Hear ye, Hear ye! From this point forward, I shall go looking for a holiday release from Sophie Jordan every year, because she is straight-up great at this.
Today I'm going to rave about not one but TWO great holiday-set books by Ms. Jordan that are forever keepers for me.
While the Duke Was Sleeping
You guys. While the Duke was Sleeping is a regency take on the Sandra Bullock movie, While You Were Sleeping. No, I'm not kidding. Yes, it totally works.
Lonely shopgirl Poppy Faircloth adores Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, but only from afar. He frequents her flower shop, but takes no notice of her. Then, one day, she witnesses her beloved Duke fighting with a stranger in the street. Poppy jumps in to the brawl, but the Duke is knocked unconscious by a carriage and falls into a coma. Determined not to leave his side, Poppy claims to be his fiancee - and off this sexy and rollicking adventure goes. Of course, the stranger isn't a stranger at all, but the Duke's estranged brother, the illegitimate Struan. As Poppy and Struan bump heads, they grow attracted to each other, and when the Duke's family invites Poppy for Christmas things heat up even more...
Fine, it's barely a Christmas book, BUT it's a deeply satisfying, super fun regency. Sophie Jordan writes rollicking arguments and delicious sexytimes, and it's charm just about matches the sheer joy of the original film. That movie is perfect. Fight me. ;)
An Heiress For All Seasons
I only read this one for the first time a month ago, but I read it in one sitting and could not put it down. It's delicious, you guys.
Our American heiress heroine, Violet, loves a regular dude who works for her father. But her mother (of course!) insists she try and marry an English Lord. So off they go to a country house for Christmas, where she (in a barn!) meets the outrageously sexy and totally obnoxious Will, Earl of Merton. For his part, Will needs Violet's money, but he refuses to marry a rich woman just for that -- but the heiress is appealing. And when the two wind up taking shelter from a winter storm together....Do I really need to say more?
An Heiress for all Seasons is a novella in Jordan's The Debutante Files series, but you don't need to have read the other titles. Although A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin and All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue are terrific reads, so I'm not stopping you.
I loved An Heiress for All Seasons. I loved Violet and Will so much. I wish I could read it again for the first time! <3
Both books are available via Amazon.
An Heiress for All Seasons ($1.99 right now!)
...and they're also available via The Ripped Bodice, America's first romance-only bookstore. So, you know, if you wanted to give a smaller bookseller an order this season... <3
Pairs well with --
Um, if we're talking about American heiresses how can I not mention the Christmas at Downton Abbey album. (Here! Listen to a sample. I just found out this existed a few days ago!) Put this on, kick back with these books and a glass of sherry, and call it a holiday!