E-Originals, November 9, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

The unexpected premise of a retiring courtesan as prodigal daughter in Respect is refreshing even if the ending is a bit tidy—both stories were originally compiled in the self-published The Virtues of Christmas; contemporary romance fans will fall in love with these characters, and, as with the other titles in the series, they will not be able to put this one down

Week ending November 9, 2018

Burrowes, Grace. Patience for Christmas. Dec. 2018. 115p. ebk. ISBN 9781538748589.
Burrowes, Grace. Respect for Christmas. Nov. 2018. 91p. ebk. ISBN 9781538748602.
ea. vol: Forever Yours: Grand Central. ebk. $1.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Patience Friendly, author of the newspaper advice column “Mrs. Horner’s Corner,” is much accustomed to her publisher’s pushy demeanor. Dealing with “Dreadful” Dougal MacHugh is no fun, however, her spinster circumstances bar Patience from most other occupations. When Dougal comes up with a scheme to build holiday readership into a veritable frenzy, Patience resolves to make the best of the long, close-spent hours to come. Neither Patience nor Dougal are prepared for where the holiday spirit will take them.
     Henrietta Whitlow is tired and travel-weary. Her yearly holiday journey to her childhood home, where she will be ignored by her father, has become even more difficult owing to a righteous, irascible innkeeper. When Lord Michael Brenner, Baron Angelford, witnesses the uncomfortable exchange, he hospitably extends one if his rooms to Henrietta and her maid. Henrietta, as forthright as she is intelligent, offers Michael the opportunity to withdraw his inexplicably kind offer, revealing that she is retiring from her profession as the most sought-after courtesan in London. But Lord Brenner, not nearly as trustworthy as he seems, becomes enthralled with Henrietta’s intellect and brave spirit. Will the pair’s budding chemistry survive the journey home and the holidays ahead?
VERDICT Burrowes’s (Too Scot To Handle) feel-good Christmas novella Patience treads familiar ground, while the unexpected premise of a retiring courtesan as prodigal daughter in Respect is refreshing, even if the ending is a bit tidy. Both stories were originally compiled in the self-published The Virtues of Christmas.—Nicole J. Suarez, Frankfort P.L. Dist., IL

Lovelace, Sharla. A Charm Like You. Lyrical Shine: Kensington. (Charmed in Texas, Bk. 5). Dec. 2018. 240p. ebk. ISBN 9781516107032. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Gabi Graham cannot believe she has decided to go to a divorcée support group. But with a cheating ex-husband about to get remarried, it seems like a good idea. Then Hot Guy walks into the meeting and things get interesting. Maybe some no-strings-attached fun would be good for her. She soon discovers that her ex-husband is about to have the baby she always dreamed of and has defaulted on their loan and driven her home into foreclosure. Suddenly her no-strings plan looks even better. There is nothing wrong with a few steamy moments with a sexy stranger, except when you enter a business meeting and realize it is with Hot Guy, aka your best friend’s brother. Thatcher Roman is shocked to see the girl from the support group who has been invading his dreams. Now he must figure out how to talk her into a relationship instead of worrying about how it will affect their lives. Taking a chance is difficult when you have already lost so much. Lovelace’s (Charmed at First Sight) story of Gabi and Thatcher is the perfect series ender.
VERDICT Contemporary romance fans will fall in love with these characters, and as with the other titles in the series, they will not be able to put this one down.—Jessica M. Perovich, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, Washington, DC

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