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Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasure Book 3) by [Romain, Theresa]
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Length: 353 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Romain's third holiday historical (after Season for Surrender), set in 1819 London, introduces a dark suspense element. Thomas Turner, a nefarious ex-convict, is bent on destroying the marriage and the reputation of Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Jane. The Wares' marriage is built upon a shaky foundation—Jane needs her dowry to settle a massive gambling debt—but they secretly harbor deep, heartfelt feelings for each other. They just need to overcome their respective personal problems and mutual feelings of unworthiness. Before they can even begin, Thomas, passing himself off as a distant friend of Jane's mother, finagles his way into Jane's good graces. Edmund fears the man will indeed ruin him by way of her, because for all appearances she is beguiled. Meanwhile, the marriage begins to unravel. Romain has plenty of wit, but not enough to overcome an insipid plot. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.)

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"The character growth slowly builds and builds. ...I was getting super emotional over everybody and everything. Read the book! You'll be happy you did."
--Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, A+

"Season for Scandal is a perfect example proving that a tried and true trope (marriage of convenience) is as good as the writer that uses it. ... I was sobbing through the final scene and regretted that the book was over. Wonderful book."
--Ramblings from This Chick, 5 stars

"A delightfully funny bit of holiday fare with a marriage of convenience between an audacious lady and a daring gentleman. With the holidays as a backdrop and scandal as the stage, Romain lifts readers' spirits as she manages to make love and laughter ring."
--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Season for Scandal grabbed me immediately and had me tearing up by about a quarter of the way through. ...I thoroughly enjoyed reading Season for Scandal and would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a book filled with warmth, humour and with just enough angst to tug at the heartstrings."
--All About Romance

"The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through...I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Lovers of the genre, you don't want to miss this book because it's absolutely wonderful."
--Imagine a World, 4-1/2 roses

"[A] a character driven love story of two completely different human beings that had to work hard at finding out what makes the other tick. ...I came to care and appreciate both characters, their story and the author who took a chance in telling this story of two eccentric souls that were meant for each other. ...I highly recommend it."
--bookworm2bookworm

Product Details

  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLSVNPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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[...]

She...
ane Tindall thought that she was an ordinary lass. She was anything but ordinary. Her fierce sense of independence leads her to the gambling table from where she had to be rescued by Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick-who was one of the oldest friends of her cousin Xavier.

What she had not expected after being rescued from the rakes, was a marriage proposal. But it had to be a marriage of convenience, with no emotion resembling love to be involved .The only problem was Jane was already in love with him which she told him bluntly on their marriage night. But Edmund had some other ideas altogether.

He....

Edmund Wade needed an heir to keep his inheritance. Jane proved to be an ideal candidate for this. But he had not envisaged her falling in love with him. More than that he had not expected certain emotions rising in his own heart. Jane kept him always entertained and had a penchant for adventures and traveling. But Edmund could not take her anywhere because of a visitation from an old enemy who was blackmailing and threatening to ruin his family name. But he coned not tell his secret to anyone and the secrecy was also ruining his marriage to Jane.

The Love story...

When Edmund had proposed to Jane he bad not expected her to be in love with him. He had too many secrets buried inside him. The was not sure how this would affect his marital life. He would do anything to keep his enemies out of their lives but somethings were inevitable. Would Jane understand his secrets and forgive him for his past unlike his family whom he had not met for a long time?

More than his secret his lack of reciprocating Jane's love makes her leave his home and back to her cousin's home.
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Sadly, Season for Scandal was another boring, un-holidayish tale in this series. This time we're following Xavier's cousin Jane and Baron Kirkpatrick, Edmund. He finds her in a dire situation when she gambles away money that she doesn't have. He pretends to be her fiance and that he'll be paying her losses, but then he realizes that getting married for real would benefit them both. He'd get a wife and an heir, and she'd get access to her dowry which can then pay off those debts. Of course their marriage of convenience isn't really that convenient.

Season for Scandal has a great premise, but it quickly went down hill for me. I loved Jane in the opening chapter! She gambles with men and has no fear! Then once she and Edmund are married, she turns into this timid, shell of a woman. I have no clue what happened to her! I expected her to continue to fight for what she wanted and demand respect from her husband, but instead the two just dance around each other and try not to offend. I have never seen two characters who talk so much without actually saying anything!

I was quite frustrated and honestly also confused throughout most of Season for Scandal. Aside from the mystery of Jane's lost personality, there's also this matter of Daniel Turner, or whoever he is. He's someone from Edmund's past, and there's secrets and threats and blackmail, and I don't even know what was going on. Then things happen with Jane and I was like, why?! Then it's Christmas, there's mistletoe, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Season for Scandal was just not very good. The romance was severely lacking, the plot was contrived and confusing. The characters were flat and boring after being awesome in the opening chapters. I really don't know what happened here. Clearly this hasn't been the festive, romantic series I was hoping for.
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By Karen on August 12, 2015
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I had some trouble liking the hero. He was a weird combo of "kind" and self-absorbed. He did all the good deeds and gestures to be liked but completely missed the boat with the wife. Hard to believe his old habits of doing things for everyone is going to magically go away when the villain is vanquished. Too many missed conversations and expectations between the lead characters had me wanting the book to end. It just felt incomplete.
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This may be the most unique regency romance I have ever read. The feelings I felt as I read this story were unlike the feelings I normally feel while reading these sorts of books. I really took some time to evaluate my feelings about the main characters. There were times when I wasn't sure if I LOVED this book or absolutely hated it. Eventually I came to an understanding with it and was able to award it four stars ... but it was a journey, one that I am unaccustomed to taking when I pick up a historical romance novel. So what made this unique?

Many romance novels end with a Happily Ever After wedding. The struggles between the main couple have occurred. They have overcome whatever had been keeping them apart, and then they head off into the sunset together, full of absolute joy. Not this story. This story begins with a wedding, but happily married bliss does not soon follow. Edmund and Jane are in for a rough ride, and it was a pretty difficult ride for me to take with them as I read. After reading the second book in Theresa Romain's Holiday Pleasures series we knew that Jane adored Kilpatrick, but it was also clear that he was pretty oblivious to her feelings. In this story we get to see that obliviousness up close and personal, and it isn't pretty. It all starts with an overwhelmingly kind act as Edmund rescues Jane from a horribly placed wager, offering to marry her so that she can use her dowry to pay off her debt to an unscrupulous player. For Jane this could be a dream come true. She can escape the confines of her current life, rid herself of the debt she foolishly incurred, and marry the love of her life. Edmund is kind to her. What could go wrong?

Well ... everything.

Edmund was a hard character to like for at least 80% of this novel. 80%!!!
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