Review & Giveaway: All I Want for Christmas is A Duke: Valerie Bowman, Vivienne Lorret, Tiffany Clare & Ashlyn Macnamara




All I Want for Christmas is a Duke
By: Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, & Ashlyn Macnamara
Released December 1, 2015
Avon Impulse



Four popular romance novelists come together to bring readers delightful tales of Christmas Magic and the dukes that make us swoon… The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton…
The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman
A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple ‘tis the season of second chances…
Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare
Sophie Kinsley planned to remain a wallflower at the Duke of Helmsworth’s ball. Yet when a dance with him leads to a stolen kiss, will the duke be willing to let her go? Or will Sophie’s Christmas wish be granted at last?
The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret 
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything—even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.
One Magic Season by Ashlyn Macnamara
Patience Markham never forgot the fateful dance she had with the future Duke of Kingsbury. But when a twist of fate brings them together for Christmas Eve, will the stars finally align in their favor?



from THE DUKE’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Vivienne Lorret

By the time he cleared his head, Miss Sutherland was taking a few hurried backward steps. When she turned around, she ran headlong into him with a surprisedOh! and then an oof!
North stumbled back into the ascending room. He did everything he could to remain upright. Planting his feet wide, he was forced to hold her against the sturdy column of his body. Forced to grasp her arms. Which, incidentally, were bare between her velvet-trimmed cap sleeves and elbow-length gloves. Bare beneath his hands. Bare, warm, and softer than goose down.
A shudder—that was more about untamed desire than preoccupation—quaked through him to his very core. Staring down into her almond-shaped eyes, he watched as they widened and swept over his features, from brow to chin. Her gaze lingered a fraction longer on his mouth, as if she was waiting for him to speak or, perhaps, waiting for him to kiss her.
He took a moment to speculate whether it was the former or the latter. In the seconds that passed, he catalogued how her hands were resting against his chest, not pressing as if she wanted to gain her freedom but curled slightly as if trying to capture the beat of his heart in the cup of her palms. Also, she made no movement to separate from him. Her breathing was rapid—though perhaps that was the result of running down the hall. When she wet her lips, however, she provided an irrefutable answer.



VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.


USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and the Rakes of Fallow Hall series.


Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children and housework of any kind (unless she’s on a deadline when everything is magically spotless),TIFFANY CLARE opened up her laptop to write stories she could get lost in. Tiffany writes sexy historical romances set in the Victorian era. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and two dogs.



USA Today bestselling author ASHLYN MACNAMARA writes Regency romance with a dash of wit and a hint of wicked. She considers writing her mid-life crisis but reckons it’s safer than hang-gliding or rock-climbing. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters, and one loudmouth cat. Although she writes about the past, you can find her in such newfangled places as her website Facebook, and Twitter.



I don't know about you but I love reading anthologies during holiday season. I just don't have as much time to read as I'd like to. Books like All I Want for Christmas is A Duke is perfect. I can read one and put it down and wrap some gifts. I'm one of those people who hates leaving a book unfinished (the damn thing keeps calling me) 

As a whole the book is very good. I enjoyed each of the stories. Some more then others but isn't that how it always is? I will break down each of the book and give you my thoughts. 

The Duke and the Duchess Trap

I'm pretty sure that most of us have seen The Parent Trap. For me it was a long time ago but I remember it. I will admit I was never a fan of it. I can't see ever letting any of my children go. Of course both stories are fictions so I try to remember that. 

I enjoyed the writing of this story and for the most part liked the characters too. I didn't care for the fact that he was seen with other women while they weren't together. Not a fan. I did love their daughters. The girls are so cute and fun! 

Even with what I didn't like about it I'd read another book of hers. 

Sophie and the Duke

I don't know about you but I have the guy that was in my life when I was a kid that I often think about. So what would happen if we met again...

That's the theme of this story. I love the idea of it and the author does a good job of showing us just how good they are together. Two halves of a whole. 

My only issue with this one is that it felt a little weak. I just wanted more of their story. What I got wasn't bad, just left me wanting more. 


The Duke's Christmas Wish

This one has a slight modern twist for feel to it. Northcliff is such a smart man. He's a historical nerd. You got to love a smart man. Of course we all know that sometimes smart people think they can make things go one way when they can't. 

This is a very enjoyable story and I think it's one of my favorites. It made me think of Amanda Quick's older books. 

One Magic Season

So this story has a story line that I really enjoy. I know it's sort of a old plot but one that I think still works. I'm talking about the characters getting snowed in together and forced to deal with each other. 

It could go smoothly or not. Being that this is a romance you know it will be both. 

I really enjoyed the characters and thought the story was very fun. The story ended the book wonderfully. 

As I said, I think you'll enjoy all the stories. It's perfect for cuddling on the couch with the tree lights shining. 

If you've read All I Want for Christmas is a Duke or any other book but the authors I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading. 

Happy Holidays! 








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  1. Thank you so much for hosting ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE!

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  2. I've only read Bowman. Interesting set up with that one. I'm with ya on Christmas anthos. They really are good this time of year :D

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    1. They don't take as much of your time up.

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  3. This sounds like a good read. Nice to try some new to me authors.

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