Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: A Handful of Hearts Series (Book One)
Publisher: Rising Phoenix Publications
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Synopsis: Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.
Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?
What a cute holiday themed novella!
This is the first book of this series but second one that I've read. Heart of Desire (Book Two) was my favorite novella of 2016! I was hopeful that this would be another good one and I'm pleased to say that this one certainly pleased me!
Jenny's eighteenth birthday is upon her and the excitement of having her first season is growing more each day. She can't wait to attend parties and dance with available gentlemen. Her dream is to meet a handsome man and fall deeply in love.
Unfortunately, Jenny's plans are squashed when she learns of a betrothal that her parents have kept secret from her since she was a baby. They intend for her to marry Alec, the son of family friends and someone that Jenny has always considered to be like a brother. And her family is not happy when Jenny refuses the match.
The situation leads Jenny to visit her aunt's home for the holidays. With any luck, she can find someone to marry, with a title, that will be an acceptable substitute for Alec. But when Alec shows up to the festivities and Jenny gets a dose of being sought after by other men, can Jenny or Alec really see her marrying anyone else?
The beginning of this novella had me gasping all over the place. I hadn't read the description in a couple of weeks so everything came as a surprise. I rooted for Alec from the beginning and was thrilled to see that he might be the intended match, after all. The story was quick-paced and adorable. I just wish there had been more from Alec's point of view.
Another sweet romance and hopefully more to come in this series! Four suns!