Monday, December 23, 2013

Review: 'Twas the Night Before Mischief by Nina Rowan

'Twas the Night Before Mischief
Daring Hearts series
by: Nina Rowan
$1.99 eBook
Grand Central Publishing
Historical Romance / Christmas
Released: December 2013

Penelope is sick and tired of being the perfect daughter.  Longing for adventure, she allows herself to be whisked away for an elopement, only to find her future husband only wanted her for her money, and she didn't have enough of it to please the man's mother.  Alone and nearly broke in a strange place, she has no choice but to contact her father and beg for mercy.  When a friend of the family shows up to fetch her, she's surprised to see Darius, a man she's had a crush on for years.  Ashamed, she tries to keep her distance, but close quarters and a race against time to make it home for Christmas have them learning more about each other than they'd ever planned. 

This is a short story about how trying to live up to other people's expectations can be exhausting, and what happens when you try to step outside the mold they've placed you in.  Penelope does something daring because she longs for adventure, but nearly ruins herself and her father in the process.  She doesn't think that anyone understands her, so is surprised to find that Darius understands more than she thinks.  She used to think him dull and boring, but underneath his penchant for words and rationality burns a passion for life that Penelope is more than willing to explore with him.  A hot, sweet Christmas read .

Carla gives this book a

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