London is a busy time at the little bookshop in Duke Street, for love, literature, and shopping. Four couples come and go and discover that happy ever after makes the perfect Christmas gift. A new anthology from the bestselling authors of Christmas in the Duke's Arms and Dancing in the Duke's Arms.

The Rake Who Loved Christmas by Miranda

Overview

Christmas in London is a busy time at the little bookshop in Duke Street, for love, literature, and shopping. Four couples come and go and discover that happy ever after makes the perfect Christmas gift. A new anthology from the bestselling authors of Christmas in the Duke's Arms and Dancing in the Duke's Arms.

The Rake Who Loved Christmas by Miranda Neville

Sir Devlyn Stratton stays in London for Christmas to celebrate his brother's engagement to an heiress--until Merrick gets cold feet because he fancies another woman. Dev will do anything to save his brother from a misalliance with a shopkeeper, even seduce the fascinating adventuress himself.

Oriel Sinclair is hanging on by her fingernails, with a sick father and an ailing business. She's trying to make a living in her tiny shop, even if it means being nice to customers like the rich, leering Lord Frogmore. Despite her straits, she won't take advantage of a young man's infatuation. Especially once she meets his elder brother who is everything she ever dreamed of in a man. Trouble is she doubts Dev's intentions are honorable and she won't be reduced to a kept woman, by the the vile Frogmore or the delectable Dev.

A Seduction in Winter by Carolyn Jewel

As the holidays approach, Lieutenant Leoline Marrable, now Lord Wrathell, travels to London where he's expected to fulfill longstanding expectations and propose to his former commander's daughter. Wrathell longs to ease the strained relationship with his ducal father. The key may be an unfinished portrait of his late brother.

Honora Baynard has a terrible facial scar as a result of a childhood injury. She has never forgotten Leoline, who came to her defense when other children tormented her. Now, her over-protective artist father keeps her indoors, creating the beautiful detail work that makes his paintings so sought after.

As Wrathell and Honora spend more time together, mutual interest becomes mutual attraction. Can Wrathell convince Honora that for Christmas, he'd like to give her not only passion and pleasure, but his heart to keep for her own?

A Prince in her Stocking by Shana Galen

When it's cold outside...
Prince Lucien of Glynaven flees to England when his family is killed in a revolution. Homeless and penniless, he spends the winter days in a small bookshop, searching for documents his mother secreted among a box of books shipped to London. Lady Cassandra is the first woman in months to look at him like a man and not a vagrant, and he can't resist flirting with her. When assassins find Lucien, he must end the budding romance and abandon his last chance to reclaim his identity.

A prince is the perfect hero to make Christmas cozy.
Cass Ashbrooke married for duty. Now that she's a widow, she remains under the thumb of her late husband's sister. When Cass glimpses an attractive man in her favorite bookshop, she offers him friendship, hoping to add a spark of excitement to her dull life. The prince's kisses are more passionate than Cass imagined, but she and Lucien need a holiday miracle if they're to thwart his enemies, find the missing treasure, and celebrate a happy new year together.

The Appeal of Christmas by Grace Burrowes

The best Christmas present is the one he didn't realize he desperately needed.

She's his favorite bluestocking...
Hester Hooper loves beautiful prose and old books, but she loves barrister Gervaise Stoneleigh more. For years, she's helped Gervaise polish his legal arguments, beat him at chess, and tolerated his annual holiday grumpiness, hoping all the while that this Christmas, her friend will finally see her as more than a reliable confidante and shopping partner.

He's the best argument for loitering beneath the mistletoe...
Gervaise Stoneleigh has no time for holiday sentiment, though he tries to humor Hazel's seasonal enthusiasms--she is his oldest friend, after all. When Gervaise finds an unsigned draft of a love letter at Hazel's favorite bookshop, he's intrigued by the author's passion and eloquence. The lady who wrote that letter is bold, courageous, and lusty--not at all like his sweet, demure Hazel. And yet, when Hazel accosts Gervaise beneath the mistletoe, he's in for quite the holiday surprise!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150984349
Publisher:
cJewel Books
Publication date:
10/10/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
347
Sales rank:
33,862
File size:
607 KB

Meet the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. Her historical romances include the Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and The Wild Quartet. She lives in Vermont with her daughter, her cat, and a ridiculously large collection of Christmas tree ornaments.

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and two dogs. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books "lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

Grace Burrowes started writing romances as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, and grew up reading voraciously when she wasn't enjoying the company of her horse. Grace is a practicing child welfare attorney in western Maryland, and loves to hear from her readers.

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Christmas in Duke Street 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Susan Lucky More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer -I received a free copy of this book with the promise to review. I do that happily after reading the book. I wondered why Grace Burrowes name was so much larger on the cover at first, but she deserves it. While all of the regency tales revolving around a book store on Duke St., hers edged the others out by just a smidge for the top honors. Her dialogue is intriguing and the characters loveable even in such a short tale. All of the authors deserve credit for drawing a reader in with so few chapters in which to do so. Recommended for anyone who loves romance blended with Christmas in regency London.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I have read all three of the "Duke" anthologies and this is my favorite. The four stories are all well written and interesting. I don't think I can pick a favorite among them. I highly recommend this book if you like holiday stories and happy endings. I will say that Grace's story proves what I've noticed in life, very smart men can be so oblivious!
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
A very good Christmas read. The stories are less about the ton and more about the relationships developed through encounters at the book store. I always enjoy Grace Burrowes books and stories.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
There is a book store on Duke Street where everyone seems to meet. In this case there are 4 couples who meet or re-connect in the shop. The Rake Who Loved Christmas by Miranda Neville: Sir Devlyn meet a beautiful woman in the book store and is intrigued. But, he has no time for romance, he must keep his brother from making a mistake. Instead of marrying the girl that has been picked for him, he has become infatuated with some woman who is in trade. She must be after his money. When he finds out the adventuress is the woman from the book shop, he has to rethink everything. She doesn't help by perpetuating his belief that she is after his brother's money. But, he is still attracted to her. A Seduction in Winter by Carolyn Jewel: She has grown into a beautiful woman, but she does have a scar on her face. It brought her ridicule when she was young and the one man who defended her then is now standing in front of her in the book store. She has spent a lot of her life hiding away from others and is sure he will not recognize her as it has been many years since they have seen each other, but he does. He can't understand why she hides away. They realize they have loved each other all these years, but she can't understand why he would want someone so scarred. A Prince in Her Stocking by Shana Galen: Is Mr. Glen really a prince? He spends all his time in the book shop looking through books. Is it because he wants to stay warm or is he looking for somethings. Lady Cassandra is a widow and is leading a very dull life. She wants to figure out the mystery behind the prince. He is attracted to her, but he is afraid that he will put her in danger if he becomes too close to her. The Appeal of Christmas by Grace Burrowes: He is a barrister and was a good friend of her father's. They have know each other for 10 years and have been friends. They both want more, but not sure how to proceed without losing their friendship. They need a Christmas miracle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rare anthology where I read all the stories and enjoyed them. Anything Jewel writes is delicious. Ditto Burrowes. Treat yourself to this holiday confection.