A Gypsy's Christmas Kiss

Scandal Meets Love (Connected by a Kiss, Book 6)
Narrated by: Megan Green
Series: Connected by a Kiss, Book 6
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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Just ok

I really liked Lulia in other books of this series, so I was quite excited to read her story and discover how she found love again. Sadly, the book didn’t live up to my expectations. Everything fell rushed and underdeveloped, there was no character development and the narrator chose a voice for Lulia that took me out of the story every time she said something. I’m sad that her story received such a harsh treatment compared to the others, but I’m hoping this was just a “glitch” in the series and I continue to like the rest of the books as the first four I read.

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A Gypsy's Christmas Kiss

I just love that Lulia finally gets her own story. She has been a favorite character for me from the beginning of this series. Of course all books are standalone. She is always in the background, yet she kind of also a heroin in her own way, because of her heritage. Her character always seems to give more than she gets and I was so happy to see her get her HEA, A nice narration made the story easy to listen to!

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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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Disappointed

I have difficulty getting into the story because the narrator was so distraction. Her voice was sing song that it did not fit what was happening in the story. Will read this author again but with a different narrator

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English Gypsy Romance

This is the first book I listened to in this series, so all the characters were brand new to me. I thought the story was a little underdeveloped. Things moved quicker than I would have expected for the time period. They just met and suddenly Lulia was trying to figure out their relationship and desperate to see him again. I also wasn't fond of the accent the narrator used for Lulia. She brought a strange lilt to the story that was difficult to follow. I received this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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CHRISTMAS HAPPINESS

A GYPSY'S CHRISTMAS KISS is the sixth book in the Connected by a Kiss series and the sixth book in the Scandal Meets Love series. IMHO this should have been book 3.5, since their relationship is mentioned in book four. If you haven’t started the series or haven’t yet read that far into the series, I would suggest reading this one before book four. That said, I adored Lulia’s and Fin’s story. This is a second-chance romance with an interesting twist, starting with their meet-cute in her father’s store when she was about 16 years old and he was a new duke of 20 years old. They didn’t see each other again for 12 years, but each recognized the other, had never forgotten the other, were drawn to, infatuated with, and curious about each other. I liked that Lulia was proud of heritage during a time when being Romani was looked down upon. Even more so, I liked that Fin didn’t care a fig about her Romani roots. He loved the woman, not her family tree. Christmas is a hard time for Fin. He assumed his title during the Christmastide when his father broke his neck on a horse that Fin gave him as a Christmas gift. Losing a parent a Christmas is hard enough, but he is dealing with guilt as well. Isn’t it wonderful when the right woman can come along to help a man to heal? I was rooting for them both from word one. This is the kind of story that never makes me sad, but adds to my happiness by the end. Right now (during this unprecedentedly depressing time in history), contentment is an especially desirable commodity. Since this book is a cross-over between two series, I will be looking for more in each of the series. Narration: Megan Green has a beautiful British-accented voice that is the perfect sound for this Regency romance. She did a wonderful job of differentiating between the different characters and it was a joy to listen to her. Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via Audiobooks Unleashed, my opinions are my own and are given freely. Title: A GYPSY'S CHRISTMAS KISS Series: Scandal Meets Love #7; Connected by a Kiss #6 Category /Genre: Regency Historical Romance Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Listenability: NSFW Received from: Dawn Brower (as an Audible gifted copy)

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A true Regency Romance, with a twist.

A fortune foretold, but mis-interpretted, causing some years before it true meaning could come to pass. An interesting but stilted rendition.

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Second Chance Love Story

At first I was not a big fan of the narrator's voice and it did distract from my enjoyment of the book itself. I felt the narrator over emoted, was too dramatic in her presentation and trying to distinguish different characters for each persona. Once she settled into the book this did improve, but I was already a bit distracted from the story. Lulia Vasile is proud of her gypsy heritage yet she has secrets to keep, even from her closest friend. Finley Prescott, the Duke of Clare, was not responsible for his father's death, but feels responsible. Afraid to get close to anyone else, he limits his relationships and prefers to spend time alone. When, as a young man, he happens across a young gypsy girl and has his fortune told, he can't get her or her message out of his mind and heart. They meet again many years later. The initial attraction is still there. I found him to be cold and distant, with nothing attractive about him. It was difficult to be sympathetic to his situation. I knew they would get together eventually but hoped he would show more depth and growth.

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  • bluepits73
  • 02-16-19

Sweet Second Chance Romance

I liked this second chance romance, I think I would have liked more interaction initiallyy between the characters to justify their dreaming about each other for 12 years. Not the biggest fan of insta-love types but since it is a quicker listen, I don't mind it as much. What I liked most about this listen was that Lulia foresees that she and Fin will be together but that he rushes out before she is able to tell him. I also really liked that Lulia was proud to be part gypsy in a time period where they weren't very highly looked upon. I do think I would have liked a little bit more incorporation of Christmas since it is in the title. It was an enjoyable winter listen. I enjoyed this narrator's performance. I think her accent really makes this feel more like a regency romance. Her accent is a little different than a usual British accent, but I think it makes the story more unique. She did a great job differentiating characters and keeping things consistent. I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased 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!