The Twelve Days of Seduction
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Release date: December 30th 2013
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he's quite displeased, even if she is one of the most intelligent women's he's ever met. His ward deserves a reputable governess, so he threatens to give Adriana the sack mere days before Christmas.
Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to prove she's not the reputable governess he believed he hired. If he can seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, she will leave without protest.
But when they find the challenge more difficult than either imagined, can they face the consequences of their decisions?
The Faerie Queen’s review
This novella was a surprisingly good read! It started out a bit weird, but then I got into it. At 120 pages, it’s very quick, and as you can imagine, things don’t get as developed as they could. I could have actually read a full version of this, but then I also loved how easy it was to get through. I could just enjoy it without getting too bogged down. I was also not feeling too great when I started it, but because it was quick and light, it was a great pick-me-up.
The story is told over twelve chapters and swaps narration between Adriana, a “governess”, and Alexander, a duke. Adriana is quite scrappy but very caring underneath it all, while Alexander is your typical brooding hero. After discovering that Adriana isn’t who she says she is, Alexander threatens to throw her out on Christmas Eve, but she negotiates a deal, giving her twelve more days to convince him to let her stay. During those twelve days, we learn about the young Georgiana, and about Adriana’s background. I would have liked a bit more on both, but it was enough to make me care about them. (Alexander is a duke and can do what he wants; I didn’t feel the need to worry about him.)
What starts out purely as mutual attraction quickly grows to more over the course of two weeks, and it really is rather sweet. I liked the ending, though I did think it was a little bit rushed and convenient.
Overall, an enjoyable historical romance that hit all the right notes for me while helping to get me into the Christmas spirit!