RRS Reviews: Historical Romance Holiday Edition

Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)


In need of some holiday reads? Here’s a some quick, fun historical romances to curl up with!

RRS Reviews: Historical Romance Holiday EditionMistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis by Amelia Grey
Series: The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3.5
Published by Swerve on November 29th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 87
Source: Netgalley

The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.


This was a pretty quick and sweet read. It’s definitely about the opposites attract and who doesn’t love a holiday house party? Seth is a bit on the serious side, wanting to take care of his little nephews after their parent dies. Lillian is cheerful and wants the boys to have fun. Despite some clashing, there’s an undeniable attraction between the two of them. There is some angst but the grand gesture at the end was so adorable, I very much enjoyed that part!


RRS Reviews: Historical Romance Holiday EditionThe Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #1.5
Published by Pocket Star on November 28th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 90
Source: Netgalley

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead.


I had not realized that when I requested this book from Netgalley that I had actually read it already. It’s actually part of the anthology What Happens Under the Mistletoe! Here’s my thoughts on this Sinful Suitor holiday novella!

For me, Jeffries’ The Heiress and the Hothead was my favourite. It might have been because I knew the characters (Amanda and Stephen) from her Sinful Suitors series, or it might be because I love bantering couples. It’s got the bit of pride and prejudice and it was cute to see their romance grow. There was one kinda odd scene, but otherwise all around fun.


Author: Cyn

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16 Replies to “RRS Reviews: Historical Romance Holiday Edition”

  1. You are not the first reviewer to realize they had already read second book..lol Both sound fun for in-between reads, late night when you are afraid to start a new book, but want to curl up for a while. Great reviews

    1. Glad I’m not the only one! Yup, they’re perfect for when you need a quick dose of holiday cheer (: Thanks Kim!

  2. I love Sabrina Jeffries so I must get the novella. Mistletoe, Mischief and the Marquis sounds adorable too. I can’t resist a grand gesture or a house party!

    1. Yay! It’s part of the Sinful Suitor series if you’re reading that!
      I love grand gestures and house parties too 🙂

  3. Cyn, you are my favorite! I was literally JUST browsing around looking for a good holiday HR! I always trust your opinions. 🙂 I like the sound of both, but I might pick up Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis first! I haven’t tried Sabrina Jeffries yet, and this sounds like the perfect way to give her a chance. 😀 Wonderful reviews!

    1. Haha, glad I could be of help! Sabrina Jeffries is definitely worth checking out! 😀
      Thanks, Rachel!

  4. Every single year, I always say that I’m going to read more Christmas-y HR novellas! I’ve read a few – one by Sophie Jordan, and some others… which I can’t remember off the top of my head. Katharine Ashe has one. I’m not always a fan of “grand gestures” but it’s great when the gesture is well-thought-out and adorable. =)

    Great reviews, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I’m such a sucker for Christmas HR novellas and grand gestures! Though admittedly the stupid things they do that require grand gestures to make up for stupidity can annoy me sometimes, haha.
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  5. I am not sure how but I still haven’t read a historical romance novel! I own a couple now but still haven’t cracked one open. I will have to check these out! Great reviews!

    1. :O! You should definitely try them out 😉 If you need suggestions…I always have a ridiculously long list to share haha. Thanks, Grace!

  6. oh I enjoyed Sabrina Jeffries one, she does great with her Christmas reads. I still do need to read Amelia Grey’s book soon.

    1. I’m always excited for a Jeffries holiday read 🙂

  7. Eeep! I always avoid Christmas themed books. I mean, I just can’t get into it! I have been meaning to read Sabrina Jeffries’ novella…but I have been putting it of for like forever!

    I enjoyed reading one of her old Christmas themed books, ‘Twas the Night After Christmas, and I really enjoyed it. 🙂

    1. Haha, that’s fair enough. I’m a totally sucker for holiday books!
      Oh that one was a lovely one (:

  8. LOL yes I had the same thing happen with the Jeffries one. I did enjoy it as well save for that odd scene. It really was strange, wasn’t it? lol

    1. Glad I’m not the only one! It seemed like not the best time for it, haha, but yes, the rest of it was good!

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