Published by Harlequin Presents on October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A Christmas present for the man who has everything…
With one band of gold Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past—albeit pleasurable—sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara, so the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas!
The wayward princess of Tirimia has spent years hiding her untouched heart, and her convenient husband-to-be seems determined to keep it that way. Yet his caresses promise a sensual awakening that's impossible to resist. But once Zara's given him her hand and her body, it won't be long before he has her heart…
A passionate read for Christmas nights!
It’s three months until Christmas, and the holiday romances are floating in. I love holiday romances, particularly ones that takes a slightly darker or different look at the season. My first Christmas-set romance for this year is by one of my absolute go-to authors, Maisey Yates, and is her October Harlequin Presents release, A Christmas Vow of Seduction.
The tales in her Presents books are quite different in tone and in style to her single titles, but there is one perfect similarity – that uniquely Maisey Yates voice. That sense of humour, the connection and banter between characters – these things are what keep me, as a reader, coming back for more every time.
Now, what did I think of A Christmas Vow of Seduction?
Zara may be an innocent in the physical sense, but on no planet is she a wallflower who blindly accepts her fate. As I heard her described, she has some bite. Her life has not ever been a simple or easy one, torn from her family by a massacre and hidden away with a nomadic tribe. I loved that she had that touch of innocence, measured against the strength that her situation has engendered in her.
Andres is a man of two sides – the brazen, profligate playboy sampling his way through the parties and women of the world, and the secret side, scarred by a belief that he was a failure and responsible for his mother’s departure. He has spent so long living up to the manHOOORish reputation that his behaviour has often led him to great trouble. I can see why people might find him a little difficult (he’s done some rather prickish stuff in the past), but when you take into account what had led him to that place, Andres is much easier to understand.
From the moment that King Kairos of Petras regifts the Tirimian princess to his wayward brother (yes, regifts – read the story, it’ll make sense), the sparks do fairly fly. There is such an electric chemistry between Zara and Andres – it’s not all smooth sailing, with plenty of conflict and verbal sparring, but HOLY CRUST! Hallway shenanigans, people! Is that smoke arising from the page? I really enjoyed seeing how these two developed from outward hostility, to grudging respect, to love and passion.
There is an excellent story developing in the background between Andres’ brother, Kairos and his wife Tabitha – very much a marriage of inconvenience. I cannot wait for their story, which is coming up later this year.
It is books like this that make me want to keep reading Harlequin Presents – heat, passion, vibrant characters, exotic locales. Loved it!