By Mary Balogh
In a couple of vintage Regency-era Christmas romance novels from long island instances bestselling writer Mary Balogh, the vacations usher in the best present of all: unforeseen, all-consuming love.
A Christmas Bride
The very prosperous Edgar Downes has promised his getting older father to eventually take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled woman by way of Christmas. London is stuffed with lovely, right, and eligible misses, yet it’s the widow Helena, girl Stapleton, in a surprising crimson gown, who captures Edgar’s awareness. Helena is intrigued through the seductive stranger—but he’s easily now not in her classification. Marriage, after all, could by no means do. yet in a season of miracles, whatever wondrous is set to happen.
Not even the nice and cozy, forgiving Christmas spirit can cease the Marquess of Denbigh from settling his ranking with Judith Easton: the attractive younger widow injured Denbigh’s delight years in the past by way of jilting him for one more guy. Now that Judith is loose from a nightmare marriage, the good-looking marquess has her in his sights—and wishes her in his hands. yet to belief the gentle phrases on his lips, Judith mustn't ever merely see previous the hardness of his middle, yet examine once more to belief her personal heart’s hope.
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Whether he was angry at the soldiers or at her, she didn’t know. ” “I didn’t want to kiss any of the others,” she admitted. “I thought you wouldn’t mind. ” She turned her gaze away, not wanting to hear any reasons why he hadn’t wanted her kiss. Gunnar shifted his weight against the wall, and she heard him expel a sigh. “Auder, I don’t know. ” She hugged her knees tighter, cutting off his excuses. “Gunnar, you don’t need to explain why I don’t interest you as a woman. I know it already, and it doesn’t bother me.
I’m going to build a fire,” he told her. He removed his cloak and spread it on the ground. Auder helped him gather branches and within another half hour, he had a warm fire licking at the wood. Against the flames, his silhouette reminded her of a conqueror, bold and demanding. She understood that the time for changing her mind was long past. This was a man who intended to claim her, and a surge of desire held her unable to grasp the threads of reason. Gunnar knelt before her, guiding her to sit with him.
The light at the edge of the souterrain was shielded by the underbrush. The sound of voices outside caught his attention, and Gunnar’s hand went to the battleaxe at his waist. Without warning, the branches moved, and men charged inside the souterrain. ” he roared, as he unsheathed the axe and swung hard. They were going to kill him. She was sure of it. Auder didn’t know what power moved through her, but instead of obeying Gunnar, she ran for one of the torches near the ladder that led above to the cashel.