The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon
Published by Entangled: Scandalous on December 30th 2013
Genres: Historical, Novella, Romance
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Twelve Days of Seduction by Maire Claremont
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 Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon is a historical romance with a Christmas theme and reminiscent of Jane Eyre. Adriana Flint is a notorious authoress who has been living a disguised life as governess Ana Grey. When the Duke, Alexander Hunt, finds out that his ward’s governess has a less than reputable reputation, he is in a bind. His ward, and illegitimate daughter, has bonded with Miss Grey and there is also the small matter of his attraction to her that he cannot deny. His offer to make her his mistress is met with her counter offer that he seduce her for 12 days.
The themes of Christmas and spirit of Jane Eyre are worked throughout. As a shorter work, it is streamlined, with characters who have secretly been pining for each other. Adriana’s character is a combination of a smart, worldly woman, with someone who is self-conscious and worried about the perception of society. I found her endearing, complicated and well devised as a character. Alexander as a character is one that is both in a bind but also one that has the power to sweep aside an hint of impropriety, if he finds the right reason and means. He is more that just attracted to Adriana he respects her and learns from her. These two characters and Georgiana are a family who just doesn’t know it yet.
Overall, The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon was a lot of fun, romantic, and dynamic. I love Jane Eyre and Christmas so I was envisioning scenes and settings covered in snow. I couldn’t put it down.