The Tenth Suitor by Laura Strickland

The Tenth Suitor by Laura Strickland
(Twelve Brides of Christmas Series)
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Holiday
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

When Edwina’s father invites ten titled lords to spend Christmas at his medieval estate so Edwina may choose one for a husband, she finds the idea romantic. She dreams of gazing into the eyes of one of her suitors and falling deeply in love. But it soon becomes apparent the lords in question are far more interested in gaining her father’s estate than Edwina’s hand.

Thorstan’s in attendance, but he hasn’t been invited, and he’s no lord. A former mercenary, he’s come disguised as a jester to get near Edwina, long adored from afar. Edwina quickly falls for his charm and quirky humor even though she fears her father will never approve of a commoner for her husband. But when Edwina is abducted, only Thorstan—a skilled swordsman—has hope of rescuing her in time for the promised Christmas wedding.

At first, it sounded like fun. Her father would invite ten lords from neighboring villages to visit and meet his daughter. She would pick one and then marry on Christmas Day. All these men wooing her and trying to win her heart would be fascinating. Surely she would grow to love one of them.

Ms. Strickland writes a fun story. She creates an environment of suitors that would make anyone barf. They are weak or strong, smart or dumb, some smell, some have impossible attitudes and the one that thinks he’s going to tell her what to do and how to act after marriage doesn’t have any idea he has just driven her away.

Only nine showed up. Not one of them is what Edwina wants to marry. Their only interest in her is her father’s property. Some even call her names when they think she can’t hear them. What she doesn’t know is how dangerous they are.

The touch that made me smile and touched my heart is that after meeting all those “wonderful” lords, she ends up falling in love with a jester! Now you and I both know her father isn’t going allow that marriage. He wants a good life for her, why can’t she love one of the lords?

There’s a sword fight, kidnapping and rescue all before the end of this book. The very last line of the book made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed reading about subterfuge, the stolen kisses and the plot the two lovers make up. This story is one I’d read again because it was full of action, gave me laughs, and ended up happily. What more could you want?

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