Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen

Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen
Publisher: esKape Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (148 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

According to Caroline “Kitty” Tyndall’s friends, a young lady who’s gone two seasons in London with nary a nibble from a prospective suitor is well on the way to spinsterhood. But what’s a girl to do when she’s never been kissed, and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?

Hugh McCollum spends his days as a stable hand staying out of trouble and saving for his planned emigration to America. When Lady Caroline asks him to teach her how to kiss so the man she’s set her cap for will find her more sophisticated, he knows he should run in the other direction. But when a pretty young woman falls into his arms and begs for his help, what’s a red-blooded man to do but oblige?

If learning to kiss leads Kitty to love, will the man of her dreams be the man of her heart?

Lady Catherine (Kitty) has a problem. She is fascinated by Lord Strathern, a man who is known for his way with women. Kitty decides to gain experience by asking one of the grooms to teach her how to kiss. She gets more than she bargained for. Her sister guesses what’s going on – but not with who – and decides to use the knowledge to her own advantage.

Hugh the groom knows he shouldn’t help Kitty, but he can’t resist the temptation. Each time he resolves not to meet her again, but he is unable to keep away.

Kitty is a naive young lady, typical of the regency period, and Hugh is a rugged, handsome groom who tempts her and is tempted by her in return.

At times this book is amusing, at others poignant. The romance seems to head in the expected direction, but although I guessed the end result, I couldn’t work out how the author was going to solve the problems and the conflict. This kept me reading and I wasn’t disappointed at the resolution. A nicely written story with hooks to keep me interested so I had to find out what was going to happen next.

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