Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: How the Dukes Stole Christmas

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance Anthology by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe
Expected publication: October 15th 2018

Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas...

"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

This new upcoming anthology was announced on Monday and I kinda screamed when I saw the news because it has some of my all time favorite historical romance authors. I love the work of Tessa Dare, Sarah Maclean and Sophie Jordan. I haven't read anything by Joanna Shupe yet but I'm excited to discover her writing. And obviously the anthology is Christmas themed so that's just a bonus on top of these amazing authors. I definitely want to save this read for the holidays. It will be perfect! 

The Kindle copy is up for pre-order already but I'm thinking about waiting for the paperback because the other day I realized I don't have any books in this genre as physical copies. I have lots of historical fiction but none that actually are historical romances so this anthology would be the perfect opportunity to start a historical romance collection.

Clearly I'm super excited for this title and luckily I only have to wait about a month or so. *squeee*

Share your thoughts!
What do you think of this title?
Are you also a historical romance fan? 


  1. This sounds perfect for a holiday read, thanks for sharing 😀

  2. This sounds very fun! I'm always on the lookout for books I can read to fit the holiday season!

  3. I think the hard part will be to wait for the holidays to read it because I'll want to read it right away when I get my hands on it. lol

  4. This sounds super cute. I love historical romance but I never read it because I have the hardest time reviewing it. I just need to squeeze some in for fun. :)

  5. I can't believe I'm saying this already, but I am starting to crave Christmas reads!! This is definitely going to my wish list, especially because I met Tessa Dare recently, and she is such a dear!

  6. Me too, especially when I found out about this book haha :D

  7. Lately I only review books that are actual books for review, other than that it's just for fun.

  8. The Candid Cover YA book bloggSeptember 13, 2018 at 12:30 AM

    I am here for all of the Christmas reads, too! I have already got my holiday TBR ready to go, but there's always room for one more. ;)

  9. Had to laugh at the gif! I'm already stocking up on holiday reads.

  10. Looks like a fun Christmas read! I love anthologies.

  11. Oooh! This sounds like an interesting book! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  12. I covet that dress so much! THis sounds like so much fun!

  13. I'm in a huge reading slump right now, and I feel like an adult romance will get me out of it. And since this is an anthology, meaning the stories will be fun and short... *raises eyebrows suggestively*

  14. AWESOME PICK, STEPH!!!!! I ADORE Christmas-themed romance novels!! In fact, that's all I read during the holidays! And it's even better if they're historicals!!! So I'm adding this book to my Goodreads shelves, and will keep an eye out for its release date!! Thanks for featuring it!!! <3 <3

    Thanks as well for commenting on my own CWW post!! HUGS!!! <3 :)

  15. OMG a holiday anthology! So many great authors! This sounds awesome. Happy reading, Stephanie!

    Have a lovely day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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