Madame Rouge—Ruby to her intimates—always makes the secret desires of her clients a priority. Now the time has come to fulfill her own fantasy, one so private it brings a rare blush to her cheeks. When Captain Derek Price returns from his service to the sea, Ruby will sell London's elite house of pleasure, leaving behind her very home to marry the sailor who has mastered every surging crest of her body.
Pity, then, the ill-timed arrival of Ruby's estranged half-sister, Jasmine, desperate for a warm bed and a sympathetic ear. Ruby is loath to marry the poor girl off to a stranger or, even worse, entrust her to the ignoble lord who has bid on the brothel. She has no other choice than to shelter Jasmine herself. As much as Ruby's heart races at the thought of a future with Derek, she now faces the possibility that, once again, her happy ending has been delayed—unless a Christmas miracle makes all their dreams come true.
***A Very Ruby Christmas is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Bound & Determined #4.5
Review copy provided by publisher
I've enjoyed each of the stories in the Bound & Determined series. Some have had Emma/Ruby as the center of the story while others have focused on her girls or her friends. While I enjoyed all the stories, I love the ones that focus on Emma/Ruby and Derek most of all.
A Very Ruby Christmas was a wonderful way to wrap up Ruby's portion of the Bound & Determined series. I had known once Emma/Ruby and Derek decided to marry, she would have to do something about her house and her girls. I loved how protective Ruby always has been of her girls and knew it would take the right person to take over her house. I adored we got to visit with each of Ruby's friends and their spouses. As Ruby was part of them finding their happily ever afters, it was wonderful to get to re-visit with each of them.
While I adored each and every minute we get with Emma and Derek together, I have too say I loved that Emma finally got time with family, her half-sister, Jasmine in this book. I love that Jasmine came to Emma for help without knowing she was actually the type of person to step up to take care of anyone who showed up at her doorstep. I absolutely loved watching the two women not only become friends, but sisters. I absolutely loved that Emma/Ruby finally had a way to find her happily ever after and take care of her girls at the same time.
While Ruby's reign at her house is now over, I can't wait to read stories with Madame Blanche in the future. I have absolutely loved this series to date and really hope we will get more stories in the future.
Rating: 4 Stars (B-)