by Kate Huntington

October 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7096-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

This is a sweet story of a good deed coming back ten fold to you years later.

Miss Mary Ann Whittaker was just a young girl when her father died. Her mother and sisters have tried valiantly to get by on what little he has left them. It is Christmas time again and the have no money to even buys Christmas dinner. Mary Ann decided to pawn her beautiful pearl ring that was the only thing her father ever gave her, to buy her family a Christmas dinner. On her way to the pawnshop, ruffians, who try and steal her purse as well as her innocence, accost her. When out of the shadows, an angel appears to rescue her. A golden angel, with broad shoulders and strong arms. With a few good punches, he scares her attackers away, and helps Mary Ann to her feet. She, of course, thanks him and explains what it is that she is doing out alone in this part of the city. Her angel looks at her ring and offers to pawn it for her; perhaps he can get more for it than she can. What Mary Ann doesn't know is that, the shop owner only gives her a few pennies for her ring and that the handsome stranger makes up for the rest of it from his own pocket. May Ann, is thrilled that she now has enough money to buy her family a big Christmas dinner, and swears that she will be forever in his debt.

Years later, Lionel St. James, is a renowned rogue, who is not a welcome guest at any fashionable fete'. But, this year, he invite's himself to the Christmas Ball of his friend and card playing companion Lord Blakely. Unbeknownst to him, Lord Blakely is Mary Ann's brother-in-law, and when Lionel sees Mary Ann, from across the room, he can't believe his eyes. She's more beautiful and more untouchable, than she was all those years ago, when she was no more than a child out of the schoolroom. He must stay away from her or he will tarnish her innocence and reputation by just dancing with her.

Mary Ann, of course, has other ideas. When she sees Lionel, she can't believe her eyes. Her angel has returned, and this time she will never let him go. All those years ago, he saved her and claimed her young heart, and she's determined that she will marry him and live happily ever after. But little does Mary Ann know of his past and his demons. Will she dare risk all for the love of this man? What if he doesn't come to love her, can she live in a loveless marriage?

A Rogue For Christmas will truly warm your heart. If you're looking for a true Christmas miracle, then this book is for you. Through a selfless act years ago, Lionel will learn that true love isn't made but given, and Mary Ann is his true love at Christmas time and for all time.

I love this book, and I'm sure you will too.

Happy Holidays!!

Reviewed in November 2001 by Debbie.

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