Series: Blackshear Family #0.5
Author: Cecilia Grant
Pages: 188 (Kindle)
Release Date: December 4, 2014
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SIMPLE…
With one more errand to go—the purchase of a hunting falcon—Andrew Blackshear has Christmas completely under control. As his sister’s impending marriage signals the inevitable drifting-apart of the Blackshear family, it’s his last chance to give his siblings the sort of memorable, well-planned holiday their parents could never seem to provide.
He has no time to dawdle, no time for nonsense, and certainly no time to drive the falconer’s vexing, impulsive, lush-lipped, midnight-haired daughter to a house party before heading home. So why the devil did he agree to do just that?
IT COULDN'T BE MORE DELICIOUSLY MIXED-UP…
Lucy Sharp has been waiting all her too-quiet life for an adventure, and she means to make the most of this one. She’s going to enjoy the house party as no one has ever enjoyed a house party before, and in the meanwhile she’s going to enjoy every minute in the company of amusingly stern, formidably proper, outrageously handsome Mr. Blackshear. Let him disapprove of her all he likes—it’s not as though they’ll see each other again after today.
…or will they? When a carriage mishap and a snowstorm strand the pair miles short of their destination, threatening them with scandal and jeopardizing all their Christmas plans, they’ll have to work together to save the holiday from disaster. And along the way they just might learn that the best adventures are the ones you never would have thought to plan.
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong uses my two most favorite tropes, fake relationship turned real and stranded together, and adds a sprinkle of holiday cheer. Andrew is on his way to buy his sister a hunting falcon when he sees a woman walking in the middle of the road in the snow. It wouldn’t be proper for him to give her a ride, but he advises her to stay to the side. Then upon his arrival to the baron’s home, he discovers that that woman is the baron’s daughter! He can’t keep his eyes off of her, but again, he knows it’s improper. If only he knew the trouble he was in store for during this Christmas.
I adored A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong! It takes a look at the silly propriety rules of the era and rips them apart! Lucy and her father are a bit eccentric and don’t see the need for her to have a chaperone. They don’t believe Andrew will do anything untoward as he gives her a ride to her aunt’s home, but Andrew is all about duty and propriety. However, Lucy has this way of convincing him that nothing will go wrong. Of course, everything goes wrong and much fun is had as they must be pretend to be a married couple when Andrew’s carriage runs off the road. Now, they’re stuck in a small village, having the most unusual holiday.
I don’t want to give too much away about A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong. It’s absolutely adorable! I loved how Andrew was a total innocent rather than a rake, and how he worries so much about Lucy’s reputation. I also loved how Lucy says what’s on her mind and isn’t the usual society miss out for an adventure. It just gave me all kinds of warm, tingly feelings.