A Little Romance Over the Holidays

Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)Season for Scandal by Theresa Romain
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Every year I try to tackle a romance novel. Mostly just to say that, yes, I’ve read a few and, yes, I don’t like them. I’ve never come across one that I liked. Notice I said I try to read one. Since I don’t like them, I hate trying to pick one out. Sometimes, I forget and just get busy reading other things. I didn’t have that problem this year as I accidentally won six of them early in 2014, so I’m set for a few years.

This year I had no problem picking. I just closed my eyes and grabbed one off the shelf. When I opened my eyes, I found myself holding Season for Scandal by Theresa Romain, which, according to Goodreads, is part of a series. Great.

Anyway, Jane Tindall is a woman that wants her freedom. The story is set sometime in the 1800s so it’s not likely she’ll get much freedom. Currently, she is under the protection of her cousin and she’s pretty good at counting cards. Counting cards doesn’t taken into account others at the table that cheat and because of manners she can’t call him out for it. Enter Edmund Ware, who saves the day and proposes marriage so that Jane can use her dowry to pay back the debt Edmund just agreed to pay. Jane agrees.

Turns out, Jane is secretly in love with Edmund and when she blurts it out during the consummation of the marriage it is not well received. Of course not. And I don’t get the details of why not for another 300 pages. Edmund is entangled in some sort of scandal that, also, takes 300 pages to even explain There is a rouge trying to ruin, well, everyone really, including his own illegitimate family. I’m sure you can guess at how it all ends.

If you like your romance novels on the smutty side, there isn’t much of it here. It does start within 40 pages, then there is another scene over half way through the book. It consists of the standard romance novel dreck. Is romance novel sex even real? Does anyone really have sex like that? Whatever.

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