His Christmas Pleasure (Scandals and Seductions Series #4)

His Christmas Pleasure (Scandals and Seductions Series #4)

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by Cathy Maxwell
     
 

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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 Barón 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

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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 Barón 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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Maxwell is a master at combining poignancy and charming characters with humor, as well as sensuality with tenderness. In this tale of holiday wonder she is a miracle worker.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Maxwell is a master at combining poignancy and charming characters with humor, as well as sensuality with tenderness. In this tale of holiday wonder she is a miracle worker."
Library Journal
Is a man holding a gun to his head intending to commit suicide? Abigail Montross believes he is, so she tackles the gentleman in her uncle's library. It isn't until much later that she realizes how handsome Andres Ramigio, Barón de Vasconia, is. He sees right away how different this fiery redhead is from other women. Still, Abby has problems of her own, as her beau seeks her out in the same library to announce his betrothal to Abby's cousin. Trying to restore his Spanish heritage, Andres is enticed to leave London for good in order to gain property in the north. Feeling more at sea than usual after yet a second jilting, Abby accepts the Barón's marriage proposal. Knowing her banker father won't quite see the merit in their plan, Abby makes her own proposal: let's elope.Verdict The holiday season is mere tinsel in Maxwell's (The Marriage Ring) delightful confection about a young woman who can't acknowledge her own self-worth and a man who goes to such lengths to recapture the past that he loses his way. The chemistry between these two bursts upon the pages of this sweet and tender novel from an old hand at historical romance. Brava, Maxwell. You've done it again.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061772061
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Series:
Scandals and Seductions Series, #4
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
211,387
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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His Christmas Pleasure (Scandals and Seductions Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE BY CATHY MAXWELL is an exciting Christmas historical romance set in 1810 London. It is well written with depth, details, turns and twists. It has passion, sensuality, romance, love, secrets, wit, family, miracles, horses, longing to belong and making dreams a reality. The hero, Andres, is a Spaniard, lonely, a rogue, handsome, illegitimate, determined to prove his worth to his peers. The heroine, Abigail, is rich, lonely, beautiful, set aside by others as plain, the only daughter of a wealthy banker and looking for love. Enter Andres....Abigail encounters Andres in the library of Abigail's uncle looking at a dueling pistols, knowing the chamber is empty he places it at his head. Abigail races to him to stop him from committing suicide, she thinks. Andre informs her he would never commit suicide. His father had done just that when everything had been taken away from him in Spain. They are intrigued with each other.When Abigail learns her parents are about to marry her off to an older man with thirteen children she is appalled. Andres learns from Abigail she has a fortune waiting for her when she marries. He is broke and needs her money, she needs him. When Andres proposes to her, she accepts and they elope to Scotland. Together, they learn true love, passion,and receive the greatest miracle of all. This is a fast paced story about love, forgiveness, moving on with life, learning to trust and the miracle of family and belonging. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Harper-Collins Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line is great, couldn't put it down until I finished reading it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1810 London at the Duke of Banfield's gala in which his daughter Corrine will announce her engagement, Andres Ramigio hides in the library to avoid Lady Carla Dobbins who will not leave him alone. As he reflects on his lonely life as an illegitimate son and on his father's suicide, he studies a dueling pistol that he knows is empty and points it at his head. Abby Montrose enters the room, sees the pistol, and tackles Andres. She thinks he was going to kill himself, but he insists otherwise. Lord Freddie enters to explain to Abby he will wed her cousin Corrine though he swears he loves her. Freddie explains his dad prefers the bride's father be a duke not a banker. Andres dances with Abby. Carla shouts at Andres calling Abby an ugly slut. She slaps him and leaves hysterically. Abby also slaps him and runs to her parents. Her dad Banker tells Abby she will wed twice widower Lord Villier, who has thirteen kids. Carla's husband cuts a deal with Andres. If he leaves London forever he will own Stonemoor Manor in Northumberland. Andres accepts the terms. He tells Abby he has property but needs a wealthy wife. She agrees to wed him to avoid Villier and make Freddie jealous. They elope, but their troubles begin when they arrive at his new estate. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing of two people wanting to be loved. The support cast enhances, but not all positively, the relationship between the protagonists. Although Abby has a phobia re horse-riding and has not been on one in over a decade, she rides one as if she is a professional during a key scene. Still readers will enjoy this strong Regency romance as two people seeking love find love with each other Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 6 books by Cathy Maxwell and I enjoy her writing style, the little twists she throws in, holds your interest until the very end. This was a different story line, which I enjoyed. I loved the ending and glad she included an epilogue too.
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Good Story! I loved this story. The story line was easy to follow. The author drew me in and made me feel what the characters were feeling. I enjoyed it so much I read all the other books this author has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. It kept you wanting to keep reading so you knew exactly what the characters were going to do. Even though it is a Christmas book it really can be read anytime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical romance, but very well written.
danegirl13 More than 1 year ago
cute storie read it twice when it first came out and once again for Christmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this short story. About 200 pages well worth the $1 paid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Abigail Montros’s life is complicated, she has been in love with a man forever, but he has not offered for her, even when her father arranged a marriage. Thankfully the man backed out, but her reputation has suffered and yet still she pines for this fop. Things are about to get turned upside down when at a Christmas party the fop announces he is marry her cousin and her father tells her he is about to arrange a marriage for her with an old man who has thirteen children! As if that is not enough she slaps the handsome Baron de Vasconia when he tells her she is beautiful. He is in need of money to secure his dreams and has been forced to leave London within three days, she desperately needs to escape her father’s plan; together they decide to elope and the tale that unfolds was heartwarming. Maxwell’s characters were certainly lovable and I enjoyed getting to know them and their back-story. Abigail is strong, opinionated and never really fit in among the ton with her fiery red hair and freckles. Andres, is the second son of a Baron and born on the wrong side of the blanket, and he desperately wants to restore his families good name. While he is definitely a rouge he is also vulnerable. Side characters including the fop added to the tale and created tension. I love tales about marriages of convenience especially when they turn into something more and Maxwell gave me exactly what I wanted. I love how she created tension, allowed the characters to grow and kept me turning the pages at a dizzying speed. The romance that developed began out of mutual respect and felt genuine. The chemistry and heat was delightful while being relatively clean. This is a feel good novel, where you root for the couple and hope they overcome. The tale flowed wonderfully with just enough twists and turns. The characters became real to me and I adore when that happens.
QueenerJE More than 1 year ago
This book is meant for someone that is romantic & wants a christmas story! I would definitely read another book by this other! I loved how these characters grew. And I loved what brought them together. Also, to see how Abigail still needed her parents and what happened to her with Andreas. Loved this book!!!
redreader16 More than 1 year ago
Boring. I forced myself to read 100 pages in the hope it would get better and it never did. Beware this romance is far from romantic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't understand why this book got 5 stars. I just liked this book, when it was almost in the end, until, was really boring.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great story and characters. Loved it.
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Great read! Wonderful story line and well written
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
His Christmas Pleasure