The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

December 2014




I had the opportunity read the anthology Christmas Brides recently. With Christmas finally here, I wanted to share how much I enjoyed one of the stories in the anthology, The Scandal Before Christmas, just in case any of you are looking for a fun, romantic short Christmas romance.


Below is my review


The Scandal Before Christmas

Lieutenant Ian Worth was no longer a child his father could push around. With his father's unwelcome arrival, he learned of his brother's horrible accident. To prevent a forced marriage between himself and his brother's fiancee, Ian did the only thing he could think of.

Now he just needed to find a woman willing to quickly become a bride.

Anne Lesley's dream was finally coming true. Her father had found a man for her to marry. A man who would spend most of his time at sea, and she would have the quiet of her own home. What she never expected was that the man who had acted so rudely upon her arrival might just be a man she might miss with all her heart when he returned to the sea.

The Scandal Before Christmas told the beautiful evolution of two strangers totally opposite in character growing into a couple united in love. This is a lovely Christmas romance certain to be an annual re-read.

Included in Christmas Brides are: One Hot Scot by Suzanne Enoch, Once Upon a Highland Scandal by Alexandra Hawkins, The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex, and It Happened Under the Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

Kathy Andrico -






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