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A Christmas Vow of Seduction

(Princes of Petras #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A Christmas present for the man who has everything…

With one band of gold Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past—albeit pleasurable—sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara, so the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas!

The wayward princess of Tirimia has spent years hiding her untouched heart, and her convenient hu
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Harlequin (first published October 16th 2015)
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Geri Reads
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of a duet featuring Andres and Kairos, the two royal brothers of the fictional kingdom of Petras.

Andres is your typical troubled playboy HP hero but the way Yates had written him was utterly fantastic. Years ago, Andres slept with his brother's fiancee. Not only that their indiscretion was plastered all over the media humiliating his brother and the royal family. He was sort of in exile until his brother summoned him and ordered him to marry Zara, an exiled princess from a
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Maisey Yates heros always seem to need some type of psychological counseling.They have these deep,deep trust,abandonment,love and committment issues.And whose fault is it,well,it is always Mommy and Daddy's fault,always the parents!!! Seems like his Mother could not handle him as a child,he acted out one time too many,and on his last act of rebellion,it was too much for his royal mother to bear,so she left the family and was never to be heard from again.His father,the King,blamed him for her lea ...more
3.5 - 4.0 star rating.

This was a good HP romance. With our playboy hero, Andres and our strong but innocent heroine, Zara.

Zara is a princess of Tirimia, who lost her entire family in a brutal killing. She was taken and placed with a caravans of caregivers (like gypsy's) for fifteen years. Men with political aspirations kidnap the princess and give her as a gift to King Kairos of Petras. He's a married man (cannot WAIT to read his and Tabitha's story) and comes up with a plan to accept the gift
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I really did like that Zara was able to keep Andres on his toes and go head to head with him. He was a jerk and his behavior towards others were unconscionable. While I understand he had a rough childhood and acting out became a way to get attention, he's a grown man and he needs to act like it. There was a nice amount of angst and tension in this story and Zara and Andres had great chemistry. I think I would have enjoyed it more if Andres was a touch more likable. It's been a while, but I recal ...more
A Christmas Vow of Seduction while interesting did not feel like a romance. The hero had so much issues, the book dealt with his issues, way too much on his issues that it took away from the journey to the hero and heroine's hea.
The last chapter should have been the beginning with the hero getting therapy before getting married. I just didn't buy love cured the hero.

More criticism - the hero was too beta. Like heroes to be uber alpha, emotionally in control not needing therapy.

The story was int
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Maisey Yates. She gives me everything I want in a HP: virgin heroine, playboy alpha hero, steamy passionate sex scenes. I loved Andres and Zara. I don't always like MY heroines but Zara was not obnoxiously strong. She was vulnerable and sweet as well. I loved how she stripped hero's defences and that she never stopped loving him even when he pushed her away with his cruelty. My only problem is once again the epilogue. I really wanted to see them with a family of their own and having a bab ...more
Chitra *CJ*
"A Christmas Vow of Seduction" is the story of Zara and Andres.

Wow, this was a heartbreaking roller coaster ride. Totally enjoyed it!!

Our h is Zara- sold to the King of Petras, who in turn thrust her onto his tomcatting brother. Having had witnessed her parents murder as a kid, surviving in exile for years only to be kidnapped by her ex kingdom's political puppets, she craves freedom and would do anything to find it.. and any semblance of happiness.
Our H is Andres- playboy extraordinaire who wal
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think the union between Prince Andres and Zara is somewhere between marriage-of-convenience and arranged/forced marriage. They act like they hate each other for the first half of the book because they're being forced to marry, and then there's a sudden change of heart and they love each other truly, madly, deeply. The physical part of the romance felt unrealistic and just wasn't romantic.

Zara is actually a royal that has been raised in the care of a group of people that lived sort-of in the w
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5/5

This is a royal romance featuring the Prince Andres of Petras, the spoiled second son and playboy and Princess Zara of Tirimia who has been given to him by her captors via his brother, King Kairos. He’s used to getting what he wants. She had her parents murdered by rebels, then escaped to live in the woods with a nomadic tribe who protected but never loved her. Recaptured by the now ruling regime, she’s been given to the King as a peace offering to unite the two countries.

She really
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually was very surprised by how much I liked this book. I was really into Prince Andres and Princess Zara. They are the Yin and Yang to each other. Andres calmed his playboy ways and Zara emerged out of her cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. While their first experience together did make Andres come off as a jerk, I could feel the real emotions between them. As the story moved along, I grew closer to both Andres and Zara. The ending was a good one. A quick read.
Oh, dear. I just don't think I'm the right audience for this book. I love forced marriage scenarios and for the first 40 pages I was with the playboy hero trying to tame the "feral" princess of a neighboring country. Dancing lessons. Great. New clothes. Even better. A fish out of water tale is always fun. But then came the navel gazing.

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Andrea Guy
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2015-reviews
This story was different from most of the presents novels that I read. Prince Andres didn't feel like the typical alpha male. Sure he was domineering, but he didn't have the arrogance that I'm used to with the heroes from this line of books.

One thing I wish I could say about this book was that I knew where the imaginary country of Petras was. I'm used to desert settings with these books, but that wasn't the case here, but Maisey never really explained the setting much. In fact, I found most of t
Fiona Marsden
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to say that so far Ms Yates has never let me down. Her books range from good to exceptional. This one came somewhere in between.

