"Theresa Romain writes with a delightfully romantic flair." –USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean
Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.
Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts--along with kisses that require no mistletoe--and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side. . .
Praise for the novels of Theresa Romain
"Hilarious and utterly adorable. . .passionate and just plain fun." –USA Today bestselling author Courtney Milan on Season for Temptation
Praise for Theresa Romain and her Holiday Pleasures
"Theresa Romain writes witty, gorgeous, and deeply emotional historical romance. --Vanessa Kelly, one of Booklist's "new stars of historical romance"
"Theresa Romain has a talent, a rare ability to blend beautiful writing, great characters, delicious banter and a lovely romance, all in one perfect package." --TBQ's Book Palace
"Season for Temptation was an absolute delight to read, and is one of my favorite books of the year. It has it all--witty dialogue, amusing circumstances, charming characters and a perfect romance." –Rakehell.com
"If you're looking for a sparkling, witty Regency romance that will have you laughing with joy and sighing with satisfaction, look no further than Theresa Romain's Season for Temptation." –The Romance Dish
"[A] holiday charmer that is rife with lively wit, delightful prose, and an abundance of unforgettable characters." --Library Journal on Season for Surrender
"Witty, romantic, and deep.. . .I loved everything about this book." --The Season for Romance, Top Pick! on Season for Surrender
"Full of lovely prose and endearing characters who readers can take to their hearts." --RT Book Reviews, K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) hero award on Season for Surrender
"Season for Scandal grabbed me immediately and had me tearing up by about a quarter of the way through." --All About Romance
"This third book in Theresa Romain's aptly named Holiday Pleasures series is both playful and profound, and has a subtle, stirring power that will affect you long after you've read the final page." --USA Today's Happy Ever After blog on Season for Scandal
Romain's fourth Regency-set Holiday Pleasures romance (after Season for Scandal) makes for toasty fireside reading. Winter travels bring rugged American Giles Rutherford together with not-so-proper-but-oh-so-British Lady Audrina Bradleigh. Their paths cross in the moorlands of northern England, where Giles and his father, Richard, are in hot pursuit of lost family jewels. Audrina is with fortune-hunter David Llewelyn, her former lover turned kidnapper. Her infuriated father, Lord Alleyneham, enlists the Rutherfords to capture Llewelyn and uphold the family honor, and vows to help them retrieve the missing gems in exchange. The thwarted Llewelyn threatens blackmail and otherwise casts gloom over the impending holidays. Meanwhile, as Giles and Audrina begin to fall in love, self-doubt plagues them both. Romain's gift for creating a strong sense of place, complex characters, and gripping situations carries this holiday tale of improbable love.
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Most jarring in this story is misuse of language and phrases not in use at the time,
I’m always up for a foray into the Regency Era and Theresa Romain offers a lovely diversion in her Season for Desire. A story that blends the Christmas theme with a decades old family mystery involving puzzle boxes, this is a light and loosely interpreted romance.
One of my HUGE pet peeves in historical romances is language use; I can overlook some of the social conventions being tested, and I can even let go of a rigid application to the time period, within reason. Just as I wouldn’t expect hair straighteners, hybrid-vehicles, radio music or internet. I DO expect language to fit and flow, flawlessly. Most jarring in this story is misuse of language and phrases not in use at the time, or Christmas Carols not yet written. Each time one of these appeared, I was ripped from the story, halting all progress and disturbing my flow. And every reader will tell you that flow for a reader is all important to being able to just lose yourself in a book – the best part about reading fiction.
To the good: the characters in this story were wonderful. A ginger-haired, freckle-faced hero is an anomaly in romance, and Giles is wonderfully portrayed as the eldest child, taking responsibility for everyone, even when not needed. Audrina was a touch on the spoilt side, acting out because she felt a need to rebel against her demanding and controlling father, but with no real malice or ill-intent. Her worst flaw was her heedlessness to consequence as she bumbles through to find a path pleasing to her. These two were so very well-matched that there wasn’t the usual angst and push-pull in these relationships, they just were suited well and accepted the fact as a given: their relationship was sweet and honest, with tons of giving and caring on all sides.
Secondary characters provided a nice backdrop to the story, and the search for the clues to the mystery contained in puzzles and threat from a potential blackmailer all provided the needed angst and tension to keep the plot flowing forward. The fourth in this series, but the first I have read, this was an interesting and mostly enjoyable read – sure to please those who are fans of lighter interpretations of the Regency Era.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.