The Premise: The wild Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier, never refuses and never loses a wager. When his loathesome cousin challenges him to invite a proper young lady to his infamously scandalous Christmas house party and ensure she stays for the entire duration, Alex agrees. Louisa Oliver, the proper young lady in question, has given up on marriage after her only prospect broke off their engagement to marry her sister. She is content to catalog her brother-in-law’s library and jumps at the chance to take a stab at Lord Xavier’s collection. Over the course of the house party, Alex and Louisa fall in love and he must choose between upholding his outlandish reputation and marrying the woman of his dreams. (Cover image from www.kensingtonbooks.com.)
Bonus Factors: charades, libraries
Reaction: An enjoyable read. When I sat down to write this review, I had to go back and read the description before I remembered who the hero/heroine were. Partly because I read it a month ago in the midst of reading A LOT of other romances, I’m sure, although I remember most of those pretty clearly. It’s a story set at Christmas that doesn’t beat THE MEANING OF THE SEASON in your face. I’m not a fan of Christmas stories in general so it totally worked for me in that regard.
Rating: 2/4 chili peppers (1 being a step above Georgette Heyer, 4 being a step below full-on erotica)