A Christmas Treat from Jude Knight and Mariana Gabrielle

As a holiday treat for the devoted readers of Never Kiss a Toad, and our newsletter subscribers, Mariana Gabrielle and I have created a new book for you, all about Toad and Sal’s world, from their childhood to the growing-up-fast young adults you are reading about each week. This series of short stories will give you loads of backstory about Toad, Sal, their parents, cousins, and friends, and hours of enjoyment during your holiday season.

The free giveaway period to newsletter and Wattpad subscribers is over, but the book is now available at most eretailers for the special promotional price of 99c US. So whether you are new to our young couple or old friends, check out the buy links on my God Help Ye, Merry Gentleman book page, download the book in your preferred format from the bottom of this page, then find a comfortable seat and enjoy!


Lord Abersham and Lady Sarah are the best of friends and too young for affairs of the heart—but they are growing up fast. After nine months touring the Continent with his parents, Toad Abersham will soon be sent away to finish his education, and Sally Grenford has years to wait before she is old enough to be presented at Court and married to the man she’s loved since the cradle.

Sally has only four weeks filled with mistletoe and holiday outings to convince Toad to see her as a woman, in her first long dress, impeded by the sudden distance he is placing between them. But she has never let Toad’s reticence stop her from dragging him into mischief before.

Toad battles rising lustful feelings for his best friend, an innocent whom he would not hurt for the world. However, still captivated by his newly acquired skills as a rake-about-town, he is not remotely prepared to be married. But since he has never been able to say no to Sally, Toad is led to indiscretions he would never commit with another young lady.

For her part, Sally is delighted Toad can be so easily led.