Once, Dominic Lynsted, Duke of Holburn
trusted somebody and lost something precious because of it.
While on his Grand Tour, Nick befriended Andres Ramigio
Peiró, Barón de Vasconia, and the barón stole Nick’s signet
ring and abandoned Nick at Delphi. But when Nick wakes up
in the presence of Delphi’s famed Oracle, his life takes a
turn. Armed with the Oracle’s mysterious prophesy, “Beware
innocence,” Nick returns to England, vowing revenge against
Andres. Years later, Nick finally has a lead on Andres.
His quest leads him to a small inn, but the person he meets
is definitely not the barón.
Fiona Lachlan knows all too well how
fate can bring one low. Desperate for rent money, Fiona
takes a job from one of London’s most notorious courtesans.
The assignment is simple – slip some (non-deadly) poison
into the drink of Lord Belkins. Yet it’s Nick, not Lord
Belkins, Fiona meets, and each knows something is not quite
right. And when assassins burst in, ready to kill Nick, the
two must band together to survive. Neither Nick nor Fiona
trust one another. But danger serves as a powerful draw
between the two. As does desire…
Fate takes charge and brings two lovers
together in this sparkling romance by Cathy Maxwell.
A Seduction at Christmas is an engaging blend of
love, passion, danger, and destiny with two protagonists who
are sure to claim your heart.
When I first met Fiona in her brother
Gordon’s book, In the Highlander’s Bed, I admired her
inner strength and wondered at her fate when she chose to
remain in London as Gordon left for America. Though A
Seduction at Christmas begins with Fiona in somewhat
desperate circumstances, her strength of character never
wavers. I genuinely liked Fiona and had a tremendous amount
of respect for her ability to overcome all that has happened
to her, which isn’t to say the past has not left her without
scars. As for Nick, events of his past have left their mark
on him as well. Despite this, Nick is a generous, caring,
and protective soul. In In the Highlander’s Bed
there was a fleeting moment when Nick and Fiona met and
attraction sparked. Ms. Maxwell takes that flash of
interest and turns up the heat when the two meet once more
in A Seduction at Christmas. But more
intriguing than the lust between the pair is how they manage
to heal one another. Old wounds aren’t instantly forgotten,
but love serves as a healing balm of sorts, and it was
wonderful to watch it happen.
A Seduction at Christmas
is by turns sensual, heartwarming, and fun. I delighted in
the banter between Fiona and Nick and relished their
romance. A dash of danger keeps A Seduction at
Christmas moving at a quick pace as Nick and Fiona
try to figure out who is out to kill Nick and why. Fans of
Ms. Maxwell, like myself, will also delight in getting to
revisit Grace McEachin from In the Highlander’s Bed
and I do so hope Ms. Maxwell gives Grace a story of her own
one day. A Seduction at Christmas also
introduces readers to Nick’s cousin Gillian, who is a lovely
character. I finished A Seduction at Christmas
well-satisfied and incredibly eager for the next Scandals
and Seductions tale, The Earl Claims His Wife, ready
to see Gillian find a happy ending of her own.