"Five berries equal the five separate kisses I challenge you to steal."
Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he'll win his Christmas bet—until he learns he'll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding's kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret—her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can't risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal's the one man she can trust—with her heart and her son…
This is the first book that I have read by Virginia Heath and I can honestly say that I have clearly been missing out. I absolutely loved Hal and Lizzie both characters were well written and I was well and truly swept away by their story.
It's the third Christmas story that I have read so far this year and even though it is set at Christmas it isn't too over the top. However the story simply compliments the season and has definitely helped me to get into the festive spirit. The opening to this story shows Lizzie being left at the altar, going from trusting to very wary of men and to be honest who could blame her. So I loved Lizzie and Hal's first feisty interactions and how slowly but surely she lets down some of her defences. Hal is a strong lead and I loved how his character grows within the story from his rakish behaviour to becoming Lizzie's friend but will there be anything more between them?
There is a gorgeous chemistry between Hal and Lizzie but also a sweet and caring side that just made me want to sigh. There are some brilliant supporting characters such as Aaron and Connie (I really need to read their story) and Lizzie's butler who makes a great guard! This story is perfect for reading in one sitting it has secrets, romance and some villains who definitely deserve their comeuppance. If you are looking for a book with romance and effortless charm then look no further His Mistletoe Wager is perfect!
With thanks to Virginia Heath for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.