Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn't handle--until he's hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her--and she can hold her own--Crispin knows he has finally met his match.
Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she's near him. She's never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn't expect...
This novella is short, so the romance between Crispin and Gwen seems rushed at times. There's the emergence of INSTA-LOVE, which I'm not fond of, but there's only so many pages to give the characters a satisfying conclusion.
The Duke and Miss Christmas is strongly connected to the first book of the trilogy, The Duke in My Bed, which features Gwen's oldest sister Louisa and Bray Drakestone.
(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Duke and Miss Christmas.)