My source for the book: Netgalley
‘Twas the night before mischief and all through the house, a lady was plotting—it was time to break out!
When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.
Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.
Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide…
Oh this one was so much fun. I adored Darius’ use of the English language — he was a walking, talking thesaurus, and the way it’s woven into the story was sublime.
Penelope’s ill-fated elopement was both funny and sad at the same time, and I really enjoyed all of the angst that motivated her to run away in the first place.
The chemistry between Darius and Penelope was scrumptious, and I actually enjoyed that they didn’t fully consummate the relationship, yet rounded a few bases nonetheless.
My only real qualm about this novella was that there was no solid Happily Ever After. It’s implied, but I think an epilogue could have gone a long way. Since this is Book 2.5 in the series, however, I’m hoping that we will perhaps see Penelope and Darius again in future novels.
Perfect for a quick Christmas read, I loved this one.