It Happened Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Novella

It Happened Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Novella

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by Valerie Bowman
     
 

First in an exclusive Can happily ever after begin with one Christmas kiss?



It Happened Under the Mistletoe is a brand-new holiday novella from award-winning author Valerie Bowman!

When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend's house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who

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First in an exclusive Can happily ever after begin with one Christmas kiss?



It Happened Under the Mistletoe is a brand-new holiday novella from award-winning author Valerie Bowman!

When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend's house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who's dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?



Look for Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage—available now!—from St. Martin's Paperbacks.



Praise for Valerie Bowman's Secret Brides novels:

"This engaging and sweetly romantic [series] is just too delightful to miss."—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas



"This sparkling [series] marks Bowman for stardom." —RT Book Reviews

"Everything romance should be—sexy, quirky, fun." —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466847132
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Series:
Secret Brides
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
81
Sales rank:
39,610
File size:
971 KB

Meet the Author

Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she's the youngest) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got.

Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of books including Secrets of a Wedding Night and Secrets of a Runaway Bride.


Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!?Valerie's debut, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, the first in the Secret Brides series from St. Martin's Press, was nominated by RT Book Reviews for Best Debut Historical for 2012!?SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE was named a 4.5 star TOP PICK! by RT Book Reviews. It's been called "Too Delightful Too Miss!" by New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Kleypas, and New York Times bestselling historical romance author Sarah MacLean says it's, "Everything a romance should be—sexy, quirky, fun...once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!"?


Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV or PBS.

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It Happened Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Sweet, light, and a perfect holiday read, It Happened Under the Mistletoe was a lovely historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. It's the kind of sweet romance that just makes you smile. I loved this book! Oliver and Cerian were great character. Both were very likable and I thought they were wonderful. Cerian was lovely, a heroine that was easy to like. Oliver was a total sweetheart. He sure knew how to make a romantic gesture. He was just adorable and I really liked him. The romance was super sweet with a touch of spicy. My once issue with this novella is that Oliver and Cerian were somewhat stubborn about admitting their feelings to themselves and to each other. It was frustrating, when it was so obvious how they were both head over heels for each other. But, otherwise, I thought they were perfect together. Their relationship was so sweet and the chemistry between them was steamy. The plot went by quickly. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the sweet story and the ending had me smiling. It Happened Under the Mistletoe was a fantastic holiday novella. It was so sweet and I enjoyed every bit of it. Lovers of romance, if you want a brilliant holiday read, then you have to check this one out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
It Happened Under the Mistletoe, written by Valerie Bowman, is a charming and sweet Christmas novella! 4 ½ stars! It's a light holiday novella worth taking the time to enjoy reading! I loved her two characters Oliver, recently titled a Duke and Cerian, a beautiful young lady! Both are invited to the Medford's house to celebrate Christmas in hope that they will find a suitable match to marry. Cerian's mother wants her to wed and secure her future financially. But Cerian only wants to fall in love before she marries and is looking for the perfect man. Oliver, on the other hand, is looking for a woman who will wed him not only because he was a Duke, but for love. Both decide on a compromise and Oliver offers her a proposal that Cerian won't be able to refuse. As they play the game, sparks will flare between the two and love will be in the air! I loved this short novella, it is well written, charming, perfect for a short interlude. Some scenes are cute and funny! I am looking forward to read her next book The Unexpected Duchess in Ms. Bowman's Secret Brides series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
I bought and read this in one sitting. Related to the Secrets trilogy by Valerie Bowman, this is a fun romp at a Christmastide visit throwing Oliver and Cerian together. The first time was by accident as they both hid in silver closet avoiding unwanted suitors. They concoct an idea to throw off the suitors by pretending to be enamored with one another. Throw in a cat who shows up at the most convenient times, and mayhem, adventure, some kissing, and suddenly it's no longer a game. They're perfect for each other, but they have to accept each other, and know love is true, before they can finally take on the ton, and see they're destined to be together. All thanks to some mistletoe.
Missy_Snark More than 1 year ago
Review by Maggie Toussaint; X-posted by Melissa Snark This novella is set in Oxfordshire in 1817. Miss Cerian Blake of Wales is visiting her cousin for a Christmastide house party full of eligible bachelors of the ton. Though she has no title, Cerian has a large dowry, thanks to her father’s thriving copper business. The house party is her mother’s dream – she wants Cerian to make a great match. Newly minted Duke of Markingham, also known as Oliver Townsende, attends the same party because he’s looking for a duchess. It’s his job to marry wall and restore honor to the family name, but Lady Selina Kinsley’s aggressive pursuit makes him literally run and hide, in the silver closet. Only the closet is already a refuge for another party-goer – Cerian. These kindred spirits make a pact to pretend to be courting so that they can relax and enjoy the party without the social pressure. Their alignment raises eyebrows and sets tongues to wagging. Before long, both Oliver and Cerian are questioning the pretense. Mistletoe plays a key role in this story as does an elusive, fluffy, gray cat. Time and again, the cat serves as a matchmaker and facilitator in the relationship. One of the Mamas of the ton threatens Oliver with ruination if he pursues Cerian. Fresh from the battlefield, Oliver doesn’t take kindly to the threat. Valerie Bowman does a great job in creating an authentic Regency setting. If not for having to fix dinner, I’d have read this all in one sitting. Recommended. An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.