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SEASON FOR SURRENDER tells the story of Louisa Oliver, a shy bluestocking, and Alexander, Lord Xavier, an earl who feels trapped by his rakish reputation. Over the course of a Christmas house party, both Louisa and Alex overcome their deepest fears while finding an unexpected love.
So what’s the most important room in the house? Since it’s a Christmas house party, you might think it’s the dining room or the drawing room. Since a romance blossoms, you might think it’s—ahem—the bedroom.
It’s actually the library.
See, Alex persuades Louisa to attend his house party by saying she can have a crack at his famous library. In truth, he needs her to attend so he can win a wager. (She finds that out almost at once, and she has a little fun with that knowledge.) It’s not exactly noble, and he knows that. At least he follows through by taking her to look at the library the day after she arrives.
Louisa is impressed…sort of.
Crested bookshelves of rich wood lined the walls, crammed with thousands of books, while red-patterned draperies swaddled the room in diffuse light. Ancient oil portraits spanned the walls from the tops of the bookshelves to the tray ceiling, which was painted with sinuous characters from mythology. Comfortable-looking chairs and sofas—even a chaise longue—were arranged invitingly. A heavy russet carpet, woven in squares and medallions, cushioned Louisa’s feet as she crept around the room, breaths shallow in the exquisite hush.
“It’s marvelous, isn’t it?” Xavier sounded bored, as though reciting from a script he’d read thousands of times.
Louisa recalled her scheme. In an instant, she’d stilled her feet, straightened her posture, and schooled her expression into one of disdain.
“It’s very nice, I’m sure.” She turned to the earl, standing a few yards away, and granted him a pitying smile.
“How you flatter me,” he said drily. Good, he’d dropped that insufferable I’m-too-marvelous-to-live-among-mere-mortals voice.
“I would never want to flatter you.” She walked to the nearest bookshelf and scanned it, top to bottom. “To be honest, your library is a terrible mess. But it has potential.”
As you might guess, she’s not only talking about the library!
Her honesty intrigues Alex, because it’s been so long since he’s been able to be honest with someone himself. Known as the life of every party, he enjoys society—but he also likes languages and poetry, and Louisa is the first person to whom he can admit those interests. Once he does, he begins to consider what he’s made of his life and what he wants it to be instead.
When they come across an encoded book on the library’s shelves, Louisa and Alex are both curious about its meaning, and they begin working together to solve it. Soon, they don’t need an excuse to spend time together, but when they can steal a private moment, they always seem to end up in the library. It’s the room where they can both truly be themselves.
What do you like most about libraries? Or what’s the most important room in your house? Do tell! I’m offering a signed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER for giveaway to one random commenter.
Genre: Historical romance
Tone: Humorous, lighthearted, romantic
Heat Level: Sensual: Love scenes with euphemisms.
Publishing Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Digital and Print (mass market)
Season for Surrender
by Theresa Romain
Back Cover Blurb:
HONOR AMONG ROGUES
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—
for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful
forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred
sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend
his famously naughty Christmas house party—and
stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is
Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite
charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he
will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…
MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire
into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s
invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the
rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends
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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