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by Johanna Lindsey
3.5 Stars of 5
Left to handle the rumors of her family's bankruptcy and impending eviction, Larissa Ascot's wishes for a merry Christmas seem to be in peril for the first time in her sheltered life. A charming would-be "benefactor," Vincent Everett, the Baron of Windsmoor, has offered to shelter Larissa and her young brother. But more than Yuletide spirit seems to have inspired the baron's generosity. From the moment he first set eyes on Larissa, the highborn rogue was bewitched. And now that she has taken up residence in his home, he aches with wanting her --- a most unfortunate state of affairs, since the proud beauty obviously despises him ... and since Vincent has sworn to seek a righteous vengeance on the Ascot family.
But Christmas is a time of miracles, after all. And even two rival souls can be touched by the spirit of forgiveness in these magical days --- and showered with precious gifts of tenderness, love, and ecstasy unbound.
This is a lovely read for the holiday season. Grab a cup of coffee and snuggle up with this historical romance.
Vincent Everett, the Baron of Windsmoor, is bent on revenge against Ascot, the man he thinks caused his brother to commit suicide. After evicting the man's family and, after he gets a good look at Larissa Ascot, invite her and her brother to stay in his home. Naturally, being a vengeful rake, he decides to seduce the naive Larissa.
Larissa is sweet and does not have many options. Her father could be dead, her brother is ill, and they lose their home. She accepts Lord Everett's offer to stay in is home, but has no plans on falling in love with the rogue.
As the book progresses, Larissa begins to tear down the walls surrounding Vincent's cold heart, breaking through his Scrooge exterior. She shows him what love and family are all about.
This was a fun story and great a holiday read.