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Season for Surrender (Holiday Pleasures #2)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  684 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgeware, 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 bo
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Alexander, Lord Xavier, makes yet another bet with his cousin Lord Longwood. Its pretty basic--get the proper Lady Louisa to attend his holiday house party and stay the entire two weeks. No seduction is necessary and is strictly off limits (can't ruin the young lady's reputation and get leg shackled!). As Xavier always wins his bets, in fact, he is quite known about the ton for his wagering and his wickedness, he sees this as an easy win. Yet when a simple game of cards needs to be paid out in t ...more

So, guess what? Happy Book Noise (copyright pending) is, without a freakin' doubt, some of the best noise on the planet. And, know what else? That noise gets all the more kick-ass when it follows from previously thinking, "Uh-oh, this book might fail all painful-like!" Yep. That entire scenario plays to Season for Surrender just so, because this book is a damned good story, but holy-crap-on-Satan's-ass, I was worried otherwise for a wee bit, I'm not gonna lie.

In so many ways, the first fifty pag
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Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier doesn’t like to turn down a bet, so when his cousin Lord Longwood wagers that he cannot get the prim and proper Lady Louisa Oliver to attend his famously naughty Christmas part and stay for the whole two weeks, Xavier makes it his next goal to prove that he can. As a man notorious for his wicked ways, Xavier uses his charm to get a rise out of Lady Louisa. So the question stands, does the bookish Lady Louisa stand a chance against the wic
Manda Collins
Charming Christmas house party romance with a hero and heroine who are neither what they seem. Loved that Alex and Louisa fell in love over poetry and books:)
Rachna R
I loved the leads in this book so much. and I hated the main antagonist in this so much, too. I'm basically surprised by how much I felt about this? the male lead in particular got to me - I usually dismiss dude angst, because they're frustrating and tiring and repetitive and nothing really comes of it, so all it does is give dudes a reason to brood for no reason - but Alex's problem was really relatable, in ways that struck me, and it was explored in a way and given consequences in a way I foun ...more
"Despite everything he had done that was foolish and wrong, Louisa wanted and liked him. The knowledge seeped through him, bone-deep and astounding. He wanted her to know his very self.
So he kissed her, slow and gentle, his lips entreating: trust me.
Tilting her head in the cradle of his hands, he slid his mouth to the hot pulse on her neck, then murmured down its length.
Nonsense? Poetry? It didn't matter. She shivered, and he sucked lightly at the fragile skin. Not hard enough to bruise; only e
Blodeuedd Finland
Are you getting a sense of Deja vu? Well then you are correct cos I have already posted a review of this one on my blog. Rameau's review, but then Anachronist asked if I would write one too? And I thought about it and thought why not. It will be fun to compare.

I am glancing at Rameau's review while writing this ;)
I did think the smexing came to fast in this book, suddenly there it was and I was all lime wow, slow down people. Seems Rameu found a way of approving this while I am not too happy abo
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog

It’s 1818 and Earl of Xavier has created a problem for himself. He’s agreed to a bet he never should’ve agreed to, but a renown rake and gambler must keep up appearances. Oh, well, he could always manipulate the circumstances in his favour by rewriting the Christmas celebration guest list to ensure Louisa Oliver and her aunt would stay the full two weeks. Fortunately, reputations deceive. Louisa is as little a bluestocking as Xavier
Hannah Givens
Y'all, I think I've found a new favorite! The title and cover make this Christmas romance look like a formula bodice-ripper, but it's not. It's funny, an extremely light take on "historical," but there's surprising emotional depth as well.

