- Release Date
- December 2013
Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .
Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady's wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl's kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.
But when Cam discovers the maiden's not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Nov 24, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
87 people found the following review helpful
One of the most romantic stories I've read this year! Perfect for the season and beyond.
Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knew she couldn't get the attention of the attractive Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr. But there's no reason why she couldn't fantasize about him, is there? Or that she write these fantasies down in her diary? Unbeknown to her, Cam came upon her diary, and even knowing that he shouldn't read it, he couldn't help himself...
From the start, even as Cam reads her diary, I find myself in sympathy with Jacqueline. She writes about herself in stark, forthright terms, brutally honest with herself in regard to her appearance and stating without self-pity that a shy, unattractive woman like her couldn't hope to catch the eye of a golden and charming, attractive rakehell like Cam. She's admirable in that sense, for how many of us could describe ourselves in that way? Force ourselves to stare at the painful truth in the face?
Yet, her musings, her fantasies captured Cam's imagination and his muse started to flow. For Cam is a poet, who has lost his creativity. But in Jacqueline's writings, in her fantasies, he found the core of himself.
The whole story has rather a magical, fairy-tale like quality to it, of the ugly duckling not literally turning into a beautiful swan, but becoming beautiful in the eyes of the man she loves. Katharine Ashe is to be commended for writing a believable, romantic tale between Jacqueline and Cam. His feelings for her grew in bits and pieces, through interactions and more readings of her innermost thoughts concerning him. Perhaps, we could even say, before he even seduced her, she was already seducing him in his mind with her words.
The poem was a wonderful, artistic touch, especially the way it parallels their story and how it enables them to communicate in the end. Though there's a nod to the Christmas season with the setting, truly, this is a story that can be read even when it's not the season. It's a timeless tale of love, a story that proves why we read romance.
A must read! Highly recommended.
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