It’s Christmas in June – well, for this review anyway – as Lindlee takes on a holiday story for the RITA® Reader Challenge.
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 Baron 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 . . .
And now, Lindlee’s guest review:
I’m a sucker for a good “marriage of convenience” story. Especially the type where the couple plans to stay married (instead of “get marriage annulled after I get my money” or something similar). I like it when two people are shown working with one another to make a life together. His Christmas Pleasure may become one of my favorite MOC stories.
It’s hard to express why I loved this book so much without getting spoilerly, but I’ll do my best. I loved Andres and Abigail’s relationship. Once they decided on marriage, they were supportive and protective of one another. They complemented one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Andres was more of the dreamer, but Abigail was the encourager when obstacles arose.
The elopement was exciting (Abigail and Andres have to keep one step ahead of her father) but it was also heart wrenching because Abigail struggles with knowing she’s hurt her parents with her actions. Once the marriage has taken place they work together to build a life, overcoming difficult problems and obstacles that are thrown their way. By the end, I was convinced that no matter what happens in the future Abigail and Andres can conquer anything. I completely believe in their happily-ever-after.
If I have any criticism, it would be that the ending, while nice, did feel a little “let’s take all the plot lines and tie them in a nice big bow now.” But very small criticism. Overall, great book.