This holiday romance is one I really recommend to readers looking to brighten up their day. It was sweet (but not in a sickening way), and had plenty of fun moments in it. This is why I miss snow people!
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: November 29, 2016
The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.
Seth Wythebury, the Marquis of Wythebury has been left in charge of his young nephews and plans on keeping them safe while they grow up to be proper gentlemen but when he and the boys meet Lillian Prim all bets are off. Lillian scolds Seth for not allowing the boys to be children, which of course includes letting them play outside. Caught off guard, Seth doesn't know what to make of Lillian or the attraction he feels towards her. Lillian is determined to create mischief and involve the boys in as many fun child like pursuits as possible and will even involve the stern Marquis just so that the three of them can learn how to have fun.
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such warm and fuzzy feelings with a holiday romance before! I mean, I’ve enjoyed them before but Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis is just one of those stories that has a lot of heart without being over the top cheesy or sugary sweet.
Seth Wythebury, the Marquis of Wythebury isn’t a bad man, he just doesn’t know how to take care of two orphaned boys . He doesn’t play with them and rarely interacts with them yet he’s almost paranoid about their health and safety but all in a distant “I don’t play” kind of way. I’m glad that the author didn’t make him a bad guy or even a Grinch like character. He was just stuffy and he genuinely didn’t know how to relax. Believe it or not, I liked that about him. He had something to learn and a chance to learn it through his nephews. His growth was laced with plenty of humor and romance but also heartbreak.
Lillian Prim has such a different outlook on life than Seth does. She believes in fun and enjoying life to its fullest every single day. She brought the holiday cheer in the story without even trying to. She was vivacious, mischievous, and loving. I could see why Seth ended up falling for her. Lillian wasn’t intimidated by Seth’s title either and throughout the entire book she reminds him just how little his title matters when it comes to doing what she feels is best for the two boys he’s in charge of. Lillian was just such fun and really lit up the pages with her spunky attitude and her sharp tongue.
I had such a good time with Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis that I didn’t miss the lack of a physical relationship between Seth and Lillian. Their relationship is more sweet than sexy and while I normally don’t enjoy stories that don’t have both aspects of an adult relationship, Amelia Grey did a fantastic job building a relationship based on humor, mutual affection, and love for the two boys in Seth’s care.
I’m not familiar with Amelia Grey as a whole, in fact Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis is my first book but I’m definitely curious about her full length novels if this is the kind of personalities I can expect.
Final Verdict: Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis is definitely a must buy for the holiday season. The fun plot, likeable characters, and holiday cheer is what needs to be shared with all romance fans as often as possible.
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