Seduce Me by Christmas
Deborah Raleigh
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Seduce Me by Christmas
Deborah Raleigh
352 pages
October 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Raoul Charlebois is a notorious actor only lately retired from the stage. He's known as the bastard son of a lord and wants to find out what big secret his father was keeping that Raoul's tutor knew. To that end, Raoul travels to Cheshire and his father's house, staying in a cottage on the estate while he tries to prise out the secret.

He discovers a rather attractive young woman on the estate, Sarah Jefferson, and finds himself attracted to her. She's the usual novel fare of beautiful, wonderful with children, excellent cook, spinster, etc. etc. Enchanted, Raoul sets out to seduce her. Once his father's secret is finally revealed, there's a nice happy ending. But although there are plenty of pages in this book, there doesn't seem to be a great deal more content than set out above.

Perhaps that's a little unfair; we have many scenes between Raoul and Sarah, as well as Raoul and his valet trying to get to the bottom of the secret, but overall Seduce Me by Christmas rather lacks in depth. Neither main character is particularly well drawn. The attraction seems to be very much that of appearances between the two of them. While not a bad read, I didn't find it entirely gripping either, and Sarah feels too remote to be a particularly engaging character. The Christmas theme, despite the title, is also fairly minimal.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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