by Deborah Raleigh

October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8217-8046-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Abandoning his wild life on the London stage, Raoul Charlebois quits the city for Cheshire. Although his reputation as a rake precedes him, Raoul is searching for answers to his dark past rather than a peaceful life in the country. His search leads him to the door of Sarah Jefferson — daughter of the gamekeeper who tended his father’s estate. Sarah is a woman unlike any he has ever met before, and it will take of his skills to tempt her into his life...

Sarah wants no part in whatever Raoul wants at the estate, until she realises the only thing he wants is her. Finally falling for his charm, Sarah begins to see the glimmer of good beneath the rakish surface. Can two souls be brought together at Christmas?

Seduce me by Christmas is a heart warming tale set around Christmas. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Regency romance, but I adored this story. I couldn’t wait to open the book each day and read some more. If you really want to believe in fairytale endings and the magic of Christmas this is definitely a book to read around this time of year.

Raoul Charlebois may be one of the most handsome men in London, but he hides a vulnerability that had me literally sighing. His manner with children is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts. Sarah is the perfect female for him — bold, unconventional for her times, and passionate— she provides him with love and security. Although for a poorer background and relatively plain life, Sarah dazzles. She is one of my favourite female heroines.

Seduce me by Christmas has a whole host of likeable secondary characters —Willie and Jimmy, Nico and Maggie— as well as a large slice of intrigue.

This book really took me by surprise. Light and heart warming, it is the perfect book for Christmas. A five rose review!

Reviewed in January 2010 by Donna.

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