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December 24, 2016

Review: A Very Ruby Christmas by Lavinia Kent

by MK French

a free ebook was provided
As Madame Rouge, Ruby controls a brothel and tries her best to take care of the girls in her employ, even as she wants to sell it and retire as the wife of a sea captain. She had made friends in the titled world of Regency England, and wants to help them have one last hurrah in her brothel.

As the fifth book in a series, A Very Ruby Christmas (October 2016; Loveswept; 9780399593871;
ebook) introduces characters and references situations from their novels. Not having read them first, I wasn't too lost while reading their chapters. It probably also helps that the book focused more on the sexual nature of the relationships and the BDSM, with very little reliance on the plot. This seemed to be a little more graphic than most Loveswept romances, maybe because the book was nearly all sex scenes for the various couples and the conflict between Ruby's desire to see the brothel cared for and to retire had no subplot to compete with. Ruby was very likable and cared dearly for her friends as well as Derek, who cared just as much for her happiness and need to be independent.

All in all, this was a very neatly done novella.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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