Saturday, November 8, 2014

Season for Desire by @TheresaRomain Review @KensingtonBooks

Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures, #4)
Release date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Kensington: Zebra
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Holiday Pleasures #4

Properly Wicked

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…

My Rating: 4 Roses

A charming, sweet holiday read, Season for Desire was a lovely historical romance. With a varied, interesting cast of characters, a mystery to solve, and a blackmailer trying to ruin the fun, this book was great and I really enjoyed reading it.

Audrina was a lovely heroine. She was independently minded and determined to find her own way to happiness. My one issue with her was that she seemed to act first, think about consequences later. But, that was more of a problem at the beginning and she grew up over the course of the book. Overall, I thought she was great.

Giles was a total sweetie. He tended to think less of himself because he didn't exactly fit the mold of an attractive society gentleman. But, he was, first and foremost, a genuinely good man. He was very loyal to his loved ones, determined to take care of his family, and impeccably honorable. He was just adorable and I really liked him.

The romance was very sweet. Audrina and Giles seemed to simply understand each other, no need for misunderstanding or pretenses. There was some heat between them, but this was a mostly sweet romance. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The secondary characters played a fairly large part in the book, particularly Giles's father and Lady Irving, who had a romance of their own. They were both great characters, with Mr. Rutherford's charm and irreverence and Lady Irving's sense and sharp wit. I liked them both.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. They mystery of the puzzle boxes kept me engaged, as well the the constant threat that a certain blackmailer posed. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Season for Desire was a light, sweet, delightful read that I really enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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