October 31, 2012 by thebookslayer
‘Twas the Night after Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
Expected Release Date : October 30th
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.
“‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the place, the only ones stirring were the lord and his mate.”
“That is an awful rhyme.”
“Shh, I’m not done.” He rose with her in his arms, and headed for the door. “They went off to nestle all snug in their bed, while visions of lovemaking danced in their heads.”
She eyed him suspiciously. “Is this the naughty version of the Poem?”
“No.” He stared down into the face of the woman who’d become dearer to him than life. Who made his life richer and fuller, and decidedly more interesting with each passing day. “It’s the version for men who are in love with their wives.”
She smiled up at him, that same love shining in her face.
“Then carry on, sir.”
“And Mama, quite naked, and I naked, too-“
“”Pierce!” she cried, half laughing, half chiding.
“Oh, all right,” he said as he carried her up the stairs. “I suppose it is the naughty version.”
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, is Ms. Jeffries next victim in her Hellions of Halstead Hall series. I have to admit I was excited to see another book in that series. I have loved watching all the Sharpe siblings find their match and was not ready to let them go.
As you can imagine, It was a bittersweet moment when the last Sharpe succumbed to her HEA. Of course, when I saw this book I had to read it. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
We first meet Mr. Waverly in To Wed A Wild Lord. He happens to be the cousin of Virginia We also know he wrecked havoc with poor Gabe due to his love and protective nature towards the Waverly’s.
In this book we find out why there is such a strong bond between him and his cousins. I won’t lie. A few tears were shed and I wanted to yell at a character or two.
Let me start at the beginning.
Pierce was a small sickly boy who suffered from asthma. His father thought he was worthless and would not live to take over the Earldom. His mother was a kind sweet spirit and when he was a child she would go out of her way to make him feel special, loved.
All of that ended one tragic day. Pierce, as a boy, didn’t realize that when he went back to school in his eighth year of life that he would no longer be permitted in his childhood home. His mother made arrangements for him to spend summers and holidays with his cousins, the Waverly’s.
He felt lost and hurt even with the letters his mother sent and continued to send for a time. Like all little children, he blamed himself for his parents problems. Pierce made a vow to be the best son he could. He would succeed in school and horseback riding in order to be permitted to come home.
The years came and went with fewer letters and eventually none were sent. Pierce continued to hold out hope until an incident so tragic that he could not overlook or excuse behavior. After that he did anything to wreak havoc on his father’s name. The name Pierce Waverly meant trouble would follow.
Our story begins when an unexpected letter appears from his mother’s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart. He was informed that his mother’s health was declining and to come before it was too late. Even though Pierce could not forgive his mother of her betrayal to him, he also could not let her die before saying goodbye. So off he went to visit his mother.
Camilla Stuart, could not believe that a son could live so close and refuse to visit or answer any letters his mother had sent. As Christmas was approaching the look of sadness and weariness began to get worse. Camilla had enough. Being an orphan, she understood the need to have and hold onto the family you were blessed with, no matter what.
She devised a plan. She would send an urgent letter and he would either come or not. She assumed not and then she would tell all and the hope that the countess’ son would ever come to see her would be gone. No more wondering or waiting. Things can either be righted or put to rest.
To her dismay and fear Pierce showed up concerned for his mother and that concern had her stumbling to make everything right. However, the relationship between mother and son was worse than expected. Her plan was up the minute he took control. A new plan was laid by a compromise. He would have dinner with his mother if she entertained him after.
I know what you are thinking and Camilla put her foot down. Even though she was a widow, she refused to sleep with the head of the household, her boss. Pierce gave into her demands and the compromise stood. But the attraction that they had towards each other was more than they bargained for. Worse, Camilla had a few secrets that she should not, could not, nor would not give up.
As their little game commenced, each trying to get what they wanted, they realize that they were in too deep, too fast. Time may not heal all wounds and a mother would do anything to protect her child. But who is protecting whom and from what? I shall say no more. You must go and read it for yourself to find out how it all works out, if in fact it does.
Recommendation : This book is perfect for the upcoming holidays! It is filled with Christmas charm and magic. A must have for the holidays!
I want to say Thank You to Simon & Schuster as well as Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. It was a joy to read especially with Christmas right around the corner.