Her Christmas Pleasure

Karen Erickson
Her Christmas Pleasure
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2011
Book 2 of The Merry Widows Series
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

Damien Morton is madly in love. Unfortunately, it's with his best friend's widow, Lady Danver. Damien is not worthy of Celia. Or so he thinks. Desperate to escape his feelings for her, he plans to leave the country at the first of the year. Celia treats him as a family friend and nothing more—until they share a heated kiss beneath the mistletoe…

Celia is shocked by the passions that surge within her at her dear friend's kiss. One touch and one taste aren't enough to satisfy her cravings, and she is startled into action. Damien has stirred something inside her that she never expected to experience again, and she must have more. Full of shameless desire and emotions newly discovered, she decides to pursue Damien and won't be deterred. Will she be able to convince him to stay—both in her heart and life—forever?

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Dec 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
178 people found the following review helpful
What happens when your most secret fantasy comes true? In this blistering and emotional edition to her Merry Widows series, a common Christmas tradition opens the door to an unquenchable passion between two friends in need of a little magic.

For as long as he can remember, Damien Morton has been in love with Celia, Lady Danver. And for just as long, he has done everything he can do to avoid her attention. For though Celia values his friendship dearly, Damien is her father-in-law's secretary, and Celia's husband was his best friend. Convinced that he will never be worthy of her love or capable of stirring her heart, Damien has arranged for a job that will take him to France, away from the woman who fills his heart and his fantasies.

But all it takes is a moment under the mistletoe to change everything. At last, at long last, Damien has a chance to kiss Celia—and in that moment, Celia begins to realize just what life with Damien might be like. Having mourned her husband and spent the past two years mourning and caring for her young son, she is ready to live—and love—again. But when Damien whispers that he is leaving by year's end, Celia realizes that it is time to act. But will the reality of Celia live up to all of Damien's dreams?

Karen Erickson possesses a terrific talent for creating deep, lovable characters in a story of just over a hundred pages. Without taking away from the main action of the story, we get an excellent sense of Celia and Damien's previous relationship, and the tension that their burgeoning affair could cause among Celia's in-laws. Even the secondary characters are so deftly drawn that I felt drawn into the midst of their Christmas festivities and eager to see how everyone would react to the romance in their midst.

Though there is the aspect of a fairytale about this story, our hero and heroine are quite human, with moments of uncertainty and self-doubt that make their romance that much sweeter. Though there is no doubt the physical aspect of their relationship is sensational, the heartwarming part of this story comes from watching them learn to open up to the love that develops between them alongside the lust. I also thought that the relationship between Damien and little Theo was one of the highlights of the plot, and shows just how compassionate a hero Damien can be. Though there was a bit more angst than I thought was strictly necessary at times, when they finally realized how much they needed each other, Celia and Damien made a wonderful match, and the sizzle between them became all the more intense.

All in all, this is an intense, passionate love story between two wonderfully complex characters. Karen Erikson has done it again by giving us a moving and dazzling romance in a perfect portion, and her Merry Widows series is fast becoming a must-read for me.
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Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 20, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
177 people found the following review helpful
I've been a fan of Karen Erickson's contemporary books for a while now, so when I saw this historical, I thought I'd give it a try. Let it be known that I'm usually not a fan of historical romance in general, so I'm always surprised when I like one as much as I liked this one.

Damien has been in love with his best friend's widow, Celia, for a long time now, and it's gotten so bad that he's decided to leave England to get away from the torture of having to see her and not have her. Wanting to see her for possibly the last time before he leaves, Damien and Celia end up under the mistletoe together at her husband's family holiday festivities. They share what is supposed to be an innocent kiss, but it sparks deep feelings of desire in Damien...and Celia.

I thought that HER CHRISTMAS PLEASURE is a very cute holiday story of unrequited love that blossoms into so much more. I was rooting for Celia and Damien throughout the whole story because they were both characters that you come to care about.

This is a short story but I think the author did a great job of providing history between the couple so their relationship didn't seem too rushed. The passion between the couple was evident, and I was happy to see them get their HEA.

This is the second book in the Merry Widows series, and I'm going to have to read the first. HER CHRISTMAS PLEASURE was short but sweet, and very satisfying!
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