(12 Dukes of Christmas #10)by Erica Ridley
Published: October 9th 2020
Length: 206 pages
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Dashing Scot Jonathan MacLean never returns to the same town twice. The happy-go-lucky philanthropist seeks constant adventure… and is desperate to outrun his past. When a blizzard traps him in a tiny mountaintop village, he meets a woman who tempts him with dreams he’d long since abandoned: Home. Community. Love. But other people’s livelihoods depend on him leaving for good as soon as the snow melts.
Talented jeweler Angelica Parker has spent her life fighting for recognition. She’s Black, she’s a woman, and she will prove her creations are the equal to any artisan in England. With a contract anchoring her in place for seven years, she lands the project of a lifetime. There’s no room for error—or distractions. Such as the charming drifter whose warm embrace and melting kisses have become more precious than jewels…
This series lost a little bit of its sparkle with this entry. While still containing Ms Ridley’s signature wit I found it less entertaining than others I have read. Perhaps because our hero simply comes across as very lonely and at time unintelligent and flighty I wasn’t as enamored as I have been. I’m hoping the next book will be a return to form for one of my favorite authors.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.