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MS Campbell s stories are a must read for me and I am never let down by one, she has a way with words that are magical they open up a whole new world for me they take me back to the times of manners and rules that are made to be broken by the rakes of London and this one is no exception.Serena Talbot has had her heart and mind fixed on one of her brother s best friends Sir Paul Garside forever and she is determined that this Christmas with the help of mistletoe she is going to get her man but th MS Campbell s stories are a must read for me and I am never let down by one, she has a way with words that are magical they open up a whole new world for me they take me back to the times of manners and rules that are made to be broken by the rakes of London and this one is no exception.Serena Talbot has had her heart and mind fixed on one of her brother s best friends Sir Paul Garside forever and she is determined that this Christmas with the help of mistletoe she is going to get her man but the dream she has is not what she expected and there is another man to watch out for another close friend of the family Lord Hallam what does this magic hold for Serena.Giles Farraday The Marquess of Hallam has visited the Talbot family at Christmas for many years and has always been made welcome and he has had his dreams of the beautiful Serena but she has only ever had eyes for his friend Paul, so when Serena agrees to let him help her in the art of kissing the mind runs amuck with sensual thoughts from them both after that first kiss.This is such a fun and enjoyable story that will keep you turning the pages as Giles wakes Serena up to the emotions and feelings that come with kissing could Serena have been wrong about the person she truly wants what has the mistletoe done to her, her mind is aflutter with thoughts and emotions I can highly recommend this story do yourself a favour and sit back and relax with this fabulous story it is a beautiful Christmas one and yes you will be smiling very much when you get to the HEA Thank you MS Campbell for another fabulous story The best part of Christmas for an Historical Romance Reader is the Christmas Novellas and I especially look forward to Anna s Christmas stories This Christmas story is about a young lady who thinks she is in love with someone and realizes that she would rather have his best friend Serena Talbot is a confused young lady who now doesn t know how to stop wanting Giles, a childhood friend and the best friend of the man she thought she would always marry I have always loved Anna Campbell s stories The best part of Christmas for an Historical Romance Reader is the Christmas Novellas and I especially look forward to Anna s Christmas stories This Christmas story is about a young lady who thinks she is in love with someone and realizes that she would rather have his best friend Serena Talbot is a confused young lady who now doesn t know how to stop wanting Giles, a childhood friend and the best friend of the man she thought she would always marry I have always loved Anna Campbell s stories and this one is no exception I didn t like Serena at first, she was just a spoiled brat who suddenly changed her mind and wanted Giles kisses instead of Paul s That is what makes Anna a great writer, by the end of the story you are rooting for Serena and Giles to have their HAE and Paul to be ok with it This a lovely novella that can be read on a cold winter s night in your favorite chair with a cup of hot chocolate I highly recommend it Anna Campbell s Christmas novellas have been hit or miss for me over the years I always try them out because she is a strong writer, I always learn new words her vocabulary is IMPRESSIVE , and when her novella is good, it s REALLY GOOD e.g., Her Christmas Earland now this one I actually put off reading this story because the blurb made the heroine sound a bit silly and I thought this would be an awkward love triangle sort of situation Luckily, it really didn t read that way Serena does Anna Campbell s Christmas novellas have been hit or miss for me over the years I always try them out because she is a strong writer, I always learn new words her vocabulary is IMPRESSIVE , and when her novella is good, it s REALLY GOOD e.g., Her Christmas Earland now this one I actually put off reading this story because the blurb made the heroine sound a bit silly and I thought this would be an awkward love triangle sort of situation Luckily, it really didn t read that way Serena does start out with cow eyed love and an old wives tale superstition, but she quickly grows as a character and she starts to really see the true man meant to be her match This novella included all the tropes I like, friends to lovers, man loving his best friend s sister, and a character driven story at a house party.Throw in some holiday cheer, a society mother who actually cares about her daughter, some swoony kissing scenes, no awkwardly added sex scenes before marriage simply to add a sex scene there is one in the epilogue after marriage though , and some well written heart to heart conversations and you have a Christmas tale I ll definitely be reading again Merry Christmas to me Highly recommend this one As reviewed at Roses Are Blue years, Serena Talbot has been in love with her neighbor, Paul, and has been patiently waiting for him to notice that she s all grown up Serena has a feeling that at this year s Christmas houseparty, Paul will finally really see her and ask her to spend her future with him While anticipating Paul s arrival, Serena decides to indulge in an old superstition She slips a bit of mistletoe under her pillow, and goes to bed, expecting to dream As reviewed at Roses Are Blue years, Serena Talbot has been in love with her neighbor, Paul, and has been patiently waiting for him to notice that she s all grown up Serena has a feeling that at this year s Christmas houseparty, Paul will finally really see her and ask her to spend her future with him While anticipating Paul s arrival, Serena decides to indulge in an old superstition She slips a bit of mistletoe under her pillow, and goes to bed, expecting to dream of her future spouse The only problem is it s not Paul she dreams about Instead, Giles Farraday, her brother s friend and frequent visitor shows up as her love Giles was orphaned as a child, and has been spending holidays with Serena s family since he was only eight years old Over the years, Serena mostly