Review: Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins

Romantic ThursdayIt’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

Once Upon a Christmas Kiss - Manda CollinsPublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (October 14th 2014)
eBook: 200 pages
Series: Wicked Widows #3.5
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. Their attraction between is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?


Let me tell you, this book was a nice surprise-not-so-surprised novella for me, since I’ve basically been waiting for Lucien and Winnie to have their happily ever after since Why Dukes Say I  Do (book 1)!  As seen in my review for Why Dukes Say I Do, I  quickly fell in love with Lucien’s hilariously winning personality and since this, “If you tell me that he, too, as engaged a governess with a bird name I will have to adapt a child so that I can hire one as well,” Trevor’s friend [Lucien] said glibly.” I’ve been waiting for the romance to bloom between him and Miss Winifred Nightingale!

And we finally get that in this cute Christmas novella when both Lucien and Winnie unexpectedly end up at a holiday house party.

“Sir Lucien,” Winnie gasped, clearly as surprised to see him as he was her. “I did not expect to meet you here.”

That made two of them.

Fate, you old bastard, mayhap you’ve got a romantic streak after all.

Yes indeed, the old bastard does. Lucien and Winnie are both just such sweet people that you know their courtship is just adorable. And true to Collins’ fashion, the romance is laced with a little suspense and mystery! Someone seems to be threatening Winnie and Lucien is determined to protect her, even if that means marrying her (not that he minds!). Winnie on the other hand is a bit reluctant to fall head over heels for Lucien because she doesn’t want him to get hurt (but really, you can’t resist Lucien’s charm). Together they try to oust the villain and along we get a delightful little romance.

Overall, Once Upon A Christmas Kiss is a quick, cute holiday read and a nice addition to the Wicked Widows series. Definitely worth checking out if you’ve loved Lucien since the beginning or are just in need of a winsome hero and a sweet heroine.

{*Thank to St. Martin’s & Netgally for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

PS. Reviews for Why Dukes Say I Do (#1) & Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (#3)

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Author: Cyn

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4 Replies to “Review: Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins”

  1. Sounds like an interesting series and this an interesting novella. 🙂

    1. The mystery is nice and it’s definitely a cute series (:

  2. Awww Cyn they do definitely sound like a really cute and complimentary couple, I love how it’s courting back in the day too 🙂 Novellas that are great are a pleasant find!

    1. I love sweet little novella, such fun, quick reads (: And yes, the courting! haha.

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