Love is All Around Holiday Collection: The Red Hot Earl, The Gift of the Marquess, Joy to the Duke

· Zealous Quill Press
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Untouchables and The Phoenix Club comes a Christmas Regency series! Don't miss these holiday classics retold with love, passion, and heart.

The Red Hot Earl

Once an untitled misfit, Ash, the Earl of Buckleigh has returned to town to help his oldest and dearest friend, Bianca, save the annual holiday party. Suddenly, Bianca sees a future she never imagined—with Ash. But when the bullies from his youth are up to their old tricks, everything they care about is threatened, and it will take a miracle—or a hero—to save the day.

The Gift of the Marquess

The Marchioness of Darlington wants nothing more than a child, but after three years of marriage, Poppy has given up hope. After losing his mother and sister in childbirth, her husband Gabriel is secretly glad she hasn’t been able to conceive, for he can’t bear the thought of losing her. Desperate to prove his love, he hatches a heartfelt plan to hopefully give her what she wants most for Christmas.

Joy to the Duke

Denied the woman of his dreams ten years ago by his father’s meddling, Calder, Duke of Hartwell, has decided to abolish the holiday traditions his father loved so well. Upon returning to town, widow Felicity Garland is astonished to see how much the young man she once loved has hardened. It’s up to her to break through the fortress around his heart—not just to save Christmas, but to save him

Ratings and reviews

4.4
5 reviews
Lorena Dinger
November 5, 2021
This collection gathers all three books in Darcy Burke’s Love is All Around holiday Regency romance series about three siblings. While all of the stories interconnect, each book focuses on one couple and can be enjoyed on its own. The Red Hot Earl Although it deals with bullying, this is generally a light read with humor, moments of excitement, and a sweet friends-to-lovers romance. While it is loosely based on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and is set at the start of the holiday season, it isn’t overly focused on the holidays. It does have a warm, optimistic tone that is suited to the season, as well as a fun theme song on the author’s website. This story focuses on Lady Bianca and her childhood friend Ash, now the Earl of Buckleigh. I was fond of both of these characters. I always enjoy strong, smart characters who aren’t too concerned about society’s expectations. I also appreciate stories about characters who happen to have disabilities (in this case, Tourette syndrome), but the disability is not the main point of the story. The Gift of the Marquess While this story is inspired by “The Gift of the Magi” (I wouldn’t have guessed that if not for the title) and is set during the holiday season, it doesn’t have very much of a holiday feeling to me. This story focuses on Poppy and her husband Gabriel, the Marchioness and Marquess of Darlington. It was a nice change to read a romance featuring a married couple overcoming their struggles and working to maintain intimacy; however, I had trouble relating to these characters. Poppy seemed selfish and not very likeable at the start of the story, though she became quite admirable as she and the story progressed. I initially liked Gabriel, but I lost respect for him when he let his fears overcome him and became withdrawn. I didn’t particularly connect with any of the secondary characters either. I think the characterization was fine, so that may be entirely a matter of my personal preferences. This book was very focused on the desire for children, how to cope with an inability to have children, death in childbirth, and how best to provide for children born in poverty. I appreciate that the author is tackling these issues, and I suspect this plot would appeal to many readers, but it did not interest me. Joy to the Duke This fun second chance romance was the most Christmassy of the three stories, and I really liked how it incorporated elements of “A Christmas Carol.” Poppy and Bianca’s brother Calder, the Duke of Hartwell, was portrayed so disagreeably (such a Scrooge) in the previous books that I wondered how Ms. Burke would redeem him. She handled his redemption via “ghosts” of the past, present, and future with aplomb. Calder and Felicity were both likable characters, and I was rooting for their second chance romance to succeed. While this story deals with some dark themes (parental death, child abuse, poverty), it also includes some laughs and the love of a very good dog. Note that this book includes mild profanity and explicit scenes of both marital and premarital sex. I received an ARC of each individual book from the author and volunteered to provide an honest review.
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of captivating, compelling historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at https://www.darcyburke.com/join.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, artist daughter, and imaginative son who will almost certainly out-write her one day (that may be tomorrow). They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, an older rescue Maine Coon with attitude to spare, an adorable former stray who wandered onto their deck and into their hearts, and two bonded boys who used to belong to (separate) neighbors but chose them instead. You can find Darcy at a winery, in her comfy writing chair, folding laundry (which she loves), or binge-watching TV with the family. Her happy places are Disneyland, Labor Day weekend at the Gorge, Denmark, and anywhere in the UK—so long as her family is there too. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com and follow her social media: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans, Twitter @darcyburke at http://www.twitter.com/darcyburke, Instagram at http://www.instagram/darcyburkeauthor, and Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/darcyburkewrite.

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