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“Mistletoe and the Major”
Edmund Sherritt, Major Lord Canforth, has devoted eight years to fighting Napoleon. Finally Europe is at peace, and he can retire to his estates and the wife he hasn't seen since their brief honeymoon. The innocent girl he loved from the first moment he saw her, but who shied away from him on their wedding night. The beautiful woman who greets him at Otway Hall on Christmas Eve is no longer the sweet ingénue he remembers. This new and exciting version of his beloved countess is strong, outspoken, and independent, and she's willing to stand up for what she wants. The question is-does she want the husband who returns to her arms more as a stranger than a spouse?
“A Match Made in Mistletoe”
All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul's visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul's kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen. When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe under her pillow, it's not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she's going to marry, but Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the Christmas house party, she can't stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there's mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her-and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place.