Every now and then I feel the need to add a little historical romance to my reading mix, and this novella was just what I needed to get my fix and to add a little holiday cheer in my life.
After being unexpectedly and unjustly betrayed by her lifelong best friend Lady Natalie during her first Season, Lady Pippa has escaped back to her country home. Christmas is rapidly approaching but it is a ferocious rainstorm rather than snow that descends on the area and keeps Pippa's parents from traveling home. It also deposits one very unhappy and disheveled earl on her doorstep in the middle of the night as she is essentially home alone. Despite her concern for proper decorum, she can't turn him away and she suddenly finds herself with a very commanding- and handsome- male in her home.
The storm continues for a few days and they fall into easy bantering and companionship. Lucas doesn't share his real reason for being in the area to attend Lady Natalie's family gathering and Pippa doesn't share her reason for not wanting to attend until they are faced with a situation that brings it all to light.
For a novella, this book provided a wonderfully detailed story that did not leave me feeling cheated even with the abbreviated page count. Lucas and Pippa had some great chemistry and A Kiss at Christmastide was a great way to pass an hour or two.