Title: Season for Desire
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Theresa Romain
Publisher: Zebra Books, Oct. 7, 2014
Source: Free for Review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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. . .
The above official description of this book is slightly misleading. This book is so much more than Audrina husband hunting and Giles treasure hunting. It starts out seeming like a very predictable historical romance but it becomes not just a romance of Audrina and Giles, not just a treasure hunt, but a mystery and another romance between two unlikely side characters. Theresa Romain has intertwined these three sub-plots seamlessly and with consummate skill. She did leave me wondering about the lives of two other side characters and if there could be another book with their story. There are some surprises and twists along the way and all of this lends itself to a can’t-put-down page turner. I highly recommend this book.