Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Duke's Match Girl by Lila DiPasqua

The Duke's Match Girl by Lila DiPasqua.

This is book 4.5 in her Fiery Tales series and is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl.

Seven years ago, Leopold d'Ermart, the Duke of Mont-Marly broke Suzanne Matchet's heart and she has done her best to forget him. But suddenly he is back and doing everything he can to win her heart.

Leo and Suzanne grew up the best of friends, but one Christmas Eve everything changed.  They had one magical night and then Leo crushed that dream. Unfortunately, Leo knew that he was already pledged to wed another. He didn't want her to be heartbroken when he left, so he tried to make her hate him.

Seven years have passed and suddenly Leo is back in Suzanne's life.  He has always been in love with his childhood friend and now that he is free, nothing will stop him from having her. 

Leo has sent his man of business to see if Suzanne will come and make perfume for his sisters as a Christmas gift. She turned down his offer, so he goes to her. 

Even in person, Leo can not convince Suzanne to travel back to her childhood home for the Christmas season. He proceeds to use all his wealth and power to try and convince her to come back with him.

Will Leo be able to convince Suzanne to come back home with him? Will Suzanne risk her heart to be with the love of her life again?

This was a great novella. I often feel cheated at the end of a novella because things progress way too fast to be realistic or there is not enough depth to the story. That was not true for this story. DiPasqua has a talent for telling a detailed story in a short amount of words. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it will definitely not be my last. I can't wait to go back and read the other books in her Fiery Tales series.

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

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