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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420128868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420128864
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] holiday charmer that is rife with lively wit, delightful prose, and an abundance of unforgettable characters."
--Library Journal

"[A] sensual journey of two intelligent and complex people. The dialogue will have you laughing, squirming and keeping score of direct hits. ...a fantastic holiday read."
--Night Owl Reviews, 4-1/2 stars, Top Pick!

"Romain's second tale is another holiday romance that demonstrates her ability to craft well-written stories full of lovely prose and endearing characters who readers can take to their hearts. The bookworm heroine and troubled hero working at making impossible dreams come true will most definitely warm the spirit and leave readers feeling happy and fulfilled."
--RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) hero award

 "Romain dishes up a charming Christmas Regency confection complete with a sassy dowager aunt, a virginal bluestocking, and a pair of rakish cousins...A sweet treat for Regency fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"Witty, romantic, and deep. ...I loved everything about this book."
--The Season for Romance, 4-1/2 stars, Top Pick!

More About the Author

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on October 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unbeknownst to the world, Louisa Oliver, in a way reminiscent of the characters of Julia Quinn, is a witty and clever young lady bent on changing her circumstances, starting with some kisses. To appease his friend and keep up the appearance of wastrel, Xavier places a wager to get Louisa to a two-week house party. Of course, these ingredients make for a fast-paced novel with depth and complexity of characters that is very satisfying. Season for Surrender is my first Teresa Romaine novel, but I'm hooked. I love the chapter titles, such as "Several Damned Nuisances" and "Containing a Red Blindfold Used to Great Effect." I love the wit and clever dialog, but the novel is saved by its underlying seriousness in dealing with themes of appearances vs reality. Both lead characters are more than meets the eye and, in true romance form, discover each other's depths as they move toward a satisfying relationship.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Milan on October 4, 2012
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Don't for one moment be fooled into thinking this is a light and fluffy read. I was truly surprised by the depth of the book. I enjoyed it very much and it had me thinking a lot. I enjoyed the characters, the H and h were good characters and the H underwent an interesting evolvement. The villain was awful.

This was a good book and I'll be watching out for this author in the future
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Owen on October 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The hero of this story is Alexander Edgware, the ninth Earl of Xavier. Through the course of this book, he goes through a process of self-discovery. Though wealthy, his parents died at a very young age and he was pretty much left to his own devices with only servants to attend to his basic needs. As an adult, he is considered a rake and he is a living legend in society. With no close friends or family around him on a regular basis to give him a reality check, Alex even thinks of himself in the third person and has a mental numbered list of expressions he displays given the circumstances. This persona of the notorious Earl of Xavier has little to do with Alex's own personality. He uses it like a mask and something to insulate himself from others. He is known for making and winning wagers with his very odious cousin, the Marquess of Lockwood. These wagers give Alex no real joy, he just feels as though he must keep winning them as part of his Earl of Xavier act. At the start of the book, Lockwood wants to wager Xavier that he can't have a paragon of virtue stay for the duration of one of Xavier's infamous house parties. These parties are typically only attended by rakes & less virtuous women. Xavier takes the wager but his condition is that no innocent should be ruined or forced to participate in anything beyond the pale. To make the wager less lurid than Lockwood originally intended, while still remaining true to the basic wager, he adds some respectable guests like his slightly younger cousin Jane and a few matrons. The object of the wager, as selected by Lord Lockwood, is Miss Louisa Oliver. Louisa and Xavier have a slightly tangled history. Louisa was engaged to James. Louisa's step-sister Julia ended up marrying James.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier doesn't like to turn down a bet, so when his cousin Lord Longwood wagers that he cannot get the prim and proper Lady Louisa Oliver to attend his famously naughty Christmas part and stay for the whole two weeks, Xavier makes it his next goal to prove that he can. As a man notorious for his wicked ways, Xavier uses his charm to get a rise out of Lady Louisa. So the question stands, does the bookish Lady Louisa stand a chance against the wicked lord?

SEASON FOR SURRENDER was a sweet and uplifting read. I enjoyed the characters very much. Lady Louisa was particularly endearing because of her love for books and a secret thrill for experiencing the unspeakable. She's a curious one who seemed to bring a bit of innocence and light into Lord Xavier's world. They got along wonderfully and I loved Romain's ability to infuse the book with sweetness and teasing sexiness.

As my first book from Theresa Romain, I found that I enjoyed her writing style very much. She has a great voice, but sometimes I felt that some scenes went on for a little too long. But I do think that the characters made up for that.

I was a little skeptical because I don't usually enjoy books where a bet is the key to which the hero and heroine meet, but Romain put her own unique twist to this trope that made it enjoyable.

The holiday theme is prominent and definitely gives this book a more romantic feel. After reading this, I think I'm likely to seek what's next for Theresa Romain.

*Review Copy provided by publisher
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nevellie on October 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was actually very excited to get my hands onto this book, as I always am with a historical romance book involved. I am enamored with the old-fashioned dresses they wear on the covers, I loved this one so much because of it. I also enjoyed the title "Season for Surrender" as well as the synopsis!

Lord Xavier - known to almost no one as Alex- thrived to live a life of debauchery, betting and drinking. Or at least, that's the way he appeared to people, not that he wanted to do those things, but he was convinced he'd be worthless without his infamous reputation. His life takes a very strange turn at one of his usually less respectable parties. It all starts when his cousin bets him to convince a proper young lady to attend said party and keep her in it for two weeks. Louisa on the other hand is sick of living a sheltered and unsocial life, especially since she was living with her half-sister and her husband, who just happened to be Lousia's ex-fiancé. So, when she receives an invitation one of Lord Xavier's parties and her aunt agrees to accompany her, she rushes there with hopes she would manage to do something that is decidedly not her.

I laughed a lot due to the humor in this book, Alex was somewhat hilarious. Also, the way the relationship between Alex and Louisa grew was vastly entertaining.They were both great together, and the way they dealt with one another was nice. I like how they were different around one another more than they were around other people. Louisa, I had not expected her character to be so good. I am used to the heroine being whiney, annoying, and making false assumptions, as well as sometimes being weak and believing what she's told straight off.
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