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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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  • Trish R.
  • 30-11-18

Loved the book and the narration..



So, I swore I wasn’t going to read another Erica Ridley book since I felt tricked into reading The Captains Bluestocking Mistress, which I more than mentioned in my review. BUT, I broke down and bought this novella and I enjoyed immensely.

I adored both Benedict and Amelia. Him because he had a schedule for going out and being a rake and Amelia because there wasn’t a problem she couldn’t fix, including the Seventy-Fifth Annual Ball that had to have another venue because there was a fire at in the ballroom of Benedict’s home, where it was supposed to be held.

It was a fun trip to each venue Amelia took Benedict to.

There was no sex or swearing.

As to the narration: Actually, the real reason I bought this novella was because Stevie Zimmerman was narrating it and I love, love, love her. She does everything perfect: the voices and her emotions when she reads.

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  • Heather
  • 14-06-16

A lovely listen!

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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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  • Raye
  • 27-06-15

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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  • Candace
  • 11-12-18

Great read highly recommend for any time of year

I usually don't expect a whole lot from a very short novel with a Christmas theme except for maybe to feel cheerful and in more of the Christmas spirit. However, this book exceeded my expectations. The storyline, the hero and heroine, and the problems encountered in the book can truly stand alone to make this an amazing book for any time of year. My only regret is that this book is not longer but I'm excited to see that there are many more books in the series. This book is short and very very sweet but you will be rooting for the characters and have difficulty putting it down. The narrator as always is excellent with great voices that allow you to fall into the book.

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  • Gstar
  • 09-08-18

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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  • Tracy T
  • 31-12-18

Great short story and narration!

I loved this book. OMG Amelia was amazing! I laughed so many times. Wow she could definitely organize things.

I loved Sheffield too. He was handsome, sweet, sexy arrogant and rich!

They made such a good match, perfect.

As for the narration, Stevie Zimmerman did a really good job on the male voices and made Sheffield sound sexy. She has always been hit or miss with me and this was a hit. YAY

I liked this book so much I am going to start the second book in this series.

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  • Elizabeth Vicinski
  • 04-12-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Short but sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique personality of the main characters, especially the female lead. My only complaint is that it ended to quickly. More detail after the I love you's were said would have been great. Hopefully there will be more to come in the next book in the series.

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  • Thomas Le Min
  • 23-11-18

What a fabulous quick holiday love story!

Although it is a brief novella, this endearing holiday love story set in Georgian England introduces a limited cast upon the backdrop of a pending Christmas party. Each character is immediately engaging and is the perfect appetizer for the Dukes of War series. I can’t wait to follow along into the series proper, as it promises to be thoughtful, engaging, and romantic with plenty of period details to add it a unique character. Ms. Ridley has a winner in this book, and she has the very perfect narrator in Ms. Zimmerman. Brava to them both!

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  • Carol Haddock
  • 11-08-18

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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  • R Neustel
  • 09-08-18

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.