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03 December 2021

Book Review: Gaming Hell Christmas by Amanda McCabe and Kathy L Wheeler *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Gaming Hell Christmas by Amanda McCabe and Kathy L Wheeler ahead of the blog tour. 

This was a delightful Georgian duo of festive romances to keep you warm on a winter night, and they were so much fun to read. I've read (and loved) Amanda McCabe before, but Kathy L Wheeler was new to me. I was thoroughly impressed by this and will definitely be reading more.

This is the first volume in a series of stories, and I will absolutely be reading them all.

Gaming Hell Christmas by Amanda McCabe and Kathy L Wheeler book cover

GAMING HELL CHRISTMAS - VOLUME 1: Mysteries abound at the newest Hell in town.

A Gift for the Duke's Illegitimate Daughter by Kathy L Wheeler

Miss Alexandra Blessing, the Duke of Winsome’s illegitimate daughter longs for anonymity and a home of her own where her younger half-siblings don’t commandeer every moment of her day. Escape is imminent—right after her family’s annual Christmas fete.

But Alexandra is missing from the ball, and Theodore Millburn must find her before he loses something important: his chance for love.

The Merry Widow's Christmas Adventure by Amanda McCabe

Annabelle, Lady Ranstruther, after a year of lonely widowhood is ready for new love—and she knows exactly who she wants—her wild friend, the gorgeous William, Lord Deansley. She fears he doesn't want her, until they meet again at the exclusive, discreet gaming hell la Sous Rose, at Christmas.

Will it mean a future of love—or the end of all her dreams?

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5 Word Review: Love, Christmas, pleasure, secrets, society.

Both stories are pretty short, I'd say novella length, and I really liked how these two stories linked so closely together, and that we see the main characters of each through different eyes. The length means that they're perfect for dedicating an entire day to - Read A Gift for the Duke's Illegitimate Daughter in the morning/afternoon and The Merry Widow's Christmas Adventure in the evening. You won't regret it.

I loved the way the prologue set up the close relationship of the girls, and it made me excited to explore their stories.

A Gift for the Duke's Illegitimate Daughter by Kathy L Wheeler

I loved it.

Alex's home life isn't the best in terms of her relationship with her family, but this made her fierce friendships with the girls of Miss Greensley's all the more wonderful. The contrast really showed the relationships for what they were in such a clever way for a novella.

This is a pretty exhilarating read, especially as you get to the end. There was so much scope for a miscommunication trope and I am so so glad that the author avoided it. The characters talked to each other for the most part, even if they did keep secrets. It was more an absence of communication than a misunderstanding of it.

The way that Millburn fell for Alex hit me right in the feels, I'm not gonna lie.

The Merry Widow's Christmas Adventure by Amanda McCabe

I do love a second chance romance.

The passion between Annabelle and Will is pretty much instant. I loved that their history was shared with a small flashback, and all of the conflicting feelings that brought.

They felt a bit like star-crossed lovers, and I was fully behind them getting together. They belong together. Even if Anna's step son is doing everything in his power to destroy her happiness.

I liked how this story played with the boundaries of society, and how through Anna's place as a widow we got to see more of the less proper parts of society than we did with Alex's story before.

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Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)
She's never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook. 
Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

Kathy L Wheeler loves the NFL, the NBA, musical theater (don’t ask how her how many times she’s seen Phantom of the Opera (12); or Wicked (7), travel, (Europe, Grand Cayman, Mexico, All over the US), reading (practically a book a night), writing (25 published books and counting) and karaoke (well… what can I say). She assists other authors in critiquing, formatting, and creating covers for their publishing dreams.
She writes contemporary and historical stories where the heroines save themselves and the heroes who honor their courage with suspense and humor.
She migrated from Texas, to Oklahoma to the Pacific Northwest with her musically talented, lawyer husband, her adorable dog Angel (who lives up to her name…mostly).

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