Andres is a badboy manwhore for REASONS. The last thing he wants is to do his duty and marry, but when King Kairos, his brother, is gifted with a princess he can't keep himself, the logical thing to do is pass her off to his brother. This will be good for the country. Good for trade relations. The only thing it wont be good for, is Andres. But he owes Kairos beca
Sheryl C. Nash
*4.5 stars*

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Harlequin*
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Charmaine Saliba
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, it was ok, I can't say that I loved it nor that I really enjoyed it. I found myself frustrated with Zara at times and couldn't understand how she changed her opinion and her attitude towards Andreas within a few days. Anyway, it was a quick and an easy read.
4 Wild and Feral Stars

“You put on this air of cynicism, you act like no one can touch you. Like nothing matters. But it’s a lie. I know it is. Because I’ve seen you.”

I love Maisey Yates’ books and this one may very well be one of my favorites.
The characters both come with their own list of flaws but their chemistry makes for a fabulous story.

Playboy prince Andres is commanded by his brother the King to marry Zara, an exiled princess from a neighboring country. Andres is not happy, but because
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Right off the secondary story made me sad. I felt like I read their story before and now it was falling apart. The chaos of that relationship helped move Andres and Zara through their romance. In a way the bad made way for the good. It showed them what they didn't want and gave them a common goal. Andres and Zara came from similar circumstances but had very different experiences. They both know what is to be alone in a room full of people. Beautiful story of coming together.
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Maisey Yates has hit the nail hard on the head in A Christmas Vow of Seduction. I couldn't resist the temptation, the angst, the drama and the sexy times. This book is sugar rush to my brain. HOT AND SWEET.

Geraldine Sadiku
An excellent romance about Princes Zara and Prince Andres who come together through no choice of their own and each have their own but in a way similar issues to learn from. Loved the journey of these 2 characters.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars...🙁
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This one never fully came together for me. I liked the heroine right off the bat, and appreciated (and understood!) the adversarial relationship she had with the hero. The hero, however, came off as a Poor Little Rich Boy with no impulse control. I also was disappointed that once these two hit the sheets, the heroine lost quite a bit of her edge. What ultimately saved this story for me (somewhat) was that the heroine eventually calls the hero out on his BS and walks away. But, sadly, all he real ...more
I did not like this book very much at all. I've read several Harlequin Presents in the past few days, and loved them, which is why I kept reading them instead of doing other things I should be doing around the house. And I'm usually a fan of Maisey Yates, but this book bothered me quite a bit.

The story begins with Zara, who is given to a king as a gift, and to his credit, he's kind of horrified by this. But then decides she'd make a great wife for his brother. His brother though was such a creep
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*E-ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

If you’re a long time follower of this blog, you’re likely already aware that I’m a huge Maisey Yates fan. So you likely also know that I adore her gift of characterization and her talent for storytelling, mostly because I love the raw intensity of her characters and the emotional depth that comes with her stories. Not only do her story people always seem so hauntingly real, but they always, always pull me in and make me fall
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A holiday romance, A Christmas Vow of Seduction is a tantalizing Harlequin novel from Maisey Yates. When Prince Andres’ brother sets up an arranged married between him and a young woman named Zara from a neighboring country’s royal family who has lived in exile among gypsy clans, Andres must summon all of his skills in order to tame her wildness and turn her into “princess” material in time for a Christmas wedding. It’s a rather familiar and stereotypical tale, but it kind of works. The characte ...more
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Harlequin*

The book is nice. I felt a bit disconnected from the story at the beginning, but since the ballroom scene it went smoothly into the plot. The scenarios were great and the events were credible.

Andres is a tortured man, he really thinks no one can love him. He also hates himself because he thinks his mother abandoned him and his father (who blamed him for it) and his brother Kairos (who tolerates him even though Andres slept with Kairo's first fiancée), and
This book did not leave me with goosebumps. It had its moments, and both the hero and the heroine were pleasant enough, it just did not have the umph that I require in my romances.
Hero is a spoiled brat, a prince who disappoints everyone around him, and somehow him not being a stand up guy or even have a proper job besides princing around was sort of a minus for me. I don't consider him Alpha, he is just a well groomed playboy.

The Heroine was raised by gypsies in the woods, former princess and
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I have never met Maisey Yates. I did not know what to expect. I got one of her books in a subscription box. The story was promising and intriguing but I wasn’t fond of our hero or heroine. I found myself thinking that Prince Andres was a pompous, playboy ass. There were moments I liked him but most of the time I just thought he wasn’t suited for Zara.

Zara on a the other hand just wasn’t believable to me. She had innocence which I understood from her upbringing but if she was so used to people an
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mills-and-boon
8/10. I usually only read Mills and Boons from the 70's, 80's and 90's but decided to buy and try a currently released M&B. And this one I chose. I enjoyed this story and the characters. The Hero and Heroinne are forced together after she is gifted to the palace of Petras. Of course they fall in love after some many dramas and emotional turmoil and why wouldn't they? Both the central characters are well created, easy to warm to and are just meant for each other. It's not often the reader get ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

What should King Kairos of Petras do when presented with a princess that was hidden for years and is presented to him to keep. He can't marry her as he is already married (not happily and this will be the next book. can't wait) so he decides to give Princess Zara of Tirimia to his playboy brother Prince Andres. Prince Andres believes that everyone thinks of him as a failure, so why not go with the flow and be one. He does everything to show himself as bad including sleeping with his brothers fia
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

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