His Wicked Christmas Wager
First available as a download from eHarlequin's Historical Undone ebook range from October 2012.
Cataromance has given this a 5* review:
" Annie Burrows packs plenty of emotional punch in this intensely passionate and highly romantic Regency short story. Crispin and Caroline’s love story is a thrilling, tempestuous and highly poignant tale of love lost and found, second chances and healing from old wounds that will tug at readers’ heartstrings and have them reaching for the tissues. Packed with pathos, high stakes drama and red-hot desire, His Wicked Christmas Wager has a wonderfully resilient heroine and a wickedly brooding hero readers will adore.
Forget about the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and indulge in this terrific short story from one of historical romance’s most accomplished writers!"
Lady Caroline has been tasked with tracking down her future brother-in-law’s reckless and wayward brother. A week to pull him from which ever ale-house he’s currently holed up in and return him to the family estate for her sister’s Christmas wedding should be easy. But when the Lord in question is a notorious womaniser, occasional law-breaker and worse still, the man she lost her heart to years before, it’s not!
Years of drink, gambling and women might have taken their toll on Sinclair’s soul, but not his appearance! When Caro tracks him down, she is shocked to feel the sudden onslaught of desires that she thought long ago stamped out by her husbands’ cruelty. But overlaying the quick fire attraction that clearly never left, the pains of the past are far too present for both of them.
Worse still, he declares he will only do her bidding if she can beat him at some wager - the turn of a card, the toss of a coin - he doesn't care. Only her forfeit, should she lose, might be just too high a price for her to pay...
The Good the Bad and the Unread have rated this story a B-. For full review see here.Amazon UK