A Regency Christmas 1995 - The Rake's Christmas
by Edith Layton
ISBN 0451180143 Signet
Continuing Signet's relatively longstanding tradition, this anthology boasts five Regency Christmas stories from some of Signet's more popular writers. The stories vary in tone and style from Sandra Heath's somewhat gothic "The Christmas Ghost" to Mary Balogh's enchanting, child-filled "A Surprise Party." Edith Layton's "The Rake's Christmas," an uncommon tale about an aging rove who neatly arranges a matche between an impoverished orphan and a reformed rake, is especially enchanting. Also included are works by Laura Matthews and Jo Beverley. You can't miss with any of the stories here.
Ian Hunt, newly named Viscount Hunt, is weary enough of his jaded life to accept an invitation to a house party from the acknowledged rake, Lord Shelton. The older man means to use Ian as distraction while he pursues a young woman. But when Ian realizes he's meant to be party to the seduction of lovely and vulnerable Eve Thompkins, all Ian's plans, and his life - are changed forever.
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