Posted by: Jennifer | November 23, 2008

A Seduction at Christmas – Cathy Maxwell

Maxwell, Cathy. A Seduction at Christmas. (New York: Avon, 2008). ISBN – 9780061350986.

Main Characters: Fiona Lachlan and Dominic Lynsted, the Duke of Holburn

Date: 1809

Related Works: This is part of a new series by Cathy Maxwell – Seductions and Scandals. However, Fiona did appear in the books, Bedding the Heiress(story of Justin Maddox and Francesca Dunroy) and In the Highlander’s Bed(story of Fiona’s brother Gordan Lachlan and Constance Cameron)

Description from book:

She never expected it would come to this.

Desperation and an empty stomach forces Fiona Lachlan to agree to a plan that ended up luring the wickedly notorious Duke of Holburn into trouble. Everything went terribly wrong, and now she found herself posing as his ward! And while she swore nothing could make her desire a scoundrel, even if he was a duke, she is now drawing ever closer to the one man she cannot have . . .

“Beware of innocence!”

The Duke of Holburn had spent years heeding this warning, and in doing so, managed to avoid the virginal young ladies who had been put in his path. But now his wild ways have gotten him into real danger. There are killers at the door and a temptingly beautiful woman in his arms. He is about to find himself seduced . . . and he isn’t quite sure he wants to resist this time.

My Thoughts:

Overall, I did enjoy this book. Fiona and Nick made for an interesting couple who found themselves falling in love in spite of their wishes. They first meet when Fiona agrees to help out someone in exchange for money that she needs to survive. Meanwhile, someone is trying to kill Nick – although this wasn’t necessarily clear until. He had been lured to the inn where the two meet and end up running for their lives. Nick is unwilling to let Fiona go because she may know something about the man for whom he is looking.

Admittedly, the plot about Nick’s missing ring and his quest to retrieve it wasn’t my favorite. I got tired of the signet ring, especially when we learned who actually was in possession of it. To me, Nick’s quest seemed like a waste of time and energy. He seemed to feel as if he couldn’t live up to the expectations of his uncles. Yet, his uncles weren’t so wonderful. This was a case where I wish that Nick could have risen above the pettiness of his family (who were mostly obnoxious – his sister Gillian is the exception). NIck was the better man and very worthy of being the Duke. I liked the resolution even less – mostly because I hate it when the  mother is bad guy. I find it so sad. Despite this, I did buy the love story between Fiona and Nick. I liked how they interacted and how they dealt with each other. I liked watching them fall in love.

I am very much looking forward to Gillian’s story!

Read first November 2008

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