ignored him because she only had eyes for Paul.Now, as the guests begin to arrive, Serena is feeling unsettled by her dream, and is now aware of Giles in a way she never has been before Unknown to anyone else, Giles has loved Serena for years, and was fully aware that she only wanted Paul He and Paul are best friends, and he made no attempt to win Serena s affection, feeling it would be hopeless anyway Yet, now Serena s eyes follow him, and he sees sensual curiosity there Serena convinces herself that she only wants Giles to teach her how to kiss, so that when Paul finally kisses her, she will know what she is doing Giles kisses have a strong effect on Serena, and she can t stay away from him But, it s Paul she wants, isn t it What a tangle this turns into Paul decides he s ready to settle down with Serena, yet she s strangely elusive these days Giles knows he s only being used, but he can t stay away from Serena either As for Serena, she s not sure which way is up While Paul was not really a villain at all, he was actually quite likable, I still was rooting for Giles The dark, brooding, sexy, sad man stole my heart I m a sucker for a character with a sad childhood, and when he suffers from unrequited love, too, I am lost I love how Anna Campbell painted the two men so differently Paul was golden in looks, and had a sunny personality, while Giles was dark and had a bleak past and hidden depths Can a new attraction overrule a lifetime of dreams Serena has to sort out her true feelings and bring an end to this love triangle.A MATCH MADE IN MISTLETOE is a short but compelling read I couldn t put the book down without knowing that Serena was going to make the right choice The author skillfully showed Serena s youth in some of her actions, and caused me to wonder if this story would end the way I wanted it to I m a huge fan of epilogues, and there is a lovely one here I m happy to recommend this well written and engaging book which contains muchdepth than a typical novella The backdrop of the Christmas holiday just adds to the pleasure of the reading experience 4.5 starsThis is a lovely story about a young woman who falls in love with an adonis and almost overlooks the man of substance standing in his shadow.Serena s adolescent adoration of Paul Garside has been a family joke for years All the same, the match would meet the approval of everyone He is a close friend of Serena s brother and a neighbor with lands that march with the Talbot estates Only this year, when it seems Paul has finally made up his mind to settle down, she suddenly notices his f 4.5 starsThis is a lovely story about a young woman who falls in love with an adonis and almost overlooks the man of substance standing in his shadow.Serena s adolescent adoration of Paul Garside has been a family joke for years All the same, the match would meet the approval of everyone He is a close friend of Serena s brother and a neighbor with lands that march with the Talbot estates Only this year, when it seems Paul has finally made up his mind to settle down, she suddenly notices his friend Giles.Giles has been a frequent visitor to the Talbot home since he was orphaned at a young age Serena captivated him when they were children but his feeling for her has matured over the last few years since she turned seventeen But he s always stood back, letting his friend Paul shine But something has changed wit Serena and maybe Giles is no longer content to stand by and let Paul take Serena as his bride.This is a sweet story, with two people maneuvering around each other, hardly daring to act on their attraction Serena is confused by her sudden feeling for Giles and he is afraid of a rebuff, know of her fascination with the handsome Paul.A very enjoyable read with Anna Campbell s trademark sizzle Can t say I cared for this one at all One star for the storytelling and the H view spoiler who stopped being a rake four years ago because he realized that he was using the OW as a substitute for the h hide spoiler , but that s it This novella has many of the elements of historical romance that irk me 1 The very experienced H who gets the blushing virgin.2 The blushing virgin who asks said rake for kissing lessons, amongst other things.3 A girl who can t figure out her own dang mind abo Can t say I cared for this one at all One star for the storytelling and the H view spoiler who stopped being a rake four years ago because he realized that he was using the OW as a substitute for the h hide spoiler , but that s it This novella has many of the elements of historical romance that irk me 1 The very experienced H who gets the blushing virgin.2 The blushing virgin who asks said rake for kissing lessons, amongst other things.3 A girl who can t figure out her own dang mind about who she loves.4 The h s other suitor always assumed that he was going to marry the h, but carried on as a bachelor for years.5 An h who is silly enough to offer up her virginity because she can t control her hormones.All in all, this one was not for me I know most of what I mentioned above is par for the course in Regency romance, but that doesn t mean I have to like it Debated between 3.5 and 4 stars, but went with the latter There were several things that I really disliked, but overall was still a great read that I would highly recommend No time to write full review, so Praise Giles was absolutely lovely love the tortured hero type, and of course, whenever there s a secret love aspect, we get to benefit from the third person narrative POV and get to hear all the delicious and heart wrenching feelings and thoughts the hero has Great building of attractio Debated between 3.5 and 4 stars, but went with the latter There were several things that I really disliked, but overall was still a great read that I would highly recommend No time to write full review, so Praise Giles was absolutely lovely love the tortured hero type, and of course, whenever there s a secret love aspect, we get to benefit from the third person narrative POV and get to hear all the delicious and heart wrenching feelings and thoughts the hero has Great building of attraction The chemistry is so well written and the romance scenes between these two are fantastic get a fan Criticism Don t like the love triangle plot ploy OR the lessons in seduction kissing plot ploy We kept on being told that Paul was a good guy, but he came off as an arrogant prick sometimes which is also mentioned, but not enough I feel At some point, when she s