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Publisher's Summary

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time - he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after 12 days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel...and tumbling head over heels in love.

Regency-set Historical Romance Novella

Enjoy the laugh-out-loud standalone prequel to USA Today best-selling author Erica Ridley's new Dukes of War regency romance series!

The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:

  • The Viscount's Christmas Temptation (#1)
  • The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (#2)
  • The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (#3)
  • The Major's Faux Fiancee (#4)
©2014 Erica Ridley (P)2015 Erica Ridley

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A lovely listen!

*3.5 stars*

Well THAT was an unexpected surprise! I enjoyed this one, quite a lot, actually.

I was expecting very little from this historical romance novella. First of all, this was a freebie, and with only $1.99 extra for the matching audiobook, a total bargain. Second of all, this was an unknown author to me, with some very mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends. However, this was a very sweet story, with a smart, interesting heroine.

I adored the female MC, something that I sometimes struggle with, but I really liked her control and her sensible nature. She was really refreshing, honestly. My main complaint was not the characters or the storytelling, but in how FAST the romance progressed. I could have used waaaay more relationship development than this book gave me.

In terms of audiobook narration, Stevie Zimmerman did a lovely job. She did excellent male and female voices (a MUST for me), and acted out the scenes well. However, the actual recording quality was a little "home recorded" for me. It was a tiny bit muffled sounding, but I got used to it as the story went on, and I didn't mind it much.

While it wasn't perfect, it was an easy, quick listen and an EXCELLENT deal. Historical audio lovers should snatch this one up.

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Delightful short story!!!

What made the experience of listening to The Viscount's Christmas Temptation the most enjoyable?

Plot and characters were pleasant, funny and unpredictable.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

Yes! Immensely enjoyed his performance.

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Sheffield' s Christmas Ball!!! Will Lady Amelia be able to assist Lord Sheffield with the disaster which has fallen upon his Ballroom? Well-developed storyline. Fast-paced read. A beautiful love fun filled romance story.

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Stevie Zimmerman is always fantastic!

Very cute, original story. Quick read when you don't have 10+ hours for a book.

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Too short but a nice start

Lots of places where this could have been extended, but for a novella, it was good. I'd have liked to have seen the rakehell being converted more, however...

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A delightful romp through December 1815

This delicious book takes place in a very short time period in December 1815 and is the first in a series about a group of noblemen, most of whom fought in the Napoleonic wars.

The narrator really makes this book work! She brings the characters to life as you can hear all the emotions...most of which is humor.

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What a great temptation of the audio

Short historical novella. The heroine is a sister to a duke. And her love is a viscount

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Fun read

A short, fun, funny and sweet tale of two people who are seemingly opposite coming together and in reality a perfect pair. Amelia likes taking charge of things, in order to give herself a purpose while Benedict likes doing things on his own. Needless to say, you will certainly laugh throughout the novel and will be delighted at how it ends.

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Sweet Regency Romance

This was my first book by this author. It was free on Amazon and I figured I'll give it a try. I do love regency romance and was not disappointed. The story is sweet and well written. The characters enjoyable. As soon as I finished the book I went and bought all the other books in the series. Highly recommended. Listening to the audiobook was very enjoyable. I have listened to this narrator before and loved every one of her narrations.

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  • Kay
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Shall we say "Oh My!"

The story was short but incredibly cute and sufficient. I love when historical fiction romances include those of us who are pushing our prime or already there (age 30 and up). Makes me not feel so unaccomplished lol. As I am a lover of Historical Fiction/Romance this novella did not disappoint and I was thoroughly satisfied with it.

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very sweet story

I loved it! It's a sweet, short Christmas story. The narration was excellent as well.