The Earl's Christmas Colt
Author: Rebecca Thomas
Publisher: Entangled; Flirt
Release Date: 30 December 2013
Lady Arabella Sutton is stunned to learn her brother has betrothed her to a stranger despite his promises for a season in London. Although she is the first to admit no man would suit, since she’s more interested in horses than marriage, the last thing she wants is to become a brood mare to a stuffy old earl. Facing a future she cannot abide, she takes an impetuous ride to clear her head and ends up tending her injured mare instead.
Oliver Westwyck, the Earl of Marsdale, can’t believe his luck when he stops at an inn the night before he’s to meet his fiancée. In the stable, while tending the colt he intends to give to his future wife, he happens upon her—rain-drenched but beautiful. She assumes he’s a stable hand, a fine joke he means to end...until Lady Arabella declares all noblemen are egotistical, conceited, and arrogant. How can he reveal his true identity before he’s managed to change her mind and win her heart?
When Arabella is told by her brother that she is to be engaged to a complete stranger, she is furious. Her fiance may be the heir to a dukedom, but she has a decidedly negative opinion about the possible character of her fiance.
When her horse throws a shoe, she meets a gentlemanly horse breeder at the local inn. But he is not who he appears to be...
Arabella is a likable heroine. Of course, she would be angry to be informed that she is to be married to a man she's never met. But once she's had time to calm down, she does begin to think about her predicament in a sensible manner.
Oliver was sweet, even if it wasn't the best idea to not tell Arabella who he really is. He just wanted a marriage of convenience, but then he meets his beautiful fiancée and gets to know her. He wants her to get to know him as well, without any preconceived ideas about what he's like because of his title.
It's a cute and enjoyable novella. It's great to read whilst the weather is colder, and the author does a good job at making the romance believable in so few pages. Great for anyone looking for a quick and sweet regency romance!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest review. Thank you!