wanting to kiss again the second time, Serena should really put a stop to the Paul storyline I get that she s still very confused and unsure, has been in love with Paul since she was young, and there is no official agreement for her to put a stop to, but there ARE expectations this year Really felt like she was using Giles sometimes he feels that way rightly so , and it s quite heartbreaking and a little thoughtless As is the norm with Anna Campbell novellas, I lap them up Nothing new here, this novella has all the warmth comfort of her trademarks, and all their faults too Pros The writing It flows beautifully and draws you into the Talbot s world All the delicious angst And Giles, the lonely tormented hero Fans of Anna Campbell s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas Dashing Widows and a couple of standalones Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent and she has the knack of creating the most delicious romantic tension between her couples, something I always look for and appreciate She has produced a novella for Christmas the last couple of years, and having enjoyed those, I eagerly picked up Fans of Anna Campbell s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas Dashing Widows and a couple of standalones Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent and she has the knack of creating the most delicious romantic tension between her couples, something I always look for and appreciate She has produced a novella for Christmas the last couple of years, and having enjoyed those, I eagerly picked up this year s A Match Made in Mistletoe, the story of a young woman who comes to realise that the man of her dreams might not actually be the man for her.Serena Talbot has been in love with Paul Garside for as long as she can remember, and is eagerly looking forward to the day when he will realise he feels the same way and ask her to be his wife Like his friend Giles Farraday, the Marquess of Hallam, Paul is a regular visitor to the Talbot s home in fact, he and Giles spent most of their school holidays there, especially after Giles was orphaned at the age of eight Now in their twenties, the two young men have been on the town for a number of years, and there s no question that they are a pair of very eligible bachelors Paul s golden good looks and his easy going manner make him a firm favourite with the ladies, although Serena is rather surprised to learn that it s the darkly brooding Giles who is the most sought after Although to those of us who inhabit Romancelandia, this comes as no surprise As a child he was dark, swarthy and gangly and Serena has never quite been able to divorce the image of the boy from the man.But that doesn t matter Paul and Giles are expected to arrive for the Christmas holiday, along with numerous family members and other friends, and Serena is convinced that this is finally going to be THE Christmas, the one where Paul declares himself and makes her dreams come true And it certainly seems that is going to be the case Paul makes his intentions perfectly clear but strangely, it s not his touch or his voice that is making her stomach flutter and her heart beat faster, but those of his saturnine friend How can that be possible How can Serena be in love with one man while another man s kisses fire her blood and cause her to lose her wits The novella makes use of a couple of tropes I always enjoy the besotted hero and long time friends who fall in love Giles has loved Serena for years, but knowing of her preference for Paul, never thought he stood a chance with her and so cultivated an air of detachment, simply as a matter of self preservation While he always looks forward to Christmases with the Talbot family which are full of love, fun and laughter this year he anticipates heartbreak, as Paul has finally decided he s ready to settle down and propose to Serena My favourite part of the friends falling in love trope is that moment when they start to see each other through new eyes and Serena s dawning realisation that she finally sees Giles and, over, likes what she sees and what she has come to know of the man he is inside is superbly realised.The idea that Giles would offer to teach Serena about kissing so that she will know what to do with Paul is a rather flimsy plot device, but Ms Campbell has written Giles longing for Serena and the heat of the sexual tension between the couple so well that it s easy to forgive the contrivance and just enjoy those sensually romantic moments But that s not to say there s nothing of substance in the story there s the real sense that we re watching Serena mature before our eyes as she starts to see the difference between a girlish infatuation and real love and desire and there s a degree of angst in the sudden strain that their rivalry places on the relationship between Giles and Paul I also very much appreciated that Serena has a loving and very sensible mother something that is quite rare in romances, as parents are often estranged, eccentric or otherwise no good at being there for their offspring.Serena and Giles are attractive, well rounded characters and their interactions are a delight to read While Serena may be na ve to begin with, she s refreshingly honest with herself about her changing feelings, and Giles is a gorgeous hero one whose life has been blighted by loss and who has learned to keep his feelings hidden even as he longs to be known and loved.Because the principals have known each other for years, their romance is believable and doesn t feel rushed plus Ms Campbell delays the seemingly obligatory sex scene until the epilogue, so it doesn t feel unnaturally shoe horned into the main story I m not a big fan of novellas as a rule, but A Match Made is Mistletoe is one I d definitely recommend if you have an hour or so to spare during the festive season ^Download E-pub ↴ A Match Made in Mistletoe ☞ A mistletoe wish All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside She always eagerly looks forward to Paul s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam This year, Serena is determined that Paul s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happenBut the mistletoe gets it wrong When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam Still annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles And kissing Giles, whether there s mistletoe about or not Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles 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