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Lulia Vasile is a gypsy and proud of it. She's a master fencer and skilled at fortune-telling. She grew up playing roles in a traveling theater and performing at county fairs. Her life changed when she became friends with an earl's daughter and became involved in an exclusive ladies-only gaming den. She's successful but misses her family. She travels to their last known location to spend Christmastide with them. While there, she must decide what she wants for her future.

Finley Prescott, the duke of Clare, doesn't leave his estate unless it's necessary. His injuries at Waterloo have left him bitter, and he never expected to inherit the dukedom. That was supposed to be his brother's duty. Now, he has responsibilities and people who depend on him when all he wants is to disappear from the world. For him, all hope is gone, and he's not the hero England believes him to be.

After a chance meeting and a magical kiss, Lulia and Finley discover that sometimes, the one thing a person needs is the last thing they expect.

©2018 Dawn Brower (P)2018 Dawn Brower

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Short, Sweet, and Clean

Finley, the Duke of Clare, isn't the warm and fuzzy type. The Battle of Waterloo and a few personal tragedy hasn't exactly made him open to love and everything that goes with it. But while out feeling sorry for himself, he comes upon a shop and meets a mysterious young woman.

Lulia is the daughter of a Romany princess and a disgraced English nobleman's son. Her mixed heritage means she doesn't fit anywhere, and when she's left orphaned, she relies on her few friends to keep her company. Teaching fencing lessons pays her bills, as does telling fortunes. When a sad young man with a chip on his shoulder comes into her shop, she might see more than she plans.

Years later, Lulia has slipped into English high society, spending time with her pupil turned friend, Diana. But she carries many secrets, even from those closest to her. One secret is the strange bond she felt with the young man she met so many years ago. And when the same young man steps back into her life, will her hidden past ruin everything or will the pieces fall into place just in time for Christmas?

This instalove story is what I like to call "Grammy Safe." I can listen to it with my grandmother in the car on my way to drop her off at mass with no worries. I can also listen to it on my way to drop my daughter at ballet class. The sweet story is driven mainly by emotions and unexplainable ties that draw Finley and Lulia together. Of course they're both very attractive, but a few chaste kisses are all this late Georgian era couple share on their way to happily ever after.

I do wish this book was longer and a little deeper where the story was concerned. When I say it was instalove, I mean they were completely fixed on each other after ten minutes to the point where even after ten years, they were still mad for each other. I would have liked to see why they loved each other without the vague "he's perfect" and "she's strong." Lulia is such a vivid character with such different parents and Finley has such an interesting past that I'm sure has many stories, that I'm left wanting more.
But the story was short and sweet and great for a little feel-good diversion that makes audiobooks so special. It certainly helped that while listening, it was snowing in my area, mimicking the flurries Lulia and Finley saw in England.

This is my first listen to a piece Megan Green lends her voice to. She has a certain inflection to her tone that really gave an exotic feel to the book. Lulia's accent was distinct, making it clear who was speaking when she was sharing a moment with Diana. Even the men had a slightly different tone and everyone's voice was consistent throughout the work. While consistency doesn't sound like something to be applauded, I have listened to some audiobooks where a character loses their accent midway through!

Overall, I enjoyed the story and wished that the rest of the series delved into it more, particularly where Lulia is concerned. How did her parents meet and fall in love? What's it like being a Romany princess? Did she have to give up fencing? Will she try for the Romany throne? Dawn Brower, if you read this, I would like more Lulia, please and thank you.

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Sweet Regency Novella

This is the sixth book in the Connected by a Kiss Series. This Series is written by different authors. This is a sweet and clean Regency Novella. The main characters, Fin and Lulia, are likable and the storyline is beautifully romantic. I love the Epilogue. The narration is well done. Megan Green is a new narrator to me. She has an interesting British accent, easy to understand. The story and the narration are both enjoyable. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.

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Good Listen!

The story is cute and romantic. I liked the accents the narrator did, and thought that it was overall very well done!

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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A Gypsy princess and a reluctant Earl

I started this book on my lunch hour, after the first paragraph I stopped listening so I could wait till I got home, could grab a glass of wine and snuggle up in front of the fire. I loved the storyline Lucia is the daughter of a Romany Princess and the son of an Earl. Her gypsys roots run strong making her independent and carefree. And then there’s Fin. Losing his father and becoming a Duke at such a young age takes such a toll on him. I loved the story, the secondary characters such as Diana Katherine and madame Debroux. Sweet romance with some surprises, I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

I wasn’t a fan of the narrator which is the result of the 4 stars. The story is easily a 5. Narrators is a personal preference so don’t let my rating dissuade you. The story is adorable

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Unique Regency Romance

The narrator did a great job at covering the cast of characters all by herself. Always enjoy hearing an English accent. The story was a little confusing in the beginning when they first met and how they meet again but the main character was unique. She read people's future and believes fully in that fortune. Very different story line from the usual historical romance. Fun to have something unique.

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A Gypsy’s Christmas Kiss

A short sweet historical romance. When two people, from different backgrounds, are brought back together, there’s a chance that those long lost feelings can resurface. Will Fin and Lucia get their happily ever after?

An enjoyable listen with a great narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 01-02-19

Sweet Regency Tale with Truly Lovable Characters

I love a Regency romance tale and especially those set at Christmas and this one was sweet and beautiful and heartwarming! I liked the gypsy, fortune-telling twist to this story at the beginning and felt so much pain and anguish for poor Fin but I liked the way we skipped a few years and got to the happier bit with our two main characters quickly. I really liked the extra characters in this story - their friends really added something to their inner thoughts and helped them get to their HEA which is refreshing in a Regency story. I like the way Lulia had a mixed heritage but although this was frowned upon by some she was still part of the society that Fin mixed with which helped with their decisions and transitions into a relationship. Megan's narrating was great I love listening to her 'Historical' voice as she takes me straight to that era and I thought Lulia's voice was effective, making sure you remembered her culture throughout the story. Lovely story that I would recommend and read again!