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His Christmas Pleasure (Scandals and Seductions) [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Maxwell
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“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 Times BOOKclub)

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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell gifts historical romance lovers with a steamy and sensational Christmas present: His Christmas Pleasure, the fourth book in her popular Scandals and Seductions series. The winter holidays have never been hotter than in this delicious tale of a marriage of convenience that becomes an unexpected gift of passionate love in a season of joy and giving.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061772062
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (30 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WWAG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, readable romance 27 Dec 2010
By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Abigail Montross has been waiting for the man of her dreams to propose for what seems like forever. But when he finally does propose - it's to her cousin! But things keep getting worse for her as her father threatens to marry her off to a man twice her age with 13 children.

Baron de Vasconia, Andres Ramigio is in desperate need of money. Knowing of Abby's dilemma, the pair hatch a plan to elope so she gets his protection and he gets her money. But the pair soon begin to realise that once they reveal each other's secrets, there is nothing that can stop them from falling in love.

Despite the title, this book isn't Christmassy at all despite the conclusion taking place on Christmas Day. As much as I like Christmas romances, I didn't feel that the book tried to be a festive romance so I didn't feel let down but the lack of Christmas content.

Both Andres and Abby are likeable characters and have a good chemistry together. I liked the way that Abby especially grew into a more confident woman and how the pair shared their dreams together and how they easily fell in love.

There were one or two jarring Americanisms which I am inclined to overlook simply because it's rare to find a book that doesn't have at least one. That said, it's still very annoying in any book.

This book stands alone but the characters have been featured in previous books by Cathy Maxwell. Despite having read those romances, I couldn't quite remember the back stories of the characters but it really made no difference to my enjoyment of this particular story.

Overall, this was a nice story to pass the time. It's well written, enjoyable and the story really kept the pages turning. 4 stars.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 ½ stars. This is a pleasant feel good story. It's a Hallmark Card type of story. 19 Dec 2010
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
STORY BRIEF:
Abby's grandmother left her a fortune to be hers upon marriage. Abby's father is also wealthy. He arranges a marriage for her to a repulsive, older man. Andres is a handsome younger man who has affairs with married women. Dobbins' wife had an affair with Andres. Dobbins offered Andres land in Northern England in return for Andres leaving London and never returning. The land is Andres' dream - to breed and raise horses. But he needs to marry someone with money (to buy horses, feed, building materials, living expenses, etc). He recently met and befriended Abby. He is honest with her about his financial need and asks her to marry him. She agrees as a way to avoid her father's arranged marriage. They elope. Abby's father is furious and chases them. When he finds them already married, he tells Abby she can't get her inheritance for three years.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
I was moved watching Andres and Abby survive being poor. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. There is conflict provided by the father and Abby's former boyfriend which added interest. I think the title should not use the word "Christmas." It doesn't relate to the story other than a couple of parties being held during the Christmas season. They could have been held at any time of the year with the same effect on the story.

I liked and agree with Jacqueline Jacobson's comment (a Goodreads reviewer). "the book would have been stronger if more time was spent shown them working together renovating Stonemore...showing him using his ingenuity to build a home for them."

The book has 374 pages but it's large print, so it's shorter than a typical romance novel.

CAUTION SPOILER:
One part didn't sit well with me. Abby goes to London to visit her parents. She intends to stay there until Andres comes to her to prove his love. Well, he goes to her to tell her he loves her, but Dobbins sees him which means Andres will lose the land. It was awful to me that he threw away his dream. The author wanted to show that he loved her more than his land, but it didn't feel good to me. I think he should have at least TRIED something else like come to the edge of the city and send her a message. I love seeing a "grand gesture" to prove one's love - but this gesture had an irrational and/or foolish feeling to it. I won't say more about what happened regarding the land - to leave some surprise for readers.

DATA:
Story length: 374 pages large print. Swearing language: none. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 5 ½. Setting: 1810 England. Copyright: 2010. Genre: historical romance.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rounding up to four stars because of the exciting, romantic hero 2 Dec 2010
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am conflicted on scoring Cathy Maxwell's latest novel, I thought I would enjoy it more than I did based on the first chapter; it's exciting and humorous but this read has its weak moments (the heroine is a little immature). Overall I liked the book but realize it will probably not be going on my keeper shelf. The hero is so memorable though that it bumps this up to a four star read.

Abigail Montross is in love with someone who is selfish, spoiled and vain but she just does not see these faults. She is twenty-five and has been jilted by her titled fiancé (a character in a previous novel) but hopes her true love Freddie, will make an offer, he does but for her cousin. Abigail's father is a rich banker and he sets up a possible match for Abby, to a man with thirteen children, she is not happy about her father's choice.

