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Title: A Christmas Vow of Seduction, Princes of Petras #1
Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Harlequin Presents
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
This is a royal romance featuring the Prince Andres of Petras, the spoiled second son and playboy and Princess Zara of Tirimia who has been given to him by her captors via his brother, King Kairos. He’s used to getting what he wants. She had her parents murdered by rebels, then escaped to live in the woods with a nomadic tribe who protected but never loved her. Recaptured by the now ruling regime, she’s been given to the King as a peace offering to unite the two countries.
She really doesn’t know what she wants from life, but it isn’t to marry someone she doesn’t know or to have all her choices continually taken away from her. He just wants to make amends for ruining his brother’s marriage plans by sleeping with his fiancee and being filmed doing so – the film went viral, humiliating all concerned. She’s feisty, resilient and stubborn. He’s frightened of love, doesn’t trust it or believe he deserves it, indeed he’s determined to reject it before it rejects him yet again. How can they find the trust to give their attraction to each other a chance to develop into love?
I had very mixed feelings about some of this novel. The treatment of Zara, being gifted to the King, rejected, passed on to his brother, all without any say in what was happening really galled me. Her relationship with Andres initially continues this emotional abuse. This is followed by detailed sexual activities, sort of touch by touch instructions – anyone who reads my reviews knows I don’t appreciate these . . . Then it gets much better, exploring motivations and actions brilliantly then having a lovely epilogue where all is sorted out at last. So, as I said, very mixed feelings but the latter section makes it one I’m glad to have read to the end. I have read books by this author in the past and thoroughly enjoyed them throughout, finding the characters easy to relate to and the plot enthralling, so it certainly won’t put me off reading or recommending her books in future.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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