I Will: A Christmas Novella

I Will: A Christmas Novella

by Lisa Kleypas

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Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father’s will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways.

As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. The problem is, he doesn’t know any decent women, except for his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. He blackmails the reluctant Caroline into helping him, and so the charade begins . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062667908
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 36,681
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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I Will: A Christmas Novella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was good, but it is a reprint from an anthology. That was the disappointing part. I think it would be nice if the publisher stated that in the description. Still, I enjoyed the story.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Starts out as a light historical read... then takes some wrong turns... “I can’t conceive of what you could possibly want from me, Lord Drake,” Caroline said crisply. “However, I can assure you that you won’t get it.” I Will: A Christmas Novella by Lisa Kleypas starts out as a light historical read. I recently discovered Lisa’s books and, when I saw this one available at our library within the A Historical Christmas Present anthology, I snapped it up. For your reference, it was also available in a second anthology, A Christmas to Remember. Regardless, it’s now available as a stand alone novella. It’s touted as a Christmastime tale, but the holiday portion doesn’t occur until the last chapter and consists of just two pages. This is the story of spinster Miss Caroline Hargreaves and rogue Lord Andrew Drake. Caroline is unwed by choice. I like that she wears glasses which are mentioned in the story multiple times. Her brother and her annoying mother are supporting characters. Andrew is a cad. He gambles and drinks and associates with other male and female scoundrels. At the beginning, when he is imbibing heavily, he is bloated and sports bloodshot eyes with dark circles - Not a very sexy picture. To his credit, he’s actually very honorable towards our heroine throughout. I had a few issues with this story that just didn’t work for me. I am fairly open-minded and have read other scenes similar to the one I’m about to mention which didn’t bother me. But, there’s a sexual assault scene where the heroine takes racy liberties with the unwilling hero while he is tied to a bed. The key here is that the interaction was nonconsensual. Secondly, the hero goes incommunicado near the end - his cowardly solution to the very real blackmail dilemma he found himself in. And, finally, the heroine has let her slutty cousin get away with murder for years. Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from I Will: A Christmas Novella: “Stop me,” he muttered, clamping his hand over her writhing bottom. “Tell me to let go of you… Slap me….” She tilted her head back, purring like a kitten as he nuzzled the soft space beneath her ear. “Where should I slap you?” she asked throatily. --- "And the way you dress reminds me of an unmade bed!" "Does that mean you'd like to lie on top of me?" he asked. --- "Now stay back," he added curtly, "or you're going to lose your virginity in this damned garden." This is a well-written quick read that provides a HEA finish of sorts. The story is fleshed out well and doesn’t feel rushed until the very end when everything slams into place bizarrely, way too fast and too conveniently. While I don’t regret reading this, I’d not recommend it. If you do choose to read it, stop reading after Caroline’s interview with Andrew’s father. At that point, there’s a happy every after without all the funky that comes afterwards. IF you do that, it’s a fun little romp! My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, entertaining story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was well written story but it could have been a bit longer to develop the characters relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story just short. Other than I really enjoy the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comes to her.