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Ah! Regency Romance! The holiday's arrant complete for me unless I read a holiday romance and Harlequin never lets me down. This is my first Louise Allen book but not my last.
This first book in the Lords of Disgrace series, we meet Tess Ellery, a prospective Nun who is leaving a convent in Ghent for a work situation in London. An unexpected collision with Alexander Tempest changes both of there lives.
Despite Tempest's respectful behaviour towards Tess she is considered "ruined" by the nuns in England and she finds her self working for Alex as a housekeeper.
Tess brings a warmth and spirit to Tempest's bachelor home that brings Christmas spirit and other complicated emotions to his heart. The pair have an obvious attraction that complicates their living arrangements. When Tess accompanies Alex home for a holiday celebration with his estranged family they find their hearts even more ensnared as secrets from the past threaten any potential future they may have.
I adored this book!! The characters had a wonderful chemistry together and there was lots of humor and holiday spirit.
I really became entangled in the characters and had that wonderful sting of fear at the thought that these two wouldn't end up together. A perfect read for regency fans, I'm really excited for the next book in this series.