I’m such a sucker for a Christmas book, especially anthologies – so was really looking forward to this one.
The reader/buyer should know that these stories have all been previously published as ebooks under the Mills and Boon Undone! line. Also note that they all contain sensual themes and scenes from the beginning. I think it was a good idea that the cover also contains this message ‘Five Sexy Stories’ for those who are perhaps looking for the sweeter stories published by them.
The stories are:
- To Undo A Lady by Christine Merrill
- An Invitation to Pleasure by Marguerite Kaye
- His Wicked Christmas Wager by Annie Burrows
- A Lady’s Lesson in Seduction by Barbara Monajem
- The Pirate’s Reckless Touch by Linda Skye
I usually enjoy Christine Merrill’s stories – but as these are all shorts – I found it very hard to believe an actor who buys a prostitute (who is actually a lady who has run away from her abusive husband) could fall in love so quickly! I found it quite coarse actually. Nice, er, murder off of the husband too…
Marguerite Kaye’s story is of another disappointed wife, but this time the hero is about to seduce her into marrying him while she visits his picturesque Scottish home. Much more charming, with a sweet ending this one.
Annie Burrows’ story was also quite fun – though a little blackmail included – a classic case of misunderstandings being cancelled about by new love.
Frances Burdett and Camden Folk’s story (though I couldn’t get on with the hero’s name) by Barbara Monajem was also quite nice – with an interesting Christmas twist of goblins to bring the couple together!
I didn’t particularly enjoy the final story so much, as the pirate idea didn’t really work so well with the other and came across as quite ludicrous. I did like Juliana’s spirit however, but it was no match in terms of Christmas stories with the middle three.
All in all it was a mostly amusing read with a beautiful cover, but not one of my favourite Christmas anthologies. I would have been better pleased with the three middle stories, and the first and last ones being left out.
A copy of this review can also be found on my Goodreads page.