Happy Release Day!
Madeleine’s Christmas Wish
By Ella Quinn
Pub Date Oct 27 2014
The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…
A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…
The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…
This is my first Ella Quinn book. While it's book 5.5 in The Marriage Game Series, it pretty much stands alone.
As I read, I kept wondering if I was missing a page, or three, on my kindle. It read like the highlights of a novella, more so than a complete story. I like to read novellas when time is at a premium. This one kept me wishing for more in the way of descriptions, characterizations, and plot. I was also a bit put off by some of the language. It didn't read like a Regency to my way of thinking.
On the plus side, there's a bit of mystery and there is an HEA. The Christmas theme is also a plus. If you are looking for a short story to read over Christmas cookies, this one might be for you.
Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for the opportunity to read this book.
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