Frequently when I’m talking or writing about holiday romance novels I’ll say something along the lines of “it has everything I could ask for in a holiday story.” So, I got to thinking. Just what is it that I’m looking for in holiday romances? I took one for the H&H team and went to my local bookstore to browse and see what I would put in that category. Tough job, I know, but someone had to do it. Then I applied those criteria to the story up next in my holiday romance To-Be-Read pile: No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton.
In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage—to a man she’s only just met
What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?
James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one—except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces—a fiancée!
Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.
1. The cover has to pull me in with a holiday theme. Check. Our heroine, Sophronia, is decked out in a gorgeous red gown as she’s about to kiss our hero, James Archer; and there’s a decorated Christmas tree in the background. Perfect.