The two leads have an emotional barrier that MAKES SENSE for them, that isn't totally contrived and silly. It really does take a whole book to unravel. Both of them have changes to make, but especially Xavier. He's the one trapped in his own reputation, a rake
A sweet holiday romance.
I like Theresa Romain's voice in this book. Her style is slighly different from other authors in this genre. I find it to be refreshing and charming. Another series to complete next year. :)
A spinster? And a rake who's in over his head? Count me in.
The Window Seat
As I’ve stated before on this website, whenever I read a book with a love triangle theme I always seem to find myself routing for the third party in the relationship. When I read Theresa Romain’s debut book last year I had more compassion for the character of Louisa Oliver than I did for either the hero or heroine. I wanted her to have the same chance for happiness and find a person who would care for her as she is rather than because she was convenient. With this year’s release Season for Surre ...more
Season for Surrender is a holiday historical romance set during the regency period. Lord Xavier is hosting his annual Christmas house party, which is well known as a scandalous affair. This year, Lord Xavier’s cousin, Lord Lockwood, decides that they should make the house party more interesting in the form of a wager. Both Xavier and Lockwood are well known for their wagers; however, this wager puts the reputation of one Miss. Louisa Oliver at risk. Xavier will only win if he can keep Miss. Oliv ...more
This is the first book by Theresa Romain that I have read, and will definitely look for more on the strength of it.

Alex Xavier has spent most of his life being and doing what everyone expects of him. Like many titled young men of the ton, he has done his share of drinking, gambling and womanising –although not as much as his reputation would seem to suggest. Orphaned at a very young age, he has had to find his place in the world without the help of parents or relatives (actually, it’s never made
2.5 stars;

Season for Surrender is a holiday themed historical romance where the scandalous Lord Xavier is hosting his annual Christmas house party. To make things more interesting, Xavier’s cousin Lord Lockwood proposes a wager: Xavier must invite and keep the proper Miss Louisa Oliver at the house for the full two weeks. Louisa, in turn is tired of her proper ways and accepts. To add to the mix, Lockwood is determine to win the wager by any means and well Xavier can’t have that can he now. With
I was one of the fans who hoped for Louisa’s story after reading Season for Temptation. I found her an interesting, endearing character in that book, and she’s even more engaging in this one. I loved watching her discover how much more she is than she has ever realized and how she pushes Xavier to reexamine the assumptions upon which he has built his public life. I like appearance versus reality as a theme, and Romain handles it skillfully in this story. Lady Irving is as delightful as she was ...more
When I saw the gorgeous cover I was immediately drawn to Season for Surrender. While not part of a series, this book tells the tale of Louisa Oliver a character from Romain’s first novel a Season of Temptation. I found the cast of character’s attending the Christmas House party of Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier to be absolutely delightful. I quickly consumed this and walked away feeling good.

The ton and the wager books at White’s say Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier is a rogue and rumors of his
Alex gets in over his head when he enters into a bet with his cousin about getting a very proper young lady to come to his (generally ribald) house party for the full two weeks, but the lady in question is not what she seems. Super charming, I loved Alex and Louisa's wit and banter, and all the book loving. Super smart leads are fun to read about.
The rating is more 2.5. The characters were very interesting...execution of the story didn't quite work for me.
This was a relatively light story. Alex aka Xavier portrays an image due to a rather aberrant emotional need but he's not nearly as wild or amoral as his reputation makes him out to be. His internal dialogue is amusing. Louisa is neither missish nor overly bold. I liked her for the most part.

Aside from the characters, the story dragged at parts and the progression seemed contrived. The
I would probably give this book 2 1/2 stars, but I am rounding down because it ended up being a disappointing and somewhat tedious read for me. To be fair, though, I was disappointed because I wanted the book to be something other than what it was, rather than because of flaws in the writing.

If you are in the mood for a light-hearted romance, A SEASON FOR SURRENDER fits the bill. Theresa Romain has an entertaining style, the dialogue sparkles, and the central characters are engaging and likeable
This probably should have been 3 stars from me. I'm compulsive about finishing the books I enjoy within a day or two, so when I read a book that takes me a while, I have a hard time giving it a good rating, even though the writing is technically good.

