Blogmas Day 8: A Diamond for Christmas by Sydney Jane Baily

Publisher: WOLF Publishing
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 18th 2022
Genre: Romance – Regency – Christmas
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Part of Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Regency AnthologyOnce Upon an Aggravatingly Heroic Kiss Review

As much as I loved Once Upon an Aggravatingly Heroic Kiss, A Diamond for Christmas just about tops Bree Wolf’s novella for me. This is tagged as a Regency Romeo and Juliet, and it delivers, though with more steam than Shakespeare’s original story.

Lord Geoffrey Diamond doesn’t really expect to fall in love (like most Regency Romance heroes), but when he meets Lady Caroline, there’s something about her that sets his heart racing. Lady Caroline is used to following orders, until she meets Lord Diamond, and the pair discover their families are at war.

Neither are able to get an exact answer as to what happened between the two couples, but are told in no uncertain terms to stay away from each other. So begins a series of clandestine meetings, usually aided by their friends.

I really enjoyed this; I loved seeing the different ways they arranged to meet, and their meetings get steamy, with both characters unable to keep their hands off each other. It was really fun to read, especially the way things were built up and with some of the miscommunication between the two. I also liked how the issue between the parents was dealt with – sometimes the parents disliking each other in Romance can come across a little forced, but it feels right here with the characters and it’s resolved in a good way. It’s a lovely book, a great Christmas read, and definitely has enough spice to warm you up on a cold evening.

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