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Twelve Days of Seduction by Maire Claremont
Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he?s quite displeased, even if she is one of the most intelligent women?s he?s ever met. His ward deserves a reputable governess, so he threatens to give Adriana the sack mere days before Christmas.
Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown...
Twelve Days of Seduction by Maire Claremont
Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he’s quite displeased, even if she is one of the most intelligent women’s he’s ever met. His ward deserves a reputable governess, so he threatens to give Adriana the sack mere days before Christmas.
Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to prove she’s not the reputable governess he believed he hired. If he can seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, she will leave without protest.
But when they find the challenge more difficult than either imagined, can they face the consequences of their decisions?
Posted January 26, 2014
Once again an author I didn’t know, not translated for now, but whose synopsis appealed to me. I don’t think I’ll read her again. I found this novel very dark and after having looked a little her other publications, I’m sure it’s the author’s own style.
The twelve days of seduction seems to be her less dark romance and yet the heroine’s past is very heavy. I found this fact very contradictory even if it’s what makes me give a better rating. Indeed the author doesn’t dwell at length on what happened to the heroine before she became the hero’s ward’s governess, which is a good thing for me. However, I don’t much like when an author doesn’t really take responsibility for what she wants to explain. I mean, if the heroine had to suffer the worst outrages to show she’s a survivor, you may as well see the idea through to the end and not finding an explanation on how she was able to get out of her condition. The risk is of course not to appeal to some readers, but at least the author will have exploited her idea till the end and the reader can fully appreciate the character’s evolution.
My second problem is that the novel was short (120 pages), too short. The characters, their relationship, their story together and even how the heroine got through, are only skated over even unexplained, to my great regret. Of course I don’t talk about details about the heroine’s past, but about how our two heroes meet, how they try to struggle against their attraction and the evolution of their feelings. I had the feeling while reading the novel to be reading a long epilog and it’s a pity.
On the other hand, I liked our main characters, Alexander Hunt and Adriana Flint, and Alexander’s ward, a nice and respectful little girl like I like them in a romance. I liked their determination and the fact they know what they want and do everything to get it. I liked the sex scenes which are well described and I liked the fact they are honest one toward the other. That’s why I read this story in one go and I liked the book all the same.
Posted January 20, 2014
' I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review '
Adriana has had a hard life. She lied about her identity to get a respectable job as a governess. She loves her little charge and she is very attracted to the girls father. But unfortunately Alexander finds out the truth of who she is. He won't keep her as governess but he tells her she can be his mistress. She agrees with the stipulation that he has twelve days to seduce her and she use that time to convince her to let her stay in the house and have access to the little girl, who she can't bear to be separated from.
Alexander has always been attracted to Adriana. Now he has his chance to be with her. Now he needs to figure out if she is innocent of most of what he heard about her or if she is scamming him. What will he do when he starts to feel more then attraction?
I thought this was a wonderful short story. I thought that Alexander was a real jerk at first but I definitely had a change of heart.I give Adriana's character props for trying to better herself instead of taking the easy way. I highly recommend reading. This is such a great quick read I couldn't put it down.
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Posted January 13, 2014
The Twelve Days of Seduction is a sweet story about love and acceptance. This is a novella by Maire Claremont who is a new to me author. Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford finds out that the governess he hired for his ward is an authoress and has been lying about her identity by passing herself of as Anna Grey. Instead of demanding her to leave, he proposes that she becomes her mistress. In turn, Adriana challenges him to seduce her for 12 days and he succeeds, she will stay as his mistress.
This was a very quick read for me (read it over breakfast). The story itself is sweet and the story line moves rather quickly. As with the nature of novellas, it felt a little rushed and I thought their romance needed more emphasis. I had a hard time warming up to both characters, as well. I thought the challenge that Adriana issued to the Duke was just crazy, since she was already allowing herself to be seduced. Initially, I thought the Duke would seduce her for 12 days and not the other way around.
I am a bit torn about this. I am giving it a rating of ¿¿¿ because I just can’t imagine that their quick encounters (even the encounters without sex) would immediately turn into love.
Posted January 13, 2014
A well-developed plot and surprisingly complex characters highlight this Christmas Themed novella, and provide plenty of heartwarming moments for readers fond of Victorian romance.
Adriana has overcome her lowly beginnings and risen to the position of governess for the Duke’s ward. All of her backstory presented to Alexander, however, was a lie: yet her capable care and concern for his ward was never an issue. When he confronts Adriana with his knowledge of her deception, and insists that she becomes his mistress, she counters his proposition.
Desperate to save her position and not lose her connection to the little girl, Adriana is guarded and unsure, especially when Alexander’s questions become more pointed, and he accepts with a fair amount of grace, her chastisement.
Despite the brevity of the story, characters are beautifully developed showing their fears and concerns and present each character with a new view on hope, life and love. Máire Claremont has given these characters a clear path to their happy ever after, and provided a clever background that highlights the potential of Christmas for everyone.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted January 11, 2014
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Adriana Flint is the governess for the Duke of Berresford who’s not too happy with her right now. But he has a proposition for her. I love her solution to what he proposes.
