Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Season For Scandal by Theresa Romain

Name of the book: Season for Scandal

Name of the author: Theresa Romain

Name of the publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Disclaimer: I got this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of my honest review.


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 satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.

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Jane 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.


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. This creates a Scandal but Jane was determined to get her husband’s love under any circumstances. So when she comes to know the truth about what he is hiding, will she be able to forgive him?

What I liked…

Both the characters were very well written. I just loved Jane Tindall. Her spunkiness and boldness is a huge contrast to the some of the heroines of her time. I had expected to find a pale, shy beauty demure and forever bowing in front of the gentlemen. With no money and no looks to speak of, what makes her so endearing is her spunkiness.

The sense of humor is this novel hits you suddenly when you are not ready for it. There are many instances where you have to smile for some action of Jane. She has been complimented equally by Edmund by his sobriety and what started as a grumpy character soon had many shades of kindness, loyalty and a quiet strength about it. 



The writing is fluid and the pacing of the story is superb. The whole time I wanted to reach the end since the author had kept the reader on their toes regarding why Edmund was behaving like that. What is the secret?

I just have a few complains. Why did Edmund want an heir like that? Who as threatening his inheritance? For what reason could he not go out of the country. He did not know that the enemy was in town when he got married. So why did he tell Jane that he could not travel?

Author Bio...

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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At October 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

sounds like a fun read Rubina. Must try it sometime :)

At October 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Yes Sundari. If you do let me know what you think of it. Thanks for dropping by.


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