Title: A Christmas Scandal
Author: Ashley Stowe
Genre: NA/Historical Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Taking chances isn’t something Lydia Bell is used to. She had always left that up to the confident and adventurous characters in her books. Well, before her best friend, Ann, insisted that Lydia get her nose out of her silly little romance novels and start living life to the fullest. At the yearly Christmas Ball, she agrees to a wager that would seize the constant urging of her friend. She has to find her real life Romeo and kiss him before the night is over. There’s only one problem . . . she’s never been kissed.
Benedict Harper: tall, handsome, and debonair. The town rebel and, not to mention, Lydia’s childhood crush, is her target. Following him outside, under the cover of darkness, she makes her move. There is no denying the burning desire they feel during the kiss. But, once she makes her identity known, she doesn’t quite get the reaction she was hoping for. Returning to the ball, the two are spotted and the gossip about the scandal burns throughout the town. Taking destiny into her hands that night was a big mistake and Ben is urged to leave town. For ten years Lydia is pained with guilt and wonder. That’s until she runs into a dashing naval captain who leaves her, once again, breathless . . . her Benedict Harper.
Good short story full of scandal and a HEA.
After receiving a dare from her friend, Lydia takes the chance to approach her childhood crush Benedict and kiss him at a party her father is throwing. Such an act simply was not done by good girls, and so Lydia is sent away to recover from her scandal and Benedict turns to the navy.
Several years later, Benedict returns when his father passes away to settle his estate. He bumps into Lydia who has matured into a beautiful woman. Unsettled emotions rise to the top and Lydia feels she needs to apologise for the scandal so many years ago but will spending more time together have Benedict feeling the same way she does?
A great Christmas feel good story.
By day, Ashley Stowe is an administrative specialist. By night, she’s a writer. Her love for Historical Fiction and Christian Romance novels has fed her desire to put pen to paper and bring her readers on a ride into the exhilarating world that she has created. One of innocence, steamy first loves and feisty characters.Ashley grew up as a “military brat”, but she’d correct you and say she is “set in her ways and well-traveled”. She spent much of her childhood traveling the United States, never really having the chance to call one place her home for very long. Home now, is Nebraska where she lives with the love of her life, Josh and their fur-kid, Mya.