Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Deck the Halls with Love by Lorraine Heath

Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love. In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to pursue her? It matters little, because she's on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned.

Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she's always belonged.

First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith's heart, once and for all.

We are introduced to Alistar Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, in the second book of this series, Lord of Temptation.  He seems to be stuck in doing what's right, and it's making him miserable.  Of course, his heart never belonged to Lady Anne, so he would have been miserable in their marriage.  Chetwyn is determined to show the woman he truly loves, Lady Meredith Hargreaves, that they would completely suit. 

For such a short story, Deck the Halls with Love packs a punch.  I never cared for Chetwyn in Lord of Temptation; that's not to say I disliked him as a character.  I was merely apathetic to his presence.  But here, he commands the narrative.  He's seen what he wants -- Meredith -- and he goes after her.  Thank goodness Meredith responds in kind, and the two of them are a perfect match for each other. 

(A very special thank you to Avon Books, Harper Collins, and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of Deck the Halls with Love.)

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