I think the biggest issue is that this book hits on a ton of my pet peeves. I can't stand when characters have a vice grip on their thoughts and especially their facial expressions. Lord Xavier has ~5 facial expressions that he purposefully puts in

A bet between Lord Xavier and his cousin Lord Longwood is to get Lady Louisa to attend a holiday party and stay two weeks at the house. This doesn't include any seduction. I have to give it to the two Lords. Trying to control themselves while around a proper lady. Lord Xavier usually wins, probably because of his betting and his evilness. It seems that a card game is to be paid out by spending more time with Louisa. More than he wished. I thought why wouldn't Lord Xavier want to be aroun
Some things I really enjoyed here -- Romain writes well, romance novels that take place 43% in libraries make me happy, it's not often that you get a romance focussing on the hero's personal growth (usually, either the hero is perfect and the heroine needs to "personally grow," i.e. get over her insecurities and date him, or else the hero is a profound jackass who grovels for two pages near the end to make it okay that he gets the girl.)

That said, there were some things that bugged. Lots of hero
I can hardly believe I finished my first "Over In A Flash" December book challenge already. December is such a busy month. This challenge is already proving to help me with some personal goals.

I really enjoyed it, but only gave it 4 stars. I loved the characters and their smart wit. The romance was sweet (& hot, but not overdone).
There were a few times that I wished I had read the first book in this series before this one, only for some character background development, but this was not at
Vanessa Kelly
Theresa Romain writes gorgeous historical romance. This book has lovely prose and a very appealing hero, who is struggling to become more than society expects of him. It's really a wonderful Christmas romance, with lots of great dialogue between two very witty but deeply emotional people.

Something like 2.5 stars. Not a big fan of the wager plot to begin with, but decided to give the book a chance anyway. Thought the hero and heroine had potential, but I was left wanting, in terms of the execution.
One of the best recent books I've read in this genre. The hero and heroine first appeared in the previous (first) book in the series and you should definitely read it first to get a fuller appreciation for the players in this story.

Especially the heroine and hero are layered and/or hidden in plain sight. How does one manage to live with expectations of others? Can one be true to oneself? What does it take to peel off those layers, to trust another enough to do so?

I now must read the next two boo
Louisa is the sister of the heroine from the previous book in the series. It's her time to shine as she is invited to Lord Xavier's traditionally tawdry holiday party. She is the source of a bet between Xavier and his cousin that she cannot be convinced to stay for the full 2 week duration. Of course, Xavier's bet winds up with higher stakes as both he and Louisa discover their own desires.

I enjoyed this book, but the big confrontation at the end fell a little flat. I'm not sure exactly what my
This is not the best romance novel I have read, but I definitely liked this one better than the previous book in this series. Characters were better developed and the heroine did not sound and act like a 13-yr old child bride. Ok, a little harsh, but I stand by it. Previous book was a dud for me. This book is a marked improvement and slightly less unbelievable even though social mores of those times are non-existent in this book too and the language was still too modern in my opinion. Story-wise ...more
This is a cute historical in the style of Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas (charming, rakish leads and a smart, opinionated, loveable female protagonist, great dialogue). I liked this book. The characters are great - as mentioned above for the leads. There's also an awesome aunt too who is not shy about saying what's on her mind and wears crazy clothes (fashion rules of the ton be damned).

The scenes were well written, but something fell flat with the arc and pacing of the story in the last third
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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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Other Books in the Series

Holiday Pleasures (4 books)
  • Season for Temptation (Holiday Pleasures, #1)
  • Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3)
  • Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures, #4)
It Takes Two to Tangle (The Matchmaker Trilogy, #1) Season for Temptation (Holiday Pleasures, #1) Season for Scandal (Holiday Pleasures, #3) To Charm a Naughty Countess (The Matchmaker Trilogy, #2) Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress (The Matchmaker Trilogy, #3)

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“What Louisa wants for Christmas,
Get kissed
Find some good books
make peace between prior best friends
convince the polite world of her charm
and finally, get kissed some more;

"You're blushing, my girl," Lady Irving said, "Not thinking of something you shouldn't, are you?"
"I'm so pure-minded that I can't imagine what you're talking about." Louisa lied.”
“I must have read about the Vigenère once. Ciphers appeal to males once they reach the age of being interested in smuggling and pirates, you know.” “And what age is that?” He tugged his lower lip between his teeth. “From about age four to death.” 1 likes
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