Alexander Hunt is a man on a mission. For those women that love historicals, how many of you don’t fantasize about being romanced by a sexy Duke. Got to love a historical romance set around Christmas – gives the single ladies hope that they find someone too. Maire is good about showing the division of the classes and how the higher ups are such snobs.
Our author starts almost every chapter with an interesting sentence that puts a fresh twist on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Even though this book is set around Christmas, you could read this story any time of year. This story will seduce your senses and have you hungry for more. And it’s all done with words not with sex but the craving is there. And our author knows just the right moment to give her readers their sex fix.
This is a story that once you start; you won’t want to stop until you get to the very last page. Maire will give you the perfect HEA ending that will have you smiling. It’s a book that you can finish in just a few short hours. The only downside, for me, was that I didn’t have a fireplace to sit next to.
Posted January 11, 2014
The twelve days of seduction:
Adriana and Alexander made a wonder pair- I really loved them. The story though short was very good and I enjoyed it immensely. He was a duke and she was poor, mistreat, but beautiful inside and out, how could he resist her. Adriana was also a novelist which in those times was an outrage, but not to Alexander. He loved everything about her and he was not going to let her go. She was his ward’s governess and he was going to keep her. I loved the ending, it was not a great surprise but I liked reading it anyway. I give this story five stars and recommend it highly.
Posted January 11, 2014
The Twelve Days of Seduction by Maire Claremont is a beautiful short story about love, respect and overcoming the separation of social classes.
Alexander Hunt is the Eighth Duke of Berresford and has just discovered that his ward's governess is actually a fraud and a (Gasp) novelist!
Adriana Flint has done everything she can to better herself beyond her circumstances of birth. She is now a governess to a wonderful little girl that she loves very much. When His Grace confronts her about her lies and confirms that he knows she is a (Gasp) novelist she believes she will be out in the snow on Christmas Eve.
Instead, the attraction His Grace has felt towards the off-limits governess has surfaced with a vengeance and this Christmas they will both be seduced.
Posted January 7, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming plot with steamy sex as well as a lovely Christmas theme. This author gives excellent setting details that adds depth to this delightful Victorian romance!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2014
Adriana has a quite a few secrets about her past - a past she wants to leave behind and live as a governess in Alexander Hunt's household. But Alexander has found out her secret and is threatening to throw her out into the snow - and right before Christmas. He's willing to compromise and let her be his mistress instead though (how generous).
While he sounds a bit like an old fashioned pig, he really is a very good guy that wants to keep Adriana in his life, even if she isn't suitable for employment as a governess. They begin a little game and it gets quite interesting. Adriana has quite a mouth on her when she has an important opinion and she's astonished when Alexander actually backs her up on many of them.
This was a very sweet holiday story and I loved the Christmas scene with everyone opening presents. It really let you see into their personalities.
Posted December 30, 2013
All right I'm such a dork, because I have been looking at this title for a couple of days trying to figure out why it was so familiar. Then it dawned on me, it was actually in an anthology called All I Want for Christmas is a Duke. I actually do have this anthology, but I haven't had time to read it. I know, the shame. Anyway, I was able to read The Twelve Days of Seduction by Máire Claremont (which I got from the publisher). This is why I'm a dork. So, let me tell you my thoughts on the story.
First off we have the Duke of Berresford, Alexander Hunt and he finds out that his governess, Miss Grey, isn't who she says she is, but actually Adriana Flint. Of course he's upset with this information, so he decides having Adriana as his ward's governess is no longer an option. After all, he wants an honest upstanding person to be her governess. However, he figures another way to keep her at his home as his mistress. Yet, Adriana isn't going to go down without a fight. Oh no she wants him to be challenge, so the seduction begins.
I actually enjoyed this quick read. I liked how Adriana wasn't going to cave to the Alexander. Most people would cave to him, because he's a Duke. I liked how he realized it was going to take more than just seduction to get his governess into his bed. I really like how Alexander realize that there was more to Adriana than the person who kept some secrets from him. Overall, The Twelve Days of Seduction was a nice quick read. So, if you are still in the mood for Christmas stories or absolutely love Dukes, you might give Twelve Days of Seduction a try.
Copy provided by publisher.
Posted December 30, 2013
Maire Claremont’s The Twelve Days of Seduction is a sweet yet very steamy feel good love story that I highly recommend to fans of historical romance.
Alexander Hunt recently discovered that his governess is not exactly who she appears to be and threatens to fire her just before Christmas. Adriana Flint has a very good reason for her deception and she cannot fathom leaving the little girl (and the home) she has come to love. Adriana issues a challenge to Alexander that he cannot resist and both of them are surprised by what they learn about themselves and each other over the course of the twelve deliciously sexy days of Christmas.
Adriana is a strong woman who has overcome a difficult past and she is not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believes in. Alexander is insanely attracted to her, but it is once they spend some quality time together that he begins to appreciate her for the woman she is. Once the restrictions of social classes are stripped away, Adriana and Alexander begin to recognize the depth of their feelings for each other.
The Twelve Days of Seduction is a sparkling gem with richly developed protagonists and a storyline that has a surprising amount of depth. The characters are engaging and the overall plot is quite heartwarming. A quick and easy read that will delight anyone who reads historical romances.