>ARC Review: His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell


[Book 4 in the Scandals and Seduction Series]
*This title is due for release December 1st, 2010*

His Christmas Pleasure (Avon)
Anything can happen at Christmas!

When her father threatens to marry Abigail Montross off to a man twice her age (and with thirteen children!), she decides to elope instead with the irresistibly handsome Baron de Vasconia. She knows all about his notorious reputation. He is the most seductive man in all of London, but he’s vowed to protect her, so she allows herself to be tempted into his bed, promising to guard her heart at all costs.

Andres believes he’s entered into nothing more than a marriage of convenience with a charming and very wealthy young woman. But the days—and nights—Abigail spends in his arms soon reform this rogue. He’ll do anything to gain her love—until they each discover the truth about the other and old wounds are revealed.

It’s the season of miracles and passion—when love not only awakens the senses but delivers the greatest gift of all . . .

When Net Galley sent me the galley of Cathy Maxwell’s His Christmas Pleasure, I was going through a bit of a reading funk. Historical romances were all looking the same to me, and most of them were disappointing. I saw that Cathy Maxwell’s His Christmas Pleasure was available, and I remembered that I had enjoyed her previous novels, so decided to give it a try. I’m very glad that I did.

His Christmas Pleasure is the fourth book in the Scandals and Seduction series, but as someone who hasn’t read any of the previous books in the series, this book is very much a stand alone, though characters from Cathy Maxwell’s earlier works are mentioned, you won’t find yourself lost if this is the first book you pick up in the series.

In His Christmas Pleasure we meet Andres and Abbie – she is the daughter of a wealthy banker who has just lost the man she loves to her cousin – being the daughter of a man in trade makes her less of a catch, add to that the fact that she has just been jilted, and well, no one is really interested in Abbie for marriage. Andres is the impoverished bastard son of a Spanish nobleman who needs funds. They meet in strange circumstances, and later decide that a marriage of convenience would solve all their problems, and so to Gretna Green they go!

Now, if like me you are now rolling your eyes and thinking – please, not that story again, don’t worry. This is where it actually gets interesting and sweet. This couple is really adorable because they don’t try to hurt each other. They try to build each other up and help each other, and of course they learn things about themselves along the way. I actually wish the story was a bit longer and was surprised at the quick finish.

So, if you are looking for a very sweet Christmas romance – I would give this book a try. Yes, the ending is slightly heavy on the sugar coating, but hey, its the holidays, right?

Noa received this book through Net Galley

Scandals and Seduction Series [HR]
A Seduction at Christmas – 2008
The Earl Claims His Wife – 2009
The Marriage Ring – 2010
His Christmas Pleasure – December 2010
Visit Cathy Maxwell’s Website



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