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Series: MacGregors #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 7, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.
Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.
As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS is the fourth in the MacGregors series, featuring Lady Joan Flynn (from book #2) and Dante Hartwell. I recommend reading the other books in the series before beginning this one as there are many characters featured in this book whose backstories are somewhat necessary to fully enjoy this book.
Joan is passionate about designing clothes and is searching for a way to make a living from her dreams, despite her aristocratic lineage and the demands that come with it.
Dante expects loyalty, but he’s not afraid to get down and dirty either. He unapologetic about his industrialist ways and comes to Joan’s rescue hen she needs it most.
Joan believes someone took advantage of her while she was intoxicated (not my favorite plot line) and requires a husband quickly. Dante obliges and their romance builds slowly. One of the interesting twists is that even after Joan and Dante come together, Joan is unable to find her release until she comes clean about her secret.
The blackmail plot was a little convoluted and confusing at times, but the book as a whole was an enjoyable holiday read.