The Last Chance Christmas Ball

Christmas 1815. Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Hall is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…
 
A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays…
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About the author

Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.
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Publisher
Kensington
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Published on
Sep 29, 2015
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781617739248
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Lady Vice by Wendy LaCapra - When a fallen baroness is accused of murdering her estranged husband, her first love becomes her last chance.

Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle - Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.

Captured Countess by Ann Lethbridge - where double agents play a seductively dangerous game in Napoleon’s war with England.

Shattered Secrets by Lana Williams - The new Earl of Berkmond reluctantly offers a marriage of convenience to his childhood friend, but his passion for her collides with the terrible secrets of his past.

The Rake to Rescue Her by Julia Justiss - When jaded Alastair Ransleigh begins an affair with the woman who once jilted him, hopes of finally escaping her spell change to a determination to rescue her from past misery and present danger.

A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins - Leonora Craven is desperate to know just how her brother died, but to find out she'll need to join forces with her former love, Lord Freddy Lisle. Can a false betrothal help them gain entrance into the notorious Lords of Anarchy driving club, where fast carriages and danger aren't the only vices on offer?


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Captain Nikolai Gregorio is convinced that Jean’s father abandoned him, as a child, to slavers. Now he seeks vengeance against the Macraes, no matter the cost. But Jean soon finds his untrained magical gifts far more dangerous than his thirst for revenge, especially when they intensify her own powers to an unthinkable–and enticing–degree. And when Jean and Nikolai’s irresistible connection summons a woman from the future, they are charged with a formidable task: protect those who will oppose slavery’s evil and forever change the future of two nations. This quest will sweep Jean and Nikolai into the most fantastic of realms and try their powers beyond even what the Guardians themselves would dare. And when ultimate disaster threatens, they will stake everything on a shattering test of love that could secure the fate of generations . . . or destroy them and all they cherish.


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