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Release day: Damaso Claims His Heir

1 September 2014

Today is the official release of Damaso Claims His Heir by Annie West (paperback and ebook, Mills & Boon Australia). Here’s the blurb:

Damaso Claims His HeirWhen opposites attract!

Damaso Pires should have known better than to get involved with Marisa—the scandalous princess of Bengaria. Yet soon he sees her true beauty and flawless virtue, which touches a place in him he thought ruthlessly destroyed by his childhood on the streets of Brazil. But their brief affair becomes permanent when Marisa reveals she’s pregnant.

Damaso knows the sting of illegitimacy and, having fought tooth and nail to claw his way up to the dizzying heights of international success and financial infamy, he won’t let his child slip from his grasp. There’s only one way to claim his heir, and that’s marriage!

Annie dropped by to tell us a little about this book:

I’m so thrilled to have Damaso and Marisa’s story on sale in Australia. There’s nothing like being able to see it in my local bookstore. Especially this one, which I adored writing. It’s about a slumdog millionaire meeting a high society princess and the sparks fly. It’s sexual attraction from the first for this pair who scorn society’s rules. But after one night of passion they discover they’re tied to each other by more than lust. They’ve created a baby. So begins a tempestuous tug of war as they try to determine the best for their unborn child. In the process they must strip away the masks they’ve hidden behind all their lives. Princess Marisa hides her true self behind the scandalous reputation that destroyed her hopes for happiness. She doesn’t trust powerful men and Damaso Pires is the most dominant man she’s met. Yet still there’s something about him she can’t resist. Could he be the man she’s dreamed of? The man who can see past her undeserved reputation to the real woman who wants to be loved for herself? After a lifetime fighting off those who want to take advantage of her position and being judged for scandals she didn’t commit, trust comes hard. The last thing she needs is to tie herself in marriage to a powerful, determined man. But has she the willpower to resist Damaso when she begins to see him as far more than a ruthless tycoon? As they live together she discovers a man she can trust, and a man who may just be the best thing for her and her child. Born in the slums of Brazil, everything Damaso owns he’s acquired through hard work and talent. Impossibly attracted to Marisa, he believes at first that she’s perfect for a short affair. But soon he discovers she’s not the party princess the world believes. She’s a woman of fears and shattered dreams, with a determination that matches his own. More, she’s now carrying his baby and he refuses to abandon his child as he was abandoned. He fears he doesn’t know enough about love to make a good father but he can give them both his protection. Nothing will stop him looking after Marisa and their baby, not even Marisa’s stubbornness. But despite their passion and his phenomenal business success, he can never forget the differences between them. She’s an aristocrat and he’s a kid from the slums. Is he fooling himself believing he can persuade her to marry him? He must persuade her, for soon it’s not just the baby he’s thinking of. He wants marriage because he discovers he just can’t let her go.

You can read more about Annie’s books (and an excerpt from Damaso) on her website. You can grab a copy of Damaso Claims His Heir in stores now, or order it online from Mills & Boon Australia or Amazon.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this blog will go in the draw to win a copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 15 September 2014. (The winner was Barbara)


  1. 4 September 2014 10:46 pm

    Congratulations Annie on your new release. Love the sound of Marisa, Damaso and the baby in Damaso Claims his heir.

    • 5 September 2014 10:29 am

      Hi Yvonne, and thanks for the congratulations. Terrific that you like the sound of this story! I hope you enjoy it if get it.

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    1 September 2014 8:41 pm

    Woohoo Annie happy release day I loved this one 🙂

    Have Fun

    • 1 September 2014 9:55 pm

      Waving a big hi to you, Helen! Love that you loved Damaso and Marisa. How terrific!

  3. Jeanie M permalink
    1 September 2014 7:10 pm

    This sounds great – love the sound of Damaso, this sounds like my book crack! Congratulations and happy release day.

    • 1 September 2014 7:37 pm

      Jeanie, I have my fingers crossed that you like it.

      Thank you, I’ve had a great day.

  4. 1 September 2014 3:15 pm

    Looking forward to reading this Annie …. Congratulations

    • 1 September 2014 7:36 pm

      Barbara – thanks for the congratulations! It’s so exciting. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Malvina permalink
    1 September 2014 1:17 pm

    Slumdog millionaire, baby, princess…. you’re pushing all my buttons, Annie. Congratulations on your lovely new book, can’t wait to read it.

    • 1 September 2014 4:57 pm

      Hi Malvina, I love the idea that I’m hitting all the right notes! Thanks for the congrats.

  6. 1 September 2014 10:13 am

    Thanks, Cathryn. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. 1 September 2014 9:53 am

    I started reading this story yesterday. It’s wonderfully intense! Congratulations, Annie!

    • 1 September 2014 10:24 am

      Hi Michelle. Thank you. Yes, it is intense. Great fun to write!

  8. Anonymous permalink
    1 September 2014 9:30 am

    congratulations on the release I have been waiting to read this book—-lyn

    • 1 September 2014 10:23 am

      I love the idea of you waiting for it, Lyn! How lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing it the store when I go there.

  9. 1 September 2014 9:23 am

    This is a fabulous story! Congratulations, Annie!

    • 1 September 2014 10:15 am

      Thanks so much, Anna. Love that you think it’s fabulous!

  10. 1 September 2014 9:17 am

    Congratulations, Annie! Damaso is next on my to-be-read pile. Can’t wait!

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