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A fun story for the upcoming holiday season, Kiss Me at Christmas left me filled with laughter and good cheer! Valerie Bowman created such genuine characters that left me with the feeling that true love will always find a way. I loved how she created two characters who were flawed yet charming, and I found their bumbling method of courtship to be both entertaining and endearing. This is definitely a story to pick up if you get the holiday blues or if you just need a book to curl up with alongside a cup of hot cocoa.
Lady Regina Haversham is through with being a virgin and she knows just the man to help her with the issue. The problem is that she has no idea how one goes about propositioning a man to take her virginity, so when she tries, things go horribly awry. Daffin Oakleaf is a highly successful Bow Street Runner who helped Regina's family in the past, so when Regina comes to his office asking for help, he assumes it's of the same nature as before. Thrown for a loop by her indecent yet intriguing proposal, he sends her away, but soon finds himself in her company anyway when her life is threatened. Suddenly in the role of bodyguard, Daffin must try to resist Regina's charms and keep her safe. But the close proximity has them barely resisting temptation, and it might just be the thing that brings them their happily ever after.
Regina...oh my gosh, I felt so sorry for her. She has such a hard time of it in the beginning of the book. I found myself gaping when she made her proposal to Daffin, and then her dealing with the aftermath was the stuff of comedy. Daffin, poor fellow, was so flabbergasted by her out-of-the-blue decision to have him be her cherry popper, his internal dialogue was hysterical. Once they found themselves thrown together, their initial awkwardness made for entertaining scenes. At one point Daffin is injured and drunk, and he removes his shirt. Their banter during this time is the best! I love when the two main characters flirt for an extended time before eventually coming together - it makes for a much stronger relationship and one I enjoy all the more.
Definitely Valerie Bowman's best in the Playful Brides series and one that has given me renewed interest in seeing where things go from here. If there are more in this series, hopefully they follow the same vein as this one!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**