ARC Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman

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ARC Review: Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
Kiss Me at Christmas

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 30th 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Playful Brides #10
Pages: 320

“While my expectations were not quite met, I still enjoyed reading about these characters and it was a sweet story even if it wasn’t be a favorite of mine.”
~ Under the Covers

This is the first book I pick up in the series but I couldn’t pass up a historical romance holiday read!  I think it may have been interesting to have seen this couple interact in a previous book as this book opens up with the heroine wanting one thing for her 30th birthday.  To lose her virginity to the sexy Bow Street Runner she met previously.  She’s been comfortably a spinster for many years and didn’t want to take a husband until she found love, but she’s now being strongly encouraged to take one of her suitors and she wants at least control on who she gives her body to for the first time.

I really enjoyed Regina’s character.  She’s innocent in many ways but also curious and yes, I daresay playful as the name of the series suggests.  I think that brought a cuteness to the story because you can’t help but like her.  And Daffin is certainly sexy and has to fight his attraction to her because he wouldn’t be right for her in any way.

But while this was a fun story to read, I think it lacked a lot of the holiday charm I was looking for.  There’s a bit more mystery going on as there is someone that wants to hurt Regina, and maybe that overpowered the cute feeling of the holidays.

While my expectations were not quite met, I still enjoyed reading about these characters and it was a sweet story even if it wasn’t be a favorite of mine.


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About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.


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That stinks. If it’s going to be a holiday story it needs to have holiday charm.


Thanks Francesca for the review

Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!! The covers beautiful!! Shared on all my socials!!??

Amy R

Thanks for the review.