Title: Season For Scandal
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Theresa Romain
Publisher: Kensington,Zebra, October 1, 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)
Description from amazon.com:
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.
I have to admit that in the first half of this book I struggled with reading it. The writing was certainly well done but the plot just seemed to be going nowhere. I was thinking that if I had not committed myself to a review I might not have plodded onward. But something happened at about the half-way mark; the story started to come alive. Perhaps it was due to more action because the heroine continued to whine about her entitlement to a perfect marriage when she was basically rescued from ruin by a handsome, kind and wealthy good Samaritan, the hero. Now the hero had his secrets and had kept them so close to the chest for so many years that he didn’t know how to trust or share, even with a wife who loved him. These characters were well developed even if they frustrated this reader with their inability to be honest with each other. The villain was dastardly indeed but his comeuppance was a bit too easy. If it was that easy the hero should have figured it out much earlier….oh right…he couldn’t tell anyone his secrets so his smart wife couldn’t help him earlier. This would have been a 2-star book except that the second half redeemed it to be an “okay” read. I don’t know how other reviewers found this book to be “witty”.