Also by this author: The Love of a Rogue, Seduced By a Lady's Heart, Loved by a Duke, My Lady of Deception, The Heart of a Scoundrel, To Trust a Rogue, To Woo a Widow, To Redeem a Rake (The Heart of a Duke Book 11), The Rogue's Wager (Sinful Brides #1), Along Came a Lady (All the Duke's Sins, #1)
Published by Independently Published on Nov 8, 2015
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
She’s longing to be loved:
Lady Cara Falcot has only served one purpose to her loathsome father—to increase his power through a marriage to the future Duke of Billingsley. As such, she's built protective walls about her heart, and presents an icy facade to the world around her. Journeying home from her finishing school for the Christmas holidays, Cara's carriage is stranded during a winter storm. She’s forced to tarry at a ramshackle inn, where she immediately antagonizes another patron—William.
He's avoiding his duty in favor of one last adventure:
William Hargrove, the Marquess of Grafton has wanted only one thing in life—to avoid the future match his parents would have him make to a cold, duke’s daughter. He’s returning home from a blissful eight years of traveling the world to see to his responsibilities. But when a winter storm interrupts his trip and lands him at a falling-down inn, he’s forced to share company with a commanding Lady Cara who initially reminds him exactly of the woman he so desperately wants to avoid.
A Christmas snowstorm ushers in the spirit of the season:
At the holiday time, these two people who despise each other due to first perceptions are offered renewed beginnings and fresh starts. As this gruff stranger breaks down the walls she’s built about herself, Cara has to determine whether she can truly open her heart to trusting that any man is capable of good and that she herself is capable of love. And William has to set aside all previous thoughts he’s carried of the polished ladies like Cara, to be the man to show her that love.
A couple of days ago I read and reviewed a New York Time and USA Today contemporary romance that had shoddy and haphazard character development, but paired it with inferno sex scenes. In one months time it has over seven hundred reviews on Amazon. I am still perplexed that a book could make a bestseller list with such an inconsistent story. Then I pick up Christi Caldwell’s To Wed His Christmas Lady and am blown away by the solid character development, and the fully formed story, and this is a novella. In To Wed His Christmas Lady, two characters who are both dreading their futures stumble upon each other while trapped, during a blizzard, in an inn at Christmastide time. The two romantic protagonist aren’t looking for romance or love, in fact they are both hiding from their lives. The emotions of these characters Will and Cara resonated with such depth, that on was instantly connected to them and pulled into her story from the start. They learn that love can make you the person you were meant to be. I then start to wonder what the romance reading public really wants from their books? As an author Caldwell should be on every blasted bestseller list, and anyone can who knows me can tell you I am not a butt kissing fangirl reviewer. I don’t fangirl about authors, I enjoy the books those authors provide. Caldwell’s stories are always well plotted and her characters are fully developed; they are actually shaped by backstories that she provides in detail. Which made me understand why Cara or Will does something in the novella. Caldwell is also true to her characters and I have never had an ‘out left field’ plot ‘curve ball’ throw by this author. I am perplexed that we readers reward authors who write killer sex scene only, but can’t write a complete story to save their souls. Where Caldwell grabs onto the my very soul and makes me laugh, cry, and fall in love, as she envelopes me in her detailed and complete story. She provides me fully formed wonderful characters, who are real humans with emotions and are not caricatures of people.