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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: A Season for Desire by Theresa Romain

Some books work, and some well.. They don't.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: October 7, 2014

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…

Okay so Lady Audrina Bradleigh, like her sisters, is expected to marry a duke and be a model of society but the reality is that Lady Audrina is the EXACT opposite of that. If a gently bred lady isn’t supposed to be there then that’s the place Audrina can be found. Scandalous parties and even more scandalous affairs are what she likes best until one of her lovers threatens her reputation and the search for a respectable husband begins. So she meets American Giles Rutherford, get stranded with him at an in where she learns that “proper” gentlemen can be very naughty.

Yeah, this book took me over a year to read. It was a slow book to be honest; the blurb promised much more action and a faster pace than was actually delivered and some things just didn’t make sense to me. To make it quick and to the point:

What Worked:
  • The flawed personalities of the characters. Lady Audrina is far from perfect and seems to be a magnet for trouble. She isn’t prone to hysterics which is great (No one likes a hysterical female).
  • The hero, Giles was a freckled redhead! So uncommon but it totally worked for me!
  • Giles was a good combination of a gentleman and a scoundrel. He took responsibility for those under his care and even those who didn’t need his care still benefitted from his kind heart. His responsible nature and touch of maturity balanced out Audrina well enough.
  • The romance between Giles and Audrina felt natural and sweet. They complimented one another’s personalities and temperaments. They weren’t exactly alike but they weren’t so different to where there were an abundance of obstacles.

What DIDN’T Work:
  • I am by no means an expert on history or in particular the time period in which Season for Desire takes place in but I DO know that the dialogue sounded a tad too modern for the time! I don’t need language and vocabulary to be 100% accurate because that would take the fun out of the story and generally clog up the flow if I had to stop and look up every phrase or word but to use more modern words is going to yank me out of the time period and make me go “Huh?”
  • Audrina had such promise as a rebel heroine but instead came off as very spoiled and immature with only a few moments of clarity and logical thinking. She may not have been a hysterical female but that didn’t mean she was a smart one either. I could have done without the childish reasoning behind her scandalous behavior or at the very least Audrina could have come up with a better way to defy her father.
  • The overall story was a little too cute and fluffy for my taste. I like more grit and sexy in my romance. It was also very slow to begin and get anywhere.
  • Giles and Audrina were not the central focus of the book, at least it didn’t feel that way to me. Characters that should have been relegated to “Supporting” status sometimes took center stage and it just made the book feel chaotic and unorganized.

Final Verdict: This book was definitely not for me. I don’t know if this is just a case of a not so good pick to start off with or if this is the author’s style. Whatever the case, I think I’ll exercise caution when thinking of trying this author’s books again.

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