Spanish adonis, Viscount Andres de Vasconia knows that Abby loves Freddy, he overheard their conversation at a ball and he also knows that Abby is very wealthy. Andres is cash poor and also stinging from a love affair gone wrong. He is offered a great opportunity; a jealous husband wants him out of London and entices him with landed property in Northern England complete with a stable, all Andre's if he promises never to return to London again. This is absolutely appealing to Andres who has always longed to own a horse farm. He needs cash quickly and his thoughts turn to Abby. The two form a business agreement in the form of a marriage with both sides getting what they want, Andres has his money and Abby gets a husband of her own choosing and neither one is in love with the other.

Andres is a dashing completely romantic and dreamy character, I fell in love with him from the start. He is misunderstood and mocked by the ton, he has been dogged his whole life by feelings of inadequacy and this farm finally brings him a chance of redemption. He is hardworking, surprising for a man in his position and for the most part honest too; some of the best scenes are when he reveals his subterfuge and his hidden past with Abby.

Abby is not as dynamic as her male lead. She can be demanding and is much more self-centered than her husband. With the exception of her jilted fiancé, her life has been pretty easy, unlike Andre's and she has the expectation that Andres should be willing to sacrifice everything for her when she is not as willing to do the same for him. She does have some fine scenes with Andres though, especially ones where they are working together for a common goal, here Abby is focused, unselfish and above all understanding.

This novel has its high and low moments The beginning was especially good and the couple's journey north was too; Andre's romantic side comes through because Ms Maxwell does an excellent job of letting these leads discover their best qualities through conversation and unselfish deeds on this long road trip. Other sections slowed the story and I admit the ending was a little too melodramatic and the dialogue too syrupy sweet. This novel though is entertaining and it's mostly because of Andres who might just be one of the best heroes that Cathy Maxwell has ever created.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goes WAY south at p.278!!! Not in a good way. 10 Feb 2011
By A. Cleveland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book started out well. The hero is exremely likeable.. vulnerable, sensitive, caring, insightful... etc. The heroine was willing to take a risk on the hero and marry him to avoid being forced to marry an old man with thirteen kids. I liked how their relationship developed, and the romance unfolded nicely as the couple worked together to overcome a lack of funds to build their dream home. However on page 278 to be exact, I started to want to throw this book in the trash - except it is a library book so that option was out. The problem was the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING and stupid behavior on the part of the heroine.

SPOILER ALERT about page 278:
THe hero and heroine attend a party where the heroine's ex love interest shows up. Hero is jealous of course. Heroine can't understand that. Husband wants to make love to his wife (due to jealousy and insecurity) and she thinks he is being insensitive. He gets mad and leaves the party. She is mad he left the party. Enter boyfriend who now goes to her room and puts the moves on Abigail. Andres comes back catches them, misunderstands and storms back home. Now Abigail goes to London and expects the husband to chase after her - if her really loves her. DESPITE that fact that she KNOWS he could lose their property if he is caught in London. At this point, I almost didn't care, but had to finish the book on principle.

AND THE SEX SCENES WERE SHORT AND BORING!!!!

Don't waste any time on this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best historical romance I've read in a while 3 Dec 2010
By Romanzwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like hero that is gorgeous, a little mysterious, but is sweet and kind; you'll love Andres. I love the how the relationship of these two leads develops and how they slowly change and begin to fall in love. The heroine grows up and matures, the hero realizes that he's not the worthless person that his father made him feel like. Like one reviewer said, the ending WAS a bit melodramatic, but honestly who cares since I was still sighing over how sweet Andres was to Abby. Hey that's what we read romance novels for, isnt it? The happy ending? After just reading another novel where the hero and heroine was so hardened and bitter and difficult to like, it was a welcome change. Trust me, read it and you'll be sighing over gorgeous Andres too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Christmas Pleasure 8 Jan 2011
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All of London is fascinated by Andres Ramigio, Barón de Vasconia. Well, all of London save for the family of Miss Abigail Montross. But when the handsome Spaniard saves Abby from embarrassment, the two forge an immediate connection. And when Abby's father threatens to marry her off to a man with thirteen children, she decides to make an arrangement with Andres. The barón needs money. Abby is an heiress who desires a marriage of convenience with a man who doesn't have thirteen children. It's the perfect match. Both have had their hearts broken before and neither cares to repeat the experience. But after their elopement, Abby and Andres realize a marriage of convenience would never work...for each of them is swiftly falling in love with the other.

His Christmas Pleasure evokes all the warmth and charm its titular holiday suggests. It's a delightful story where love, good character, and hard work can overcome any obstacle...with the help of a Christmas miracle or two, of course. His Christmas Pleasure is a light story, moving at a quick clip and entertaining the whole way through. There is nothing not to like about Andres or Abby, so it's easy to root for them to find their happily ever after.

His Christmas Pleasure is the fourth book in Ms. Maxwell's Scandals and Seductions series. Nick, the hero of A Seduction at Christmas, the first Scandals and Seductions tale, makes a brief appearance and the other series protagonists are mentioned, but on the whole, His Christmas Pleasure stands on its own.

A spirited, lively tale with a healthy dose of Christmas cheer makes His Christmas Pleasure a book you definitely will want to curl up with on a cold winter's night.

Shayna
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