Saturday, September 21, 2013

Season for Scandal by Theresa Romain + Featured Freebie

Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Holiday Pleasures #3

Unladylike Risk

Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Lovely, sweet, and surprising, this book is a historical romance you don't want to miss. Season for Scandal was a wonderful romance, one that I really enjoyed. Loved this book!

Jane was a very sensible heroine. And I mean that in the best of ways because, after reading so many historical romance, you get a little frustrated with the melodramatic, overly emotional heroines. They're wonderful, but they can get to be a bit much. Jane was actually reasonable. I really liked that, when she realized her marriage was not working in the way she wanted it to, she did something about it rather than just sulk. But, that is also my only issue with the book. Jane knew what she was getting into when she got married and she said she would be okay with it, but it wasn't long before she went back on her word. And, because of that, she hurt Edmund. Other than that, I really liked her. She was a lovely, likable heroine and I thought she was great.

Edmund was the sweetest! I don't think it's even possible to find someone kinder, sweeter, or more honorable than him. It took all of two pages for me to adore him. Edmund's family has a very scandalous past that involves treason, adultery, and several other crimes. And, he blames himself for part of it. So, he tries to make up for that by being a true gentleman. And, he feels like he can't be loved, so he does his best to make other people happy to make up for it. I can't stress enough how absolutely sweet this man was. He was wonderful and adorable and absolutely amazing. Loved him!

The romance was lovely. It was definitely sweet, with Edmund's inability to be anything other than adorable and Jane having been in love with him for years. And, the chemistry between them was undeniable. Though, I would say in a way that's more sensuous than hot, which I really liked. These two were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The secrets of Edmund's family were a huge shock. To say they were a scandalous family would be an understatement. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful.

Season for Scandal was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Lovers of the genre, you don't want to miss this book because it's absolutely wonderful.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Zebra for a copy!
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Scandal and treason rock Regency London forcing the privileged daughter of a duke to disappear. After her mothers sudden death, Lady Lillian St. James finds herself in limbo, forced to reside with her sinister stepfather until the new Duke of Cranston, and Lilly’s guardian, returns from the his travels. When her stepfather is accused of treason she runs from the only life she knew, and with the help of her loyal staff, finds work masquerading as a cooks assistant. She adopts a new identity and immerses herself in the role of servant until she can escape London without her stepfather finding her--and the priceless stolen jewels she took from him! But, her refuge is not as safe as it seems. When she finally meets the master of the house she discovers the new Earl of Redwick could be a danger to her masquerade and her heart.

Dominic Coel finds himself as the new Earl of Redwick. But before he can fully embrace his new life and title, he must find the missing daughter of a duke and stolen royal jewels. Dominic is desperate to finish this last mission and begin a life without murder and intrigue, but while he must focus on his duties, he can’t help but be distracted by his lovely new cooks assistant. She is innocent to say the least, but her elusive nature and cultured speech drives him to wonder who the real Miss Millie James is.

As her masquerade unravels, Dominic begins to separate fact from romantic fiction. His conduct has been less than gentlemanly and now he must face his true feelings as he changes from Lilly’s greatest obstacle to her greatest ally. Can he save her from her stepfather? Can he deny his own desire to keep her for his own? With the help of their friends, Dominic and Lilly must court further scandal to trap a traitor and risk it all to claim their own happy ever after.

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