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.
Title: Season for Desire
Author: Theresa Romain
Series: Holiday Pleasures #4
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Zebra
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.