Review: The Taming of Lord Scrooge (Infamous Lords #3.5) by Renee Ann Miller

Print Length: 101 pages
Publisher: Zebra (October 29, 2019)

From  Julien Caruthers, the Earl of Dartmore, isn't in the Christmas spirit. The former 'Naughty Earl' would prefer to focus on maintaining his family's holdings rather than be stuck at his mother's annual Christmas party, with her endless parade of debutantes. When he escapes for a ride, Julien's horse gets spooked and throws him off his saddle, leaving him wandering in the snow. Until he happens upon a cozy cottage...

Evangeline Breckenridge never thought 'Lord Scrooge' would show up at her door. She hasn't seen her childhood sweetheart in years, and Julien's since turned into a tyrant, taking away Christmas traditions from the townspeople. Eve is now a widow and a mother, no longer the foolish girl who believed a nobleman could love a physician's daughter. But the weather outside is frightful, and Eve isn't one to withhold the warmth of her home, even from a cold heart. And as they reconnect, Eve and Julien may even discover there's still something merry and bright burning between them, a fire destined to be reignited—just in time for Christmas...


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

There was nothing wrong with this novel exactly. It was really a matter of it being just too short. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy novellas from time to time, but throughout this novel things just didn't add up for me. I couldn't really get into these characters or the relationship they once shared. Perhaps if we had gotten more of a prologue that showed that aspect things would have felt more connected. Or even just a few more pages of them together when they were stranded. Something that didn't feel like we were being rushed through the story. 

I did enjoy Evie's outspokenness, as well as her daughter's open curiosity. It was easy to see where these two people would make a good match with one another, but again, everything felt so rushed that I don't feel like they got a chance to have their story be heard. As good as the writing was, and as heartfelt as the story ended up, I don't feel like this is one I will easily remember a few weeks from now. 

However, this novella is good for a rainy (or snowy day), and I firmly believe that fans of historical romance will enjoy this story. I would read more from this author!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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